Study Guide

All Quiet on the Western Front Scene 23

Scene 23

Scene 23

  • Leer notices Himmelstoss and laughs.
  • Having recognized Leer, Himmelstoss enters and demands everyone stand at attention for him. The soldiers laugh.
  • Paul confronts Himmelstoss, telling him they'll all salute him and ask permission to die if they stop a bullet in the next attack. Flustered, Himmelstoss leaves.
  • The soldiers laugh until they hear bombs exploding. They prepare for the upcoming attack.

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