The movie has immediacy and a sense of claustrophobia as the enemy appears a few dozen yards in front of you, so close that you can see their eyes from your separate positions. In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey Rick Schroder is assigned by Gen. Behind this mill was the Binarville-La Viergette road. But most American soldiers, even though they grumble and gripe, tend to believe in what they are doing and can be rather gung-ho about it. Whittlesey believed that his orders to hold this position still applied, because the position was the key to breaking through the German lines.
In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey Rick Schroder is assigned by Gen. The Director, Russell Mulcahy is an Australian too. I read the other day that only 44 of the 2 million plus American W. Combat scenes are filled with up-close, hand-to-hand action. Funeral processions were even held by the enemy for downed fliers. Thier Original films like The Crossing, or Sharpe's Rifles are always on the mark, and never Disapointing. In typical first world war fassion, the modest gains of the offensive were ultimatley lost as the allied forces simply withdrew back to their trenches.
One of the guerrillas' goals is to aid American refugees stranded by the war. I am still picking up information. Whittlesey released his final carrier pigeon, named , to call off the barrage. Thus begins a desperate fight for survival, as ammunition and food runs out, and as wave after wave of german counter attacks are repelled. Without food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, only two hundred men survive after five days of siege.
The rear was the least protected from attack and was defended by only a few riflemen and several machine guns. The acting is very good, it's far from corny and it shows all the horrors and the brutality of the war in a very graphic way. Today we still have silly racial conflict; how little we have progressed! On that fateful day, a force of nearly 500 men under Major Whittlesey went out into the French forest seeking to push the Germans back and end the war. I do not know how accurate the facts are displayed, but I liked this movie very much. If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites. We are introduced to the main characters.
By the end of the film, when one of the characters tell the Major his men would follow him anywhere okay, there's a cliché or two in this one , we believe him. This actually happened to the real Gaedeke. Within the 77th sector some units including Whittlesey's 1-308th Infantry were making significant headway. Of course you don't have to believe me if I say this is a good movie, but do know that it was produced by the History Channel. Perhaps if it were to be converted to Blu Ray that would help. The Germans then send him escorted by a German soldier with a white flag back to the American line with the message.
The securing of the mill was imperative to seize control of the road and a rail line that ran parallel to the north of it. I found it to have a total lack of story. In this respect it reflects the view of the media from that time period. When action was happening, the cameras were right there. He compensates for this be eliciting a superior performance from Rick Shroeder than Spielberg did from Hanks, and by adding some nifty special effects shots here and there.
If someone really wants to see where the movie deviates from reality they should at a minimum read L. The only thing that the German officers talked about was how wonderful the Americans are. Soft spoken and hidden behind a pair of wire framed glasses Schroder nails the part, conveying the character's strength with whispered stubbornness. McMurtry Phil McKee who is brotherly to his men. If they were depicted as professional soldiers, who happened to loose the battle due to tactics, luck or any other believable reason. Water was accessible, but getting to it required exposing oneself to German fire. Plenty of detail added to the authenticity.
Air Force Magazine December 1984 :183. Man, I'd hate to have been a soldier at this time. All in all the movie was excellent. He does the opposite of scene-chewing which is appropriate for a reluctant hero who committed suicide because of the unwanted fame. Indeed Major Whittlesey and several officers were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The battle scenes are very gore and realistic, in a war of trenches and bayonets, and the actors have great performances, being impossible to highlight an individual acting. Without this knowledge, the units that would become known as the Lost Battalion moved beyond the rest of the Allied line and found themselves surrounded by German forces. Adversity strips away that unsavory and rather immature rivalry that too often mars the relations of one ethic group toward the other. He led his men with bravery and won their loyalty. After this attack was over, the Germans began to settle down for the day.
Moreover, the movie offers another take on the classic theme that pits an intrepid underdog David against the prohibitive favorite. Realizing it is an American plane, the Americans make noise to try to get the pilot's attention. Whittlesey is morose, but a respected leader. It is a definite must for any collector of war films. There is a chilling reality throughout the film, to include how the war was seen and pursued from the lowliest fighting man through the top echelons of command, and even from the German perspective. They had set up defensive positions throughout the forest, using a string of networked trenches. Amen and pass the ammo.