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Blackadder Goes Forth - Final Scene In a way this is the British equivalent of the final episode of MASH. MASH ended happily with the characters returning stateside. Blackadder Goes Forth didn't end so happily. The irreverent mini-sitcom comprised of just six episodes was set amid the chaos and horrors of the First World War's trenches. Rowan Atkinson played company leader Captain Blackadder. This poignant final scene fom 1989, often called the most memorable in British television, has the cast regulars preparing themselves to go 'over the top' to face certain death.
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Added: 4th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-04 
Notice that all the soldiers are wearing neckties. That is absolutely accurate. British soldiers of all ranks--in the muck and filth of the Western Front trenches--were required to wear neckties!

Madness and folly...
Posted by: donmac101 on 2009-03-04 
This was an end to a series that like many others left you saying,'it's not the end' hoping for more, but it was. Did Blackadder and comrades die though?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-04 
While it isn't specifically stated that Blackadder and his men are killed, their fading into the mist strongly suggests they were mowed down in one of theose awful, futile charges across no-man's land.

In my humble opinion, the First World War had to be the most horrific conflict in history.
Posted by: donmac101 on 2009-03-04 
Have to agree Lava, but maybe this could be attributed to the fact that we have a picture history of this war and that those before it are just on the page or have little or no photographic evidence to make us look in horror and say those immortal words, 'Never Again'?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-04 
I think what made the First World War so horrible was the thrre-year period of stagnation. The generals on both sides in 1914 envisioned a mobile war--and it was for about three months.

When the Germans were stopped by the French at the Battle of the Marne, they dug trenches and fortified them with hundreds of machine guns to avoid retreating. Soon the French and British did the same. The trenches extended 700 miles across western Europe from Belgium to the Swiss border. Over the next three years, the battlelines did not significantly change despite the loss of millions of men in suicidal charges against positioned fortified with machine guns and artillery.

In trench warfare, invidual courage did not matter much. Soldiers were pawns as the generals tried 19th-century tactics to win a 20th-century war.

At least in other wars the constant movement indicated that something was being accomplished. In the First World War it must have been maddening for soldiers to be in virtually the same spot for years at a time.

I have a special place in my heart for those hopeful but naive souls who cheerfully volunteered for military service for King and Empire in 1914 and ended up in the unbelievable quagmire of the Western Front. I never miss attending the annual Remembrance Day ceremony.
Posted by: Planefxr on 2009-04-14 
Hey, I see that a very young Dr. House is the Lieutenant in this scene!
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