2 October 1962
Searching for a Nazi gun emplacement, the GIs try to pump information from a German deserter who is unsure of his loyalties.
9 October 1962
In desperate need of replacements, the squad is finally given three new men. However, the new troops are not quite what Saunders was expecting--one is an overage, overweight former cook, another is an arrogant radio announcer who wants nothing else than to get back to his former cushy job in London, and the third was a ballet dancer before he got drafted--and none of them have any combat experience whatsoever.
16 October 1962
A lone wolf tank commander whose men revile him, saves Hanley's squad. Then, without explanation, the tank sergeant blows the cross off a French village's church, and roughs up its wounded priest. Now the whole infantry squad hates Sgt. Dane too. Sgt. Saunders confronts Dane to find out why he's so violent, while the 2 squads occupy the mysteriously abandoned town.
23 October 1962
When a time bomb crashes unexploded in a church, a rattled British officer's the only disposal expert in the sector. The Tommy seems more wired than the bomb, despite just being put on leave. He sniped at Lt. Hanley for having an innocent chat with his ex-girlfriend, then refused to join the rest of patrons in the French tavern's wine cellar during a Luftwaffe raid.
30 October 1962
When the squad's BAR man is killed saving them from being wiped out in an ambush, the men aren't too happy with his replacement--including Saunders, who was especially close to the man, and particularly Kirby, who expected to be promoted to BAR man. The fact that the new man was, up until a few days ago, a cook's helper with no combat experience doesn't help matters, either.
13 November 1962
Retrieving a downed pilot becomes even more nerve-wracking, because Lt. Hanley's battle-fatigued squad mistakenly shot the messenger who delivered the U.S. war hero pilot's whereabouts to them. Hanley doesn't want this mission, but he's assured that a grizzled Maquisard truck driver will transport them safely to the farm where French Resistance hide the wounded bomber pilot.
20 November 1962
A German general calmly kills his chauffeur and forces Hanley to replace him. While playing possum behind enemy lines, the wounded Hanley was captured, then interrogated. When Hanley wouldn't cooperate, Gen. Von Strelitz took Hanley away for further questioning. Von Strelitz refuses to explain what he's plotting, and Lt. Hanley doesn't appreciate the promotion to Kapitan in the Heer.
27 November 1962
Del Packer, a famous baseball star who was drafted into the army, winds up as a replacement in the squad. While Kelly looks for a way to make some money by setting up a baseball game with a neighboring outfit, Billy--a devoted baseball fan--is awestruck to be in the same squad as one of his heroes. However, Packer has his own demons to fight, and while the other squad members are too star-struck to notice that something may be wrong, Saunders isn't.
4 December 1962
Saunders is ordered to join a reconnaissance patrol whose Sergeant doesn't like him or want him along.
11 December 1962
Behind enemy lines, Saunders and his men struggle to keep a critically wounded French partisan alive.
18 December 1962
In a flashback story told as the men rest on a rainy night, Sgt. Saunders recalls the experiences of himself and several other men on the day of the D-Day invasion, including tales about Braddock, who won the platoon pool for when the invasion would take place; Doc Walton, who was reluctant to go into battle; Caje (called "Caddie" in this episode), who is accompanied by another Cajun; and Lt. Hanley, who at the time was still a sergeant, and had little battle experience compared to Saunders. Following the landing, the men move inland and come upon a farmstead held by a squad of German infantry.
25 December 1962
Braddock, while on duty as Lt. Hanley's runner, is "appropriated" by a tough-talking, overbearing colonel as his jeep driver. Unfortunately the colonel decides to drive the jeep himself, and his reckless driving results in an accident in which both men are knocked unconscious. When Braddock awakens he is captured by a German patrol, but since he happens to be wearing the colonel's coat--which he put on to keep warm while the colonel was zooming around the countryside--the Germans think that he actually IS a colonel, and nothing Braddock can say or do will convince them otherwise.
Season 1, Episode 13: Reunion1 January 1963
After the battalion pushes the Germans out of a small French town, Pvt. Paul Villers, a member of Saunders' squad, asks permission to look for his father, a French doctor. Villers' was born in France but his parents divorced when he was four and his mother, an American, took him back to the US. He knows the town they're in is where his father was born and looks for him there. It doesn't take him long to find his father, but it takes him a bit longer to find out some things about his father that he wasn't counting on.
