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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All soldiers in the film who are wearing gas mask bags in the "Ready" position have the bags on backwards. During WWI gas mask bags were worn with the snaps against the chest, not facing outward. See more
Lieutenant Leak, fine officer, from Texas...
We lost over 60 men to our own fire today. We heave less then 200 able troops left. I don't know how they keep doing it.
Don't sell them short, Captain. Two days ago we had a Chinese working our field-phone, an American-Indian for a runner; they're both dead now but that's not the point. These Italians, Irish, Jews, and Poles, they'd never hire me as an attorney; we wouldn't be seen at the same events. But we will never, in our lives, enjoy the ...
Referenced in Laurel Canyon