Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC. Content Page: Biographical Information.  Updated on 29 July 2014.
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DER RITTMEISTER MILITARIA LLC is named in honor of World War I's original "Rittmeister," Baron Manfred von Richthofen. Rittmeister is primary translated as "Captain of the Horse."  The cavalry retained this title for their captains.  Manfred von Richthofen began the war as an Uhlan Regiment (lance carriers who were considered light cavalry) lieutenant (leutnant) prior to entering the Imperial German Air Service (he had been "de-horsed" to serve in the trenches). When he rose to the level of  Air Service Captain, he retained his "Rittmeister" rank (rather than changing to "Hauptmann"), because he was still considered an Uhlan. (When first reassigned, all transfers into the Imperial German Air Service retained their original regimental ranks).

Manfred von Richthofen was Germany's leading ace, a dedicated hunter/pilot who scored 80 confirmed victories before he was killed on April 21, 1918. The star pupil of Oswald Boelcke, the father of air combat tactics, von Richthofen is the most written-about German fighter-pilot of either World War. In addition to "Der Rittmeister," von Richthofen was known as the "Red Baron" (Der Rote Kampfflieger) because of his penchant for flying an all-red plane. He remains extremely popular, with his autograph being the most sought-after and expensive of any 20th century German figure.

In emulation of the great Red Baron, Der Rittmeister Militaria strives for excellence in the items we sell and the service we provide.

 

The Development of a Militaria Dealer

I'm Kenneth (Ken) J. Greenfield, currently of New Port Richey, Florida, located on the West Coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area. I started out as a collector of Imperial German Militaria, particularly items dealing with the Imperial German Air Service in the early 1960's. After more than forty years of avid collecting, I began to sell a few items to upgrade my collection and help finance my collecting "habit."  I attended militaria shows, both to buy and sell. I wanted to spend more time at home and less traveling for the national companies that I had worked for; so, starting my own business seemed like an attractive alternative.  I like nothing better than talking with others about militaria, and introducing newcomers to the joys of owning a "piece of history."

Soon, my collecting had been transformed into an interesting side business that I continue to thoroughly enjoy. I like to think of those who purchase items from me as fellow collectors and friends, not just customers---people who are sharing their passion for history and the fine workmanship of days-gone-by. In 1997, I began to make several trips a year to Germany to replenish my inventory. In the years since then I have made some great contacts in Europe. In many cases, I purchase items from the same people who make purchases for museums. This means I have a constant source of new items, and the ability to find items for my clients that I may not  currently stock. Since approximately 99% of my inventory comes from Germany, this means that most of my items are uncirculated in the United States.  I offer the collector newer and more unusual material than what he might find from other dealers, either on the Internet or at militaria shows. In between my personal visits to Germany, I have constant shipments arriving from all over Germany. This is possible due to the extensive network of contacts I have developed.

I welcome inquiries about my merchandise. I also enjoy the chance to discuss militaria with fellow enthusiasts and those who would like to learn more about this fascinating hobby. Due to the volume of e-mail (literally HUNDREDS every day) I receive, I cannot answer EVERY question or identify items from photographs that you send me.  I hope you will understand this. I spend at least six hours a day reading e-mail, in addition to writing descriptions of items that I am offering and communicating with my suppliers in Germany. Also, PLEASE do not ask me to identify or answer questions on Non Imperial German items - especially Third Reich items. I have no information about them and cannot respond to such inquiries.

Contact me by e-mail at rittmeister@tampabay.rr.com to ask questions about my items and share your interests. If you want to speak to me by phone, e-mail me for my home phone number. I'll be happy to "hear" from you either way! --- Ken

PS: Want to meet the man whose work greatly influenced my love of WW I German Aviation? Jump to our
JACK HUNTER page, and read about the late, great author.

 

Links to Our Pages

Der Rittmeister Merchandise Pages: (Click on Pictures or Words)

Badges: Wound, Veterans', Shooting Prizes, etc.


Boxes (Patriotic) & Cigarette Cases

Bronzes, Busts & Figurines

Colonial Memorabilia

Desk Pieces and Accessories

Documents Nr 1: Awards/Decorations
Included

Documents Nr 2: Patents, etc. (Paper Only)

Field Gear and Soldiers' Personal Effects

Flags, Banners and Accessories

Flight Qualification Badges (Imperial)

Imperial German Air Service Nr 1:Artifacts,  Personality Items, Groups, Shoulder Boards

Imperial German Air Service Nr 2: Documents, Books, etc.

Imperial German Headdress Nr 1: Pickelhauben

Imperial German Headdress Nr 2: Busbies, Mützen, Tschapkas, Visor Caps, etc.

Imperial German Headdress Nr 3:
Reference Materials, Guides, Cd's and DvD's

Iron Crosses & Related Materials

Just In from Germany: Newest Items! ALL items start here!

Medal Bars & Ribbon Bars

Miniatures & Boutonnieres

Navy, (Imperial German): Documents, Swords &
Daggers, Badges, Cap Tallies, Books

Orders & Decorations Nr 1: Four Major German Kingdoms & Central Powers,
Post War
Items

Orders & Decorations Nr 2:Grand Duchies,

Duchies, Free States, etc.

Paper and Wood Artifacts: Books, Photos, Albums, Maps, and Artworks

 (framed paintings)

Patriotic Domesticware Nr 1: Fine Tableware, Steins,  Glassware & Porcelain

Patriotic Domesticware Nr 2: Wooden, Metal, Cloth
& Embroidered  Household Items

Patriotic Jewelry Nr 1: Rings, Bracelets, Pendants, etc.

Patriotic Jewelry Nr 2: Pins

Postcards Nr 38:Imperial German Royalty-
Kaiser Wilhelm
I and Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria ONLY

Postcards Nr 40: Photo Albums, Original, Framed &
Cabinet Photographs, and Cartes Des Visite (CdV's).

Postcards Nr 42:Imperial German Air Service and All Aviation-Related.

Postcards Nr 43:Imperial German Armed Service
and All Army-Related.

Postcards Nr 44:Kaiserliche Marine and
All Navy-Related.

Postcards Nr 45:Other Imperial German, Central
Powers, & Allied Powers Royalty and Nobility

Ranglistes: Imperial German Army & Navy

and other Imperial German References on CD

Royalty & Nobility (Imperial German):

Personality Items, Swords & Daggers,
 Portraits, Memorabilia

Shoulder Boards

Signed Photos, Documents & Autographs of the
German Military, Nobility and Royalty

 

Stickpins

Swords & Edged Weapons

Table Medals

Uniforms & Related Accessories

Vivat Ribbons

Wooden Display Products (Helmet & Visor Stands)

Zeppelin & Balloon Memorabilia

Der Rittmeister Content Pages:


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Author and Painter Jack Hunter