1) P.2 But on the last day an astonishing number of English heavies opened up on us with high explosive, drumming ceaselessly on our position, so that we suffered severely and came back only eighty strong.
Reading Response: I wonder how aggressive a war could be. This tells me that a war can be ruthless, with each nation trying to destroy others. A war is only going to make things worse not better since there is always people dying everyday in war. This sentence really reflects the chaos and horror of war.
2) P.5 “Eighty men can’t have what is meant for a hundred and fifty”
Reading Response: This tells me that rations are very limited during a war. The cook is very strict and stubborn. The cook is trying to preserve food for the German armed forces, so that they can last as long as possible.
3) P.23 With a full pack and rifle I have to practice on a wet, soft, newly ploughed field the “Prepare to advance, advance!” and the “Lie down!” until I was one lump of mud and finally collapsed.
Reading Response: This tells me that the army training is a rigorous program of physical and mental training. The training is about the fundamentals of being a soldier, from combat techniques to the proper way to address a superior. The army training is designed to make each and individual solider a professional fighter.
4) P.32 He sniffs: “How should I know anything about it, I’ve amputated five legs to-day”; he shoves me away, says to the hospital-orderly “You see to it,” and hurries off to the operation room.
Reading Response: I wonder why a doctor would ignore him and go help others while his friend is dying. This tells me that there are too many wounded in the hospital. The army should improve the conditions in the hospital since there are not enough doctors to look after everyone. If the hospital had more doctors, a lot more wounded would be saved.
5) P.61 He looks up pushes the helmet off and like a child creeps under my arm, his head very close to my breast
Reading Response: This tells me that he is a new recruit. The new recruit is scared to death since he has never been in a battle before. The new recruit wants to be at somewhere he thinks is safe.
6) P. 68 I grab for my gas mask
Reading Response: I wonder why people stopped using toxic gas in modern warfare. This tells me that the toxin gas could probably injure, incapacitate or even kill someone. How could the toxic gas affect the outcome of the war?
7) P. 72 Kat looks around and whispers: “Shouldn’t we just take a revolver and put an end to it?”
Reading Response: I wonder why someone would make this kind of decision. This tells me that the soldier is wounded badly and probably could not make it to the hospital. This also tells me that Kat thinks for others. Kat wants to help this solider get out of his misery by shooting him.
8) P. 85 “Does it go, we, the Germans, fear god and none else in the whole world,’ or ‘we, the Germans, fear god...