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All Quiet on the Western Front Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 1 Summary

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Chapter 1 Summary

This novel takes the reader on a grueling tour of the everyday trials of a World War I German Soldier. Paul Baumer suffers through many hardships, loses many comrades, and, in the end, fails to remember how to be a civilian. The reader sees how the war changes every aspect of life, especially for those on the front lines. Baumer and many of his comrades grow from idealistic young men to hardened and hopeless adults.

All Quiet on the Western Front opens up at a time of morbid celebration for the Second Company. At first, the main character, Paul Baumer, describes with excitement the windfall of extra food and cigarette rations to the men of the Second Company. Only after every soldier enjoys seconds does Baumer flashback to the real reason for the good fortune.

After a particularly grueling day in battle, the Second Company suffers losses...

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