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  • A bitter, antagonistic replacement whom none of Saunders' men can stand (with good reason) is wounded and pinned down by German snipers...who use him to try and lure his fellow Americans into their ambush.

  • Saunders gets a replacement, Mason, who is completely self-centered and detestable, and he immediately antagonizes everyone in the squad. While on a mission, they are caught in the open with little cover, and they are pinned down by a well entrenched German infantry supported by a machine gun. Mason, badly wounded and unable to get himself to cover, is used by the Germans to tempt the Americans to expose themselves by trying to rescue him. The other GIs are posed with the ethical decision of leaving him behind or risking their lives trying to save the detestable Mason. It is highly dramatic to watch as one GI after another comes to grips with his own ethics and makes the decision to risk his own life trying to save Mason - not because of any redeeming value in Mason, but because of their own humanity.

  • The loathed and selfish Private Mason is hated by Saunders' squad except the youngster Laslo that worships him. When Saunders and the squad are assigned for a recon patrol, they are trapped by a German machine gun nest. They seek protection, but Mason is wounded in open field and the Germans let him alive to be used as bait. Saunders tries unsuccessfully to rescue Mason and decides to retreat with the squad. However Laslo conflicts over Saunders command creating a difficult situation to the squad.


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