It seems many Military movies are grand epics and such. I love those, but I also like movies such as this. I snapshot showing what real war was like back then. While my father said that most soldiers did not act the way portrayed here, many did. The violence of the war here was very realistic and needed to be shown. People did not come out of war zones looking they just came out of a spa.
The detail of the movie was excellent, Sherman tanks, little details like the sounds a specific shell makes when wheezing by, the in city fighting, and most important, at this stage of the war, the actual makeup of german troops at this stage, young, women and children, and the hatred of the SS troops, the demons the allied forces hated.
Also, to major point, it demonstrates the heroism of the young undistinguished soldier. Some may say this "glorifies war" but that is a falsehood..if glorifies heroism, and the heroes themselves. They were real.
The acting was great, and the story itself made it known towards then end. The transformation of a raw recruit, never exposed to violence, untrained, and thrown into the grinder. At the ending 20 minutes of the movie, I conciously said "oh THAT'S WHY" they had those previous scenes. Very well written, told, and executed.
This holds a revered place in my Military Movie Collection. Keep good stories coming!