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A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.
We follow a band of American soldiers as they engage the Germans in a snowy, foggy winter near Bastogne in World War II. They're low on fuel, rations, and ammunition; the Germans are constantly encouraging their surrender via radio and leaflets, and most importantly, the pervasive thick fog makes movement and identification difficult and prevents their relief by Allied air support. This film focuses much more on the psychology and morale of the soldiers than on action footage and heroics. Written by
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Twenty veterans of the 101st Airborne who fought in the Bastogne area were hired to train the actors and were also used as extras. See more »
After the sun comes out and Allied Airpower comes to the rescue, the first fighter planes are Vought F4U Corsairs. This particular fighter plane did not serve in the European theater. They were only used in the Pacific, by the Marines and the Navy. See more »
The major thinks General McAuliffle must have misunderstood. We have appealed to the well-known American humanity to save the people of Bastogne from further suffering. We have given you two hours to consider before raining destruction upon you. We do not understand General McAuliffe's answer.
I'd be glad to repeat it. The answer is "nuts".
[discusses with German major]
Is that a negative or an affirmative reply?
Nuts is strictly negative.
[discusses in German with German major]
We will kill many...
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Just as "All Quiet on the Western Front" was emblematic of the first world war, so "Battleground" is similarly drawn out in time, wringing the desperation, danger and fear of prolonged battle. It is not quite an anti-war film, as WWII was really the Last Good War. Men had to be sacrificed, but they did for a noble cause. Where would we be if the Nazis had triumphed?
The men were surrounded, the mist obscured everything, and it was bitter cold in the French winter, near Bastogne. It was the Battle of the Bulge, where the fate of Western Europe was decided. The film showed the cameraderie and cohesion necessary to be an effective infantry company, but there was no way out till finally the weather broke and our planes came to save them.
Though utterly exhausted and sick to death, the final victory march was dramatically triumphant.
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