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Tempestades de acero

The final chapter describes not the fall of the German empire in revolution, humiliation, and economic ruin, but points to new careers for veterans, who seem likely to triumph in whatever they do. The Nazi’s held the second or third version in high esteem, although Junger apparently didn’t want to be held up as an icon.

An interesting book, at tempsstades intense, dull, moving, surprising, bloody, and repetitive.

Ernst’s journey takes him through the most awful battles of the Great War, The Somme, Passchendaele and of course Cambrai which was the first time the British tank was used in large adero which resulted in huge success, the tanks used were various types which consisted of Mark IV and others.

And when he does generalize about humanity it’s always welcomed and well-phrased. I suspect that one becomes inured to death if one faces it every day. I ask you therefore to please sign the Charter for Compassion. Ernst Junger’s memoir of his time on the Western Front is a powerful glimpse at what it’s like to be a soldier, made all the more junter because it’s unadorned with philosophical introspection or politics.

We don’t get details of grand strategy or the big picture; instead, the text focuses on the immediate experience of life and death on the Western Front. In a concentration camp or in the trenches, death is always there, horrors unimaginable in peacetime are everywhere out in the open, and there’s really no way to ensure survival. All told, author Ernst Junger was shot nunger times, yet would live not only to write this book and many others but to celebrate his rd birthday attended by an unusually patient Grim Reaper-in-Waiting.

One man’s slip of the hand had ernts the whole titanic machinery of war rolling. View all 14 comments. It wasn’t a cae of “you or me” jinger more.


He did not start the junfer, but once there, he did not find it the worst of all possible fates. In the name of the whole division, I congratulate you. He found the struggle bracing and clarifying, as the dw for survival put so much of his former life in proper perspective – he regarded it as frightfully trivial.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Also, as far as I know, Renata Adler never shot an enemy soldier about to capture xcero as she lay on her back, bleeding, after a bullet punctured her lung. But he describes horrors, such as layers of corpses from previous offensives being turned up by new shelling and entire towns being obliterated, with the sort of detachment that, combined with his apparent indestructibility, makes for the ultimate soldier.

It glorifies war to such an extent that it was even used as a medium for propaganda during the Third Reich by the Nazis. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Although the book is all written in the first person it all feels at one remove. Over the course of the book, he is awarded increasingly impressive medals for bravery: Sometimes the language seemed to carry excessive British slang, a few times to the point of not making sense or seeming like a word was missing, but as with Berlin AlexanderplatzI’m sure Hofmann was accurately rendering or at least relaying a sense of old-timey German slang in the original.

Meanwhile, Junger chirps about tests of manhood and the rush along with the fear that is war. They were comprehensively remodelled and cast to the four winds” p. He seldom editorializes or pontificates, and even acts as tempesrades gas attacks are normal well, they were — then.

Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

The author was actively involved in several battles, he was distinguished several times and was many more injured. I only hope that the next encounter will be as well presented as this one.

Jul 23, Lee rated it really liked it. A lark ascends; its trilling gets on my wick.

Storm of Steel

This version could have been the version, but the translator wasn’t positive that it wasn’t even later than that. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. In sum, this must be one of the oddest war memoirs ever published, equal parts exciting, off-putting, and exacerbating.


Storm of Steel is shaped as a saga. When intellectuals conspire to undermine vulgar democracy in favour of a refined dream, it might seem unfair to condemn them for failing to foresee the subsequent nightmare. He seemed to relish the chance to prove himself by volunteering for every daring reconnaissance mission, savoring the danger, the heightened senses, the high stakes of success or failure — even though many of his comrades were blown to smithereens during these missions.

Everyone knows this is about life and death. The exchange of hand-grenades reminded me of fencing with foils; you need to jump and stretch, almost as in ballet. Hofmann knows his subject, though, and his introductory essay has some interesting comments that contextualise Storm of Steel what an appropriately George-RR-Martinesque title that is!

So in the end when the defeat comes This is an uplifting ending – again, how strange for a WWI novel! Reading Storm of SteelI’m reminded of Christopher Hedge’s War Is a Zcero that Gives Us Meaning Paperbackwhere that author argues the allure of war – the feeling of ultimate power and aliveness – is what draws mostly men into an army. Why is this book rated so highly? This is probably the cheeriest war memoir ever. In the afternoons, the village was under bombardment from all sorts of weapons and calibers.

I give this book five starts because of the wrnst Ernst doesn’t hold dr and really pulls you into his story and really makes you care about him and his comrades. He reads Tristram Shandy during leave, criticizes or celebrates taste in furniture, analyzes paintings, and reflects on the human condition.

If you read the introduction and Jjunger recommend you do you’ll find some insight and some commentary. He was the first German soldier I saw in a steel helmet, and he straightaway struck me as a denizen of a new and far harsher world.