An American infantry unit, from its pre-invasion training to combat in Europe.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Tom Hale
Lt. Joe Mallory
Sgt. Pete Bell
Cpl. Danny Dominick (as Bill Campbell)
Pvt. Edward P. Rojeck
Pvt. Frank Finley
Richard Monahan ...
Pvt. 'Four-Eff' Nelson
Sgt. Roy Henderson (as Eddie Norris)
Pvt. Jimbo Hollis
Dick Wesson ...
Pvt. Sammy Hansen
William Self ...
Pvt. George Glasheen
Danny Arnold ...
Pvt. Rothman
Danni Sue Nolan ...
Lt. Janis King
Howard Negley ...
Lt. Col. John Lewis


1944. 2nd Lt Joe Mallory, fresh out of Officer Candidate School, takes command of a veteran platoon of the US 1st Infantry Division. The company commander, Captain Tom Hale, is the former commander of the platoon and a tough taskmaster. Luckily Mallory has a very capable and experienced platoon sergeant, Pete Bell. The allies will soon invade Nazi-occupied France and Mallory's leadership abilities will be tested to the limit. Written by grantss

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You'll Cheer...the Battlin' Bozos of Company "B"!


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Release Date:

27 July 1951 (France)  »

Also Known As:

6.6. 6 Uhr 30 - Durchbruch in der Normandie  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's opening prologue states: "With the American Troops in England. The Spring of 1944." See more »


In the first scene, we are introduced to the platoon as 1st Platoon. Later in the movie, one of the long-time members of the platoon refers to it as 3rd platoon. Near the end, it is referred to as 1st platoon again. See more »


Lt. Joe Mallory: [conferring with a new junior officer] Johnson-! If you're as good under fire as you are on paper, we'll get along. And if you're *not*, I'll re-classify you and send you back to a repro-depo. Is *that* clear?
Lt. Fred Johnson: Yes, sir.
Lt. Joe Mallory: We're leaving tonight. You're getting the best rifle platoon in the regiment, and the best platoon sergeant in the *army*; You do what he tells you to do, and *maybe* your chances of staying *alive* another week, are going to be pretty good. Is *that* clear?
Lt. Fred Johnson: Yes, sir.
Lt. Joe Mallory: Until you ...
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Effective and Unpretentious
13 April 2002 | by (Falls Church, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Solid war picture with capable cast - Bryan the grim company commander, Agar the aggressive junior officer, Lovejoy the good-natured noncom who also serves as the film's narrator. "Breakthrough" offers the usual cliches and too much stock footage, but its combat sequences are well done and the story never drags.

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