The Storm Of Steel Book Review

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Ron Pattison Dotolo P3 Europe since 1815 8 November 2009 Storm of Steel The Storm of Steel is the memoir of an average German solider during the Great War. Ernst Junger, the main character of the memoirs, is a young, patriotic, and very self-aware young man who in encountering a new experience in his life. Through Junger’s eyes, we follow not only a young man as he progresses and learns during his experiences in World War I, but we also get an in depth view of a war the forever altered the course of history. Junger’s graphic and descriptive explaination of his observations provides the reader with both the horrors and fascination of a world war. It also provides incite on war displaying how a major national conflict connects…show more content…
Junger mentions, “We had come from lecture halls, school desks and factory work benches, and over the brief few weeks of training, we had bonded together into one large and enthusiastic group (5).” Through this description the reader can connect with Junger and his comrades by understanding there background and that they are regular hardworking people such themselves. The reader also can indentify that nationalism is a major influence on the people of the time and play a vital role in Junger involvement within the war. Pride is taken in their actions to help out the cause of their country. This idea is reiterated later on the same page when Junger describes a view shared by him and his group. He says, “Grown up in an age of security, we shared a yearning for danger, for the experience of the extraordinary (5).” Along with nationalism, this demonstrates that going to war also seemed as a right of passage for those who dedicated their lives to serve there nation. However things begin to change slightly as Junger receives his first taste of the…show more content…
For someone who has never experiences such a scene it is almost unimaginable. The trenches consisted of large pools of muddy waters that were almost like swamps. They also contained numerous dead bodies which have bloated following death and many rats all over the place. However a few positives arise from being stuck within such an unhealthy situation. Junger mentions that with their free time, soldiers would hunt pheasants, try and catch rats with metal traps, and occasionally find dud shells out in no mans land and attempt to explode them using their riffles. These positives were heavily outweighed but the most serious aspect of trench life. This aspect was uncertainty. Soldiers were never certain on how safe they were and how much longer their lives would be able to continue. At one point Junger mentions, “…behind every traverse lurked catastrophe, ready to pluck its next chance victim (51).” Later Ernst Junger gives a description of such a situation. While leading an entrenchment party one of the soldiers is shot. The fallen man’s fellow comrades decide to stay posted at their positions longer in attempt to exact revenge for a man who was married with four children. Once Junger provides these details, we understand how personal the war truly was. Soldiers were not just pawns, but actual men with actual lives off of the battle

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