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Ancient Worlds - The Search for the Origins of Western by Richard Miles

By Richard Miles

Around the center East, the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta, awe-inspiring, gigantic ruins are scattered around the panorama - significant palaces, temples, fortresses, shattered statues of historical gods, carvings praising the everlasting energy of long-forgotten dynasties. those ruins - the rest of hundreds of thousands of years of human civilization - are either inspirational of their grandeur, and negative in that their as soon as teeming centres of inhabitants have been all finally destroyed and abandoned.

In this significant e-book, Richard Miles recreates those notable towns, starting from the Euphrates to the Roman Empire, to appreciate the roots of human civilization. His problem is to make us remember the fact that the towns which outline tradition, faith and fiscal luck and that are humanity's maximum invention, have continuously had a merciless facet to them, development structures that experience supplied either remarkable possibilities and back-breaking hardship.

Richard Miles is the writer of Carthage needs to be Destroyed: the increase and Fall of an old Civilization. He teaches classics on the college of Sydney and used to be formerly a Newton belief Lecturer within the school of Classics and Fellow and Director of experiences at Trinity corridor, collage of Cambridge. He has written generally on Punic, Roman and Vandal North Africa and has directed archaeological excavations in Carthage and Rome. historic Worlds used to be written to accompany his hugely acclaimed six-part tv sequence of an identical identify, first proven on BBC2.

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The only thing known with certainty is that Hauptmann Mayer's body was washed ashore north of Dungeness ten days later. /JG 51. It was at this time, too, that the Geschwader was honoured with its third Knight's Cross of the war. /JG 53, who bellylanded near Tunbridge on 2 October. LJ l- e.. « :c u Mayer's temporary replacement as acting-Kommandeur of I. /JG 53, pictured here in his 'Black 2' under a screen of camouflage netting at Le Touquet as he and his mechanic await the order to start engines One of a series of propaganda photographs purportedly taken to mark Oberfeldwebel Stefan Litjens' scoring JG 53's 500th kill of the war on 15 November 1940 (although post-war records cast serious doubt on both total and date as given), this shot nonetheless shows a gathering of future Experten who, between them, would add nearly 250 victories to the 'Ace of Spades" collective score.

Staffel groundcrew, all of whom appear to be studying something of interest in the area of the starboard tailplane. The last two of the 17 kill bars marked on the rudder of the Kapitan's Emil refer to the brace of Spitfires downed near Portsmouth on 26 August 30 At first the Ired band' edict was scrupulously complied with. /JG 53, is pictured in front of the machine flown by his Kommandeur, Hauptmann Gunther von Maltzahn. The freshly applied unit marking, completely encircling the engine cowling, is clearly visible I dived after it and shot the machine in flames from a range of 50 metres.

Two other pilots saw their scores pass the 20 mark while on the northern sector- Gruppen-AcijutantOberleutnant Gerhard Michalski, who reached 22, and the Kapitan of 5. Staffel, Oberleutnant Kurt Brandle, who got 29. Just one year earlier, a total of 20 enemy aircraft destroyed was an almost cast-iron guarantee of a Knight's Cross, but the staggering number of kills racked up by many Luftwaffe fighter pilots during the first three months of Barbarossa had rendered this arbitrary yardstick meaningless.

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