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Base Details Summary & Analysis
by Siegfried Sassoon

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"Base Details," a satirical war poem by the British poet Siegfried Sassoon, takes aim at the military elite of World War I—the "scarlet Majors" who live indulgent, lavish lives while sending young men to die in their thousands. The poem shows how the war created two very different parallel experiences: the distant yet all-powerful role of those in charge, and the horrific lived reality of those doing the actual fighting. "Base Details" was first published in Sassoon's 1918 collection Counter-Attack and Other Poems.

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