Battleground

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Released 1950

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Director:
William A. Wellman
Released:
1950
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Battleground is a 1949 American World War II film directed by William Wellman. The film follows the story of three American soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division during its battles against the German forces in Bastogne. Jim Layton (Marshall Thompson) and William J. Hooper (Scotty Beckett) are new recruits who are ordered to join different units within the 101st Airborne Division as replacements for fallen glider infantry. They are soon joined by Holley (Van Johnson), a soldier who is returning from a debilitating wound. Battleground focuses on Layton as he tries to adapt to the life of a soldier and deal with the stigma of being "the new guy" in the squad. Layton survives several altercations with German forces early on, and he eventually finds himself in a fierce battle in Bastogne, Belgium. He learns that Hooper is stationed nearby, and goes to visit his friend. However, he learns that Hooper was killed by a mortar shell only hours before. Layton returns to the soldiers to his unit, with which he will endure much more grief before he leaves Bastogne.moreless
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