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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is a vivid portrayal of trench warfare on the French front during World War One The interesting view taken by the author is that this book is written in a German perspective as opposed to be written in an American British or French perspective In doing that Remarque gives his readers a completely different view of the war At the start of the book the protagonist Paul Baumer is nineteen years old The company he is a part of has just come back from the front for rations Only eighty out of the original one-hundred and fifty men return The cook only will give them rations for eighty men but eventually give them everything Soon after Paul finds his former classmate Kemmerich in a bed with his leg amputated and dying He has a new pair of boots he cannot wear Their comrade Muller wants these boots but only if there is no chance of Kemmerich using them Kemmerich soon dies and tells Paul to give his boots to Muller New recruits are sent to the front and Pauls friend Katczinskyotherwise known as Kat has made a great stew of beef and beans He said that if all men in the army were given the same food and the same wages that wars would end immediately Kropp another soldier believes that there should be no armies that instead the nations leaders should fight out all of their disagreements with clubs After a discussion on how the war has changed people Tjaden another member of Pauls company announces that the cruel Corporal Himmelstoss has come to fight on their front The company goes to lay barbed wire on the front that night They are bombarded by shells and corpses are unearthed by the explosions When the remaining soldiers return they kill lice and talk about what they would do when the war ends Then Himmelstoss comes
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