Highly fictionalized account of the formation of the US Army's First Ranger Battalion in World War II and their first commanding officer Major (later, Lieutenant-Colonel) Orlando Darby. The idea was to create a US unit along the lines of the British commandos. In this account, which focuses on several fictional characters, the story is initially on their training in Scotland and the lives and loves their encounter while there. Their first combat mission was in the invasion of North Africa in 1942, followed by the invasion of Sicily and then Italy itself, including the amphibious landing at Anzio..
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|James Garner||Col. William Orlando Darby|
|Etchika Choureau||Angelina De Lotta / Dittmann|
|Jack Warden||MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator|
|Edd Byrnes||Lt. Arnold Dittman (as Edward Byrnes)|
|Venetia Stevenson||Peggy McTavish|
|Torin Thatcher||Sgt. McTavish|
|Peter Brown||Pvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns|
|Joan Elan||Wendy Hollister, Bishop's girl in London|
|Corey Allen||Pvt. Pittsburgh Tony Sutherland|
|Stuart Whitman||Sgt. / SSgt. / Sfc. Hank Bishop|
|Murray Hamilton||Pvt. / Sgt. Sims Delancey|
|William Wellman Jr.||Pvt. Eli Clatworthy (as Bill Wellman Jr.)|
|Andrea King||Mrs. Sheilah Andrews|
|William A. Wellman||Director|