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Characters in All Quiet on the Western Front

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Paul Baumer
narrator and protagonist of novel; sensitive but detached; loses all innocence
Kat
One of Paul's best friend in the army; always is the one to find food or clothing when his group is in need. dies from a splinter in the head (shrapnel)
Albert Kropp
One of Paul's best friends in the army; always analyzes war. Paul fakes a fever so he can travel to the hospital with him.
Muller
really wants Kammerich's boots when Kammerich is dying. Very practical; in Paul's group
Tjaden
Very thin and hungry all the time. Has a huge grude against Corporal Himelstoss. Had a bed-wetting problem in training camp.
Kantorek
School teacher in Paul's high school that pushes them to join the army. Eventually is drafted in the army.
Himmelstoss
noncommissioned training officer that thinks he has power over everyone. Torments Paul and his friends.
Franz Kemmerich
must have leg amputated after suffering a wound. Dies early on in the novel. Many people want his boots.
Joseph Behm
First to die out of Paul's friends. Did not enlist in the army, but was pressured to go because of Kantorek.
Detering
Homesick a lot due to his wife and family at home. Loves animals.
Gerard Duval
French soldier that Paul stabs in No-Mans Land and later feels very bad about. Has a wife and daughter at home.
Leer
first to have sex out of Paul's friends
Haie Westhus
wants to serve full time in the army after the war ends. was a peat-digger before the war. very large.
Kindervater
Soldier in a neighboring unit. bed-wetter
Lewandowski
Patient in the hospital where Kropp and Paul go. His wife comes to visit him and they have sex while everyone is turned around.
Mittelstaedt
Becomes a training officer and torments Kantorek when Kantorek must join the army.
Paul's mother
dying of cancer; brings out emotions in Paul. Bakes pancakes for Paul.
French brunette
has interest in Paul until he tells her he is going on leave; she only likes the excitement of combat. 1 of 3 they see across the canal and swim to.
Ginger
cowardly cook only talked about at the beginning of the novel.
Lieutenant Bertinck
company commander and a good guy. He loves his men, allows them to eat extra rations when Ginger the cook tries to withhold them, and he dies saving his company from the attack of enemy flamethrowers.
Josef Hamacher
sharpshooter the men encounter at the Catholic Hospital. When Paul tosses a bottle to quiet the loudly praying nuns, he takes blame. The men are shocked by his boldness, until they learn that he has a "shooting license" which means he was shot in the head so he isn't responsible for what he does so he can do anything.
Sergeant Oellrich
Sniper that just shoots to try and kill people on the other side, never really aims just shoots. Had 3 kills in 1 day.
Peter
man who come back from the dying room
Berger
someone who attemps to save or kill a wounded dog but dies from his wound in the thigh