The book reads like few other memoirs. The easiest example of this is the chapter entitled “Trench Warfare Day by Day.” It consists of excerpts from his diary such as this: 2.11.—I took an entrenching party from the Altenburg Redoubt to C sector. He was 18 when he volunteers for the Army in 1914 and starts his diary. His aggressive nature can be de. Kind of amazing that he lived to over a hundred. Plainly declarative, there is no unnecessary coloration, no prolixity, no s. I have often lamented the lack of German World War I perspectives. 1. I like its very flat spare prose. 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. Pointedly, unlike many writers that did agonize over World War I, he lived through World War II and the Cold War to see the reunification of Germany, passing on to the Wagner fest in the sky at a very well seasoned 103. It would be another nine years before the book was first translated into English, this time by the well-renowned translator, Basil Creighton. Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) was born in Heidelberg. One suspects that the entire written output of Jünger’s life was an effort to understand what his experiences in the First World War were all about—not in any political or social sense, but in a very fundamental, even metaphysical sense. Excellent book. Jünger’s pride in his Prussian troops, as well as his own interest in holding the crown in esteem, is somewhat toned down compared to what someone might expect of an infantryman who voluntarily enlisted. The book is his first person descriptions and features no other person other than Junger. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Translator Michael Hofmann in his introduction makes the case for Storm of Steel being one of the best accounts of World War I ever written, and for now (until I've read more) I'd agree. The final revised edition came in 1961 and was translated into English in 1978. 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. In a certain sense, it is not a story at all. 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. Storm of Steel Ernst Jünger No preview available - 2004. 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. An oddly jaunty memoir of the Western Front, characterised by what Jünger describes somewhere as his ‘strange mood of melancholy exultation’. About Ernst Junger. We’d love your help. You couldn’t make this stuff up. At every turn, there is violence. Start by marking “Storm of Steel” as Want to Read: Error rating book. His philosophy is undefined but still present in an intuitive sense, which given the circumstances, makes all the more sense. Likewise at Regiénville, where the trenches themselves became impenetrable mazes, and raid after raid resulted in as many casualties as survivors. Often a heavy trench-mortar fired short and scattered us with its foundations of earth; and no one even bent his head. He writes on topics ranging from the Catholic Faith, secular politics, and cultural critique. Being generally anti-war as well as knowing - as anyone does - in which direction post-WWI Germany ultimately turned, this book was chilling for me to read. Ernst Jünger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. 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. So this book is indeed interesting and important to read, thus I gave it 2 stars, but I can't say I enjoyed the macho aggressive propaganda. Funny how everyone has heard of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, but hardly anyone recognizes that other major German-language battlefield, This has to be the best bit of WW1 writing I've experienced so far. “Habent sua fata libelli et balli [Books and bullets have their own destinies]”. 3Michael Hofmann, Introduction to Storm of Steel, Penguin Classics, 2003, xiii. It could be worthwhile to include segments of Guillemont, where Jünger found himself holding a line that had no communication, no defenses, and no sense of direction, sequestered in shell holes on the tip of the Somme, surrounded by the un-burried corpses of those defenders that had come before them, and enduring shelling hitherto unimaginable by the human senses. More fitting still, in fact, that he converted to the Faith and died with the Sacraments. Ernst Jünger, frontispiece to Storm of Steel. All classic ingredients are incorporated: the enthusiasm at the start of the war, the horror of the combat scenes in the trenches, the 'Materialschlacht', etc. When prisoners fell into my hands, later on, I felt responsible for their safety, and would always do everything in my power for them. Ernst Jünger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize (2004). I'm very well aware of the dubious reputation of this book. 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 acceptable. Translator Michael Hofmann in his introduction makes the case for Storm of Steel being one of the best accounts of World War I ever written, and for now (. His comrades lay in wait a long while behind the parapet to take vengeance. Ernst Jünger was a famous German soldier who saw action during World War I. Some people are just lucky, eh? Junger stands in vivid contrast to the ranks of writers who rejected the war and everything it stood for; he found it a positive experience and did not agonize over his exp. Now that I have read it, I can understand this influence, although certainly in many places this influence is less. Would this book be too hard to read for a 14 year old? He inserts this into the middle of the action, and you can almost hear the bombs, shells, and bullets flying around his company amid a lethal fog of smoke, splinters and shrapnel. 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. Fortunately here is a fine memoir translated from the German by the esteemed Michael Hofmann. For Jünger, life was a tight trench carved out between opposing forces of death on one side and death on the other—a narrow way, as it turns out, between the calamities of exterior violence and the errors of interior suffering. Ernst Jünger was a famous German soldier who saw action during World War I. 