This is the first time Paul has fought hand to hand, and is incredibly disturbed. Around 2,000 extras were utilized during production. Paul recalls his first experiences of army life as a young recruit. This section takes after Kat's death. At the hospital, Paul undergoes surgery.
He is glad to learn that all of his buddies have survived his absence, which made them incredibly lucky compared to other squads. Paul tries to console a young recruit, holding him in his arms as the rookie cries and shakes. At last, he goes to barracks to visit his old friend, Milttelstaedt, and, to his amusement, finds Kantorek in militia troops. Bäumer returns to see that Himmelstoss is still in the trench, slightly wounded. As incoming artillery begins, soldiers cry out and run for cover. The men have lost their original distinctions and have blended in with each other. They can't help but laugh as they run away.
They cannot believe in anything except the war. While anytime a war novel uses a hospital for a setting it is, by definition, acknowledging that war wounds, maims, and kills, frequently literature skips over the gorier aspects of war's effects. They keep the feathers to make pillows. Kropp concludes that the war has destroyed everything for them. They are sent back to the field kitchens to get their rations; each man receives double helpings, simply because of the number of dead.
While they are passing by a house near the road, Paul overhears geese and hints Kat about a candidate for frying. Before he dies, he gives his boots to Muller, and they play a significant role in the rest of the story. Paul doesn't know what to do. They are shelled actively along the way. Nevertheless, Paul remains a hardened soldier after having gone through and seen these horrific effects of war. Chapter 8 His training is over and Paul returns to the front. This scene is different from the book, and was inspired by an earlier scene showing a butterfly collection in Paul's home.
To try to kill the vermin, Paul and his buddies pile their tossed bread pieces and jump on the rats when they approach. However, the ultimate bonding moment comes when the soldiers help Lewandowski with his conjugal visit. Paul recalls his narrow escape of death between two foxholes several months ago. As a result, Himmelstoss storms out, threatening a court-martial and Tjaden laughs so hard he dislocates his jaw, causing Kropp to hit him in order to realign it. He and Paul were both in the same area when the shells hit them; Kropp happened to get hit above the knee, whereas Paul took a smaller piece in the sturdier thigh. Both horse and man are but numbers in a huge battle that knows neither identities nor names.
They win this little battle. Knowing the man's name is important to Paul — Gerard Duval. The boys are merely pawns in someone elses game, used to fight a political battle they had no part in creating. When Paul visits the schoolroom where he was originally recruited, he finds Professor Kantorek prattling the same patriotic fervor to a class of even younger students. Chapter 12 Summary: By autumn, only six others besides Paul from his class are left. Some of the men have tentative plans, but all of them seem to feel that the war will never end. Paul cannot leave, pinned down with a machine-gun fire.
Not to be stopped, Detering aims his gun to shoot the distant horses, but Kat stops him before he shoots another soldier by mistake. It was translated into 22 languages just 18 month after its publication. Though the military has worked hard to de-individualize the men for its own agenda, at least there is one positive side effect. Whe … n families saw the telegraph courier truck come they literally stood still in fear some may have kept busy doing chores in hopes it wasn't their home he was coming too. Shells soon drop and knock down Paul and Kropp; Kropp is hit in the knee. Cries of wounded soldiers are heard from a nearby site, which had several direct hits.
They promise Kemmerich to visit him tomorrow and bribe an attendant with cigarettes, so he would give Kemmerich some morphine. Paul volunteers to go at night patrol and is paralyzed by fear. In October 1918, on a day with very little fighting, Paul is killed. The men raid some food and return to safe areas back behind the front. And our thoughts are clay. Paul ponders how quickly things change at the Front — fighting, retreating, lather, rinse, repeating.