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He did serve as an officer for the Wehrmacht, spending much of the War in occupied Paris.

Read more Read less. Discussion errnst Storm of Steel 4 52 Nov 06, He was at first an enlisted man in the infantry who after a brief junfer was commissioned an ensign and given responsibility for a platoon. There are indeed many moments here that you might fairly call Homeric, not least in their tone of gung-ho excitement — and considering this helped me clarify what it was I disliked about the book.

Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

Your breath comes in shallow jynger you have to force yourself to stifle any panting or wheezing. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. There are flashes of sardonic wit, as when the author describes the travails he encounters trying to protect df bicycles from shellfire: Out of the maelstrom of World War I emerge scenes which could have come straight from Dante’s Inferno. Jul 07, Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: Fans of war literature will enjoy this book. But that appears to be par for the course – little exercises designed to keep the men occupied but with little or no tactical value.

I doubt Ernst would have had much patience with me. Ernst’s journey takes him through the most awful battles of the Great War, The Somme, Passchendaele and of course Cambrai which was the first time the British tank was used in large concentrations which resulted in huge success, the tanks used were various types which consisted of Mark IV and others.

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I’ll let Junger tempestares it up: Interesting to me as this is World War I. Air power dw unremarkable, and not idolized, as we hear in some accounts. We watch troops deal with boredom, fighting off rats, coming up with nicknames for bad food. Hofmann knows his subject, though, and his introductory essay has some interesting comments that contextualise Storm of Steel what an appropriately George-RR-Martinesque title that is! But there were too many: The feeling of hours days and weeks of everything from boring waiting, marching and some drudgery Evidence that even a “warrior” need to psych himself up to kill: The train stopped at Bazancourt, a small town in Champagne, and we got out.


The novel excels at this detail. A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, ‘Storm of Steel’ illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier.

He lay there, looking quite relaxed. In the name of the whole division, I congratulate you. I also must say that I am incredulous that someone who lost so many friends and comrades—and who himself narrowly escaped death, getting wounded 14 times—could talk in such fanciful, romantic, and vague terms about the lessons of the war—and again I wonder, was this some kind of defense mechanism?

Everything from digging trenches to being wounded, over and over we get the account. And it never relents: A century later, it’s still read because acsro gripping, so clearly describes the storms and stresses of battle and the times of quiet in-between, and it does so without much theorizing or hand-wringing or editorializing about humanity.

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Junger is not a pacifist. It is not a glorification of war, though, as the details cannot but shock and horrify, but it does depict a man who gloried in his excellence at war, which I think is a distinction. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Apr 27, Mike the Paladin rated it liked it. An eerie place, especially at night, when the moon cast moving shadows through breaks in the clouds, and the sounds of the rushes and the murmuring water were joined by others less easily accounted for.


Almost from the beginning, the patrol goes awry and 10 of the 14 never return. As for the enemy, there is of course rivalry, there is no hesitation to exterminate it, but in reality there is nothing personal, there is no national hatred, there is no sentiment.

He Hofmann spends a lot of time in his introduction denigrating his predecessor Basil Creighton’s version of ; this is not a classy move, particularly when I wouldn’t call his own translation especially fluent though I’m sure there are fewer direct errors.

It’s an odd quirk that has to do with language and speaks to the books history. But it is so seductive, and exquisitely wielded by those in power to control and trick us into blindly following and serving their narrow interests no matter the ultimate costs.

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Based on his other hobbies travel, hunting, joining the French Foreign Legion, dangerous political conversation, taking all available drugs he seems to have quite the adrenaline junkie.

Discussion for Storm of Steel. He was only peripherally involved in the events however, and in the aftermath suffered only dismissal from the army in the summer ofrather than execution.

They enter the maze of trenches, quickly losing their way and stumble upon an equally confused group of British New Zealand soldiers about I have had a fascination with this war in which the grandfather I never knew was killed. He transfer his experience in this book in a truly immersive way. Everyone knows this is about life tenpestades death.

There is, of course, the goal of victory, but its only purpose is to achieve what I have said before. Lobbing grenades while storming British trenches is just updated swordplay, really: The breath of battle blew across to us, and we shuddered. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.