Why is Paul's company returning to the front and how does the battle progress in the two weeks spent there?
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Paul and his company are initially sent back to the front on wiring duty. They must put up wire to mark their territory and keep the enemy soldiers from invading their trenches. After the job is done, they go on a short leave. But the second company is sent back to the front because there are rumors that a massive attack will be staged against the German forces. When the company returns to the front line, the battle is fierce, and many men cannot deal with the constant shellfire and lack of resources. As the battle progresses, the situation for the German soldiers becomes more dire--their weapons begin to backfire and the spent shells are flung back onto the German soldiers instead of being fired into enemy territory. Many of their fellow soldiers are wounded. In this battle, it is clear that Germany is suffering in the war.
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