His instructor, Moshe the Beadle, returns from a near-death experience and warns that Nazi aggressors will soon threaten the serenity of their lives. In spring, authorities begin shipping trainloads of Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. In a cattle car, eighty villagers can scarcely move and have to survive on minimal food and water.
At the age of nineteen years old Junger ran away from school and enlisted in the German army and was soon sent to the trenches of Champagne and fought both French and British troops across the Western Front where he was wounded multiple times including a bullet wound to the chest that not only ended his military career but earned him the Pour le Merite, the highest award in the German army for valor.
Throughout his memoir, Junger shows the reader a more realistic view of the war and the daily life in the trenches and in battle, and his lack of emotions and comments on the politics of the war leads the audience to read his non-fiction work more objectively and somewhat trust his interpretation of the war.
Junger removes himself from the social issues and politics of the war and simply presents the reader with his reality which was shared among most of the soldiers fighting in the war regardless of which country they fought for.
Background About the Author Ernst Junger was born in in Heidelberg, Germany but moved to Hannover in to Book report on hoops of steel boarding school, and by Junger was already gaining a reputation as a writer and poet. In Junger joined the French Foreign Legion, but ran away while in training and was captured and returned to his training camp only to be dismissed by his father who worked for the German Foreign Office because he was still a minor.
Junger was sent back to school but ran away again in to enlist in the German Army and was assigned to the 73rd Infantry Regiment. Junger would continue his literary career after the war by publishing his memoirs in Storm of Steel as well as publishing other famous works such as his metaphorical criticism of Nazi Germany On the Marble Cliffs.
Ernst Junger postwar in Source Summary Junger begins his book without any mention of himself or his life prior to the war, unlike many memoirs which often begin with a brief background of the author that usually includes their childhood or how they became involved with the war. By immediately beginning the book with his first steps in the war, Junger removes all political or social agendas that readers often find in memoirs.
The reader is immediately under the impression that Junger simply wants to tell his readers how life in the war was. Junger then goes into describing how the first day of war was for the new soldiers; enthusiastic to fight and possibly die for their country yet so frightened that any loud noise would send the men diving for cover.
Junger is sent to a course which caused him to miss the battle of Perthes which he became envious of the soldiers who were there and when artillery bombardments began he would ask his fellow soldiers if it was similar to the battle.
The soldiers would move from trench to trench and city to city to keep up with the front lines after French defeats. Junger then pauses the action of the war to describe the daily life in the trenches, which involved mostly guard duty, and the lay out and operation of the trench system.
In April Junger attends an officer training school and is then sent to what would become the Battle of Somme to prepare a defense against a British attack. Junger focuses a large portion of his book on this battle in which he is eventually wounded again causing him to miss the final large British assault that captured the town of Guillemont and cost the lives of most of his platoon.
He continues to fight in battles such as Arras and Ypres until March of when he was leading a group of Storm Troopers during the German offensive he was shot in the chest thus ending his military career.
The Horror of Daily Life in the Trenches Junger does an amazing job in describing the daily life in the war and in the trenches. By not including his emotions he is able to accurately describe the conditions of the war for the reader. World War I was a very gruesome and devastating war, which Junger portrays in detail, yet mentions the carnage and gore as if it was an average day for the soldiers.
On multiple occasions, Junger finds the mutilated body of a French or British soldier who was killed defending their trench. Whether the soldiers are passing bodies tangled in barbed wire, half destroyed by artillery or other explosives, or simply shooting into the dark hoping their bullets hit an enemy show how desensitized the soldiers have become.
Death does not affect them as it would an average civilian, and they have no problem with seeing a man with half of his head missing, or even being the one to inflict such injuries on their enemy.
They developed a sense of dark humor about what they saw or did in the war. When the trenches were close, and they could hear the British sentry and distinguish who he was based on his cough or whistle, they would talk and joke to one another.
Once the bullets and artillery started flying, however, they would curse and damn the enemy they were just joking with. Their sense of humor was necessary, however, because in a situation where you face death every minute you need something to keep you sane such as joking about the dead or acting like friends with the person you just tried to kill or who was just trying to kill you.
This emotionless description of war along with the humor all combat veterans develop may cause some to believe that Junger is glorifying the war and he enjoys death and killing, but in reality, he is only trying to do his duty to his country and keep his sanity in the hell of trench warfare.
The trenches that Ernst Junger spent four years of his life fighting in are amazingly described in detail on their daily operations. Source Insight Into the War and Time Aside from the gore of the war, Junger does an excellent job in describing the daily life and tasks of a soldier living in the trenches.
Junger is able to vividly describe the daily routine of a soldier including all of the activities he partakes in: Junger also describes the layout of the trenches and the different functions each area perform. He gives a detailed account of the three different trenches that house the reserves, communications, and the front line soldiers and how they are all connected.
Different structures, layouts, and shapes allow for various defenses such as mortar pits, machine gun nests, or slits for riflemen to fire from.
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