Season 1, Episode 14: The Medal8 January 1963
D'Amato and Wharton, two close friends within the platoon, become separated from the rest of the men when the platoon comes under fire from a German tank and its machine gunner. D'Amato manages to flank the armor and capture the machine gun, which he then uses against the supporting German infantry. D'Amato is wounded in the process, however, and by the time the rest of the platoon reaches the position, Wharton has taken over the machine gun -- making Lt. Hanley think that it was he, not D'Amato, who singlehandedly captured the German armor.
15 January 1963
Sgt. Saunders is taken prisoner by a German patrol, and is being transported with three other men (two Canadians and a French civilian) when they are freed by a group of Resistance fighters. The civilian turns out to be a Resistance operative as well, and with the unwitting help of a woman named Annette, who provides ration coupons, he is able to buy gasoline to transport the three Allied soldiers to Paris. Annette initially resists providing further help when they reach Paris, but reluctantly agrees to take in Saunders for a few nights -- but it seems Annette has some secrets of her own.
22 January 1963
An exasperated Hanley finds himself saddled with a 13-year-old French orphan who wants to join the squad.
Season 1, Episode 17: The Squad29 January 1963
Saunders' and Hanley's platoon is joined by a replacement soldier from Georgia named Moseby Lovelace, who comes complete with a new set of boots that the other troops, especially Saunders, highly covet. Lovelace is eager to see action, but not interested in the ordinary work of soldiering, such as digging foxholes. He jumps at the chance to join a night reconnaissance patrol headed by Hanley that will check to see whether the Germans have pulled back their lines.
5 February 1963
A battle-hardened corporal joins Sgt. Saunders squad, but remains distant and aloof from the other members, causing dissension in the ranks.
12 February 1963
Doc, Braddock and several wounded GIs take refuge in a French château owned by a wealthy aristocrat and his daughter. The father, concerned only with saving his estate, wants no part of them and orders them off the property. Unfortunately, a strong German patrol shows up intending to use the château as an artillery observation post, and the GIs are taken prisoner. While the captured soldiers make plans to escape, the aristocrat sees a kindred spirit in the seemingly cultured German commander, but doesn't realize that the officer has designs on the château's treasures--including the aristocrat's daughter.
Season 1, Episode 20: Off Limits19 February 1963
When a new squad member named March suddenly kisses a nurse at the evacuation hospital, it shocks everyone, until they learn the two are married. During the night, Kirby sneaks into the French village to carouse but is beaten up in a fight. The next morning he's AWOL, forcing March to take his place on a patrol where he is severely wounded and sent to the same aid station where his wife is working. While Kirby is recovering from his injuries, he discovers March's wife is really in love with the surgeon at the hospital.
26 February 1963
When the squad enters a French village, they discover a small patrol of German paratroopers have established an observation post in the town. A ruthless, battle-hardened German Lieutenant is holding five French children, a pretty young librarian and an old man hostage in hopes of buying more time. Lt. Hanley pulls his squad back and decides to infiltrate the village alone, in an attempt to rescue the children and woman before the allies begin shelling the town at 2200 hrs. He has little time to accomplish his mission.
5 March 1963
While on a night patrol to bring in a prisoner, Sgt. Saunders and his squad discover an American GI in the woods waging a one-man war on his own.
Season 1, Episode 23: Survival12 March 1963
In enemy territory, his hands badly burned, Saunders weaves a treacherous path back to his own lines.
19 March 1963
French underground blow their cover, believing their village is liberated. Actually Hanley's squad are retrieving a female photojournalist star, who ducked through military lines to grab a scoop. The undisciplined photog at first provided comic relief for U.S. infantry, anxiously waiting out a chilling rain for the go-ahead to liberate Trois Anges. Hanley and Saunders fear her actions endanger the villagers.
26 March 1963
Hanley is pulled off the line and sent to London, where he discovers that he is to be used in a secret mission to aid a French physicist to escape occupied France before the Gestapo gets ahold of him. Hanley and the man's son were friends in college and Hanley spent one summer in France at the family's home and is the only man the scientist will trust--especially since it's been discovered that someone in the French resistance who is helping them is a double agent.
