In the post D-Day euphoria, American troops fighting in Europe hoped to be home by Christmas, but many wouldn't make it. Still to come was one of WWII's most senseless and savage conflicts - the largely forgotten Battle of Hurtgen Forest, dubbed The Death Factory, where three months of carnage left 24,000 American troops dead or wounded. After one particularly vicious skirmish, a shattered and scared Private David Manning stumbles through the muddy forest carrying a critically wounded comrade. Promoted for his bravery and reluctantly put in charge of raw recruits, Manning's troop is rapidly plunged into the horror and heroism of battle. Desperate to escape the slaughter of the front line, Manning embarks on an almost suicidal death-or-glory mission. But, will his luck hold out, or will someone else trudge out of the forest carrying back his broken body?