The military genius of General Melchett

Lessons in Leadership by Military Genius General Melchett

General Melchett combines his university experience, knowledge of rugby and even flower arranging to display some unique leadership skills in Blackadder.

General Melchett wearing a moustache net

About General Melchett

One of the best characters in Blackadder Goes Forth was General Melchett. Reflecting a time when it wasn’t what you knew, it was where you went to school, he epitomises our image of World War 1 Generals. Namely, they didn’t have a clue what they were doing!

 

General Melchett Wants You!

Let’s take a look at some of his genius moments in leadership when it comes to sending Blackadder and the boys into battle!

Never ignore a pooh-pooh. Blackadder quote from series 4

Improving the men’s morale

Before the General sends anyone into battle, he aims to improve the men’s morale!

Tally Ho General Melchett style

Even if he can’t join them himself…

I’m just going to have to sit this one out on the touchline with the halftime oranges and the fat, wheezy boys with a note from matron, while you young-bloods link arms and go together for the glorious final scrumdown.

Good Maps Are Key

The General also makes sure he consults a good map before he starts any planning.

General Melchett barren featureless desert

A Carefully Formulated Tactical Plan

Of course, General Melchett didn’t come up with all the battle plans by himself. Field Marshall Haig also lent a hand. If you want to read a little more about him, this is interesting – Was Field Marshall Haig a hero or dunderhead?

Would this brilliant plan involve us climbing out of our trenches, and walking very slowly toward the enemy, Sir?

Be Innovative

General Melchett likes to be innovative when it comes to battle tactics.

Make a note Darling! Heavy machine guns for fullbacks.

Security

Once the General has made a battle plan, security is vital!

Secuirty isn't a dirty word Blackadder

Celebrate Every Victory, No Matter How Small

The General knows just how important it is to celebrate a victory.

Advanced World War 1 Battle Tactics With General Melchett

Here’s all the clips of General Melchett and his military genius in one place!

And finally, remember one thing when it comes to essential leadership skills…

General Melchett Quotes

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