Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, with other members of his unit. Credit: Germany Army.
By Ingrid Sharp, University of Leeds
The idea of a war hero is still strong in the UK and in the other Allied countries.
War memorials are a central feature of the regular commemoration services, Churchill is regularly rolled out in biographical and fictional form, and there are soon to be a total of 888,246 ceramic poppies for 888,246 war heroes adorning the Tower of London.