Classic World War II drama directed by William Wellman, based on the newspaper columns written by war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Burgess Meredith stars as Pyle, who joins an American army unit fighting its way across North Africa. Over time he gets to know the soldiers well, and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the USA. Later, he catches up with the unit in Italy and accompanies it through the battles of San Vittorio and Cassino. Robert Mitchum won an Oscar for his role as the unit's commanding officer Bill Walker.