Without the columns of soldiers the lieutenants

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Without the columns of soldiers, the lieutenants, generals, and other leaders in the armywould be insignificant because they would have no inferiors and not enough men tofight a war. The “individual” soldier is irrelevant, too. He has no power on his own,because men do not fight wars. Armies do. When one soldier falls, another takes hisplace without second thought, as if an automaton or a well-trained dog. They followorders without questions, and eventually the soldier can no longer comprehend the manhe used to be before the war, because they have lost all personality and individuality.They have become blank, same, and dehumanized, more beastly with every day at thefront. By the end of the war, the soldiers that returned to Germany are unrecognizable.They have fought like animals, run from Death, and seen so many horrors. While theywent to war to be heroes, to fight for their country, the soldiers came back broken andempty, only shells of their former selves. They have regressed slowly, losing the will tolive, and changing until they can’t recognize themselves.

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