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* DesertWarfare: The film takes place during the North African campaign, one of the most famous examples of this trope.

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* ForegoneConclusion: The Second Battle of El-Alamein notoriously ended with a defeat of the Axis forces. So, everybody can guess that the Italians are not going to win the day. [[spoiler: History buffs of the Trope/SecondWorldWar's Desert Campaign would also probably know that the Pavia division was completely destroyed during the subsequent retreat and can therefore figure out that the film is not going to end well for its protagonists]].


* InfiniteSupplies: {{Averted|Trope}}: the Italian troops have little food, fuel munitions, medicines, and water (and what water they get is polluted). The British tend to give this impression with their casual artillery salvoes and every single soldier being loaded with food, but the soldiers, being GenreSavvy, realize it's just because they're near their supply bases, so their supplies have a much shorter way to the front.

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* InfiniteSupplies: {{Averted|Trope}}: the Italian troops have little food, fuel munitions, medicines, and water (and what water they get is polluted). The British tend to give this impression with their casual artillery salvoes and every single soldier being loaded with food, but the soldiers, being GenreSavvy, soldiers realize it's just because they're near their supply bases, so their supplies have a much shorter way to the front.



* WarIsHell: The film manages to drive this point home ''before anyone in the cast dies'', by showing the ''Bersagliere'' happy for successfully scavenging a quarter litre of fuel, the sight of Fiore's command post, the insistence on Serra's canteen of pure water (extremely rare on the frontlines) and the GenreSavvy corporal so used to artillery he can tell when the shells are coming down on him. ''Then'' the corporal shouts at Serra to take cover because an artillery salvo is about to hit them, and gets [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill disintegrated when a shell hits his head]].

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* WarIsHell: The film manages to drive this point home ''before anyone in the cast dies'', by showing the ''Bersagliere'' happy for successfully scavenging a quarter litre of fuel, the sight of Fiore's command post, the insistence on Serra's canteen of pure water (extremely rare on the frontlines) and the GenreSavvy corporal so used to artillery he can tell when the shells are coming down on him. ''Then'' the corporal shouts at Serra to take cover because an artillery salvo is about to hit them, and gets [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill disintegrated when a shell hits his head]].


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''El Alamein - The Line Of Fire'' (2002) is an Italian film directed by Enzo Monteleone, set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and starring Paolo Briguglia, Emilio Solfrizzi and Pierfrancesco Favino. It takes place during the [[WorldWarII/WarInEuropeAndAfrica Battle of El Alamein]], and follows a group of Italian soldiers from the Pavia division, which is deployed in the south sector of the line, close to the Qattara Depression. A new soldier, Private Serra, arrives on the front line full of enthusiasm. He soon finds out that life on the front line is much more horrible than he had learned.

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''El Alamein - Alamein: The Line Of of Fire'' (2002) is an Italian film directed by Enzo Monteleone, set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and starring Paolo Briguglia, Emilio Solfrizzi and Pierfrancesco Favino. It takes place during the [[WorldWarII/WarInEuropeAndAfrica Battle of El Alamein]], and follows a group of Italian soldiers from the Pavia division, which is deployed in the south sector of the line, close to the Qattara Depression. A new soldier, Private Serra, arrives on the front line full of enthusiasm. He soon finds out that life on the front line is much more horrible than he had learned.

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* GenreSavvy: The Corporal who brings Serra to the front line is able to recognize whether an artillery shell is gonna land in the distance, or on his position, simply by hearing how the incoming 'whoosh' sounds. The first time it happens, Serra jumps down while the Corporal just calmly stands up in the dust, and explains him about this. Half a minute later a second bombardment happens, this time on their position, and he shouts to Serra to get to cover, but while shouting [[spoiler: a shell lands right on him. When Sergeant Rizzo and two of his men arrive, all they found of Serra's Corporal is [[SmolderingShoes an ear]]]].
--> '''Rizzo''': He became sand. It happens.


* BritsWithBattleships: The film's antagonists.


* GenreSavvy: The Corporal who brings Serra to the front line is able to recognize whether an artillery shell is gonna land in the distance, or on his position, simply by hearing how the incoming 'whoosh' sounds. The first time it happens, Serra jumps down while the Corporal just [[{{Badass}} calmly stands up]] in the dust, and explains him about this. Half a minute later a second bombardment happens, this time on their position, and he shouts to Serra to get to cover, but while shouting [[spoiler: a shell lands right on him. When Sergeant Rizzo and two of his men arrive, all they found of Serra's Corporal is [[SmolderingShoes an ear]]]].

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* GenreSavvy: The Corporal who brings Serra to the front line is able to recognize whether an artillery shell is gonna land in the distance, or on his position, simply by hearing how the incoming 'whoosh' sounds. The first time it happens, Serra jumps down while the Corporal just [[{{Badass}} calmly stands up]] up in the dust, and explains him about this. Half a minute later a second bombardment happens, this time on their position, and he shouts to Serra to get to cover, but while shouting [[spoiler: a shell lands right on him. When Sergeant Rizzo and two of his men arrive, all they found of Serra's Corporal is [[SmolderingShoes an ear]]]].

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* DeathFromAbove: British artillery and bomber aircrafts.


* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: While largely OutOfFocus due to the film focusing on the Italians, they still make their presence throughout.

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* BritsWithBattleships: The film's antagonists.


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* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: While largely OutOfFocus due to the film focusing on the Italians, they still make their presence throughout.


