In the spring, Corto Maltese is in France. In fact, the last two chapters of the story The Celts: Côtes de Nuits and Picardy Roses take place on April 20 and 21 on the Somme, between Corby and Bray, where Corto witnesses the death of the Red Baron, that is, of the German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, shot down at Vaux-sur-Somme. Burlesque between Zuydcoote and Bray-Dunes, on the other hand, unfolds on the beaches of the North Sea.
A month later, Corto is at Turban (perhaps al-Turbah), Yemen (In the Name of Allah the Merciful). Here, he meets Cush, in an episode that makes up the first chapter of The Ethiopian. In September, Corto is in British Somalia; (The Coup De Grace unfolds in just one day, September 13), then in Ethiopia (More Romeos, More Juliets), and finally he is in German East Africa (now Tanzania). This last episode, The Leopard-Men of the Rufiji, is dated October 1918.On November 11, Corto is in Hong Kong, where he owns a house (although his legal residence is in Antigua, Antilles). Here he learns that the war is over, and finds Rasputin again. Thus begins In Siberia.