It's in Technicolor, it's made in 1955. I rented it largely to see how things came out. I started reading the novel way back when (grade school) and the folks objected and made the paperback disappear. They figured I might learn bad language or something. Anyhow I thought the flick would be a quick answer to "how-it-comes-out" for a book I never finished in childhood.
It's the standard WWII movie, we follow the men leaving home, doing boot camp, and into combat. Trouble is, the flick is just one long, long soap opera centering upon the love lives of our heroes. They fall in love, some of 'em get married, others get Dear Johnned. The romantic entanglements are right out of "Days of our Lives" or any other TV soap. We the audience can guess how it's going to turn out long before anything happens on screen.
They do get into combat. We see they marching in formation down the dock to board ship. And after a very brief and bloodless fight, they are back on board ship heading back to New Zealand to pick up the romances where they left off.