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The Lost Battalion (2001)

The Lost Battalion





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Based on a true story, the made-for-cable feature The Lost Battalion is set in 1918 during the final months of WWI. Assigned to capture an enemy stronghold in Charlvaux at the height of the Argonne campaign, the men of the AEF 308th Battalion, 77th Division, are led by young American major Charles Whittlesey (Rick Schroder), an inexperienced but dedicated "citizen soldier." Totally cut off from the other allied troops, unaware of their vulnerability, and barraged by "friendly fire," the 500-plus men of the 308th bravely hold their position, suffering incredible losses and unspeakable deprivations in the process -- while the battalion's superior officers, far from the firing line, callously prepare to write off the men as expendable casualties. Fairly graphic and horrifying by basic-cable standards, The Lost Battalion was filmed on-location in Luxembourg, and made its American TV debut courtesy of the A&E Channel on December 2, 2001.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television
Directed By: ,
Written By: James Carabatsos, Jim Carabatsos
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On DVD: Jan 29, 2002
A&E Television Networks


Rick Schroder
as Maj. Charles Whittle...
Phil McKee
as Capt. McMurty
Jamie Harris
as Sgt. Gaedeke
Jay Rodan
as Lt. Leak
Adam James
as Capt. Holderman
Daniel Caltagirone
as Pvt. Cepeglia
Michael Brandon
as Gen. Alexander
Arthur Kremer
as Pvt. Krotoshinsky
André Vippolis
as Pvt. Pvt. Lipasti
Adam James (II)
as Capt. Nelson Holderm...
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You can see many differences in how WWI and WWII were fought in this movie. Rick Schroder did a fantastic job in this movie based on a true story.


This was rather graphic but it's a true account of our WWI battle against the Germans in the Argonne Forest.

Ida Kern

Super Reviewer


WWI movies are uncommon. A WWI movie this good is even more uncommon. A well-made rendition of the American soldier's short-lived but valiant contributions to the Great War. The production is very impressive considering this is a made-for-TV film. The acting is generally good but I felt that the diverse ethnicities stereotype (especially the inevitable New Yorkers) and the uncaring general stereotype were a bit overdone. What really impressed me was the take on the Germans. They are shown as hard-fighting, competent, and honorable soldiers as opposed to merciless brutes, which tends to be the norm in world war films shown from the Allied perspective. A splendid war piece, overall.

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