2 April 1963
A young woman who cannot face the horrors of the war isolates herself in an idyllic garden which is unscathed by German bombs and refuses to leave. Saunders attempts to evacuate her before more Germans come.
Season 1, Episode 27: Hill 2569 April 1963
Kirby is being tried in a military court for desertion under fire, and the penalty could be death. As the trial proceeds, Sgt. Saunders and Caje try to gather evidence to prove his innocence.
Season 1, Episode 28: The Sniper16 April 1963
The squad enters a French village that was recently vacated by the Germans, and receives 48 hours of R&R. A German soldier has remained behind, and is killing the Americans one at a time.
23 April 1963
The squad discovers an orphaned baby in a barn, and must bring the infant with them as they traverse through enemy territory en route to their own lines.
30 April 1963
A slightly wounded Sgt. Saunders travels to the aid station in an ambulance with a beautiful nurse, a doctor who has lost his nerve and a driver who never had any nerve.
7 May 1963
Hanley, Saunders and their men are worried that the reckless bravery of a reputed one-man death-squad will get them all killed.
14 May 1963
Experiencing extreme guilt, Caje neglects his duties to spend time with a young French girl whose father he accidentally killed in an assault on their village.
17 September 1963
The squad faces elimination by Heer troops and even worse, an ultra-caustic demo expert who refuses to let Saunders guide their sortie behind German lines to destroy a bridge. The 2 battling Sergeants trade icy glares, and contrary orders, while the infantry try everything to avoid combat with Nazis because the dog-faces must put eliminating the bridge above all else. The explosives noncom's unending contempt bruises even the calloused egos of Saunders' combat vets. Which explodes first - the bridge or the mission ?
Season 2, Episode 2: Bridgehead24 September 1963
The Squad is ordered to take and hold a strategic bridge. The bridge however is near an abandoned house that a squad of Germans have sought refuge in. The Germans are armed with an anti tank weapon and take out the American tank. The only thing left for Saunders and the men to do is a frontal assault on the house...under heavy enemy fire. Morale for this particular mission is low and the men question whether this bridge is worth the risk.
Season 2, Episode 3: Masquerade1 October 1963
A jeep pulls up alongside Sunders and the squad while they are trudging up a road on foot. In the jeep is a German Colonel who is a prisoner, the two soldiers with him (a Lieutenant and a Corporal) are taking him to battalion for interrogation but need directions. But this is all a ruse and the men are Germans masquerading as Americans. When the jeep is overturned and the Colonel is wounded they are forced to go with Saunders and wait for an ambulance. Saunders begins to suspect the two but can he convince Hanley.
8 October 1963
Sgt. Saunder's squad is captured and placed in a temporary stockade, where they are interrogated by a cruel SS officer.
15 October 1963
Still interred in a German POW camp, Sgt. Saunders and his squad must find a way to escape before they are all killed.
22 October 1963
The squad finds a German field hospital in a French village. Sgt. Saunders and a German soldier must travel together to get a truckload of plasma, but they have an uneasy alliance with each other.
Season 2, Episode 7: Doughboy29 October 1963
While on patrol in the woods, Sgt. Saunders is taken prisoner by a slightly insane American soldier in a WWI uniform. He believes he is still fighting the First World War, and that Saunders is a German soldier.
5 November 1963
Sgt. Saunders and his squad find themselves trapped in a French village as the Germans sweep through and capture the town. The squad seeks refuge in a cellar as the Germans search each building and cottage. With Nelson seriously wounded and in need of immediate help, he is delirious and screaming. Sgt. Saunders leaves him in the street in hopes the Germans will take care of him. A fanatical German Captain is bent on making Nelson reveal the whereabouts of the remainder of the squad, as Saunders must somehow free Nelson and escape with his men.
12 November 1963
Saunders' squad encounters a starving French boy gobbling rotted food in a bombed-out village. As PFC Caje doles K-rations to the boy Bijou (which means Little Jewel), the orphan swipes Caje's wallet, and claiming he found it, asks for a reward of chocolate from the Cajun soldier. While the squad races to bomb an oil depot, the cynical Kirby suspects the Little Jewel is following along to trade the infantry's attack plan to Heer troopers. Is Bijou an innocent child lost in war-torn France, or a Nazi informer ?
