Storm of Steel

Storm of Steel

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The memoir widely viewed as the best account ever written of fighting in WW1

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. Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self-aware, J#65533;nger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but--more importantly--as a unique personal struggle. Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, J#65533;nger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure. Published shortly after the war's end, Storm of Steel was a worldwide bestseller and can now be rediscovered through Michael Hofmann's brilliant new translation.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780142437902
Branch Call Number: D640 .J69313 2004
Characteristics: xxiv, 288 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hofmann, Michael 1957 Aug. 25-


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This German officer's graphic memoir of life on the frontlines depicts war as both terrifying and exhilarating.

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Sep 09, 2016

The person who reviewed this book just a few days ago totally missed the point of this book.

Yes, he was having a great war. He shows you how the actual grunts felt enthusiastic about the war until the very end.

If you really believed everyone was grumbling and thinking mopey crap like "All Quiet on the Western Front", how do you suppose a war could go on for so long? The defeatists wrote their books for a defeated audience. Junger wrote about victories by men who could be crushed but never conquered.


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