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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new translation of classic memoir
This is a much needed new translation of one of the finest military memoirs ever written. The original has long been recognised as essential reading to anybody with an interest in world war one but has been quite hard to find due to being long out of print, and the original translation left much to be desired. This book is very direct with no attempt to analyse or judge...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The experience of a front line soldier during World War One
Ernst Jünger's account of his years fighting as a German soldier on the Western Front during World War One is one of the most graphic I have ever read in terms of descriptions of injuries and violence. That said, much of a soldier's life is routine and boring, and Jünger covers this aspect too.

I was surprised by Jünger's matter-of-factness...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling and graphic., 8 Mar. 2014
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It does much to explain the reason for the 'Iron Harvest' in Europe. It is rather refreshing to read a matter of fact description of trench warfare as it unfolded. No trying to understand the reasons or pull at the heart strings - just war as it happened and how men coped with day to day life in the trenches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, 23 Oct. 2014
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I'm apparently British. It seems by default that Germans are always cast as the villains. Such nonsense. The book is excellent and shows really in humans that although there may well be cultural differences in essence we are one. Superb read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storm of Steel, 5 Jun. 2011
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Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger is without doubt the best first hand account of WW1 combat ever written. Be you a German, British, French, Australian or Canadian soldier, Ernst Junger's experiences would have been universal to any soldier fighting in the trenches of the First World War.
Some will compare it unfavorably to 'All Quiet on the Western Front' but that story is pure fiction- it didn't happen. 'Storm of Steel' did happen, and Ernst Junger was there, so comparisons are null and void. Others will denigrade this work because of its nationalist overtones but the whole World went to War in 1914 in a nationalistic fervor and Junger was just one of millions who signed up and fought. To get the most from this book, just read it for what it is; one very tough professional soldiers experiences during the First world War.
One should also note the many books coming out of recent conflicts, particularly Afghanistan, and their no-holes barred, no apologies made recollections of these conflicts by the guys fighting there. Our current soldiers are writing from their own experiences as that is all they can do, which is exactly what Junger did all those years ago.
A great book and you will read it again and again. I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storm of steel, 14 Oct. 2014
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This is a really graphic view of the Great War. Such atmospheric description of the conditions under which both sides suffered are astonishing by today's standards. Truly a Classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very much like All quiet on the Western Front., 1 Feb. 2012
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A great read. Very much in the same vein as all quiet on the Western Front. Gave good detail in what life was like for the average German in WWI. It is a bit propaganda in feeling at times. It was obviously reworked a bit, in my opinion, by the later pro German fronts. Overall if you want a good read about WWI from a german point of view I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for a European warrior caste!, 3 Aug. 2012
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I have always thought it was strange that if World War I so very terrible why did these men continue fighting in it? If everyone felt as Remarque does in 'All Quiet on the Western front' and if they agreed with the presentation of the war as it is now - as a pointless mutual horrid slaughter yard, surely they would have abruptly all downed weapons on mass? I find it hard to believe they would have carried on fighting from shear fear of punishment alone. This book has the answer. The vast majority of men were like Juenger to some extent! They embraced the warrior ethic and love of their homelands. These were men of our European warrior class drawn from all classes. Officer and lowly private fought with equal bravely, valour and honour. In the 21st century, in the age of utter decay, the post-modern European man gets a glimpse into a bygone era when men of his race were warriors. Superior men.

This book is more extreme than any horror film or violent hollywood action thriller. It is simply unbelievable. But this book is fact! This is what happened between European brothers less than 1 century ago and only just out of living memory. Juenger was a real life superman and super-hero. I couldn't put this book down.

Throughout the book there is much mention of respect toward the British. This was the last gentlemen's war at least in conduct if not in quantity of death. Juenger does not speak in favour or against WW1 except on occasion when saying what a waste to kill equal Englishmen. Juenger fought for the sake of fighting and not for any ideology, as is the warrior ethic.

European man must reach into books like this to rediscover his soul if he wishes to survive this century.

From a purely literature viewpoint the writing is razor sharp. Words are used where necessary and not more. I have noticed this is a common trend of European literature masterpieces like this. Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book just read it gives a different view of ..., 4 Oct. 2014
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Great book just read it gives a different view of the war the fact its memoirs makes it all that more amazing
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine account of a German soldier's experience during 1914-18., 5 Sept. 2014
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This was a present to a sister-in-law who spoke highly of it, saying it was riveting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Storm of Steel, 25 Aug. 2013
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Enjoyable read , conditions equally as bad as the Allied side .
It was good to read the German version of everyday life in the Frontline .
The translation I found very poor , sometimes atrocious and quite confusing in fact .
For this reason alone I feel it merits only four star rating in my estimitation . ####
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written and translated, 9 Feb. 2015
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Although this book was written after the experience of ww1 it still conveys the complete horror ,being wounded at least two or three times appears to be the norm.There is a respect for the adversary whether english or a new zealander but not a bitterness just a sense of duty loyality and national pride an excellent read
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