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A play written by R.C. Sherriff and first performed in 1928, it tells the story of a group of middle-ranked members of the British army. The overall premise is "War is both unpleasant and unnecessary." However, it is shot through with a vein of dark humour, particularly from Mason and Trotter, making it ring much truer than many of its doom-and-gloom imitators.

The main characters are:

  • Capt. Dennis Stanhope, the Shell Shocked Senior (a rather tragic example, he's in his early 20s). He drinks heavily to deal with the war but won't take any time off because of a sense of duty and a fear that everyone he knows at home, including his fiancée, will find out what he's become.
  • Lt. Osborne, Stanhope's fatherly second in command
  • Second Lt. Jimmy Raleigh, Stanhope's old schoolfriend and future brother-in-law
  • Second Lt. Trotter, the token working-class officer
  • Second Lt. Hibbert, an officer who's as traumatised as Stanhope. He hopes to get home by faking illness.
  • Pvt. Mason, the officers' unnamed Deadpan Snarker chef.

Five film adaptations have been released:

  • The first was an Anglo-American co-production released in 1930, only a few days before the original All Quiet on the Western Front adaptation premiered.
  • The second, an obscure German production titled The Other Side (Die andere Seite), was released one year later.
  • The third, 1976′s Aces High, which replaced the setting from the trenches to aerial warfare.
  • The fourth was a 1988 made-for-TV BBC movie.
  • And the most recent adaptation, released around 2017-18.

This play includes these tropes:

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