19 November 1963
A wounded Lt. Hanley is pursued by a squad of Germans, and takes refuge in a French farmhouse at great peril to the mother and daughter living there.
26 November 1963
When a U.S. recon plane crashes, Sgt. Saunders' men race a German patrol to recover the pilot and his film. The Americans get there first, but carrying the wounded airman on a stretcher over heavily wooded hills slows them down. Then the Americans must cross a river to return to camp, while wily Nazi Sgt. Beckman counters Saunders' every trick.
Season 2, Episode 12: Ambush3 December 1963
Losing her family in the war, a young French woman becomes embittered against both armies. She witness the Germans setting up their artillery, and Sgt. Saunders must convince her to reveal the Germans' location.
Season 2, Episode 13: Barrage10 December 1963
The Americans have been trying to take a German held hill for the last four days. Five different pilots have given five different locations for German artillery...they have hit them all and come up empty. Hanley's orders are to get up the hill, locate the artillery positions and report back. The squad is exhausted but marches upward. They separate and Saunders is wounded in the leg taking on a machine gun nest. Weak from his wound Saunders crawls along until he falls into an abandoned mine and discovers he is not alone.
17 December 1963
Lt. Hanley and the squad are en route to meet a Capt. Boulange, the commander of the Free French Army in their sector. Their guide is a bear of a man named Massine, who has a small band of underground fighters traveling with him. Before Massine will lead Lt. Hanley to Capt. Boulange, he has an agenda of his own to accomplish, as he forces Hanley to help him steal some explosives from the a German supply depot. Hanley doesn't want to do it, but has no choice. They rig an entire mountainside with the explosives, as Massine intends on dropping the mountain on an approaching German convoy. An uneasy alliance develops between Hanley and Massine.
Season 2, Episode 15: The Party24 December 1963
This episode is strictly for laughs. The squad is left in a French village to wait for a ride to meet up with Saunders, and Kirby is placed in charge. Three good looking gals smile at our guys as they pass by, and Kirby, Caje, and Billy immediately want to come up with a plan to delay their ride so they can woo the three gals. Littlejohn wants no part in it and tells them, "It won't work." Three Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) sergeants already have dates with the gals, and our guys connive to beat the sergeants out of their dates. Their efforts do not quite succeed, and the episode ends with Littlejohn shaking his head and telling them, "I told you it wouldn't work."
31 December 1963
Saunders' squad happens upon a Nazi concentration camp, occupied only by a few starving Poles. SS overseers killed most prisoners, then fled with the strongest inmates, but in their hurry to flee left behind these men, mostly from the same village. The squad has orders to move on, but few of the liberated are able to walk with them. The men's leader, their former mayor, begs Saunders to stay and help, while their former kapo, also a Pole, wants out with the squad, before the furious prisoners kill him.
7 January 1964
While falling back under intense pressure from the attacking Germans, Lt. Hanley stops to help one of his men who is severely wounded. The Germans are advancing rapidly, so Hanley and his man take refuge in a vacant pillbox. As the rains begin to fall, Hanley attempts to head for his own lines, but is stopped when three German soldiers also enter the pillbox, making for a dramatic standoff. Hanley must make a decision to save his man and kill the Germans, or surrender himself.
14 January 1964
John Dehner and Vic Morrow have the title roles, but they play two characters from two wars nearly thirty years apart. Upon liberation of a small French village by King Company, French General Armand Bouchard, a veteran of WWI, arrives in the street and wants to take command of Saunders' squad. While Bouchard apparently suffers from some form of dementia and is the object of ridicule by some of the villagers, he obviously has personal pride and character. General Bouchard is ordered by Hanley to stay behind while Saunders' squad goes on a mission to set up an Observation Post. The squad is trapped inside a destroyed French castle when a German convoy stops outside. Luckily for the GIs, the General shows up and distracts the Germans by pretending to be a senile old man singing and begging for money, and the Germans eventually leave without discovering Saunders' squad inside. General Bouchard then tells Saunders there is an empty château nearby that will serve well as the OP. Again the General is left behind, and again Saunders runs into trouble when they find Germans in the Chateau and a firefight produces two casualties. Once again General Bouchard finds Saunders, shows him a secret entrance into the château, and Saunders' men are able to surprise the Germans and win the firefight.
