Storm of Steel

Storm of Steel


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The memoir widely viewed as the best account ever written of fighting in WW1

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. Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self-aware, Jünger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but—more importantly—as a unique personal struggle. Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, Jünger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure. Published shortly after the war’s end, Storm of Steel was a worldwide bestseller and can now be rediscovered through Michael Hofmann’s brilliant new translation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142437902
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/04/2004
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 54,866
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) was born in Heidelberg. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. Fighting throughout the war, he recorded his experiences in several books, most famously in In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel).

Table of Contents

Storm of SteelIntroduction

Storm of Steel
In the Chalk Trenches of Champagne
From Bazancourt to Hattonchâtel
Les Eparges
Douchy and Monchy
Daily Life in the Trenches
The Beginning of the Battle of the Somme
The Woods of St-Pierre-Vaast
Retreat From the Somme
In the Village of Fresnoy
Against Indian Opposition
Flanders Again
The Double Battle of Cambrai
At the Cojeul River
The Great Battle
British Gains
My Last Assault
We Fight Our Way Through

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From the Publisher

"Extraordinary... Michael Hofmann’s superlative translation retains all the coruscating vitality of the original." —Niall Ferguson, author of Colossus

"Storm of Steel is what so many books claim to be but are not: a classic account of war." —Evening Standard

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Storm of Steel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
outstanding story of the war exploits of an extraordinary german soldier in world war 1. have a detailed map when you read the book. for english or american readers the towns referred to are many times unfamiliar because they were behind german lines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This chilling and humbling account leaves the reader with a good sense of the physical annihalation of the First World War, but more in compassion with the average infantryman in the trenches. This piece includes raids, the psychological impact of gas and machine guns, and escape. There is little realization of the fact that Junger is German, for his book accurately brings the reader back to the trenches in Western Europe for a humbling experience whereby the psychological and emotional impact is tough not to remember.
Geoff_Purdum More than 1 year ago
Ernst Junger's "Storm of Steel" is an enthralling story about WWI. Junger was a soldier for Germany and rose in the ranks within the army. He was often wounded, but regardless, fought hard and was a great leader for his men. The book itself does not really analyze anything or have any hidden meanings; instead, it deals with observations and the stark reality of warfare. Many of Junger's friends died with him standing by their side, and throughout the book, you can see how Junger matures and learns from his experiences. On the whole, this is a very interesting book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys war literature. It is an interesting version of WWI as it is given from the perspective of a German soldier, although it is not biased at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the truest account of WWI out there. Any one who loves history will love this book. No Opinions just one mans story! Who, what, where and when NO why....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read dozens of autobiographical war 'stories'. This one blows them all away. It is a crystal clear look at the beauty, horror, and boredom of war. Also refreshing to read something from the point of view of the Central Powers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The feel of boredom coupled with unrelenting tensions is definitely delivered in this book. That anyone lived seems a miracle.
Loptsson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best books on WWI I have ever read. It truly spoils me when I try to read the rest of that era about the Great War.
juliayoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The most incredible thing about this war memoir is the humanity that comes across despite Junger's rather matter-of-fact delivery or the horrors of what he and his fellow soldiers went through. Highly recommended for a realistic and surprising portrayal of German troops in World War I.
lmichet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the opposite of All Quiet on the Western Front. I do not say that lightly: this book is the reverse of that one, the mirror image, the answer to a call-- or, if publication dates are taken into consideration, the call for the answer. But in saying that I suggest that they influenced one another. Storm of Steel was certainly popular enough to be known by anyone writing about World War One during the interwar years, but it is its own thing: it is culled from journals, concerned with facts and details. It is not a novel. It is a war account written by a master diarist. It is also one long and exhausting catalog of bloodshed.The only book which I've recently read which seems to match this excess of blood was Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Both in that book and in this, violence is brought out in detail time after time, an unending roster of deaths and mutilations, until reading becomes an exhausting effort. In both cases it is to make a point.Storm of Steel is a coming-of-age story: it is the transformation of a civilian boy into a professional soldier and leader of men. Junger is insane, a kind of noble berserker, to modern eyes: he was a hero, however, regardless of perspective. The emotional climax of the book comes in the chapters where he discusses his mindless assault on retreating British positions. He barely remembers some of the action, so enveloped was he in a kind of bloodlust; other moments, however, he falls to his knees weeping at the common bravery of his bedraggled men.This book proves that the professional soldier is a human being. It's an answer to anyone who might argue that war destroys humanity; Junger, though a consummate warrior driven by patriotism and a desire for glory, is not a relic of an outdated era and not a monster of an imaginary future. He is a modern soldier, a professional above all else, sickened at the sight of blood but yet able to bear it when his duty is required. I found it altogether more honest and realistic a portrayal than All Quiet on the Western Front. It isn't out to tell a tale or to change a mind. It is out to record, for history, an experience. It is a bald photograph to Remarque's stylized portrait. It's a diary of violence.
CLR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An outstanding depiction of life in the trenches from the German point of view. Junger seems to have as his main theme the "espirit de corps" that his fighting men exhibited. The soldiers he describes are, for the most part, brave and loyal, but human none the less. Another theme is the brutality of war, which he describles in graphic detail. Despite the brutality of war, he does not indicate that he felt the war was in any way a waste a la Remarque. Although I did not see it as a glorification of war as some of the other reviews I browsed, it definitely is not an anti-war book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A stark potrayal of WW1 by a gifted author uniquely situated to portray war in all of its horrible facets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good read gives a good account what it must have been like at the front during world war one repeats its self quite a bit after a while as I suppose it would have but overall a good book frome the germans point of view
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Storm of Steel" by Ernst Junger is an astounding first-hand description of surviving the horrors of four years of trench warfare on the Western Front during WWI.
NebBD More than 1 year ago
The book 'Storm of Steel' is a wonderful memoir describing Junger's experience in WWI. In the book many times over he is injured, but each time he returns to fight another day. The book was great at describing what life was like for those in WWI. I would recomend this book to people who enjoy history. It is also helpful to know your geography to understand the locations discussed, or have a map nearby. Overall, i would recomend this book to anyone looking for a book to share time with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago