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 ...
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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 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 »
"The show lasted longer than the war in Europe by Four years. From D Day to end 11 months. The show 5 years."
The war in Europe did not start on D-Day. It started in 1939. The US involvement started after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Right after that, the US declared war on Japan and Germany declared war on the US. See more »
Don't just stand there sucking on a prune pit, get these men some water!
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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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