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Photograph of Manfred von Richthofen standing in front of an Albatros D III aircraft with other members of Jasta 11, including Sebastian Festner and Otto Brauneck.

The fighter squadron commanded by von Richthofen, Jagdstaffel 11, operated from an airfield at Roucourt over the Arras front. In what became known to the British as ‘Bloody April’, the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service lost 245 aircraft; 89 of these losses were inflicted by von Richthofen’s squadron alone. By comparison, only 365 aircraft were originally allocated by the British to cover the Arras offensive, beginning 9th April 1917.

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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