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Now It Can Be Told

Philip Gibbs (1877-1962)

1. Part 1: Observers and Commanders, Preface and Chapters 1 to 5
2. Part 1: Chapters 6 to 14
3. Part 1: Chapters 15 to 21
4. Part 2: The School of Courage. Early Days with the New Army. Chapters 1 to 6
5. Part 2: Chapters 7 to 9
6. Part 2: Chapters 10 to 15
7. Part 2: Chapters 16 to 19
8. Part 3: The Nature of Battle. Chapters 1 to 9
9. Part 3: Chapters 10 to 14
10. Part 4: A Winter of Discontent. Chapters 1 to 5
11. Part 4: Chapters 6 to 13
12. Part 4: Chapters 14 to 20
13. Part 5: The Heart of a City. Amiens in Time of War. Chapters 1 to 9
14. Part 5: Chapters 10 to 14
15. Part 5: Chapters 15 to 18
16. Part 6: Psychology on the Somme. Chapters 1 to 8
17. Part 6: Chapters 9 to 13
18. Part 6: Chapters 14 to 20
19. Part 6: Chapters 21 to 23
20. Part 7: The Fields of Armageddon. Chapters 1 to 5
21. Part 7: Chapters 6 to 10
22. Part 8: For What Men Died. Chapters 1 to 4
23. Part 8: Chapters 5 to 9

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Summary

In this book I have written about some aspects of the war which, I believe, the world must know and remember, not only as a memorial of men's courage in tragic years, but as a warning of what will happen again--surely--if a heritage of evil and of folly is not cut out of the hearts of peoples. Here it is the reality of modern warfare not only as it appears to British soldiers, of whom I can tell, but to soldiers on all the fronts where conditions were the same... The purpose of this book is to get deeper into the truth of this war and of all war--not by a more detailed narrative of events, but rather as the truth was revealed to the minds of men, in many aspects, out of their experience; and by a plain statement of realities, however painful, to add something to the world's knowledge out of which men of good-will may try to shape some new system of relationship between one people and another, some new code of international morality, preventing or at least postponing another massacre of youth like that five years' sacrifice of boys of which I was a witness.