In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey is assigned by Gen. Robert Alexander to a massive suicidal attack against the German forces in the Argonne Forest with his five-hundred-man battalion. However, the forces supposed to be giving support through the flanks retreat and the communications with the headquarter of the 77th American Division are cut. Major Wittlesey holds his position with his men, mostly Irish, Polish, Italian and Jewish immigrants from New York, surrounded by the German army. Without food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, only two hundred men survive after five days of siege. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Caught between two lines of fire, the Germans gave them two options: surrender or die. They chose a third.
Did You Know?
The name "Mulcahy" is carved above the Major's office in the trench. The director of the film was Russell Mulcahy
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Private Chinn is left behind at the phone outpost in the woods because the battalion did not have enough phone wire to reach the objective at the mill. However in one scene Major Whittlesey, while at the mill, attempts to contact him by phone but the line is cut. Since the battalion did not have enough wire to reach the mill, he should not have had the phone, it should have been with Chinn. See more
It's not done. Anyhow, why should I share this with you?
Because I killed the guy you took it off.
Referenced in Laurel Canyon