Lieutenant George: Great Scott sir, you mean, you mean the moment’s finally arrived for us to give Harry Hun a darned good British style thrashing, six of the best, trousers down?
Captain Blackadder: If you mean, “Are we all going to get killed?” Yes. Clearly, Field Marshal Haig is about to make yet another gargantuan effort to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.
– Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
General Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British forces for most the First World War, is a figure of infamy among…