21 January 1964
A soldier is assigned to guide Sgt. Saunder's squad to a hidden German artillery post, because he knows where they are located. Saunders is warned to keep a close watch on the soldier, but he doesn't know the reason why.
28 January 1964
While in their own rear area, Saunders, Doc, and Caje get the opportunity to get showers and clean clothes. While taking showers, they are taken hostage by a German Captain and a German NCO who have been trapped behind American lines and are trying to get back to their own lines. The German Captain holds Saunders and Caje hostage while he frees Doc to get an ambulance to transport them out of the village and back to German territory. Doc becomes the central character in this episode as he goes about getting an ambulance for which he has no authorization. The German Captain continues to hold them all hostage as Doc uses the ambulance to get them out of the village and back near German territory. Instead of releasing his hostages at that point, however, we find the German Captain has one more chore in mind for the three GIs.
Season 2, Episode 21: Mail Call4 February 1964
Sgt. Saunders' squad blames his bad treatment of likable new member Trenton on his foul mood caused by a letter he has just received but actually Saunders believes Trenton is a coward who fakes injuries to avoid battle.
11 February 1964
Chaos ensues as the Germans make a breakthrough, and all rear-echelon troops are ordered to get their weapons. Never able to form up into any sort of fighting force, they become stragglers separated from any cohesive unit. Saunders and Caje are also separated from their unit, and they pick up several of the rear-echelon stragglers as they discover they are all now many miles deep in German territory. While the rear-echelon guys have no combat experience, they each contribute in their own way in their effort to get back to their own forces. During their trek back, Saunders hijacks a locomotive with several cars carrying German troops, and his new "squad" has to get rid of the German troop cars so they can then take the engine in the direction of their own lines. As might be expected, one of the rear-echelon guys knows how to operate a steam locomotive. The shots of the locomotive action do make for some very nice cinematic scenes.
18 February 1964
Sgt. Saunders must deliver radios to the French underground, and a radio-expert named Sgt. Perkins goes with him. It's Perkin's first combat mission, and he is very anxious and displeased.
Season 2, Episode 24: The Hunter25 February 1964
Saunders and Kirby are searching the buildings of an abandoned French winery when they are spotted by two Germans who are using the tower for an observation post. A firefight ensues, and one of the Germans and Kirby are both badly wounded. The German officer, Heismann, snatches Kirby and takes him into the tower building. The wounded German attacks Saunders with a knife, but Saunders finishes him. Saunders has seen the Germans are setting up a large artillery position nearby, and Heismann uses the wounded Kirby to convince Saunders to surrender before he can report the artillery location to his HQ. While Heismann talks to Saunders, Kirby recovers enough to throw the German's radio outside where Saunders can see it is now broken. Heismann is so infuriated he decides to hunt Saunders with his special hunting rifle as if he were prey. Heismann and Saunders play cat and mouse among the many winery buildings while Saunders looks for the radio Kirby left in another building. He finds the radio, but his Thompson craps out, and he leaves the Thompson behind while he attempts to contact his HQ on the radio. Heismann finds Saunders' Thompson and smiles in satisfaction knowing Saunders is disarmed. His smile disappears, however, when finds the GI radio and realizes Saunders has reported the German artillery location. At this point, Heismann has nothing left to salvage except the satisfaction of killing his prey.
3 March 1964
A British unit holding a depot doesn't know that Allied units around them are retreating from a Nazi offensive, because the Brits' radio is broken. Sgt. Saunders' squad can't join the pullback, because Lt. Hanley orders Saunders' crew to march to the railhead in France, to let the Brits know they are being surrounded.
10 March 1964
A British captain refuses Allied orders to retreat, delivered by Sgt. Saunders. Instead, Capt. Johns commands Sgt. Saunders' battle-fatigued U.S. squad to dig in at the besieged railhead and help repulse a German advance. Saunders fears it's suicide for all, but the imperial Capt. Johns, a Sandowner and son of a general, insists they can hold the depot against a Nazi offensive.
17 March 1964
Squad members, lead by Hanley, run into a young women. She is, however, mentally scarred, and seeks to return to where she feels safe. She runs back there, and when Hanley goes to get her he finds out the place is now in German hands.
