This made-for-HBO feature aims to document a forgotten chapter in the history of WWII, the protracted fight for a forest straddling the border between Belgium and Germany. Unfortunately, there's not much here to distinguish WHEN TRUMPETS FADE from most other WWII flicks--particularly in a
year that saw the release of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and THE THIN RED LINE.
November, 1944. By virtue of his having survived a full week of hellish battle in the Hurtgen forest--during which the rest of his company were killed--Private David Manning (Ron Eldard) is promoted to sergeant, despite rumors of cowardice and his own request for a dismissal. Manning is ordered to
lead a g...