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the nurse told him that Kat was dead. When Paul checked again a small shell fragment had just penetrated that back of Kat's head. He was still even warm. Kat was the last of Paul's friends to die in the war. Then, in October of 1918, Paul finally fell. The book describes his death as, "...his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come." The war ended the next month.