(Barnsley): Pen & Sword, (2013),
First Edition. octavo, boards in pictorial dust jacket. 240pp. Pen & Sword, Item #23223
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 Me'rite, 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 Me'rite 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 honor. Illustrated with photographs. As new.