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A truly memorable account of life in the trenches in World War I,
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This review is from: Storm of Steel (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
This is the final revised version of Ernst Junger's classic account of his experiences during World War I. Junger became a prolific writer after the war, receiving many awards during his very long life (he died at the age of 103). Wounded fourteen times, Junger was decorated twice for bravery and received the Iron Cross.
Many have found Junger's proto-Fascist standpoint highly distasteful. Nonetheless, his account of life in the trenches remains, along with Robert Graves' Goodbye To All That, as one of the most complete accounts of the vicissitudes suffered in the bloodbath that was WWI. The introduction by the translator is worthy of attention before reading the diary itself as he accounts for the changes made by Junger to the diary throughout the years and the errors in translation in previous English editions. All in all, a must-read for anyone interested in the experience of the soldier in WWI.