An uncompromising and often brutal war film. Kelly and Aumont star as French soldiers who are among those who surrender to the Germans at the fall of France in 1940. They are herded into boxcars and shipped to a concentration camp where they are subjected to sadistic treatment and brutal
conditions. Lorre is at his most vicious as the demented Nazi sergeant, tossing a loaf of bread from a full basket onto the dirty floor of a barracks to see the starving prisoners tear at each other for a morsel. Later, Hardwicke, a priest interned with the soldiers, offers a mass. Lorre attends,
listens briefly, then shoots the priest, killing him. Kelly goes berserk and attacks L...