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Maughn 1Devin MaughnAll Quiet On The Western FrontResponse PaperProfessor Heuer November 16, 2016A Lost Generation Written in 1929 following the end of World War I, Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front aims to portray the unparalleled lives of German wartime soldiers, who essentially were forced to leave their loved ones to sign their lives over to trench warfare. Saying that these soldiers “signed their lives over” is an accurate description of the time as WorldWar I was responsible for the death of over 17 million soldiers. Soldier life on the warfront was nothing shy of a nightmare. World War I operated on a tactic called “trench warfare”, where soldiers essentially used large craters in the earth as protection and shelter from exploding bombs and shells. Due to the constant fight, soldiers were often forced to reside in the trenches for days at a time, creating very unsuitable living conditions. Because the war lasted for such a long time, food rations became very scarce and