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By Andrew Marr

ISBN-10: 0330511475

ISBN-13: 9780330511476

This attractive quantity tells the tale of the way the nice political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated by way of a tradition of consumerism, superstar, and self-gratification. It explains how in every one decade, political leaders came upon themselves confounded through the British humans, who continually became out to be more durable to herd than anticipated. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the facet first of invasion, then of financial ruin, then at the susceptible entrance line of the chilly warfare, and later within the vanguard of the nice establishing up of capital and migration. This heritage follows the entire political and monetary tales of the fashionable period in addition to with such social developments as comedy, autos, the battle opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s brilliant strong success, political lies, and the genuine heroes of British theater.

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In a running fight lasting more than half-an-hour, the Stajfel claimed the destruction of six Halifaxes (in fact, five were lost, and all the remainder damaged) at the cost to themselves ofjust one Emil, whose pilot bailed out to safety. During the latter half of October 1941, the Ergiinzungsgruppe was withdrawn from France back into the Reich. For the next three months the two StafJeln continued their training activities out ofDiisseldorf-Lohausen. The Gruppe s end came with the wholesale restructuring of the training organisation early in 1942.

C:: LU l- e.. /JG 53 were recalled from Russia for the second and final time on 6 October 1941, there was not one Knight's Cross wearer among them. /JG 53. When Hauptmann Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke's Gruppe departed Wiesbaden-Erbenheim on 12 June 1941, it too was destined for the central sector ofthe eastern front. /JG 53, however, it was to operate on the extreme left-hand flank of Army Group Centre, close to the boundary with Army Group North. /JG 52, both Gruppen being subordinated to JG 27 for the launch of Barbarossa.

The successes were evenly distributed throughout the two Staffeln, for since the loss of32-victory Hauptmann Heinz Bretnutz, the Gruppecould boast of no single outstanding personality. Only four pilots, in fact, had as yet managed to raise their scores into double figures. Another inevitable result of all this activity was a corresponding decline in their serviceability figures. The units were operating at half strength or below when, on 19 ] uly, they were ordered back into Estonia and thence to East Prussia for re-equipment with new Bf 109F-4s.

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