On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing ... See full summary »
Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.
After surviving a massacre in Malmedy, a location behind the German army in Europe, four American soldiers with only one weapon rescue the British pilot Oberon Winley (Kirby Heyborn) in a tree and they move together, trying to reach the allied forces and save a great number of allied soldiers from a German attack with the information got by Winley in his flight. While marching, each soldier discloses inner secrets to the rest of the group. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
All guns used in the film are authentic and fully-functional, modified to shoot blanks. See more »
There are several problems with the Malmedy massacre scene. First, there was no snow on the ground when it took place; it snowed afterwards and covered up the bodies. Second, the film shows the massacre beginning when an American prisoner seizes a rifle from a German guard and shoots him, causing the Germans to open fire on everyone; that did not happen. Third, the massacre is shown being committed by Wehrhacht--regular German army--troops. In fact, it was committed by an SS unit under the command of the notorious Col. Joachim Peiper, and it was not, as claimed in the film, a "tragic accident"--Peiper's intention all along was to kill the prisoners, and he had them transported to that open field for precisely that purpose (Peiper served 12 years in prison after the war for his involvement in the crime. In 1976 he was living in France when he was shot to death in his home, which was then burned to the ground, in what many believe was revenge for the Malmedy massacre).
Yes and no - The German version of events unsurprisingly maintains the prisoners were trying to escape when the shooting started and there is a suggestion from some of the survivors that men were moving away from the main group before, or immediately after the first shots were fired, however this is also described by other survivors as men from the front rank pushing backwards to get out of the firing line. The first shots were fired by Romanian SS tanker George Fleps acting on the orders of his tank commander Staff Sergeant Hans Siptrott who believed he was compliant with order issued that prisoners were to be shot if they interfered with the main objective which was to get to the Meuse bridges.
At the time of the shootings Peiper was much further back with the HQ group; he did not have the prisoners transported to the field, that's where they were assembled after being captured at the crossroads a few yards north.
The battle group was responsible for other shootings along their line of advance particularly Stavelot where Belgian civilians were shot in their homes.
It's worth noting that on January 1st 1945, 14 days after Malmedy, 60 German PoWs were murdered at Chenogne as the Americans went on the counter offensive. No-one was ever brought to justice and it was acknowledged that many units were instructed to kill SS troops and paratroopers out of hand. See more »
It's a Mormon production that avoids explicitly labeling the hero as a
Mormon in order to draw in a wider Christian audience. The movie has
many problems that were not related to the limited budget. To begin
with, the characters who escape the Malmedy Massacre are wearing 101st
Airborne Div. shoulder patches. This unit was not in the area of attack
at the beginning of the German's Ardennes offensive. In fact, it was
members of a field artillery observation battalion who were captured at
Malmedy. The portrayal of the medic is is unbelievable and designed to
make the Mormon hero appear even more saintly. It was a rare occurrence
that a combat medic in the European Theater would carry a sidearm, let
alone a rifle while wearing red cross identification patches as this
was a violation of the Geneva Conventions. The medic in this movie
carries a rifle without hesitation and acts more like an infantryman.
The movie claims to be based on actual events, but the only actual
event it seems to use is the massacre. The plot line for the RAF pilot
seems pretty bogus. He says he was flying photo reconnaissance, but
that early in the battle Allied aircraft were grounded by the weather.
Even if conditions were clear in England, ground fog and a low cloud
cover would have prevented the taking of intelligence photos from the
The film looks nice, but that is about it. The production needed a fact
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