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 »
An American tank arrives and knocks out one of the bunkers, but the tank is taken out by German infantry using a rocket launcher. Again the GIs are beaten down the hill - losing more men to the hill....
This series chronicles the adventures--in the air and on the ground--of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank ... See full summary »
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
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Caje's full name and rank was Pfc. Paul Lemay, Kirby's was Pvt. William G. Kirby, Nelson's was Pvt. Billy Nelson. Littlejohn's first name was never given, and while Saunders on a few occasions was called "Chip" by soldiers who had known him in the past, including Lt. Hanley--who was in the same unit with him when both were NCOs--it was apparently a nickname and his real first name was never given. In season 1, "A Day in June", the D-Day invasion is told in flashback. Then Sgt. Hanley is addressed by a young lady with whom he was keeping company as "Gil" when the men are ordered back to their posts. 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 »
Sgt. Chip Saunders:
[a typical "pep talk" to his squad]
... All right, just knock it off. YOU KNOCK IT OFF! You people make me sick. Go on, look at yourselves. You call yourselves a squad? You're a bunch of GOOF-UPS! Littlejohn, you cause nothing but trouble! You mind everybody's business except your own. From now on, you mind your OWN business and you FOLLOW ORDERS! Kirby - KIRBY! You're a hot-headed show-off who thinks of himself first and everybody else second. You fly off the handle every time you turn around! ...
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I was a grade schooler during the years that Combat showed on Tuesday nights. My father was wounded and captured in the Battle of the Bulge and served four months as a POW, before being liberated on April 14, 1945. He always said the show was very realistic and now that I am in my mid-forties and a WWII buff virtually my entire life, I fully agree with him. The men in the squad are very similar to those in Saving Private Ryan. They are scared, weary, and somewhat disillusioned, but nevertheless determined to carry out their roles in the great World War II. Uniforms, equipment, and the sets all look authentic. I have a question for those who enjoyed this series. Where does it show on television these days? I have access to many tv channels but cannot find Combat anywhere. Please advise.
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