By offering them bread and sausage.
By promising them protection from other Germans.
By speaking French so well.
By impressing them with their tales of war.
By retrieving an escaped pig for them.
The necessity of military discipline.
The destructive horror of war.
The glory of combat.
The intelligence of the military leadership.
The efficiency of modern military technology.
The United States
That their home was destroyed by an explosive shell dropped by the enemy.
That his sister has run away to get married and is nowhere to be seen.
That they are moving to the United States.
That his mother is sick with cancer.
That his mother has died of a heart attack.
He is honest and tells all that has happened to him.
He lies making believe that being in the war is not so bad.
He mentions the gassing but explains he does not go to the front.
He encounters a colonel who want to swap war stories and have drinks.
He runs across a major who is at first unimpressed with Paul's lack of military manners.
He meets by chance his old sweetheart, who is now with another young man.
He hears news on the street that HImmelstoss has died, but Paul can not bring himself to be sad.