Diane Hine (25 July 1956)
Who Would Have Thought?
The men were sick of salted beef. They gagged.
Perhaps they dreamt of ale and British haddock.
The flour was spoilt by rain. The soldiers flagged.
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
According to Wikipedia, Braddock’s last words were ‘Who would have thought? ’
but another source had ‘We shall know how to fight them next time’.
Old military adage: ‘A commander can be forgiven for being defeated but never for being surprised.’
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