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