History Literature / AllQuietOnTheWesternFront

25th Dec '16 7:07:15 PM jamespolk
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* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Himmelstoß is awarded an Iron Cross (2nd Class) in the 1979 movie - by Wilhelm II in person, no less.

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* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Himmelstoß Himmelstoss; is awarded an Iron Cross (2nd Class) in the 1979 movie - by Wilhelm II in person, no less.
15th Dec '16 6:59:21 PM jamespolk
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Taken to ridiculous levels when Paul casually mentions that the Russians used to be so bored [[TooMuchInformation that it was common to walk into a whole cell getting off at once.]]


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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Taken to ridiculous levels when Paul casually mentions that the Russians used to be so bored [[TooMuchInformation that it was common to walk into a whole cell getting off at once.]]
9th Dec '16 11:09:20 AM Aquila89
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---> "But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?"

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---> --> "But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?"
8th Dec '16 1:03:49 PM darkpast
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* EvenMooksHaveLovedOnes: After Paul kills a French soldier, he searches his body and finds out his name was Gerard Duval, a printer with a wife and young daughter. This haunts him for quite some time.
---> "But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?"
8th Dec '16 12:52:48 PM darkpast
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* UncertainDoom: Detering is arrested after deserting. He is sent before a field tribunal and never heard from again. We never find out what happened to him, but it's likely he was ShotAtDawn.
7th Oct '16 3:46:01 PM DustSnitch
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* BadAss: Kat. Also, Lt. Bertinck, who despite being mortally wounded lived long enough to make sure the enemy flamethrower was destroyed.
2nd Oct '16 8:53:58 AM Fluid
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* SadClown: Late in the book, as the war starts to take a turn for the worse, there are news reports mentioning the soldiers' good sense of humor. Paul points out that they're not really trying to be funny with their BlackComedy; instead, it's the only way they're able to hold on to their sanity.
14th Jun '16 7:52:10 PM SantosLHalper
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* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap : An interesting non-sci-fi example. One of the soldiers in the story is overjoyed when he discovers ''an actual cherry tree in bloom'' during a march across the countryside to a new position. Since he (and the others) have spent entire weeks at the frontline, this is hardly suprising - the frontline being [[{{Mordor}} a lifeless war-torn muddy wasteland]] and all.

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* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap : An interesting non-sci-fi example. One of the soldiers in the story is overjoyed when he discovers ''an actual cherry tree in bloom'' during a march across the countryside to a new position. Since he (and the others) have spent entire weeks at the frontline, this is hardly suprising - the frontline being [[{{Mordor}} [[{{CorpseLand}} a lifeless war-torn muddy wasteland]] and all.
10th Jun '16 2:12:17 AM morane
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* {{Conscription}}: ''All'' protagonists are conscripts. [[NotSoDifferent So are the French]].
28th May '16 6:22:34 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** Being exposed to gas attacks is described in such horrific detail like slow asphyxiation and scorched lungs that it easily qualifies for this trope.
** A lot of the injuries are described as this, but special mention goes to a soldier who was supposedly shot in the spine, [[AndIMustScream paralyzed and screaming in pain for hours as no one can find where he was before finally expiring]].
** Peter Leer has a piece of shrapnel tear open his hip, causing him to bleed to death in a quick but agonizing fashion before anyone can help him.
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