''El Alamein - The Line Of Fire'' (2002) is an Italian film directed by Enzo Monteleone, set during WorldWarII and starring Paolo Briguglia, Emilio Solfrizzi and Pierfrancesco Favino. It takes place during the [[WorldWarII/WarInEuropeAndAfrica Battle of El Alamein]], and follows a group of Italian soldiers from the Pavia division, which is deployed in the south sector of the line, close to the Qattara Depression. A new soldier, Private Serra, arrives on the front line full of enthusiasm. He soon finds out that life on the front line is much more horrible than he had learned.

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''El Alamein - The Line Of Fire'' (2002) is an Italian film directed by Enzo Monteleone, set during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and starring Paolo Briguglia, Emilio Solfrizzi and Pierfrancesco Favino. It takes place during the [[WorldWarII/WarInEuropeAndAfrica Battle of El Alamein]], and follows a group of Italian soldiers from the Pavia division, which is deployed in the south sector of the line, close to the Qattara Depression. A new soldier, Private Serra, arrives on the front line full of enthusiasm. He soon finds out that life on the front line is much more horrible than he had learned.


** {{Subverted}} by the Afrika Korps, of all people: not only they barely show up, but the only things we know for certain about them in the film is that some of them still have trucks to retreat with, the British broke through ''them'', and they're ''still'' blaming the Italians for the defeat.

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** {{Subverted}} {{Subverted|Trope}} by the Afrika Korps, of all people: not only they barely show up, but the only things we know for certain about them in the film is that some of them still have trucks to retreat with, the British broke through ''them'', and they're ''still'' blaming the Italians for the defeat.



* GenreSavvy: The Corporal who brings Serra to the front line is able to recognize whether an artillery shell is gonna land in the distance, or on his position, simply by hearing how the incoming 'whoosh' sounds. The first time it happens, Serra jumps down while the Corporal just [[BadAss calmly stands up]] in the dust, and explains him about this. Half a minute later a second bombardment happens, this time on their position, and he shouts to Serra to get to cover, but while shouting [[spoiler: a shell lands right on him. When Sergeant Rizzo and two of his men arrive, all they found of Serra's Corporal is [[SmolderingShoes an ear]].]]

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* GenreSavvy: The Corporal who brings Serra to the front line is able to recognize whether an artillery shell is gonna land in the distance, or on his position, simply by hearing how the incoming 'whoosh' sounds. The first time it happens, Serra jumps down while the Corporal just [[BadAss [[{{Badass}} calmly stands up]] in the dust, and explains him about this. Half a minute later a second bombardment happens, this time on their position, and he shouts to Serra to get to cover, but while shouting [[spoiler: a shell lands right on him. When Sergeant Rizzo and two of his men arrive, all they found of Serra's Corporal is [[SmolderingShoes an ear]].]]ear]]]].



* InfiniteSupplies: {{Averted}}: the Italian troops have little food, fuel munitions, medicines, and water (and what water they get is polluted). The British tend to give this impression with their casual artillery salvoes and every single soldier being loaded with food, but the soldiers, being GenreSavvy, realize it's just because they're near their supply bases, so their supplies have a much shorter way to the front.

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* InfiniteSupplies: {{Averted}}: {{Averted|Trope}}: the Italian troops have little food, fuel munitions, medicines, and water (and what water they get is polluted). The British tend to give this impression with their casual artillery salvoes and every single soldier being loaded with food, but the soldiers, being GenreSavvy, realize it's just because they're near their supply bases, so their supplies have a much shorter way to the front.



* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:The platoon which had formed during the retreat is captured by the British while they were sleeping at a graveyard. Only Pvt. Serra, Sgt. Rizzo and Lt. Fiore remain, because they were sleeping outside of the graveyard, and Rizzo's moral code was 'rather die than be captured']].

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* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:The platoon which had formed during the retreat is captured by the British while they were sleeping at a graveyard. Only Pvt. Serra, Sgt. Rizzo and Lt. Fiore remain, because they were sleeping outside of the graveyard, and Rizzo's moral code was 'rather die than be captured']].captured'.]]



* WarIsHell: The film manages to drive this point home ''before anyone in the cast dies'', by showing the ''Bersagliere'' happy for successfully scavenging a quarter litre of fuel, the sight of Fiore's command post, the insistence on Serra's canteen of pure water (extremely rare on the frontlines) and the GenreSavvy corporal so used to artillery he can tell when the shells are coming down on him. ''Then'' the corporal shouts Serra to take cover because an artillery salvo is about to hit them, and gets [[NoKillLikeOverkill disintegrated when a shell hits his head]].

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* WarIsHell: The film manages to drive this point home ''before anyone in the cast dies'', by showing the ''Bersagliere'' happy for successfully scavenging a quarter litre of fuel, the sight of Fiore's command post, the insistence on Serra's canteen of pure water (extremely rare on the frontlines) and the GenreSavvy corporal so used to artillery he can tell when the shells are coming down on him. ''Then'' the corporal shouts at Serra to take cover because an artillery salvo is about to hit them, and gets [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill disintegrated when a shell hits his head]].

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* TanksButNoTanks: [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/El_Alamein_-_The_Line_of_Fire#Gun_Platformes Very much so]].


* ColonelBadass: Averted. The one colonel we see during the retreat had ordered his guards to keep people outside of a bomb shelter (resulting in at least one guard staying exposed to a bombing raid and getting trampled by Fiore's platoon, who ignores his orders), and later acts callously to Fiore and his men, leaving them to fend for themselves in the desert.



* EyeScream: One of the soldiers during the british attack is hit in the eye.

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* DrivenToSuicide: The unnamed general Fiore and his men encounter during the retreat kills himself after burying his aide.
* EyeScream: One of the soldiers during the british British attack is hit in the eye.

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