The record of several schoolmates who represent a generation destroyed by the dehumanization of Worl

The record of several schoolmates who represent a generation destroyed by the dehumanization of Worl

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The record of several schoolmates who represent a generation destroyed by the dehumanization of  World War I's trench warfare,  All Quiet on the Western Front  tells of their enlistment in the army at  the urging of their teacher, Kantorek, whose wisdom they trusted. Paul Bäumer, a sensitive teenager,  serves as central intelligence, the prototypical young infantryman whose youth is snatched away by  the brutality of war. Behind German front lines between Langemark and Bixschoote in 1916, only eighty of the original  one hundred fifty soldiers of the Second Company remain fit for duty. Paul and his comrades have  acquired a bit of battle experience, including the loss of Joseph Behm, the first of their group to die.  Franz Kemmerich, his leg amputated, faces imminent death. A letter from Kantorek calling them "Iron  Youth" stirs Kropp's anger. The soldiers, recalling Platoon 9's brutal basic training in Klosterberg, abandon their idealism as a 
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