Baumer paints a grim, sadistic picture of Corporal Himmelstoss, yet credits the training period under him with supplying the recruits with attributes they lacked. Is it possible that Himmelstoss purposely employed his methods to “toughen up” the recruits and inspire esprit de corps in them? Consider Himmelstoss’ encounters with his troops.
Why does Kat say “we are losing the war because we can salute too well”?
What does Haie Westhus mean when, after the recruits ambush Himmelstoss, he comments that “Revenge is black-pudding”?