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During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lieutenant Costa knows that Cooney is in command only because of 'connections' he had made state-side. Costa has serious doubts concerning Cooneys' ability to lead the group. When Cooney sends Costa and his men out, and refuses to re-enforce them, Costa swears revenge. Written by
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The scene where Lt. Costa hits Pvt. Ricks should have never happened if Sgt. Tolliver had done his job. Tolliver as the platoon sergeant should have understood what his lieutenant wanted and should have had Ricks keeping his eyes open and watching enemy movement. If he had been more responsible he would have been doing the observation himself, as he was more experienced and knew what to look for. There being only three privates a platoon sergeant and a lieutenant made the sergeant's job easier. If you watched Band of Brothers (2001) and noted what First Sergeant Lipton did, you'll see what should have been done. Both Tech Sergeant and 1st Sergeant are senior non-commissioned officers (NCOs), with the Tech Sergeant being the highest NCO slot available at the platoon level; they are responsible for the enlisted men. See more »
Buddy Ebsen is listed as "Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co. " Sfc. as in Sergeant First Class. This rank was not established until 1948 changing the rank of 2nd Grade Technical Sergeant to Sergeant First Class. See more »
Listen to me, Cooney! If you put me and my men in a wringer - -if you send us out there and let us hang - -I swear, I swear by all that's holy, I'll come back. I'll come back and take this grenade and shove it down your throat and pull the pin!
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It would seem political correctness prevailed even back during the big bloodletting. The military should screen it's officers very thoroughly before giving them the command over others' lives. Captain Cooney should never have been issued a uniform much less been promoted to such a high field rank. Most of these old 40's and 50's war films leave me colder than a dead kraut but this was way above the fold. Yes, some of the special effects were a bit tame and a couple of the sets looked like what they were, but this was one gritty, ugly tale of the horror and waste of combat. The entire cast was excellent in their portrayal of soldiers in a hopeless situation. Many familiar old faces in this one, most of whom are no longer with us.
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