During World War II, a special fighting unit is formed that combines a crack Canadian Army unit and a conglomeration of U.S. Army misfits who had previously served time in military jails. After an initial period of conflict between the two groups, their enmity turns to respect and friendship, and the unit is sent Italy to attempt a dangerous mission that has heretofore been considered impossible to carry out. Written by
Doug Sederberg <email@example.com>
I've seen this movie and I enjoyed it very much. One reason was because this American war movie actually had a Canadian background to it. For the first time ever in an American movie, the Canadians had a part in the plot. Finally some inclusion by our neighbour to the south in movies about the extreme efforts of Canadians during world war. The Canadians played just as big a part in the winning of the war as the Americans did, the only difference was that Americans had supreme man power. But there is no problem here, as the Allies worked together to achieve the ultimate goal of victory.
This "Devil's Brigade" was very much a true outfit. Originally they were used in the Aleutians to defend North America from Japanese invasion (1942), which in fact was never going to actually happen. This 1800 men force (a brigade) of Canadians and Americans were very well trained, and provided a very strong force that got the job done. Not only was a mission to land on the island of Kiska in the Aleutians done to rid the island of Japanese (the Japanese were already gone), but they went on special missions to destroy hydroelectric stations in Norway and northern Italy, to destroy oil fields in Romania, and as well as different missions in Italy, such as the making and breakout of the Anzio beachhead to the south of Rome.
So anyways, my point is first of all that this brigade did exist and were a strong military force, and second of all that it is nice to see Canadians in an American war movie, especially in 1968. Great movie, great history.
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