The General

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The General
by Siegfried Sassoon
The General is a 1918 poem by the English soldier and poet Siegfried Sassoon published in Counter-Attack and Other Poems.

"Good morning, good morning," the general said,
When we met him last week on our way to the line.
Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead,
And we're cursing his staff for incompetent swine.
"He's a cheery old card," muttered Harry to Jack
As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.

But he murdered them both by his plan of attack.

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