The Battle for the Alps, Grossner concentrates on the Alpine warfare and the various strategies of the opposing armies. This begins to pall after a while and the poor sound dubbing is distracting whilst diluting the film's impact. Tension only begins to mount again with Angelo's story.
He is increasingly disillusioned by the actions of his commanding officer (Corrado Invernizzi) who sends men to their death while playing opera music at high volume. Angelo is saved from a similar fate when he is enlisted to help plan and build a tunnel through the mountains. Realising the likely devastation and unnecessary loss of life, Angelo, at considerable risk to himself, decides to warn the enemy ranks which includes his in-laws. There he is reunited with Andreas. Both men are desperate to return to the village where their loved ones await. But betrayal and tragedy are not far behind. Daniela Knapp's mountain cinematography is stunning and there are some good performances. Ultimately, though, there is not enough in Clemens Aufderklamm's script to sustain interest. The women's roles are poorly developed and The Battle for the Alps' melodramatic ending lacks credibility.