All Quiet On The Western Front, German World War I

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World War I differed from previous wars in the essence that technological sophistication of weaponry such as artillery, poison gas and machine-guns created a vehement war with a massive number of casualties. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, German World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque delineates the experiences that German soldiers face on the restless front, and the toll that the physical conditions and the mental stress take on the deterioration of the youth of each soldier battling on the terrain. Remarque’s war novel strays away from the romantic and glorifying thought of war in order to emphasize the hardships war forced upon the men who fought for their country. The weapons that are in the hands of the men on the front lines become their livelihood, and the terrain of the battle are the only things separating a common man and a man marked by the scars of war. At some point, war no longer becomes a fight between enemies from two different countries, it becomes a battle between one’s self and the urge to resist barbaric and animalistic acts when in dire situations. A wide variety of new advanced and manufactured weapons altered the way soldiers regarded battle and the land where they would engage. Life on the front forced German soldiers to come face to face with petrifying weapons that can critically injured, or even kill, one within a matter of seconds. Words such as mines, gas, tanks, machine-guns, hand-grenades, bombardment, barrage and curtain-fire
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