A.P. Herbert

The Secret Battle

The Secret Battle is a novel by A. P. Herbert, first published in 1919. The book draws upon Herbert's experiences as a junior infantry officer in the First World War, and has been praised for its accurate and truthful portrayal of the mental effects of the war on the participants. It was one of the earliest novels to contain a detailed description of Gallipoli, or to challenge the Army's executions of soldiers for desertion. It is noticeable as being sharply different from Herbert's later work—there is no note of humour or lightness in the novel, simply a stark and simple narrative.
168 printed pages
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  • Tim Duncanshared an impression4 years ago

    Atmospheric and true.

  • b5381270142shared an impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    absolutely incredible book it really connected with me in a way i cant imagine 💕😭💗

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