All Quiet on the Western Front

What is the men’s reaction to the inspection by the Kaiser?

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The men go through rigorous inspections and receive new equipment to prepare the arrival of the Kaiser. When he arrives, they line up for his approval. He is a less intimidating figure than Paul had imagined. After, the men discuss the emperor and nationalism; Kropp wonders if both sides can possibly be "in the right," and Tjaden is curious as to how a war gets started and what its purpose is.

At last the moment arrives. We stand to attention and the Kaiser appears. We are curious to see what he looks like. He stalks along the line, and I am really rather disappointed; judging from his pictures I imagined him to be bigger and more powerfully built, and above all to have a thundering voice.