A film about WW11 from the Italian perspective is a rarity in itself. This film is not about action, rather the futility, boredom, and neglect in War. Filmed in haunting desert scenery, you can feel thirsty just watching it! Unknown Italian actors lend an authenticity to the plot, so often lost in big star productions. The plight of the small group of infantry, overlooked by their superiors, left to fend for themselves at the front, is well portrayed. Despite some pitfalls of characterisation, war film fans should relish the unusual opportunity to see things from the other side. All those jokes about cowardly Italian soldiers won't seem quite so funny after this. There are few action set pieces but those present are well done and have an authentic feel.The battle depicted, El Alamein, was one of the great allied victories during the war. This film helps to show why we won it.