In the morning rats flood the trench, so everyone tries to kill them. And for what? Josef Hamacher[ edit ] Hamacher is a patient at the Catholic hospital where Paul and Albert Kropp are temporarily stationed. He describes the atrocities, the terrible consequences of weapons of mass destruction, and how soldiers become hardened to death and its onslaught of sensory perceptions during battle.
His efforts led to the whole school class volunteering, except for the fat and kind Joseph Behm. Paul buys his comrades a drink and leaves.
Because of this, he was able to write this book with accurate depictions of the war.
Going home, Paul hears the head-master spew empty patriotic rhetoric and argue that he knows better than Paul what is happening in the war. They even feed a small kitten who wandered into their cellar.
Soldiers' lives are thrown away by their commanding officers who are stationed comfortably away from the front, ignorant of the daily terrors of the front line.