Landing with Allied invasion forces at Salerno, Italy in 1942, war correspondent Conley Wright joins an infantry unit commanded by the inexperienced Captain Jim Benedict. The unit's first assignment: capture the heavily defended San Pietro.
The company moves into the town of Nieto for a mopping-up operation and are then ordered to hold the town against a German advance.
Captain Benedict is none too thrilled when he learns that his newest platoon sergeant is his estranged younger brother.
Wounded and captured behind enemy lines, Private D'Angelo must withstand harsh interrogation and not give away information about his comrades.
Private Gibson is the only survivor of a German ambush and he's trapped behind enemy lines.
Sent to the hospital with a case of psychosomatic blindness, Lt. Kimbro tries to help a young woman who's in trouble.
Kimbro wants to go to the aid of a dying soldier who is calling out for help but Benedict refuses to let him for fear that it would put the entire squad in danger.
Wright gets into an argument with a female war correspondent who wants to file a story that would possibly compromise military security.
It's almost too quiet when the company arrives in a village that was supposedly evacuated by the Germans. Then the real reason for the stillness is discovered--a group of Germans have stayed behind and they're holding the village's children hostage.
Sgt. McKenna unwittingly imperils the squad when he gets the hots for an Italian babe.
An Italian boy becomes attached to Lucavitch after he's caught stealing food from the unit.
While on leave, D'Angelo falls in love and gets involved with black marketeers.
Benedict and members of his squad hideout in an Italian farmhouse in order to avoid an enemy patrol. Things are complicated by the fact that a German major they're holding prisoner is looking for a way to give away their position.
While on leave in Naples, Benedict is puzzled when a nurse has no reaction after hearing that her fiancee has been reported MIA.
Captain Benedict meets a smokin' hot Italian countess who may or may not be working for the Germans.
Two demolitions experts join the squad on a mission to blow up a bridge but one of them is the Italian engineer who built the object and he might be sabotaging their efforts because he doesn't want to see his work destroyed.
Amazingly, war correspondent Wright gets himself a transfer to the Pacific Theatre of the war so that he can search for his MIA brother and witnesses a battle hardened Marine breaking in a young commanding officer.
D'Angelo helps liberate his mother's native Italian village only to learn that his favorite uncle was a German collaborator.
Wright discovers the details of a spy mission when he pieces together the events that caused the death of an American officer months before.
Separated from their unit, Wright, D'Angelo, and Gibson get trapped with an odd mixture of stragglers.
Sgt. McKenna encounters an undisciplined group of soldiers at a forward observation post. He's contemptuous of them at the beginning but then changes his tune when he sees them in action.
Lucavich and Hanson have an argument but things change when Hanson fails to return from a patrol behind enemy lines.
After being wounded in combat, Benedict gets an offer to transfer to a position in the Allied Military Government instead of returning to his unit. Complicating the matter is a smoking hot female Captain.
A field surgeon, who's an old rival of Benedict from their collegiate days, opposes his efforts to extract vital information from a wounded German prisoner.
A USO troupe has arrived to entertain the troops and to Benedict's surprise and joy their lead singer is a former galpal of his. Unfortunately, she has no interest in re-kindling their romance preferring only the wounded men.
A wounded soldier, who professes to despise all Italians, takes refuge in a convent where an Italian nun tries to persuade him to accept treatment from her.