24 March 1964
A new squad member is aggressive and naive - because he's really only 15. Orville Putnam's actual age is discovered by a knowing French bartender he puts his unsubtle moves on, to impress his fellow infantrymen. Orville swears Fauvette to secrecy, but then the squad is ordered to recon a treacherous hill whose treetops are stuffed with German snipers. Sgt. Saunders understands that Orville is covering up for his lack of combat experience, but doesn't know the whole truth about the orphaned teen.
Season 2, Episode 29: Rescue31 March 1964
This episode is all Lt. Hanley and a bunch of twists along the way. Concussed during an artillery barrage and separated from his platoon, Hanley starts to come out of his daze only to find he is being taken prisoner by an SS soldier. The first twist is when the SS soldier is shot by another SS soldier who frees Hanley. Then we learn the second SS soldier is really a GI corporal who just escaped from a holding area, but his wounded Colonel is still being held by the Germans and has information valuable to the Germans. As Hanley's head clears, he decides they must rescue the Colonel and keep him from giving the Germans information. They do manage to rescue the Colonel, but there are more twists in the road for Hanley before he gets back to his own lines.
Season 2, Episode 30: Command7 April 1964
A wounded Hanley is replaced in the field by Lieutenant Douglas ('Joseph Campanella'), who proves to be surly and opinionated even by Saunders' standards.
14 April 1964
The squad discovers a group of nuns in a convent, and they travel together through enemy territory. Nearly surrounded by Germans, Lt. Hanley must call in artillery, placing them in great danger.
21 April 1964
A bitter, antagonistic replacement whom none of Saunders' men can stand (with good reason) is wounded and pinned down by German snipers...who use him to try and lure his fellow Americans into their ambush.
15 September 1964
A belligerent hermit is the only one who can guide Saunders through a treacherous mountain route, so Hanley's company can follow. The Frenchman claims his family was ripped apart in World War I, so he's sitting World War II out at the top of a mountain. The huge Francois is very itchy on the trigger toward Saunders and his troops. Is Francois a Nazi collaborator leading the dog-faces into a trap, or a dangerous misanthrope ?
Season 3, Episode 2: Vendetta22 September 1964
When it appears Lt. Hanley and his men are about to be overrun by attacking Germans, they are miraculously saved by a squadron of fast moving jeeps with mounted machine guns. The squadron of jeeps is commanded by a Greek Colonel named Kapsalis, a gung-ho, no-holds-barred soldier fighting a personal vendetta against the Germans. He orders Lt. Hanley and his men to join him and they attack a heavily-guarded German depot.
24 September 1964
Sergeant Saunders faces court martial, charged with a reckless decision costing two machine gunner's lives. The gunners' NCO O'Neill accuses Saunders of forgetting to check if the combined squads had ammo for their bazooka, just before a panzer attack. Instead of retreating prudently, Saunders ran down the hill they were defending to not only lug the ammo back up, but drag his wounded squad member who carried it, to safety. That allowed the tank time to get close, and blow up the 2 machine gunners. As the protagonists' commanding officers square off, Caje and Kirby grill O'Neil, a life-long student of warfare, over his own judgments on the mission.
Season 3, Episode 4: The Duel6 October 1964
While 50s Rock & Roller Bobby Rydell is credited as the guest star for this episode, his Mickey Shay character is strictly supportive to the two main characters of the show: Sgt. Saunders and a lone German tank. Rydell's Shay simply provides the means of placing Saunders in a position where he has to singlehandedly battle a German tank, its crew, and two infantry support troops using only his Thompson, some grenades, and a can of diesel fuel. After Saunders first kills the two German infantry troops outside the tank, the real "Duel" then begins between Saunders and the tank. The German crew inside the tank become almost superfluous to the theme of the story as the menacing tank itself becomes the antagonist to Saunder's role as protagonist. As the tank proceeds slowly down the road, Saunders keeps attacking the tank with his Thompson and grenades, and every time the tank turns off the road to go after Saunders, he is able to hide in the trees from the tank crew because of their limited ability to see from inside the tank. The "Duel" takes up most of the show, and during that time, Saunders climbs on the tank, stops the tank by throwing a large log in the track between the bogey wheels, continues to attack it with his Thompson, and he still manages to check on Mickey Shay who has troubles of his own on the far side of the hill. Saunders defeats the tank in the end, and as implausible as this whole scenario may sound in words, the show will make a believer out of any true Combat! fan. Had the concept of this show been lifted from a meritorious award citation for a WWII GI, no one would doubt its credibility.
