the Red Baron
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was born on May 2, 1892. He is the son of Major Albrecht von Richthofen, a Prussian nobleman, and Kunigunde. He had a brother named Lothar.
He enrolled at the military school in Wahlstatt at age 11, and then he attended the Royal Military Academy in Lichterfelde.
He was a better athlete than scholar and applied his horseback riding skills to become a cavalry officer. He was commissioned in April of 1911 in the 1st Regiment of Uhlans Kaiser Alexander III and promoted to Lieutenant in 1912.
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