Essay On All Quiet On The Western Front
The book ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque described the horrors of World War I from the point of view of a young German man by the name of Paul Baumer. Though this character Erich Maria Remarque was able to portray real events that took place in World War I while bring the horrible terror that many young solders faced at that time in their lives. Three of the terrible factors he described in his book that took place in the real World War I were the terrible medical conditions for the solders in the field, the trench war fair, and the use of gasses.
Portrayed in the book
In the book while visiting a friend, Kemmerich’s, who was dying Paul was able to describe some of the grossest medical …show more content…
He gave the impression that the ground was muddy from not only the weather but from blood of the young men who had been killed in battle. He talked about men being shot and falling into the trenches onto him and other men. Once while heading back to the trenches Paul and his comrades come across a man in a tree that is said was thrown out of his cloths from the weapon that Kat calls ‘trench mortars’ (Remarque & Wheen, 1996). A tube that as designed to fire projectiles at a 45-degree angle, this came straight down on the soldiers in the trenches (Duffy, 2009). Despite the horrible conditions of the trenches when Paul was coming back from no man’s land he was anxious to get back to their trenches as if it was a place of safety (Remarque & Wheen, …show more content…
It was not sported at first until it killed 1100 soldiers, leading to a race between the military forces to see who can make the most deadly and effective gas. About 3000 gases were developed and only 50 or so had been used in war (Everts, 2015). The gasses became less effective in killing soldiers since gases masks quickly became developed. The gas became more of an emotional and phycological weapon then a physical weapon. Leaving panic and disorientation in its wake rather than dead bodies. This is shown when only about 8 present of soldiers were harmed from the gasses in a physical since but shell shock was over 80,000, after World war I (BBC,