A few characters show how fighting can draw out a hunger for power and limit with respect to fiercness that was dormant on one’s non military personnel life. The infantry in the novel persevere through trouble and risk while the leaders remain securely hidden far from the cutting edges and settle on choices that show an exacting dismissal for the lives of the men in the trenches. The best case of an insignificant man is Himmelstoss. In non military personnel life, he was a basic postman. In war he turns into a ruthless harasser at the preparation camps. Realizing the newcomers must obey him, he puts them through extraordinary right of passage and powers them to pursue requests that regularly lead them into troubling and unsafe circumstances.