All Quiet on the Western Front

what is ironic in the comment we are the iron youth?

All quiet on the western front

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This is what their teacher Kantorek calls boys who fight in the war. This moniker is, of course, ironic because there is nothing "iron" about these boys. They bleed, they cry and they die. As Paul watches death creep over Kemmerich, Paul reflects on how ironic this label actually is.