Straker a Vietnam vet with a chip on his shoulder since his wife and daughter were killed in a home invasion. He is then recruited to go back to Vietnam to rescue some POW/MIA’s, including one Commander, Harrison. Figuring he has nothing to lose, he accepts the mission.
A submarine commander is determined to use guided missiles on his sub in this war drama. To do so, he defies the edict of the navel bureaucracy and begins testing the prototypes. This results in personal injury and the death of a crewman. So guilty does the commander feel, that he begins to suffer a mental breakdown and becomes hysterically paralyzed.
Early in his naval career, Ken White is suddenly given command of his submarine, the USS Tiger Shark. To keep from being sunk, he orders a dive while the captain and another crewman are outside, and both are killed. White is promoted, but the events on the Tiger Shark continue to haunt him and also disrupt his marriage. Eventually, White takes a desk job. But when the Korean War flares up, White is called back to active duty and asked to lead the Tiger Shark once more.
If a man acts according to his human believes in the war times, the ruthless war machinery can easily swallow him down.
On the same day that he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary valor in the European campaign during World War II, Sergeant Joe Dusak is charged with desertion during combat by a military court. Also summoned to testify are Corporal Crocker, Corporal Quinn and Private Pope, the only surviving members of a patrol led by Dusak. The charges stem from a patrol into the Black Forest of Germany in which Dusak claims the patrol got lost. Sergeant William Hutchins testifies that he ran into Dusak’s patrol, and the men were laughing and not lost.
In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate the ghetto in the capital of Lithuania, becoming the master of life or death. When he finds the gorgeous Hayyah sneaking with one kilo of beans stolen from the German army, he sentences her to death; but when he is informed that she was a former successful singer, he decides to activate the old theater and promote shows in the ghetto. The Jewish Chief of Police, Gens, uses the theater and a sewing factory to save as much lives as he can; in his ambiguous position, he kills Jews to save lives of others.
The life and slow death of Communist journalist and Prague City Council member Jozka Jaburkova in the Ravensbruck concentration camp is the focus of this wartime drama starring Jana Rihakova as the tragic Jaburkova. Suffering almost from the beginning as an illegitimate child burdened with extreme moral expectations by her fanatically religious mother, Jaburkova suffered at the hands of the teachers and authorities in her all girls’ school. Her sympathy for the oppressed or those experiencing unjust hardship or discrimination got her into trouble again and again, both as a student and when she went on to seek employment. As the camera focuses on scenes in the concentration camp, Jaburkova’s memories of her past are shown in flashbacks.
A group of youthful soldiers stationed in the Philippines prepare to fight after they learn about Pearl Harbor. One disgraced soldier redeems himself by heroically crashing his plane into a ship carrying Japanese troops.