He was 18 when he volunteers for the Army in 1914 and starts his diary. A fearless leader who admired bravery above all else, he enthusiastically participated in actions in which his units were sometimes virtually annihilated. He describes what it was like to undergo an artillery barrage. Storm of Steel Ernst Jünger. Again, the beginning of his philosophy is forming under his steel helmet and in the midst of absurd trenches in northern France. It reads very much like a journal told in a clear and spare prose, with Jünger writing with great intensity of the hellish atmosphere of the world around him. “Habent sua fata libelli et balli [Books and bullets have their own destinies]”. It is fitting, then, that near his later years, his individualist philosophy of the Anarch ended up nearly indistinguishable, for all practical considerations, from what Catholicism demands of the Faithful. The book depicts the Great War in all of its calamity and brutality, leaving very little to the imagination. He found the struggle bracing and clarifying, as the struggle for survival put so much of his former life in proper perspective - he regarded it as frightfully trivial. In terms of his international acclaim, his time table of December 1914 to summer 1918 which allowed him to ignore issues of "frighfulness" at the beginning and the "stab in the back" at the end I suspect is the only thing that made this story. Death had lost its meaning and the will to live was made over to the country; and hence every one was blind and regardless of his personal fate.2. Reprint of the 1929 ed. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize (2004). Publication date 1929-01-01 Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 Topics Ernst Jünger The Storm Of Steel Collection opensource Language English. The first World War was the charnel house of charnel houses, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Berlin but even in Baghdad. Storm of Steel was Jünger's first book, published in 1920. The recipient of the Pour le Merite, Germany's highest award for bravery in the field, Junger was lionized by his generation for his celebration of the "purifying" experience of war. The reader joins Junger as he joins his unit in Champagne and leaves him during his final convalescence in a Hanover hospital. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. The one thing that makes it harder to connect with his accounts was his cool detachment in his presentation of events and experiences. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Check out this great listen on Audible.com. Certainly one of the most astonishing memoirs I've read, whether about war or not. Junger was typical of young officers of the time, whether they wore the grey or khaki: he was keen to fight, and did so energetically. Call it luck or a vigilant guardian angel, Jünger’s skill as a soldier was, by his own admission, well behind those other factors that man has no control over. While not stinting on its horrors, he also found the experience of war exciting, even enjoyable, almost like a mystical adventure, so it's easy to see why the Nazis would have loved him, as I got the sense that every time he loaded a round into the chamber of his weapon he got more of a thrill from it than say getting his leg over. It contains the retrospective writings of a twenty-five year old veteran who endured the most incomprehensible warfare waged by man. I have often lamented the lack of German World War I perspectives. That simply had to change, and in reading this apocalyptic front-line view of the Great war I will certainty have to read more, maybe next time from a British or French perspective. who came out of the war with a far less exalted view of the crucible of war as Junger, not to say that WWI was a 'good war'. And this is probably the point of the book: war cannot be characterized, it cannot be explained. His philosophy is undefined but still present in an intuitive sense, which given the circumstances, makes all the more sense. While some of this, too, was edited out in subsequent editions, that likely had more to do with two factors: first, the utter erasure of Prussia even as an ethnic identity during the interwar years; and second, the dismantling of German politics, society, and culture in the wake of the Second World War. I'm very well aware of the dubious reputation of this book. Because he escaped prosecution in Germany due to his father's ef. Even his brother’s injury reveals little of their relationship beyond that of elder and younger brothers, and this is a scene that Jünger takes pains to detail in the midst of the Langemarck engagement. Save for later . Send-to-Kindle or Email . What answers he reached found their ways into his philosophical musings later in life, appearing in print first in this Storm of Steel, as well as numerous subsequent essays—War as Interior Experience (Der Kampf als inneres Erlebnis, still untranslated), On Pain, Copse 125, and many others. Please login to your account first; Need help? Call it luck or a vigilant guardian angel, Jünger’s skill as a soldier was, by his own admission, well behind those other factors that man has no control over. They were equals at arms, with neither side having an ungodly edge in technology, as we see today. I've often maintained that the Great War was the last major conflict in which the combatants regarded the foe with a certain amount of respect and chivalrous conduct. Expecting a Marinetti-like vociferation, an avant-garde hymn to mechanical war, I initially found Jünger’s narrative a little flat. Ernst Jünger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. Near Montbrehain, in the middle of a chaotic engagement, Jünger has this much to say about leading men into battle: I have always observed that the ordinary man whose sole preoccupation is his own danger is surprised by what seems to him an undivided attention to the matter in hand on the part of the officer in command, who among a thousand and one unnerving incidents of battle yet keeps his eye fixed upon the execution of his duty. He writes on topics ranging from the Catholic Faith, secular politics, and cultural critique. Every one was made and beyond reckoning; we had gone over the edge of the world into superhuman perspectives. show more I recommend reading both this and the later edition for those interested in getting a clearer picture of Jünger as he aged and reflected on the experience, but I recommend this one specifically for those interested in the war memoir itself. ― Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel. Save for later . Genre: Author: A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, Storm of Steel illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. Of course, his viewpoint, enjoying the war on its own terms and having the bad grace not to be destroyed or otherwise mangled, psychologically or physically, despite his many, many wounds, makes him viewed less than favorably by many literary critics and readers. Junger was an extraordinary observer who kept a diary from the first day of the war to its conclusion. He is best known for his memoirs Storm of Steel, which chronicle his experiences during World War I. Junger has extraordinary gifts as a writer. One of them, Landstrumsman Diener, climbed on to a ledge in the side of the trench to shovel earth over the top. Jünger, Ernst, 1895- The storm of steel. A book I recommend but with a caveat...I'd say be prepared for a memoir of day to day war. He was injured six times, as Storm of Steeldocuments, all but the last of which being little more than flesh wounds. Often times horrible conditions are described more by the thin assets of the situation, such as getting a pair of good, woolen socks from a captured bunker or being lucky enough to only pick up some shrapnel. They sobbed with rage. 