Himmelstoss joins them on the battlefield and is frightened by it all. All his old trainees give him problems and tease him.
Paul and two of his friends have their first sexual experiences with three French girls. This is important because it showcases how even though they are soldiers, they still want to experience normal things.
Paul and Albert get injured in a bomb raid and are sent to the hospital. Albert has to have his leg amputated. This makes him want to die. Paul gets leave to go home. He finds out that his mom is sick and realizes that his real home is with Kat on the battlefield.