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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When the boys are assembled at night, they are told they will be part of the 336th Division. That unit was destroyed and surrendered to the Soviets on the Eastern Front nearly a year earlier in 1944 and was never reformed. See more
I can't see these boys sacrificed pointlessly at the end of the war!
I've spoken to your boys. They are idealists. They believe in fighting for their ideals. They want to save their Fatherland. They believe what you taught them. Hölderlin. German Textbook for Older Students. The battle is ours, O Fatherland! Count not the dead!
But, Herr Fröhlich, all these ideals - freedom, Fatherland, a hero's death - they've all been betrayed!
A few days ago I heard that my son had been killed in action. Has...
An English dubbed version was released in the USA in 1963. See more