Ben Stryker and Andy Kenton barely escape with their lives as German JU-88 Dive Bombers, better known as Stukes, decimate a command post housing their Lieutenant and four prisoners, who were locked in the buildings cellar.
Locating Sgt. Bloom, they learn that if the Germans take this town, they will be in position to decimate any units pulling back from the front.
As the Germans attack, Ben Stryker is torn. An excellent marksman, he was taught to respect human life and finds himself unable to fire at the enemy.
Stryker finds himself thrown into command when Sgt. Bloom is shot and killed. His close friend Andy, his girl friends brother, is also killed by a tank that is decimating the town. If the town is to be salvaged, the tank must be destroyed.
While back tracking to the ruins of the Command Post, Stryker hears voice's coming from the building's cellar. The four prisoners have survived. Buried under rubble, Stryker frees the four men who quickly agree to help Stryker destroy the German tank.
The five men overcome and capture the tank and turn it on the Germans. During the battle, Stryker is forced to kill a man. The four men who started the day as jailbirds are now heroes. The Death Squad is born.