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All quiet on the Western Front Whenever one reads or hears about World War I or World War II you hear about the struggles of the British Americans And they always speak of the evil and menacing German army However All Quiet on the Western Front gives the reader some insight and a look at a group of young German friends who are fighting in World War I It simply tells of a generation of men who even though they may have escaped its shells were destroyed by the war The soldiers of this war felt they were neither heroes nor did they know what they were fighting for These soldiers were pulled from the innocence of their childhood and thrown into a world of rage Yet some how they still managed to have heart and faith in man kind and could not look the opponent in the eye and kill him The comrades were taught to fight They were taught to kill the British and their allies The comrades had no personal reason to fight with the other except that it was an order and must be done They were not fighting because they held a strong passion for their country or felt deeply for the cause of the war Albert simply states almost all of us are simple folk And in France too the majority of men are laborers workmen or poor clerks Now just why would a French blacksmith or a French shoemaker want to attack us No its merely the rulers I had never seen a Frenchman before I came here and it will be just the same with the majority of Frenchmen as regards us They werent asked about it any more then we were These soldiers lacked passion for the war They didnt feel heroic because they did not hate the French nor the British Therefore they lacked will to fight the war and did not fit
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