Vol. II No. 12 ……. An Army is Quite a Thing ……. This issue of ARMY TALKS is based on an excerpt from the notable book, ” The Battle is the Pay-off,” by Major Ralph Ingersoll. The author, a noted New York journalist and editor, enlisted in the first World War at the age of 17 and enlisted again in the present conflict. He took part in the Tunisian campaign as a captain in the Engineers.