Do you think I'm going to send him over there to be cannon-fodder?
The flower of Oxford was too valuable to be used as cannon-fodder.
What they can hope to achieve by so prodigal a waste of "cannon-fodder" is difficult to see.
Hannibal in his victories lost almost nobody but Gauls, his cannon-fodder, who fought with poor shields and without armor.
This "cannon-fodder" would go into battle without enthusiasm, would perform what was required of them like obedient machines.
Man for man, the alert, intelligent, and chivalrous British army was far superior to the cannon-fodder of the German machine.