At the field depot

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At the field depot, Second Company takes a brief, well deserved rest. They are reorganizing, in need  of more than a hundred reinforcements. Himmelstoss is friendly and, because he brought Westhus  back after he was wounded, Paul is kinder to him. Himmelstoss also took over the cooking from  Ginger, so he brings Paul and his friends food. At rest and full of food, Paul cannot think of the front  line. Instead, he recounts who is dead and wounded and tries to use humor to keep his thoughts  straight. Kropp and Paul find a theatre poster from a long-since-abandoned theatre. The girls in the  poster remind them of the life they had forgotten, and they look at themselves and see the many  layers of civilization that are gone. Paul and the others decide to visit the delousing station. Billeted near a canal, Paul and his friends swim naked and flirt in makeshift, broken French with 
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