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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When entering the first skirmish with the Germans in the forest, Capt McMurtry is seen cocking his pistol. It is clearly visible there is no actual round loaded into the chamber. Therefore the gun was not loaded. See more
[after an incoming artillery around lands dangerously close to the trench
That's just some traveling salesman throwing iron cigars.
Translation: German artillery.
Which brings me to stuff. There're two kinds of stuff.
Stuff going out, ours. Stuff comming in, theirs.
Mud crunchers must learn to judge between different kinds of stuff. If you here something that whistles and knocks, that there is a whiz-bang. Get on the ground. Sometimes herr whiz-bang brings along his lady friend, Minnie Waffer.