After a surreal lecture on telling allied parachutists from German ones, the platoon is ordered to pick up a stranded U-boot's crew. Wilson feels live hand-grenades are too dangerous for his hot-head mates and acts accordingly. As HQ's armed escort is late, the Kriegsmarine captain can first play mind-games by drafting a reckoning 'list', then take Hodges hostage. Written by
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I'm going to talk to them!
Sgt. Arthur Wilson
You can't speak German!
They'll know from the natural authority in my voice that I'm in charge.
You'd better come with me.
Whistle While You Work
Music by Frank Churchill
and lyrics by Larry Morey
Heard as a theme at the start of some scenes
sings a parody of this song to the Germans See more