1917 Aerial surveillance revealed that the German army was withdrawing from the Western Front in northern France. They’ve made an aggressive retreat towards the Hindenburg Line and are now ready to take on British artillery. General Erinmore gives two of his young British lance corporals William Schofield and Tom Blake to deliver a message to Colonel Mackenzie, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. This will trigger an attack the following morning, which could endanger the lives of 1600 soldiers as well as Blake’s brother Joseph who is an officer in the rank of lieutenant.
Schofield, Blake Schofield, Schofield, Blake Schofield, and Blake left the wilderness to find the abandoned German trenches. Schofield suffered injuries on his way. The crew discovers a tripwire that was set by the Germans underground. The blast is nearly fatal, however Blake is able to save Schofield and two other escapees. They find themselves in an abandoned farm , where there is a German plane is destroyed during an air battle against Allied aircraft. Schofield and Blake are able to save the pilot from the wreckage. Blake is able to convince Schofield to provide water to the pilot. The pilot then shoots Schofield when Schofield’s back has been turned. Schofield is killed by the pilot and comforts Blake when he passes away. Schofield also says he will complete the mission and write to Blake’s mother. A British unit gives Blake’s rings Erinmore notes.
Schofield accepts to permit British trucks to travel across the Ecoust-Saint-Mein damaged canal bridge. Schofield uses the bridge and travels on without any assistance. The bridge is then seized by an sniper. Schofield as well as the sniper engage in a firefight, and Schofield shoots back. Schofield is unconscious, and the shooter is killed. He wakes up at night and wanders through the town’s ruins that are lit by flames. He is able to escape the gaze of an German soldier, and discovers an French mother who has her child with a baby. He is willing to feed her and milk her the food can that was gathered from his farm. She helps him with his injuries. Schofield, in spite of her pleas, has to leave when she hears the sound of a clock in the distance and noticing that the time is getting short. After having seen German soldiers, he snares the soldiers to death. Then, he is capable of jumping into the water to escape. As the cherry blossoms continue falling, the river carries him. Then, he is swept across an abyss until he gets to the river’s bank. He sees D Company 2nd Devons in the forest. This is the final phase of the attack. Schofield attempts to reach Colonel Mackenzie while the unit is moving toward the front.
Schofield discovers that the trenches are far too thick for him to get to Mackenzie in the time the time he requires. When the infantry starts their assault, Schofield race across the open field , paralleling the British trench lines. He comes across Mackenzie who is able to read the message. He then ends the attack. Schofield is looking for Blake’s brother and is located. He was a part of the initial wave. He’s still active, but not severely injured. Schofield communicates with Joseph of his mission as well as Tom’s death. Schofield also shares the rings of Tom as well as the dog’s collar. Schofield is worried about the brother of Joseph, but Schofield is thankful for his actions. Schofield requests Joseph permission to write about the bravery of his brother. Joseph is happy. Schofield exhausted, he lies in the shade of a tree nearby to gaze at pictures of his family and wife.