Film: 782

War + Military | 1910 | Silent | B/W


Believed to be compiled on the orders of Hermann Goering during the 1930s, but filmed during World war One.

Begins with Aviatik scout / recce planes taking off. Aufklarer, aces talking, recognised as Oblt. Max Immelman (15 victories, killed June 1916), Oswald Boelke (40 kills by October 1916), Bruno Lerzer (44 Kills, died in 1960), Haupt Hermann Giering (22 Kills), Ritm. Manfrid von Richthofen, the Red Baron, (top ace 80 kills, killed April 1918).

Albatros with skull and cross bones takes off. Shots from wing mounted camera, air-to-air shots of other aircrats, recce flight using hand-held camera. Flies over city with big cathedral, attacked by Fokker CVII with response by gunner. Then across shell packed battlefield where observer, gunner and now bomb aimer spots suitable target and drops a bomb. (Ein Bombenan Griff) crew of AEG GIV twin-engined bomber pose with bombs which are then carried around to rear of aircraft and stowed on board. Scene changes to rear of Gotha GV bomber (coded 'K') to see pusher engines started. Aircraft taxies and takes off. Now with three tails, flies over camera and releases bombs setting fire to petrol storage tanks. (Jagdfleiger) (Fighters), aces talking include von Richthofen, Fokker DR1 Triplane (serial DR1102?) next. Pilot is helped to put on leather and sheepskin flying suit and helmet while ground crew oil cylinders of rotary engine. Scarf is added and pilots briefed and take off. Victorious pilots examine a Sopwith Camel force landed through damage. British RFC pilot indentified as Lt. Bird, Richthofen's 65th victim. Richthofen later seen receiving German award Ordre Pour le Merite (Blue Max) probably receiving it (with handshake) from his father Major Richhofen. Next pilot seen is young Goering.

Allied attack on aerodrome requires scramble by German pilots, and appearance of mobile anti-aircraft gun on car chassis which begins rapid firing (without recourse to aiming). Scene next is Geschwader (Squadron) of Fokker DVIIs with candy striped noses and large angled shield on fuselages. They pick on observation balloons, observer jumps out and balloon is shot down in flames, pilot (looking rather wooden) parachute from fighter, and into serious faking, rather wooden biplane model circles rather rigidly, explodes and falls to ground (whole scene is upside down). Next scene is a pile of contrived wreckage of an allied aircraft (it has roundels) slightly on fire which gradually gets bigger. An Albatros fighter lands and parks near the wreckage from which a smiling Goering removes his goggles, scarf, helmet and earplugs to gloat over his victim.

Poor quality film of a line of Aviatik CIIs taking off. The pilot and observer of an Aviatik CV (DFW?), with a prominent skull-and-crossbones design on its side, prepare for a sortie and take off. The plane is shown 'in flight'. The observer takes photographs, uses his machine gun to fight off an enemy, and drops a bomb by hand on the enemy below. (The plane 'in flight' resembles a LVG CII.) On the ground a Gotha GII is bombed up and takes off. It flies a bombing mission, hitting oil tanks on the ground which burst into flames. (The plane 'in flight' is an Italian Caproni CIII.) A line of Fokker DVIIs takes off, and engages British DH4s in a dogfight. One of the DH4s is 'shot down' (a model) and burns on the ground. A lorry-mounted German 77mm anti-aircraft gun fires at the British. A French Nieuport burns on the ground as a Fokker DVII taxies past it. Back in the dogfight, the observer bails out of an observation balloon by parachute as the balloon is shot down in flames. A portrait shot of Max Immelmann. Oswald Boelcke with pilots of Jagdstaffel 2. More of the dogfight (mainly fakes). Baron Manfred von Richthofen with the pilots of Jagdgeschwader 1, with his Great Dane 'Moritz', and joking with his father, Major (Freiherr) Albrecht von Richthofen. Von Richthofen prepares for a sortie in his Fokker DrI, putting on his flying clothes while his mechanics check the engine. He briefs his pilots with a map, and then takes off with them. Von Richthofen inspects the wreck of one of the aircraft he has shot down. He talks with an uninjured British pilot he has shot down. At a troop review near Courtrai in August 1917, von Richthofen (his head bandaged after a head wound) shakes hands with Kaiser Wilhelm and General von Hoeppner, commander of the German Army Air Service. Hermann Goering, who replaced von Richthofen as commander of the Jagdgeschwader, is shown by himself, with his pilots, and with his close friend Bruno Loerzer, commander of Jagdstaffel 11. Goering, in his plane's cockpit, removes his flying helmet after a sortie.

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