Study Guide

All Quiet on the Western Front Scene 2

Scene 2

Scene 2

  • The boys arrive at boot camp.
  • They goof off while getting dressed, laughing about their ambitions and how great it'll be in the army—apparently forgetting that boot camp and summer camp are two very different things.
  • Himmelstoss enters in uniform, and the boys talk to him all buddy-buddy, but he has none of it.
  • He lines them up and informs them that while they might be stupid he'll make soldiers of them.
  • And that "soldiers" is all they'll ever be.