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August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton's Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions, leavened by a touch of comedy.Written by
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Louis L'Amour's memoir, "Education of a Wandering Man", said that this movie was actually based on his war time anecdotes. He won two Bronze Stars as an officer on the Red Ball Express. See more »
The majority of Red Ball Express drivers were African American. The US Army used them for the dangerous driving routes as they were considered to be expendable. The film doesn't reflect the demographic realities of the unit. See more »
No credits besides the title, seven minutes in the film. See more »
The story was inspired by events in Louis L'Amour's life when he served in the European campaign. Louis L'Amour for those who may not know was a prolific writer of Westerns and single-handedly reinvented that literary form.
He told his WWII tales at the Brown Derby on Vine Stree in Hollywood. Louis often met with Cobb who ran the place. They often spoke of American Natives especially the Crow Indians in Wyoming and Montana. In any case, someone overheard Louis's WWII tales and it became this film.
I don't know if Louis L'Amour was ever credited. I don't think so. Much of this author's early life could easily serve as an exciting source of several entertaining and illuminating films.
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