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The narrator of the Erich Maria Remarque World War I novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, is German infantryman Paul Baumer, who tells his tales of battlefield horror mixed with peaceful respites during the final two years of the war. Baumer volunteers for action following his high school graduation, but by the end of the story he is one of the veteran "old folks" of his outfit. Although a fictional novel, the author has based his main character--who dies shortly before the end of fighting--on his own experiences during the War to End All Wars.
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