He waits in the hole with the dead man for hours upon hours, until he feels it is safe enough to return to his regiment’s trench.When Paul returns, he, Kat, and six others are sent to guard a village, where they find lots of food to eat.
When night comes, they fall asleep to the sound of exploding shells.
When they awake, they hear sounds of an impending attack.
The trenches are bombarded a number of times as the novel continues, until finally the soldiers are sent off-duty to take a break while they await reinforcements.
Himmelstoss, who had recently made his first appearance in the trenches, makes efforts to get along better with the group.
They are later sent to another village to help evacuate civilians. The novel then shifts away from Paul’s first-person perspective and ends with an announcement that Paul has died.
During the evacuation, however, the French bombard the town, and Paul and his friend Albert Kropp are injured. Paul undergoes surgery and is sent back to the front lines. Kat is hit while searching for food, and, afraid that he doesn’t have time to wait, Paul carries him to the dressing station. The army report issued on the day of his death stated only this: All quiet on the Western Front.He visits Kemmerich’s mother, who questions him about her son’s death.After a difficult conversation with his own mother, Paul wishes he had never come on leave, believing that he has changed far too much to live as he once did.Its refusal to take an explicit stance on war was in shocking contrast to the patriotic rhetoric typical of the time, especially in Germany.The book was an immediate international success, though it had many critics.While bathing in a canal, Paul and some of his friends encounter three French girls, who they sneak out at night to meet.Paul then learns that he has been granted 17 days of leave.When he gets home, he learns that his mother has cancer.He feels disconnected from people he once felt close to, and he cannot understand the things that occupy their minds.tells the story of a group of young Germans who enlist in World War I after being captivated by slogans of patriotism and honour.It is narrated by the protagonist, Paul Baumer, who is 20 years old.