All Quiet on the Western Front


How do the young men feel about Corporal Himmelstoss? why?

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Himmelstoss is their basic training commander. He is cruel and relentless, "drilling them in exercises that seem unnecessarily repetitive, such as the "stand up--fall down." He makes them clean their barracks with a toothbrush. He especially humiliates Tjaden by putting him under the bunk of another bedwetter. He makes them clean their barracks with a toothbrush. The boys regard him with disdain and learn that Himmelstoss is actually quite the coward when he is sent to the front. They do admit, however, that Himmelstoss had taught them some valuable lessons to be used in the front.