13 October 1964
While Mickey Rooney and Claudine Longet are the guest stars, this is Jack Hogan's chance to shine as Kirby. It begins with Kirby being sent back to town to recuperate from some minor injury. While there, he meets GI Harry White who is a truck driver who uses dirty dice to cheat other GIs. Harry has been running his dirty dice game when Kirby spots the dirty dice and tells the other players. Harry manages to skip out just as the town is hit with an artillery barrage. A shell shocked Kirby manages to get out of town and later comes across Harry White whose truck has run out of gas. Harry takes up with Kirby to get back to their own lines, but he insists on carrying a huge Sterling silver service set with him. Along the way, they pick up Claudette and her ailing grandfather, and all four must travel through cold and snow to evade the Germans on their way to safety. Harry is concerned only with his war booty, and Claudette's concern is for her grandfather who is unable to walk and must be pulled on a sled across the snow. The normally somewhat irresponsible Kirby rises to the demands of the hour and forces the group onward. In the end, Harry White does make a sacrifice to aid the others.
20 October 1964
The Germans are entering a French Village, driving the Americans out before them. The squad is in retreat as Sgt. Saunders enters a building and discovers a member of his squad, a private named Kogan, cowering in a corner. As he drives Kogan out of the building, an artillery shell lands nearby and a roof-beam falls on Saunder's legs, pinning him to the floor. Pvt. Kogan flees from the town in terror, and informs Lt. Hanley that Saunders was killed. As the squad marches on, Kogan has an attack of conscience and returns to the village to free Saunders, as the Germans are now everywhere within the town.
27 October 1964
A German captain warns Saunders that "a reckless hunter who sets a trap often becomes its first victim" when Saunders uses him as bait to attract a deadly Nazi Colonel. The infantry NCO battles not only the wily captain, but a cynical, fellow Sergeant, on loan for his German capability. Sgt. Maider doubts Saunders' every move, needling Saunders that his improvisation risks their lives, especially their wounded medic, solely for his own glory.
10 November 1964
The Americans liberate a French village, and a young French girl follows Sgt. Saunders squad. She wants to be a nurse, but Saunders tells her to go away. However, her bravery wins even Saunders hardened heart.
17 November 1964
Sgt. Saunders and his squad have been ordered to escort a Sgt. Keeley behind enemy lines with his trained pigeons. The birds have small cameras on their legs to photograph the enemy, but Keeley is belligerent and surly.
24 November 1964
Lt. Hanley must flush out a Nazi spy among the soldiers he's leading on a dangerous intelligence mission, before the German sabotages the plan. Hanley's thrust into the unfamiliar leadership role when the G-2 Captain heading the mission is accidentally shot by another infantry unit, who are hunting a deadly hauptmann who speaks perfect English. Because it's a top secret infiltration of a German planning HQ, none of the MI men know each other, nor does the novice Hanley know them. Another suspect wanders into the mission's rendezvous point, an Army minefield specialist claiming he's just escaped from the Heer.
1 December 1964
Kirby claims a civilian he assaulted is a deserter, but Saunders maintains the MIA Sergeant was killed. With his dying words, Kirby's pal gasped that his Sgt. dropped his carbine and abandoned his men, but Saunders can't imagine the RA tough infantry vet would panic. Then Sgt. Avery shows up in civilian clothes, with a strange tale, but instead of Saunders reporting Avery to the CO, he accompanies him to find a corroborating witness.
8 December 1964
Saunders' squad is checking out a winery when a squadron of Germans enter carrying a badly wounded Lt. Hanley. Saunders and his men stay hidden until they can find a way to rescue Hanley.
