2/9/1915 Chivalry in the air: a student honours the teacher he has slain

Fighting on the Western Front is brutal and squalid, with men huddling in muddy trenches battered by enemy shells and infested with rats. But for the airmen who fly above there is still the illusion that war is something clean and beautiful, fought with something akin to the fabled chivalry of yore. Two days ago French fighter ace Adolphe Pégoud was shot down and killed by German pilot he had taught to fly before the war. Today that pilot, Walter Kandulski, flies over the Allied lines and drops a wreath in honour of his late teacher.

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Walter Kandulski (Metapedia)


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