General George Patton assigns the brave soldiers of the United States’ 95th Infantry Division an impossible objective: liberate the legendary fortified stronghold of Metz, France from Nazi occupation. Against heavy resistance and steep odds, the 95th succeeds with their task, claiming a key Allied Victory and earning them the nicknames “Bravest of the Brave” and “The Iron Men of Metz”.
Fifty-five years later, surviving members of the heralded 95th return to the battlefields where they made their mark upon history. Greeted once again as heroes, they recount the horrors they faced, and honor their fallen comrades.
The filmmakers spent over three years documenting the stories and travels of this historic World War II unit. Often tragic, sometimes humorous, always inspirational, these courageous veterans pass on their strategies for survival, and life lessons for generations to come.
THE 95th: THE IRON MEN OF METZ first aired on PBS (WTTW Chicago), and is available now on DVD. A portion of the proceeds from this documentary will benefit the 95th Division Association. For more information on the 95th Infantry, please visit www.95divassociation.com.
Meet The Men
“The 95th division was one of the well trained outfits that could go and fight anywhere in the world.”
“You know who won the war? The foot soldier. You don’t read nothing about him. You read about Patton and McArthur, you don’t read about the foot soldier because they know nothing about him.”
“I couldn’t swear that I killed anybody. In fact I’m glad I don’t know.”
“I consider the company I was in as family. Those people were like brothers to me.”
“Metz is the only city in the world where you can see all the known fortifications constructed by mankind.”
—JACQUES (The Tour Guide)