Private Pooley (1962)

Genres - Action, Crime, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - East Germany, UK, West Germany  |  
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Based on an actual incident that happened near Dunkirk on May 27, 1940, this effective wartime drama begins when the Germans invade en masse around May 10th. Outnumbered and outgunned, the British soldiers make a last stand at a farm not far from Dunkirk. When a total of 99 men surrender to the Germans, they are lined up in three rows and executed by machine-gun fire. Two men, Albert Pooley (Garfield Morgan) and William Callaghan miraculously survive, wounded but alive. A few days later they were forced to surrender, but Pooley vowed that if he lived through the war he would bring justice to bear on the man responsible for the massacre -- Obersturmfuhrer Frits Knoechlein (Alfred Muller). The drama continues with Pooley searching the POW camps for Knoechlein, and then once the war is over, the story follows him as he gathers evidence of the crime. For the record, Knoechlein was hung as a war criminal in 1949.

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concentration-camp, rescue, war, behind-enemy-lines, captive, captor, escape, family-member, POW (Prisoner of War), POW/MIA, revenge, soldier