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All Quiet on the Western Front Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 4 Summary

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Chapter 4 Summary

For the first time, in Chapter Four, the reader sees the soldiers fighting on the front lines. They are to wire some barbed wire fences along the German-British lines of the front. They work is done at night, and the soldiers are carried as near to the front as possible in open military trucks, lollies. As the first shell lands close to the trucks, the attitudes of the men change. Statements that would be only jest and speculation at the barracks are now facts. They don't' feel fear, Baumer explains, only the recruits are not thick skinned enough to handle the fear. They feel restless and according the Baumer, much like human animals, driven by instinct.

The last of the trek to the front must be done of foot, carrying the fencing supplies. A line of soldiers extends in one solid column as they make their way...

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