All Quiet on the Western Front

Describe Paul's experiences during the attack

Describe Paul's experiences during the attack (Chapter 6)

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The men wait more until night, the strain nearly paralyzing them. Finally, the bombardment stops and the attack begins. The men jump out of the trenches and run toward the enemy Frenchmen, lobbing grenades as they approach. Barbed wire slows the French assault. Paul stares into the eyes of a Frenchman on the ground and eventually throws a grenade at him. The Germans retreat and allow the next line of machine-guns to do their work. Paul reflects that the men have become "wild beasts" who kill with "mad anger." The French casualties add up. The Germans reach the enemy line and repel the French, drinking their water and eating their superior food.