However, a large number of the peasants loved us living with them.

Young is seemingly ignored in , because she is rich and American; the hero of is ignored because he is poor and Irish - both are outsiders to the countries and events.

Being a bunch of cowards, they refused to go anywhere.

The Civil Action Programs within the village created a lot of trust of the American boys.

As usual, the reports of being wiped out became stronger.

Later in September, the artillery and engineer regiments of the Thirtieth joined their infantry comrades in the 119th and 120th as part of a British-led assault on a section of the seemingly impregnable German Hindenburg Line. This string of fortified towns villages, connected by reinforced trenches and tunnels, stretched across the northeastern corner of France from Belgium to Switzerland. The British had already pushed the Germans across the Somme River and back behind the Line in August. On September 29th, the Thirtieth was the first American Division to breech the German defenses at the village of Bellicourt along the St. Quentin Canal, northeast of Paris. (For a detailed description of the assault on the Hindenburg Line, including copies of orders and planning memos, see , pp. 39-55 and Walker's , pp. 21-27.)

A number of times, they almost got us killed.

Finally, after the opening artillery barrage ended, the American infantry received the dreaded signal to "go over the top"--to climb out of the trenches, assemble in small units on the white tapelines, and begin the charge through the wire towards the German lines. The American artillery kept up a "rolling barrage", moving forward behind the infantry to cover their advance. American also tried to keep the Germans from firing at the advancing soldiers. Still, the troops had to dodge German shells and snake their way through the German wires. Once they did, they came within range of withering German machine gun and rifle fire. Hundreds of Americans were mowed down. The rest scrambled for safety in shell holes, where they often remained pinned down for hours until other American regiments flanked the Germans. By September 16, however, the Germans had been routed at St. Mihiel and forced to abandon two square miles of territory. They left behind thousands of prisoners and a trove of weapons and ammunitions.

The last round exploded a short distance in front of us, covering Marines with dirt.
We laid two sticks of C-4 plastic explosive on it, lit the fuse and ran to a knoll.

The song is sung by male chorus, a common feature of Ford films.

He ordered each patrol to have a checkpoint on one of two knolls that we had nicknamed "Twin Tits." Since they were the highest points in our area, the captain felt the communists would see us.

Seconds later there was a loud explosion and a cloud of dust where the militiamen were.

The tango is one of the best on-screen tangos in a Hollywood film.

The American and French governments honored North Carolinians with a host of decorations and medals. Two hundred Tar Heels earned Distinguished Service Crosses. Twelve won Distinguished Service Medals, including prisoner of war . (For a county-by-county list of North Carolinians who won the Distinguished Service Cross and Medal, see The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's , pp. 29-67.) Robert L. Blackwell, a native of Person County and a private in the 119th Infantry Regiment, was the only North Carolinian to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Blackwell's platoon had been surrounded, and he was killed while trying to sneak through the German lines to get help. (For more of Blackwell's story, see the , pp. 23-4.)

Both rushes are the spectacularset pieces of their pictures, huge spectacles.

They turn out to be some of the best people in the film.

When historian Jackson Marhsall interviewed North Carolina doughboys in the mid-1980s, he found that they remembered the daily "battle against hunger, lice, and sleeplessness" almost as much as combat. Next to avoiding getting shot, the soldiers' biggest concern was finding edible food. Officers still ate much better than their men, as had been the case in the stateside training camps and the transit ships. Most of the time, the troops subsisted on a rough stew of beef and potatoes, known variously as "slumgullian" or "slumgully." The beef, nicknamed "bully beef" or "corn willy" came in cans. It was so densely packed that soldiers sometimes broke off the tips of their knives trying to extract it.