Hitler's Germany Paper #1 (1)

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army because he wanted to fight for Germany, he wanted to be a proud soldier for his nation, but everything has just turned to meaningless carnage. The repetition of it all, killing becomes mundane, death becomes commonplace and a man loses spirit. The nobility of the war seems lost, the hope for German glory seems lost, and Junger laments. Immediately after this Junger details the last assault in which he is once again badly wounded. He and his men are surrounded and being gunned down, when from a prone position he pulls himself up to look over the lip of the trench out onto the battle field and sees that,”...some were already exchanging cigarettes, while others were still butchering each other.” 12 The orderly conduct of war has collapsed. Junger is already questioning his commitment to the war and now it has degenerated into absolute anarchy. Junger may not say it but his ability to fight this war is spent. Luckily for Junger, as he lay recovering from his wound he received a letter from the Kaiser. He had been awarded the Pour le Mérite, the highest Prussian military honor, so at least he won being a soldier. However, the Junger that ends the war is not the same man that begins it. Going into the war he believed in Germany's cause with all his heart. The war had to be fought, needed to be fought, and it was his pleasure to fight it. He would display for all the world to see the strength and valor of the German people, and to him that made the war legitimate. The war would sap his spirit though, and after fours years the Great Battle finally causes Junger to break, 11 Ibid, p. 260 12 Ibid, p. 285
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reduced to tears, unmitigated violence, and nearly dead Junger has a profound realization; he can no longer legitimize this mindless carnage.
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