Spring 1917. 17-year-old Paul BÃ¤umer (Felix Kammerer) and his friends are extremely eager to go to war, to beat the French soundly and march to Paris victorious. This is how the boys imagine it. This is the war they are promised by their principal in a rousing speech. With jubilation, fanfare and song, the ”youth of iron” marches off – for Emperor, God and Fatherland.