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Rupp's Skizzenbuch

Postby WWGeezer » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:33 am

Welcome to "Rupp's Skizzenbuch"
This is an on-line serial World War I soldier's journal and sketchbook, brought to you by The Blue Max Project. Over the next eleven months, follow along as Unteroffizier Gerhardt Rupp re-tells the story of "The Blue Max" from his perspective with his own words, sketches and photographs.

And so it begins.....

PROLOGUE
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/prologue/
In this chapter an aging German immigrant passes away in St. Augustine, Florida.  Among her personal effects a soldier's journal and sketchbook from World War I is discovered.  The sketchbook is sent on to the Smithsonian's Special Collections Archivist for further study.

CHAPTER ONE - INTRODUCTIONS
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch1-introductions/

Unteroffizier Rupp Gerhardt introduces himself and explains what brought this “old campaigner” to the town of Beauvin and what services he provides to his squadmates at Jasta 77.

CHAPTER TWO - THE GREAT WAR
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch2-the-great-war/

Rupp shares a map he drew to show where Jasta 77 is located on the Western Front. He intercepts an American paper and gets some insight into how the other side thinks the war is going.

CHAPTER THREE – THE VILLAGE
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch3-the-village/

Rupp’s squad mate takes him for a wild ride in a DFW and ruins his aerial photo shoot of the Aerodrome requested by the Hauptmann. Angry with all of them he settles into some late night sketching and writes about the Aerodrome, the village of Beauvin and his lucrative side businesses.

CHAPTER FOUR - THE PEOPLE
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch4-the-people/

Rupp’s goal was to survive the war, not to win it and he was willing to do just about anything to make sure he survived. In this chapter, he shares his insights into the strengths and weaknesses of his fellow squad mates and explains how he uses that information to his best advantage.

CHAPTER FIVE – NEW ARRIVALS
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch5-new-arrivals/

Bruno Stachel arrives at Jasta 77 and meets Rupp for the first time. Their not so friendly introduction is interrupted by an attack on the base by a group of Sopwith Camels.

CHAPTER SIX – A MAN TO WATCH
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch6-a-man-to-watch/

Luetnant Bruno Stachel has an immediate impact on Jasta 77 and not in a good way. Hauptmann Heidemann is trying to get to know his newest pilot and Rupp is sure he will either be the next Ace in the squad or dead within three weeks. It could go either way.

CHAPTER SEVEN –FIRST KILL
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch7-firstkill/

Leutnant Stachel, frustrated by his unconfirmed kill a few weeks earlier, makes a point when he drops an RE-8 right on the Hauptmann’s front porch. Bold, skilled and cruel, Stachel’s begins to make a reputation for himself.

CHAPTER EIGHT – THE BIG PUSH
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch8-the-big-push-1/

The Big Push begins and Jasta 77 is in the thick of the fight. German pilots like their chances of winning, especially when they hear the new Fokker DVII’s will be delivered soon. Rupp can’t figure out why the Hauptmann is giving Stachel special treatment, but he knows he better figure it out soon.

CHAPTER NINE – THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch9-the-circus-comes-to-town/
It has been quite a week for Bruno Stachel. He shot down two more enemy aircraft, had a job offer from the Red Baron and got a nice write up in the Berlin papers. Hauptmann Heidemann seems to be putting Stachel on the fast track.

CHAPTER TEN – DON’T BLAME THE MESSENGER
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch10-messenger/

The Hauptmann sends Wili and Bruno on a road trip to introduce the “Black Angel” to German High Command located in Spa. Along the way they make a stop to visit Wili’s Aunt and Uncle, the Graf and Gräfin. Sparks fly and a fire is ignited between sweet Kaeti and young Bruno. She proves to be more than a match for the Cobra.

CHAPTER ELEVEN – A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch11-a ... the-devil/

The Big Push starts to fizzle out. Von Richthofen is shot down over the Somme Valley. The only good news is the arrival of the first Fokker DVII for test flying. The aggressiveness of this machine is a perfect match for young Stachel, but he is counting heads to decide if he will be assigned one when the rest arrive later in the week. Rupp enters into a business arraignment to satisfy Stachel’s drinking habit, but he is having second thoughts.

CHAPTER ELEVEN – A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch11-a ... the-devil/
The Big Push starts to fizzle out. Von Richthofen is shot down over the Somme Valley. The only good news is the arrival of the first Fokker DVII for test flying. The aggressiveness of this machine is a perfect match for young Stachel, but he is counting heads to decide if he will be assigned one when the rest arrive later in the week. Rupp enters into a business arraignment to satisfy Stachel’s drinking habit, but he is having second thoughts.

CHAPTER TWELVE – WILI’S LAST SORTIE
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch12-w ... st-sortie/
Rupp gets sent in to clean up another crash site, but this time the tragic death is close to home. Wili Klugermann and Bruno Stachel return from a successful sortie in a heavy mist. Stachel gets credited with three more kills, but Wili ends up wrapped around a factory chimney on the edge of town. Just one of those fluke accidents…..or was it?

CHAPTER THIRTEEN – HEIDEMANN MAKES A HERO
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch13-h ... es-a-hero/
Stachel’s drinking gets worse, but the kills keep piling up. With the Hauptmann’s support, he demands that his Fokker be painted all black and asks for a unique slogan to be painted in English on the upper wing. Realizing what a good customer Stachel has become, Rupp raises his price. Amid all that Stachel surprises everyone when he risks his life to save a French school girl who falls into an icy stream. Angel or Devil? A little of one, a lot of the other.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN – THE BOTTLE AND THE BLUE MAX
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch14-t ... e-blue-max

Stachel finally achieves his goal of being awarded the Blue Max. While Stachel’s achievements in the air are extraordinary, on the ground his drinking begins to take a toll. Heidemann’s publicity campaign goes into full swing and Stachel is overwhelmed by all the attention.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN – THE BLACK ANGEL ON TOUR
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch15-t ... l-on-tour/

Heidemann continues his campaign to make Stachel famous and sends the Black Angel on tour. Stachel fits in a stop at Sonnenstrahl to visit with the Gräfin and attempts to blackmail her over Wili’s journal. Things do not go well and Kaeti reaches out to Rupp for protection. Rupp has just what Kaeti needs.

CHAPTER SIXTEEN – THE BIG PUSH GETS PUSHED BACK
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch16-t ... shed-back/

The tide begins to turn against Germany in the Great War and Jasta 77 is forced to relocate to Coucy. A shortage of replacement parts and fuel is making it a struggle to keep aircraft in the air. The Fokker DVII is plagued by engine problems and Leutnant Stachel has a very close call.

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – THE BEGINNING OF THE END
http://www.thebluemaxproject.org/ch17-t ... f-the-end/

Heidemann gets an invite to attend the Johannisthal Trials near Berlin. This event brings the most accomplished aces together to test fly the newest aircraft and is the perfect venue for Heidemann to show off his young rising star. Rupp makes the mistake of getting in the way and Heidemann punishes him severely for it.

The next chapter will be issued on August 24th.
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Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch

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bumping my post, new chapter
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Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch

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Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch

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Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch

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Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch

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Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch

Postby WWGeezer » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:54 am

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Another chapter next week, but I thought I would share some of the "behind the scene" images on the in-between weeks.

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Re: Rupp's Skizzenbuch

Postby SYN_Repent » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:40 pm

ive just seen this, great read!!!!!!!

makes me miss the days of ROF
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