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By Arnold Toynbee

This one-volume 576-page variation of A learn OF historical past places the essence of the good paintings into simply available and most fascinating shape. (The unique totals greater than 7,000 pages.) furthermore, as Dr. Toynbee's foreword makes transparent, the recent e-book is greater than an abridgment of the unique. He has commonly redrafted, revised, and up-to-date his background, to keep in mind new ancient occasions and discoveries and to incorporate his personal 'reconsiderations' of his recommendations. the recent version is usually the 1st to be illustrated. There are greater than 500 ancient photographs, many reproduced in colour and all chosen via Dr. Toynbee with the help of Jane Caplan, his collaborator at the undertaking. omit Caplan has written the superb captions for the images, that are heavily coordinated with the textual content. the following, in sum, is an excellent heritage and nice scholarly paintings, in splendidly readable shape.

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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 During the latter half of October 1941, the Ergiinzungsgruppe was withdrawn from France back into the Reich.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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