Against the Odds features stories of real-life bands of brothers who exhibited unparalleled bravery, solidarity and endurance on the battlefield. Reliving battles from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, these are true stories of the harsh realities of war.
The paratroopers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment fought and died from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Their sheer determination against the enemy was matched only by their devotion to one another.
The First Marine Division forged a ferocious struggle with the Japanese at Peleliu. It would take 74 days and cost 10,000 American lives, but the courage of this small band of heroes would ultimately break the back of the enemy.
The noble warriors of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, face down an overwhelming North Vietnamese army in Dai Do. Tattered, torn and depleted, the men of Echo Company repeatedly deny the enemy its victory.
Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, helped lead the charge into Iraq’s most dangerous city in 2004. Battling in the bloodiest urban combat American soldiers had seen since Vietnam would prove costly for the men.
A blistering attack leaves supplies low, casualties mounting and the enemy circle tightening around Charlie Company in Vietnam. Team Alpha, hearing the distress calls, volunteers to try the difficult rescue.