A grain of sand had curbed the Axis advance, which reached El Alamein only after the arrival of the rested British divisions: this grain of sand was Bir Hakeim. Général Bernard Saint-Hillier, Légion Étrangère


A True Story

The screenplay relates the true, powerful story of the tenacious heroic stand of de Gaulle’s Free French Brigade and French Foreign Legion at the remote defensive ‘box’ of Bir Hakeim against the seemingly overwhelming might of Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the Libyan desert during World War II from 26th May to 11th June 1942, a stand which held up the German and Italian advance for sixteen crucial days and nights and ultimately served to turn the course of the war in the Allies’ favour.
Incredibly, this epic battle, which might be seen as a mechanised Zulu, with odds of ten to one against the outpost’s defenders, has never before been celebrated on film. It was described by British premier Winston Churchill as “One of the finest feats of arms in this war”.
Outnumbered ten to one, the men (and one valiant Englishwoman) holding the defensive fort brace themselves against attack after attack.
“Allons enfants de la patrie!”
Again and again the attacks came. Can they triumph against such overwhelming odds?
Of the defenders of Bir Hakeim the increasingly frustrated Axis attackers declared: “They are devils, not men!”
“Aux armes, mes braves!”
All this, and a love story too!


Location: Wartime London and the Libyan Desert.

Main Characters: 3 male; 1 female (based on the woman who was the Commanding Officer’s driver and won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry).

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