Storm of steel

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It has been said that such descriptions separate the scenes themselves from their context the war and thus allow the book to avoid becoming a commentary on the morality of the conflict.

As a result, the structure of Storm of Steel parallels the structure of the war. But he describes horrors, such as layers of corpses from previous offensives being turned up by new shelling and entire towns being obliterated, with the sort of detachment that, combined with his apparent indestructibility, makes for the ultimate soldier.

Yet in spite of the years of bloodshed that could easily have destroyed or dehumanized him, he never lost the simple joys of smoking his pipe or discovering tins of jam in a British dugout.

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About Storm of Steel The memoir widely viewed as the best account ever written of fighting in WW1 A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, Storm of Steel illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. In answer to my question 'Quelle nation? Content and Style Structure: Because Storm of Steel is composed entirely of descriptions, it has been seen as repetitive, with accounts of artillery bombardments, attacks and counterattacks being replayed many times throughout the book. He is first wounded in April , the first of many minor wounds he receives throughout the war. We called out sobbing and stammering fragments of sentences to one another, and an impartial observer might have concluded that we were all ecstatically happy. It barely touches on politics, home life or human love except comradeship. The state, which relieves us of our responsibility, cannot take away our remorse; and we must exercise it. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. His steady rise through the ranks is described and he finally achieves the rank of lieutenant. It retains much of its original structure as a journal despite revisions, featuring chronological, realistic scenes devoid of symbolism as well as crisp, lucid descriptions. Yet in spite of the years of bloodshed that could easily have destroyed or dehumanized him, he never lost the simple joys of smoking his pipe or discovering tins of jam in a British dugout. I guess someone who's been through the Great War. One concerns Guillemont, in the Battle of the Somme. We marched as on the gleaming paths of a midnight cemetery. Following his recovery, he is redeployed to the Arras region of northern France and later participates in the Battle of the Somme in , to which he dedicates a significant portion of his book.

In the course of the war, he was wounded at least 14 times. We called out sobbing and stammering fragments of sentences to one another, and an impartial observer might have concluded that we were all ecstatically happy.

His account is ripe for rediscovery upon the centennial of the Battle of the Somme—a major set piece in Storm of Steel—and a bracing read for fans of Redeployment and American Sniper.

In the tall grass we discovered a line of dead and three wounded who threw themselves at our feet and begged us for mercy. It illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, as seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier.

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Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger