The Secret Battle
A Tragedy of the First World War
By (author) A. P. Herbert
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Secret Battle by A. P. Herbert
Book DescriptionIn The Secret Battle A. P. Herbert tells the story of an idealistic, young officer called Harry Penrose. First in Gallipoli, then in the trenches of France, he is tested and brought to breaking point as he battles to retain the ideals of military glory, duty and courage amidst the daily grinding miseries of the trenches. It lays bare the real horrors of the First World War without melodrama, or sensationalism. The author tells his tale not with indignant protest, but with a sad resignation making this a haunting and deeply moving book.Despite the glowing accolades it would later receive, when it was first published in 1919, just a few months after the Armistice, a war-weary public were not ready for a book that so fundamentally challenged the assumptions and beliefs on which the war had been fought. Because of that it never quite gained the status it really deserved and deserves. Ninety years on it has lost none of its freshness, relevance and poignancy. It remains an incredibly touching story of what might happen to a gallant soldier borne down by the stresses of war and challenges traditional perceptions of what constitutes courage. It also raises important questions over the justice or otherwise of executions in the First World War: a question that is now more than ever, an open matter of debate and contention.This edition includes an Introduction by Winston Churchill and a new Foreword by Malcolm Brown who was a great admirer of Herbert.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781848325210
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Frontline Books
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author A. P. Herbert
Secret Battle, Hardback (April 2015)
Tells the story of one man's secret battle against himself as he is tested and brought to breaking point, first at Gallipoli, then with his young wife in London, and finally in the trenches of the Western Front.
Man About Town, Paperback (June 2001)
A hilarious collection of musings, essays and sketches from the ever-versatile A P Herbert. Pondering quandaries such as which club to luncheon in and the difficulty of finding a decent golfing partner, we are reminded of a world since past. But as we mourn it, A.P.H. teasingly reminds us that though times might change, people never do.
Mild and Bitter, Paperback (June 2001)
But where everything is right, Nothing's left for which to fight.' So goes the author's vision of Paradise, but on this side of the pearly gates, he finds plenty to satirize, criticize, lament and laugh over - be they such eternal preoccupations as cricket, smoking, privacy, speech day, or that most fearful duty - being the father of the bride.
Light Articles Only, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by A. P. Herbert
Witty, droll and a respecter of no man, the author creates a series of unique sketches - gently pointing the finger at some of our own idiosyncrasies. His comic dexterity and inspired versatility is enhanced by a string of ingenious illustrations.
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