What role does Himmelstoss play at the start of the war and what changes from the training camps to the battlefield?

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The change in Himmelstoss' character also serves to illustrate the difference between the empty talk of those not actually fighting in the trenches, and the nightmarish reality for those who do. Himmelstoss is all bark and no bite; but then again, very few have a bite left for very long once they are exposed to the insane conditions of the front lines.

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