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 ''un''necessary." 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:
* [[TheCaptain Capt. Dennis Stanhope]], the ShellShockedSenior (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
* [[NewMeat 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' [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep unnamed]] DeadpanSnarker chef
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!!This play includes these tropes:
* TheAlcoholic: Stanhope. The first thing we ever hear about him is that he's "drinking like a fish".
* AntiHero: Stanhope.
* BigBrotherMentor: Raleigh regards Stanhope as this.
* BigEater: Trotter
* BrokenPedestal: Stanhope is afraid to turn out as one for Raleigh.
* ChefOfIron: Mason
* DeadpanSnarker: Mason as well. The German soldier they capture has a few clever lines making fun of their attempts to speak German.
* AFatherToHisMen: Osbourne is called "uncle" by most of the other officers. Stanhope is a subversion, he comforts Hibbert but still has KickTheDog moments.
** Also subverted when Stanhope rages at Raleigh for "feeding with the men".
* FiveManBand. Could be viewed as a partial [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]] since TheHero is flawed and often bullying, TheSmartGuy is using his brains to try and leave the team, not help it, and TheChick [[BreakTheCutie has his naivete brutally crushed]]
* HopelessWar: Most of the main characters feel that the war is ultimately pointless.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Stanhope could qualify to be one, but it's [[JustifiedTrope caused by the war]].
* KickTheDog: Stanhope to Raleigh and Hibbert.
* {{Nepotism}}: Strongly implied to be the way Raleigh got into Stanhope's company.
* TheObiWan: One can view Osbourne in this light
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Stanhope and Osbourne, to a degree.
* SadClown: Hardy and Hibbert. Everyone is trying to be one in the meal scene (except for Raleigh who can't bring himself to).
* WarIsHell: And the officers have it relatively easy.
* WorldWarOne: Naturally
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