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Diary April 29, 1917

Manfred and Lothar von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen (right) and his younger brother Lothar. Starting later, Lothar achieved an impressive 40 victories. Lothar’s fighting style was much more emotional than his older brother’s and it get him into more trouble, he was wounded in action several times but, unlike Manfred, survived the war.
World War One Diary for Sunday, April 29, 1917:

Air War

Western Front: Richthofen scores 3 victories (50th to 52nd) in 3 sorties, including one Spad with one by brother Lothar before lunch in mess with father Major Baron Albrecht von Richthofen.

Western Front

Artois: British 2nd Division capture trenches south of Oppy.
Aisne: Nivelle abandons Mangin (replaced May 2 by Maistre).
Marne and Champagne: 200 men of French 20th Regiment flee to woods from Chalons barracks rather than return to front.

Eastern Front

Russia: CoS Alexeiev to War Minister ‘The situation in the Army grows worse every day; information … from all sides indicate that the Army is systematically falling apart’. War Minister’s order No 213 gives all punishment powers to disciplinary courts (officer as presidents, 2 soldiers elected for 6 months) except in action but each army differs.

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