In North Africa during World War II, Major David Brand is assigned to lead a British commando raid into German-held Benghazi to retrieve whatever documents they can lay their hands on at the German headquarters. His number two will be Capt. Jimmy Leith who speaks Arabic fluently and knows Benghazi well. Brand also learns that his beautiful wife Jane and Leith were lovers before the war, creating tension between the two. Brand is untested in battle and freezes at a critical moment, losing the respect of his men. After the raid, the trek back is arduous and takes its toll on the men. It also results in only one of the two senior officers surviving.
30 Fighting "Desert Rats" Invade Africa's Fortress
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Theatrical movie debut of Screenwriter Gavin Lambert. See more
After the raid on the German compound, in the fight out in the desert, an explosion goes off under a German vehicle, but there is a slight delay before it is obviously pulled over on its side. See more
Are you trying to goad me into killing you?
Perhaps because... i haven't the courage to do it myself.
End credits are designed to look like they came from a typewriter (although in white on a dark background). There are no upper case letters (capitals) in the credits. See more