Storm of Steel

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Penguin, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 289 pages
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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, Jünger 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, Jünger 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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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

An important front line view of WW1. Essentially a diary. Read full review

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User Review  - Elliotte Bagg - Goodreads

This book is the memoirs of a German officer during WW1, and reads with the detachment of command. This war was a bloody, gruesome nightmare, yet this book gives the reader the sense of its narrator ... Read full review

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Contents

In the Chalk Trenches of Champagne
5
From Bazancourt to Hattonchâtel
16
Les Eparges
23
Douchy and Monchy
34
Daily Life in the Trenches
51
The Beginning of the Battle of the Somme
67
Guillemont
91
The Woods of StPierreVaast
111
Langemarck
156
Regniéville
180
Flanders Again
192
The Double Battle of Cambrai
204
At the Cojeul River
219
The Great Battle
224
British Gains
257
My Last Assault
274

Retreat from the Somme
121
In the Village of Fresnoy
131
Against Indian Opposition
141
We Fight Our Way Through
283
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About the author (2004)

Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) was born in Heidelberg. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. Fighting throughout the war, he recorded his experiences in several books, most famously in In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel).

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