A contemplative man

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A contemplative man, Albert, who curses Kemmerich's ill fate, turns over in his mind the  significance of his experiences and concludes that wars would be fair if warmongers  met in a ring and fought like toreador and bull, using only clubs as weapons. In Chapter  5, as the men contemplate a return to civilian life, he labels them useless and assumes  that they will probably all die in battle. Although he lacks the fire of Tjaden, the flexibility  of Kat, and the wistful longing of Detering, he possesses enough spirit to aid Paul in  humiliating Himmelstoss by spilling excrement on the drill instructor's legs, thus ending  the tyrannical martinet's cruel torments. A cheerful humanist at heart, Kropp joins  search parties who seek out the dying. For his efforts, he has his ear lobe shot off. 
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