This is a Sanke Card of Max Immelmann. He, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two German pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. The legend is that the PLM’s popular name (the Blue Max) was in his honor. He was also known as the “Eagle of Lille.” He received his award after attaining eight confirmed victories. He flew a Fokker Eindecker, which was equipped with an interrupter device that allowed his machine gun to fire between his propeller blades. He died on 15 June 1916 with fifteen victories to his credit.
The postcard shows Immelmann standing against a backdrop. He holds his schirmütze in his hand. His tunic boasts a large medal bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and his Prussian Pilot Badge. Also he wears the coveted Blue Max at his throat. His rank, “Oberleutnant Immelmann,” appears in the card’s right upper corner. Below that is a small white cross, which indicates that he is dead (and means the card was produced after his death). The postcard has not been mailed and is in excellent condition.