Did someone think "nah, this is too far fetched, people will never believe it" and make The Guns of Navarone, or Kelly's Heroes instead?
edit: fixed typo, said "post" before
(”Production Status: Pre-production”)
> "He was taken to Major Josef Gangl, commander of the remains of a unit of Wehrmacht soldiers who had defied an order to retreat and instead thrown in with the local resistance, being made its head."
> "Gangl died during the battle from a rifle bullet while trying to move former French prime minister Reynaud out of harm's way and was honored as an Austrian national hero, and a street in Wörgl was named after him. "
> "The battle was fought five days after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide and only two days before the signing of Germany's unconditional surrender. It was also the only battle where Americans and Germans fought alongside one another during the war."
This is the cherry on the top of all this.
> ... Lee [US captain, in charge by this point] accepted tennis star Borotra's offer to vault the castle wall and run the gauntlet of SS strongpoints and ambushes to deliver [a message re: their situation, requesting reinforcements]. He succeeded, requested a uniform, then joined the force as it made haste to reach the prison before its defenders fired their last rounds of ammunition.