What happens when Himmelstoss comes to the front? (Chapter 5)
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When Himmelstoss comes to the front, the boys are longer in a position where they have to defer to him...... and they make sure he knows it.
A couple of seconds go by. Apparently Himmelstoss doesn't quite know what to do. He would like most to set us all on the run again. But he seems to have learned already that the front-line isn't a parade ground. He tries it on though, and by addressing himself to one instead of to all of us hopes to get some response. Kropp is nearest, so he favours him.
He has no idea what to make of the situation. He didn't expect this open hostility. But he is on his guard: he has already had some rot dinned into him about getting a shot in the back.
All Quiet on the Western Front