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Fighting throughout the war, he recorded his experiences in several books, most famously in In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel). The first World War was the charnel house of charnel houses, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Berlin but even in Baghdad. You couldn’t make this stuff up. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Beneath the surface is a bit of soft nationalism which is obnoxious but not completely blind or extreme, at least not as blind or extreme as one would expect from a French or German citizen/soldier who was constantly indoctrinated with this nationalistic state propaganda of the times. That simply had to change, and in reading this apocalyptic front-line view of the Great war I will certainty have to read more, maybe next time from a British or French perspective. His aggressive nature can be de. Likewise at Regiénville, where the trenches themselves became impenetrable mazes, and raid after raid resulted in as many casualties as survivors. * It's unusual in that most WWI fiction and memoires are anti-war, dark and furious at the appalling human waste. In between, we vicariously experience the daily life of a German officer and his men - and "vicarious" is about as close as any rational person would wan. Originally published in 1920, The Storm of Steel is a first-hand account of World War I trench combat lifted from the diaries of Ernst Jünger, a German infantryman who would become one of … Refresh and try again. Ernst Jünger was a young soldier swept up in the horror of World War I, but, unlike most, he did not seem to find it merely an unmitigated horror and misery. It glorifies war to such an extent that it was even used as a medium for propaganda during the Third Reich by the Nazis. Violence, violence, violence. Storm of Steel, written by Ernst Jünger, is a memoir of World War I first published in German as In Stahlgewittern in 1920. While Jünger occasionally remembers to throw in the the requisite "oh the horrors of war" comment, most of the time it is clear he is having a blast. Junger writes a straight forward accou. I first read The Storm of Steel several years ago. The structure of the book parallels the structure of the war. His father dragged him back, but he returned to military service when he joined the German army on the outbreak of the First World War. Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) the son of a wealthy chemist, ran away from home to join the Foreign Legion. STORM OF STEEL offers WWI from a German soldier's point of view, but Erich Maria Remarque it ain't. Forget Remarque; this is the most important German account of the Great War that I've read. The only thing he complains about was that the rations got worse as the war went on. For Jünger, life required both of these things, and war, a storm of splinters and vigilance which distills life to its finest point, most of all. I've read so much on WW2 over the years, and seemed to have forgotten there was another major European war in the 20th century, of which I've hardly read anything. See all 4 questions about Storm of Steel…, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning Paperback, Jocko Podcast #14 - Guilty Pleasures, Training, Discipline. Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. In the Chalk Trenches of Champagne In December 1914, a few months after the start of World War I, a young German man named Ernst Jünger arrives in Bazancourt, Champagne, France to train as a soldier. It is a notably unconstructed book. He was scarce up when a shot fired from the sap got him in the skull and laid him dead on the floor of the trench. He is intelligent, well read a very fine warrior and leader of men at such a young age. I learned about the existence of this book from a rather unlikely source, a Dutch extreme metal band, God Dethroned, released a series of albums with the theme of the First World War and as one of their sources of inspiration stated this book. Ernst Jünger The Storm Of Steel. He puts you there, next to him, in the trenches, the shell holes, amid the artillery fire, so suddenly that the feeling of his descriptions are hard to shake off. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! File: EPUB, 475 KB. I don't mean to be unfair by judging Junger via the prism of our contemporary standards, I mean, we are all products of our own time and that should be taken into consideration. I couldn't help associating this WWI memoir with what I've read recently, particularly, Beautifully written. While this could be said, in varying degrees, about most war memoirs—Peter Kemp’s recently reprinted editions come to mind—there’s a specificity of violence in Jünger’s work that others tend to lack. Ernst Jünger was a famous German soldier who saw action during World War I. I learned about the existence of this book from a rather unlikely source, a Dutch extreme metal band, God Dethroned, released a series of albums with the theme of the First World War and as one of their sources of inspiration stated this book. And likewise, there’s no singular theme running the course of the chapters. It is extremely well written. Often a heavy trench-mortar fired short and scattered us with its foundations of earth; and no one even bent his head. In 1915, when this entry was made, Jünger had turned twenty years old; already a certain seemingly contradictory detachment-intensification of the war had found its way into how Jünger understood it. He was injured six times, as Storm of Steel documents, all but the last of which being little more than flesh wounds. To see what your friends thought of this book, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war? He transfer his experience in this book in a truly immersive way. For those who haven’t read it before, its reputation should already be somewhat familiar. And his exploits on the front! Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. All told, author Ernst Junger was shot multiple times, yet would live not only to write this book (and many others) but to celebrate his 103rd birthday (attended by an unusually patient Grim Reaper-in-Waiting). Ernst Jünger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. Although I was familiar, distantly, with its revision and translation history—a rundown of which was offered by Hofmann in his forward to that edition—my general belief was that any alterations to the very first 1920 edition were insignificant or, ultimately, for the better. Erich Maria Remarque aside, I usually read works by British and French scholars, memoirists, diarists, and novelists. Like much of Jünger’s work, most of it remains unavailable outside of his native German, but enough has reached foreign audiences to get a glimpse of his general ideas. Year: 1920. Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. In this he was atypical, perhaps, as he laments at times the reactions of more delicate souls to this maelstrom. 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