Joekie Annemarie Henriet Kaemingk . Dr. Mangan. English
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Joekie Annemarie Henriet Kaemingk
12 April 2017
The Value of Comradeship in All Quiet on the Western Front
How does one survive after all has been lost? 38 million men from 32 different countries were involved in World War I. Over 17 million men died, some of these deaths include Paul and his friends and comrades. “Comradeship” is a unconditional friendship between people who live or work together, especially in a difficult situation. As an example of this strong friendship and fellowship, the author describes the relationship between Paul and his fellow soldiers even stronger than the relationship in family members and even between lovers. Through the novel Paul and his comrades navigate the horrifying conditions…show more content…
During the trench warfare countless diseases and infections spread easily like Trench foot, lice, body lice and the Spanish flu. The easily spreading of diseases and infections was caused by rats and the unhygienic transport of food and water. In the Trench warfare water and food was shipped in large buckets that were often contaminated with diseases and infections. Food was rare this caused soldiers to fight often on an almost empty stomach. They smoked cigarettes to reduce their appetite, but this was of course not healthy and would not help restore strength to their immune system. The difficulties that the soldiers had to endure were making it really hard to survive, it took many young men their lives.
Being a soldier in the WWI Trench warfare was a constant and almost unendurable mental fight. According to Paul, every man must believe in chance and trust his luck , because there is not much else that they can rely on and trust. Life at the front was really hysteric and caused soldiers to develop shell shock. Shell shock was was common it was a consequence of the intensity of the Trench warfare, it caused soldiers to be unable to sleep, walk or talk. “I become faint all at once I cannot do anymore. I won 't reveal anymore, it is senseless, I could drop down and never rise up again.” (Remarque 26) Paul describes