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. Storm of Steel (Stahlgewittern) was Jünger's first book, published in 1920. Ernst Jünger The Storm Of Steel. Everything is simply allowed to stand for itself: bravery, death, corpses, blood, shrapnel, friendship, dreams. Most of Jünger’s asides focus on the interior disposition of leadership in the midst of abject chaos. The author was actively involved in. Being generally anti-war as well as knowing - as anyone does - in which direction post-WWI Germany ultimately turned, this book was chilling for me to read. But it does seem like Junger embraced a deeper more radical nationalism at certain points in his life, but in this book it isn't too bad, at least from what I can tell. File: EPUB, 329 KB. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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. They sobbed with rage. Not very interesting, eh? It is now used as an example of post-WWI militarism in Germany in direct opposition to the anti-war movement epitomized in "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Remarque and "War Against War" by Friedrich. He did not hate his enemies, at least not worthy ones like the British, but admired them. Send-to-Kindle or Email . The book is his first person descriptions and features no other person other than Junger. by Penguin Books. Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) was born in Heidelberg. In the penultimate page of this book, he writes: "Leaving out trifles such as ricochets and grazes, I was hit at least fourteen times, these being five bullets, two shell splinters, one shrapnel ball, four hand-grenade splinters and two bullet splinters, which, with entry and exit wounds, left me an even twenty scars." But judging his abilities isn’t the point. The book depicts the Great War in all of its calamity and brutality, leaving very little to the imagination. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. 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. Jünger’s own personal life, as well as those of his immediate comrades, is almost entirely absent; very little is mentioned of where he came from, what his home was like, or his family. The structure of the book parallels the structure of the war. Check out this great listen on Audible.com. REVIEW: Live Not By Lies – Rod Dreher (Penguin Random House, 2020), REVIEW: Mine Were of Trouble – Peter Kemp (1957; Mystery Grove Publishing, 2020), REVIEW: Always With Honor – Pyotr Wrangel (Mystery Grove, 2020), REVIEW: Copse 125 – Ernst Jünger (1925; Rogue Scholar Press, 2020), REVIEW: Blessed Charles of Austria – Charles Coulombe (TAN books, 2020), They Had Been Images of God: Conclusion – The Answer to Adam, They Had Been Images of God: IV – Cataclysm. 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. See all 4 questions about Storm of Steel…, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning Paperback, Jocko Podcast #14 - Guilty Pleasures, Training, Discipline. Like George Washington, someone was watching over him. He took thirteen wounds and survived, having fought in many of the key battles on the western front. He is either sharpened, or he is ground down; he either triumphs, or he dies. There’s no great climax the book builds up to. My little brother is a history buff, about an average reading level for his age. Junger has extraordinary gifts as a writer. His deadpan, factual account of what the war was like for him is riveting & horrific. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... 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. 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'. Forget Remarque; this is the most important German account of the Great War that I've read. War is a singularly unique experience that crystalizes human experience like a bug gets preserved in amber. As Storm of Steel was published with about two years of the guns being quiet, little of his philosophy is even developed, much less made clear in this work. The prose is so much better than one might expect - even his occasional quoting of that diary. Storm of Steel Jünger Ernst. The roar of battle had become so terrific that we were scarcely in our right senses. Storm of Steel now has an outstanding new translation by Michael Hofmann. Ernst Jünger was born in Heidelberg in 1895. This was fantastic. The book had little background, hardly touched on politics, home life, or love (apart from comradeship), it's simply about what war is like for a soldier staring it right in the face. I don’t think I’ve read a memoir of WW1 written by a German. Jünger's account of the brutal fighting on the western front in WWI makes an enlightening contrast with Robert Graves's. If you read the introduction (and I recommend you do) you'll find some insight and some commentary. There is no information about his life prior to 1914. This is an excellent and unusual World War I novel. Jünger himself revisited the manuscript multiple times over his long life, particularly after the experiences of the Second World War, where he served in an administrative position in Paris for the German forces. And likewise, there’s no singular theme running the course of the chapters. “Storm of Steel” was published in 1920 and has been revised a total of six times, the last being with the 1961 re-publication. An austere conservative, his account of the war, Storm of Steel, was the Bible of the political right in Germany.An intellectual, he was too much of a snob to join the Nazis. Parts of it are drawn directly from wartime diaries, other pieces are clearly recreated from memory into brief narratives. The First World War, being the maximum characterization of war to date in history, exemplifies this perfectly, and Jünger recognized this as he loosed grenades, sheltered from bombardments, fired his rifle, and climbed once again over the top. The book’s 1920 publication puts it within two years of the Armistice, and by the end of the decade, it had catapulted Jünger into the national spotlight further than his decorations already had. He describes what trench warfare was like, the victories, defeats & deaths. Ernst Junger's memoir of his time on the Western Front (1914-1918) is a powerful glimpse at what it's like to be a soldier, made all the more powerful because it's unadorned with philosophical introspection or politics. 