All Quiet on the Western Front

What do the soldiers lose that's precious to them?

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The soldiers lost their hopes and dreams.... one of life's most precious gifts.

Here my thoughts stop and will not go any farther. All that meets me, all that floods over me are but feelings--greed of life, love of home, yearning for the blood, intoxication of deliverance. But no aims.
Had we returned home in 1916, out of the suffering and the strength of our experiences we might have unleashed a storm. Now if we go back we will be weary, broken, burnt out, rootless, and without hope. We will not be able to find our way any more.


All Quiet on the Western Front