This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
“It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men.”