Himmelstoss doesn't get a lot of time, but he's memorable and thematically important. What’s the reason? He’s total crazy guy. Himmelstoss was a postman in his early ages. His job wasn't especially well-paying, prestigious, or sexual for women to get about it. All this gave him a feeling of insecurity because once he's given command of men, he becomes a horrific embodiment of nasty authority. As becoming the leader of basic training, he abuses and humiliates the men under his command: he makes them stand in the cold without gloves, he antagonizes and needlessly punishes Tjaden for wetting the bed, and makes the men do menial, repetitive tasks. And he makes it clear that he enjoys every minute of his power.
Corporal Himmelstoss in the Essays