Not Rated | | Drama, War
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
Col. Dax's headquarters was placed in a severely damaged building, which looks as if it actually had been hit by shells. This set was in fact the old castle of Schleissheim, opposite the 18th-century castle, used as the set for the court martial, etc. During WWII factories near Schleissheim were hit by an air raid. Some bombs fell on the old castle, causing heavy damage. So Dax' headquarters not only looked like it had been bombarded, it actually had been.
Narrator of opening sequence:
War began between Germany and France on August 3rd 1914. Five weeks later the German army had smashed its way to within eighteen miles of Paris. There the battered French miraculously rallied their forces at the Marne River and in a series of ...
After the court martial, as the sergeant is addressing the guards describing the procedure and discipline required of the firing squad, all of the guards in the rank have a "710" regiment number collar pin whereas the sergeant (and those in Col. Dax's regiment) have a "701". Although it might be a simple matter of the costuming department transposing the two numerals, the difference might also be intentional. If a firing squad is going to execute three men in a given regiment, then you'd want to have men from another regiment come in and do it to avoid having men shooting their friends.
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