Solid, though often stereotypical, performances all round.
2 slow acts building up to a grand finale
the presence of war flows through the story as a group of soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice to thwart off the threat of Tobruk
it asks what's bigger than the war itself: following orders or dying for a noble cause?
In this particular film we have Rock Hudson, portraying a Canadian military officer, being rescued from capture by the French in North Africa by a group of Jewish German commandos under the leadership of George Peppard, here in one of the many action roles he worked in before he became the leader of the A-Team on television. The Jews want to fight back against their Nazi oppressors and have a definite axe to grind, and the British just want to see Rommel's advance towards Egypt stopped dead, and to do that they mount an ambitious, suicidal mission to destroy his fuel depot in Tobruk, using these Jewish soldiers and Hudson, who is familiar with the desert and its terrain.
It's a top-notch cast, with many well-known British character actors, and it certainly is a fine action film which has no bones about showing the Germans as formidable opponents, which they certainly were.
It has some witty one liners amongst the drama, it has a great cast with Peppard playing a superb role and Hudson playing a true hero.
Its such an interesting film as to see a battle undemined as it was crucial; it is a real classic.