A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.
They look for love in a world of violence!
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The end credits assert that the script relates true facts which happened on April 27 1945. See more
The action takes place within a couple of days in the late spring of 1945 as the US forces were moving through Bavaria. However, the trees clearly show their late Autumn remaining foliage, instead of spring buds and new leaves. See more
Next time you cut trees down in my wood, ask me first!
I won't do that. It's for victory, don't forget!
An English dubbed version was released in the USA in 1963. See more