All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is a firsthand account of the First World War told by a German soldier. Many topics and issues are covered in this novel, relating to war and those affected by the war, both civilians and soldiers. The stories told from the perspective of the German soldier, Paul, highlight the generation gap between the soldiers in the war and the differences between the civilians and the soldiers. The generation gap between the soldiers is most apparent when they are discussing their future and what they left behind to fight in the war. The older soldiers left behind families, jobs, and a fulfilled life to fight in the war, while all the younger soldiers left behind to fight was their education. “For us, young men of twenty everything is extraordinarily vague, for Kropp, Mṻller, Leer, and for me, all of us whom Kantorek calls the ‘Iron Youth’. All the older men are linked upwith their previous life. They have wives, children, occupations, interested, they have a background which is so strong that the war cannot obliterate it. We young men of twenty, however, have only our parents, and some, perhaps a girl . . . Besides this there was little else – some enthusiasm, a few hobbies, and our school. Beyond this our life did not extend” (Remarque19-20). The biggest difference between the young soldiers and the older soldiers was that they had something to fight for and something to motivate them to go home alive, while all the young soldiers had was the war and nothing else; they had no motivation to go home alive because nothing was waiting for them upon their return. This difference could be attributed to spending more time in one place and doing more than going to school, which helps them solidify their place in society and give them a reason to live. The establish lives of the young and old soldiers differs greatly and also their motivation to fight differs.