A second poem touching on world war one. This time about the callousness and ineptitude of the British High Command. At the current time the general usually on trial ,Haig, has gained some defence from various historians who say the accusations are unjustified. Yet he famously stated that machine guns were over-rated and could be taken with grit and determination. His plan on the Somme was to use a massive barrage which he said boasting, that the enemy couldn’t survive. They did because they used shrapnel shells ,because not enough high explosive shells were available. He accused the Pals of being second rate, lacking in moral fibre, cowards because they failed to take their objective . If this was true there wouldn’t have been such slaughter as everybody would have run for cover ! One more example is that parachutes were available to aviators in world war one. They were never issued because the generals feared it would “impair a pilots nerve” and that they would be jumping out of their biplanes at the first sight of the enemy.