“War is a psychological thing


Peter Cook – “Rather like a game of football. You know how in a game of football ten men often play better than eleven?”

Jonathan Miller (Perkins) – “Yes, sir.”

Peter Cook – “Perkins, we are asking you to be that one man. I want you to lay down your life, Perkins. We need a futile gesture at this stage. It will raise the whole tone of the war. Get up in a crate, Perkins, pop over to Bremen, take a shufti, don’t come back. Goodbye, Perkins. God, I wish I was going too.”

Jonathan Miller – “Goodbye, sir - or is it - au revoir?”

Peter Cook – “No, Perkins.”

1960s satire or 21st century British military tactics ?

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