In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey is assigned by Gen. Robert Alexander to a massive suicidal attack against the German forces in the Argonne Forest with his five-hundred-man battalion. However, the forces supposed to be giving support through the flanks retreat and the communications with the headquarter of the 77th American Division are cut. Major Wittlesey holds his position with his men, mostly Irish, Polish, Italian and Jewish immigrants from New York, surrounded by the German army. Without food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, only two hundred men survive after five days of siege.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Caught between two lines of fire, the Germans gave them two options: surrender or die. They chose a third.
Did You Know?
The doughboys in the film are equipped with the US rifle of 1917, aka, the "American Enfield" or "Eddystone" rather than the iconic M1903 Springfield. This was a good detail, because it's correct- due to manufacturing delays, the majority of doughboys were equipped with the M1917, an adaptation of the British Enfiled, rather than the more famous "-03 Springfield." See more
When the plane is ready to take off for reconnaissance, the engine is started electronically. At the time of the war, engines were started by spinning the propeller blades manually, rather than by an electric ignition. See more
Hey, how come nobody ever calls me Bob?
He's Bob you dumb Dago. Haven't you ever heard of a first name?
Your first name is Private. You're gonna be Private all your life Rosen. You'll never make Corporal.
All I wanna make is civilian.
Referenced in Laurel Canyon