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Combat! (1962–1967)

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Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Sgt. Saunders / ... (152 episodes, 1962-1967)
 Lt. Hanley / ... (152 episodes, 1962-1967)
Pierre Jalbert ...
 Caje / ... (115 episodes, 1962-1967)
Jack Hogan ...
 Kirby / ... (111 episodes, 1962-1967)
Dick Peabody ...
 Littlejohn / ... (100 episodes, 1962-1967)
Conlan Carter ...
 Doc / ... (68 episodes, 1963-1967)


Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered character studies of men striving to maintain their own humanity in the midst of a world torn by war. Written by Jo Davidsmeyer <snw@gate.net>

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Release Date:

2 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Combate  »

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(152 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)|

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Did You Know?


Pierre Jalbert's character, "Caje", is supposed to be a Cajun (a group descended from the early French settlers of Louisiana who still speak French and keep to their own part of the state). Jalbert himself is actually a French-Canadian from Quebec. See more »


Under-chin helmet straps are hardly ever secured (fastened), and either just hang loose or are tucked inside the helmet. This not only violates combat readiness practice, but would cause helmets to constantly fall off during physical movement in combat situations. You can see this often happen to the actors in many episodes. See more »


Braddock: Don't just stand there sucking on a prune pit, get these men some water!
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An amazing show even today
10 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Combat was realistic because the producers worked extensively with the Army to duplicate details of how soldiers fought. There is a Combat web site on the net that lists episodes and has interviews from the cast including Jason and Morrow who are dead.

Jason has the most revealing comments. He was suppose to carry the machine gun that Saunders carried. Apparently it was common for the junior officers to have the machine gun. However as an avid hunter and gun user he knew how heavy it would be carry the gun around during the long shoots. Eventually they made a lighter wooden replica for Saunders to carry.

Morrow hated guns according to Jason and would not even shoot skeet with him. Jason said Morrow was one of the most talented directors on the show. Jason's best episodes he said are the ones that Morrow directed such as The Pillbox. My favorite story was Jason's retelling of Morrow's direction for the two parter Hills are for Heroes.

The two part episode took 21 extra days to shoot and cost ABC an extra $300,000. They sent memos complaining to Morrow about the extra time and money that the two part episode cost them. According to Jason, Morrow used the ABC memos to light his cigarettes!

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