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. So this book is indeed interesting and important to read, thus I gave it 2 stars, but I can't say I enjoyed the macho aggressive propaganda which history proved cannot be dismissed as harmless. Amid what seemed like a supremely unchivalrous war like WWI (technological war is generally hostile to any idea of martial virtue) he continued to think and act in high-minded terms. For that reason, while scanning my library a few days ago, I resolved to read an eyewitness account of the war --- from the German side. Ernst Junger was in WWI on the German side. Please login to your account first; Need help? 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 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. Again, the beginning of his philosophy is forming under his steel helmet and in the midst of absurd trenches in northern France. "The Storm of Steel: Original 1929 Translation," by Ernst Jünger and translated by Basil Creighton is an engrossing journey along the frontlines. The book was a copy of his diary he kept during the war. If anything, it emphasizes the struggle of those who seek the Truth incessantly, of those who build systems of thought in order to come to terms with the rawness of the world, and that they who find themselves sharpened by that struggle will inevitably seek—whether they realize it or not—eternal life in Christ. Nationalism is just the worst though, I really have a hard time standing it at any level... As the son of a Second World War combat veteran, there is something about November 11th that resonates deep within me. Jünger made sure of that. The Great War, named for its magnitude, filed men in such manner as had never been seen before or since. He was 18 when he volunteers for the Army in 1914 and starts his diary. Storm of Steel (Stahlgewittern) was Jünger's first book, published in It was therefore interesting, to say the very least. Storm of Steel was Jünger's first book, published in 1920. This is an interesting book. Ernst Jünger A young man who enlisted in the German Army shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Ernst Jünger adapted Storm of Steel from many volumes of wartime journals. Fighting throughout the war, he recorded his experiences in several books, most famously in In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel). I confess to not knowing many Germans, but the national stereotypes (organized, efficient, not a lot of laughs) were more than born out in his memoir. Thomas Nevin's 1997 biography of Jünger, Ernst Jünger and Germany: Into the Abyss 1914 -1945, showed the amazing extent of the author's revisions to the original text of Storm of Steel after its first publication in 1920. Although, at the very cutting edge of such an indescribable experience, it’s difficult to define what humanity really is. Ernst Junger's memoir of his time on the Western Front (1914-1918) is a powerful glimpse at what it's like to be a soldier, made all the more powerful because it's unadorned with philosophical introspection or politics. It is extremely well written. This is an account of one German soldier's experience in World War I. STORM OF STEEL offers WWI from a German soldier's point of view, but Erich Maria Remarque it ain't. 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. 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 … Merri lives with his wife and kid in the USA. 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. He was married and had four children. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. Erich Maria Remarque aside, I usually read works by British and French scholars, memoirists, diarists, and novelists. It really is p. Beautifully written. The reader joins Junger as he joins his unit in Champagne and leaves him during his final convalescence in a Hanover hospital. The nerves could register fear no longer. 5 out of 5 stars Several editions of Storm of Steel were published. 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. They were equals at arms, with neither side having an ungodly edge in technology, as we see today. Jünger was something like a modern knight. Publisher: Penguin. Jünger’s prose is concise and to the point, particularly in this edition, though there is some exception that we’ll touch on a little later. His leadership capacity is beyond the ability of anyone to judge based on the framework provided by Storm of Steel; not only weren’t we there, nor do are we familiar with the operations and tactical background of trench warfare, we’re also dealing with firsthand accounts of the events from a (mostly) retrospective analysis. Jünger was a … ** Ernst Jünger, in contrast, had a grand time. One of them, Landstrumsman Diener, climbed on to a ledge in the side of the trench to shovel earth over the top. There is no information about his life prior to 1914. Jünger died in 1998. 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. There is no central conflict, at least in a narrative, personable sense. Fortunately here is a fine memoir translated from the German by the esteemed Michael Hofmann. The structure of the book parallels the structure of the war. The author was actively involved in several battles, he was distinguished several times and was many more injured. Expecting a Marinetti-like vociferation, an avant-garde hymn to mechanical war, I initially found Jünger’s narrative a little flat. It was the Hofmann translation done in 2003, currently available as a Penguin Classics release. The only thing he complains about was that the rations got worse as the war went on. This surprise makes an officer excel himself and spurs him on to always greater achievements. It glorifies war to such an extent that it was even used as a medium for propaganda during the Third Reich by the Nazis. 