Hunting in Neu-Sternberg game preserve
Event ID: 570
14 October 1917
Source ID: 33
An invitation to visit the War College in Danzig came as a blessed relief. Richthofen could relax during the long ride north to the port city, where he would again be amongst the uniformed people with whom he was most comfortable. From Danzig it was an easy ride along the Baltic coast, past Königsberg, to Labiau in East Prussia (now Polessk in the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia). He had been invites to the Neu-Sternberg game preserve in the vast forest and swampland along the Deime River.
After tramping through the marshes and woods for six days, Richthofen finally obtained a clear shot at an enormous elk. The first shot hit the animal, but he did not fall. Richthofen quickly reloaded and fired again. With two bullets in it, the elk charged off into the underbrush. Richthofen was right behind him. “The stag had both bullets in him, so someone had to administer the coup de grâce”, the hunter later recalled. Richthofen caught up with the magnificent beast and put an end to him.