Hermann Goring, Erwin Rommel, Manfred von Richthofen, Paul von Hindenburg, Helmuth von Moltke, Ernst Junger, Max Immelmann – they were among the most famous individuals to be awarded the Kingdom of Prussia’s highest military order, the Pour le Merite, better known as the ‘Blue Max’. Until the end of the Great War the Blue Max was the most prestigious accolade a German serviceman could wish for. Yet fictions and myths about the Blue Max have obscured its long and fascinating history. Kevin Brazier, in this comprehensive account of the Pour le Merite and of the men who received it, aims to set the record straight, and he provides a comprehensive listing of the men who were given this high honour.
COMPLETE BLUE MAX A Chronological Record of the Pour le Merite, Prussia’s Highest Military Order from 1740-1918
The bedrock of this book is chronological lists of names. WWI aces are listed with their victory totals followed by a section profiling them and their exploits in good depth. A 16pp section features black and white photos of Blue Max recipients,this is primarily an account of the airmen who were awarded the coveted “Pour le Merite”.
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