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. It's scary stuff; Jünger's clinical detachment in regard to the carnage in service of the cult of the warrior shows in itself why it wasn't the war to end all wars. Ernst Jünger is an insurance actuary’s worst nightmare — he smoked, drank, experimented with drugs, served in two world wars, sustained multiple injuries, and yet died only one month shy of 103. Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was born in Heidelberg. Junger writes a straight forward account of what he did and where he was without very much in the way of soul-searching. 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. * It's unusual in that most WWI fiction and memoires are anti-war, dark and furious at the appalling human waste. Why is this book rated so highly? While some scholars, such as Michael Hofmann, have remarked that this early edition of the book is “aggressively Nationalist”3, the truth is that there’s no more nationalism in a war memoir than is to be expected. Ernst Jünger is an insurance actuary’s worst nightmare — he smoked, drank, experimented with drugs, served in two world wars, sustained multiple injuries, and yet died only one month shy of 103. Ernst Jünger, the son of a wealthy chemist, ran away from home to join the Foreign Legion. It’s possible that his own momento mori spurred on this conversion, as the man lived to the ripe age of 102; nonetheless, he went to his grave Catholic, and this is by no means indicts his philosophy as wholly in error. D640.J693 1975 940.4'82'43 75-22372 Or Flanders, during the Passchendaele assault, where the death was beyond measure. Publication date 1929-01-01 Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 Topics Ernst Jünger The Storm Of Steel Collection opensource Language English. Ernst Jünger was nineteen when the war broke out. The former peacetime aspect of the place was barely discernible. This isn’t a book that leaves you the same when you put it down as when you first picked it up. He served all four years of the war, surviving several fronts of the Somme, Passchenaele, and Cambrai. Year: 1920. 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. As he elaborates on the experience of going over the top in a charged assault against enemy lines toward the end of the book: The atmosphere of intense excitement was amazing. A book I recommend but with a caveat...I'd say be prepared for a memoir of day to day war. He did not hate his enemies, at least not worthy ones like the British, but admired t. Certainly one of the most astonishing memoirs I've read, whether about war or not. Like “Now these [battles] too are over, and already we see once more in the dim light of the future the tumult of the fresh ones. In this way officers and men call out energies in each other which would otherwise lie dormant. Jünger, Ernst, 1895- The storm of steel. He is best known for his memoirs Storm of Steel, which chronicle his experiences during World War I. Erich Maria Remarque aside, I usually read works by British and French scholars, memoirists, diarists, and novelists. In the interests of brevity, I’ve refrained from touching on the horrors of war he documents and the brutalities which visited upon Jünger over the course of Storm of Steel. 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. This is probably the cheeriest war memoir ever. The Storm of Steel: Original 1929 Translation (English Edition) eBook: Jünger, Ernst, Creighton, Basil: Amazon.it: Kindle Store When the First World War broke out between the Allies and the Central Powers, Jünger enlisted the very day it was declared first saw combat about three months later. He did not start the war, but once there, he did not find it the worst of all possible fates. 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. ― Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel. 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. 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. "Disturbingly self-aware." Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. But never did I entertain mean thoughts of him. The closing summation of Ernst Jünger war diary storm of steel.All parts of this audio book are available on YouTube. Save for later . The certain thing is that it is a book that shows the brutal reality of this confrontation from within. Welcome back. Translation of In Stahlgewittern. Reprint of the 1929 ed. In spite of his seemingly autistic-yet-sensible means of framing the violence, he did not lose his humanity. 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. 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. The son of a successful businessman and chemist, Jünger rebelled against an affluent upbringing and sought adventure in the Wandervogel, before running away to briefly serve in the French Foreign Legion, an illegal act. Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. He provides vivid descriptions of the experience of combat. I can understand it.1. It is now used as an example of post-WWI militarism in Germany in direct opposition to the anti-war movement epitomized in "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Remarque and "War Against War" by Friedrich. European War, 1914-1918— Personal narratives, German. “War as an objective thing.” This is the first time in print that Jünger refers to such an idea, although Storm of Steel is written entirely with it in mind. Fighting throughout the war, he recorded his experiences in several books, most famously in In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel). 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