An exhausted and depleted combat infantry squad is pulled from a rear area, from which the troop had expected to be sent home, and is ordered to hold a lengthy section of line facing a huge German pillbox at the Siegfried Line. Among the men is McQueen, formerly the squad sergeant but
now, for drunkenness, busted and sent back to his unit--apparently a familiar routine for him. He is clearly the best soldier in the squad, a natural leader who soon begins advising nominal squad leader Guardino on various ruses to make the Germans think the force is much larger. The squad is
successful until a German patrol discovers how weak it is, and McQueen realizes that the only...