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.
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At one point, there is an exchange to the effect of: "You're never gonna make it to Corporal." "I just want to make it to civilian." This dialogue is taken almost verbatim from the WWII film A Walk in the Sun
(1945). See more
After admonishing the newly arrived Lt. Leak on his appearance, Maj. Whittlesey says "Oh, Lieutenant; Welcome to the 308th." It can be easily seen that Whittlesey has actually said, "Welcome to the 307th." (K Company / 307th was also cut-off, but managed to find and fall-in with the 308th.) See more
Hey, how come nobody ever calls me Bob?
He's Bob you dumb Dago. Haven't you ever heard of a first name?
Your first name is Private. You're gonna be Private all your life Rosen. You'll never make Corporal.
All I wanna make is civilian.