The Victors 1963 DVD (Region One Playable in North America – The US, Canada, Mexico, etc.) Widescreen. B&W.
Starring: George Peppard, Eli Wallach, Vince Edwards, Melina Mercouri, George Hamilton, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau, Albert Finney.
The exploits of one infantry squad from Sicily through the invasion of France, into Germany, and on to the occupation at WW II's end. Each scene stands alone, focusing on a different character and incident, marred by war---punctuated by March Of Time-style newreels providing One man sleeps with an Italian woman whose soldier husband is missing. Another falls in love with a beautiful woman who tries to get him to desert to help in her black market operations. A race riot breaks out between white and black troops. The men are sent to witness an execution on a snowy night (based on the Eddie Slovik execution) while the soundtrack croons "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Frank Sinatra. These are only a few of the indelible, riveting parade of scars inflicted upon soldier after soldier in what many consider to be the war movie to end all war movies.
Brace yourself, the opening montage alone is a work of art.