World War: Winkles on Pins

Upon the British sector of the Western Front in France last week arrived Sir Philip Gibbs, K. B. E., a lifelong literary practitioner whose dispatches from the Allied fronts of 1914-18 constitute one of the classic chronicles of World War I. At 62, Sir Philip felt "like Rip Van Winkle coming back to the scenes of his youth," which hadn't changed much. "Has it been seven days' leave or 21 years?" he asked himself. "It is the same old scene, exactly as it has lived in my memory as a kind of dream."

He went for a ride in a tank across...

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