15 December 1964
Saunders, Doc, and Littlejohn are cut off from their lines when they are joined by Fox Company's Sgt. Larkin who is also cut off. While figuring out which is the best way to get back to their lines, they come under fire from a wounded GI behind a 30 caliber MG who is shouting that he knows they are really Germans in GI uniforms. Saunders manages to get behind the shooter and knock him out for a few minutes. His dog tags indicate he is Pvt. Henry Murfree, and he has a shrapnel wound in his leg. Murfree continues to protest his suspicion that Saunders and his men are really Germans and part of Klepner's Raiders who are infiltrating Allied lines in GI uniforms. In fact, it is really Murfree who is the infiltrator as he feigns a Southern accent and persuades Saunders to head south instead of east to find the Allied lines. Murfree is actually the German Capt. Klepner who is also cut off and wants to trick Saunders and his men to carry him to his own men in a village some miles to the south. When Murfree thinks he is quite near his own men, he snatches Saunders' Thompson, and while holding them at gunpoint, reveals himself to be Capt. Klepner and taunts the Americans for being stupid and gullible enough to be his pack mules who carried him to his own lines instead of theirs. As Klepner pulls the trigger on Saunders' Thompson to kill them all, the bolt falls on an empty chamber as he finds the Thompson is unloaded. Saunders then reveals he has known for some time he was Klepner and was simply playing for time to find out what Klepner's next assignment was. At that point, Saunders asked Klepner who really turned out to be stupid and gullible.
22 December 1964
Like "The Party," this is another episode strictly for laughs. The squad is sent to evacuate the French village of Bonaire, but the villagers do not want to evacuate. The village's main industry is the production of cognac, and they do not want any "foreigners" to interfere. They disguise the distillery as a monastery, and they proceed to hide the cognac in a nearby cave without the squad members finding out. It's all tongue in cheek instead of the usual drama of firefights and terror. Like "The Party," three good looking gals are featured in this episode, and Danielle Aubry plays one of the gals in both episodes. The cat and mouse escapades of the French villagers continue to the end, and the only shot fired is early in the episode when Hanley uses his carbine to get the villagers' attention.
29 December 1964
The squad is anxious to open Littlejohn's birthday cake he received from home, but Littlejohn refuses since his mother has a note attached telling him not to open the package until his birthday which is a day away. They are sent on a mission to tap into a German phone line to gather information, and Pvt. Cantrell is sent along because he speaks German. Cantrell, due to be rotated out of action and placed on leave, is sore and does nothing but constantly complain on the patrol. While Cantrell worries about surviving the mission to go on leave, Littlejohn's attention is focused on keeping his birthday cake safe for one day until his birthday. He leaves his cake back at a bridge, and while sneaking away to get it, he encounters a German patrol. Chasing after Littlejohn, the squad gets into a firefight with the Germans. They kill all the Germans, but Cantrell is wounded and has to be carried back to their lines on a makeshift litter. On the way back, they encounter another, much larger, German patrol and have to leave Cantrell in a hide while they draw the Germans away. In their evasion, they cross a bridge over a river to elude the Germans, and they are now on one side of the river while Cantrell is on the other. Littlejohn swims the river to bring the wounded Cantrell back to the squad, and they manage to make it back with the intelligence they collected. Cantrell is sent off to enjoy his leave in a hospital, but not before having a sample of the birthday cake which by this time has been crumbled in its box.
Season 3, Episode 16: The Enemy5 January 1965
Lt. Hanley comes across three German soldiers in a deserted French town. Two are killed and he captures the third...a demolition expert. He tells Hanley that the entire town is mined and booby trapped to kill American soldiers. When Hanley finds out there is no way to prevent the returning French population from reentering the town he forces the German to disarm the mines and traps at gunpoint. Hanley must be on constant guard because the German is very clever and always thinking of escape.
12 January 1965
King company is quickly overrunning a French Village, and the German withdrawal is in complete chaos. Most of the German troops are killed, wounded, or captured in the action, but one German officer, Hertzbrun, tries to blow a bridge before he leaves the village. Unable to blow the bridge during the attack, he takes refuge in a Catholic church where he exchanges his uniform for the vestments a priest and becomes "Father Hertzbrun." His intention is to impersonate a priest long enough for him to finish setting his charges, blow the bridge, and make his escape. Much to his dismay, as soon as the fighting is finished, he is asked by a GI to hear his confession. Unfortunately for Hertzbrun, he really has no experience in priestly matters, and his ineptitude leads to the failure of his ruse. A 44 year old James Whitmore is a pleasure to watch as he plays the German officer masquerading as a priest.
19 January 1965
A loudmouthed cardsharp holds an ace in reserve over a young recruit, who volunteers for a dangerous recon in his stead. Corporal Jackson the older man, bitterly resents Caje being named temporary leader of Jackson's squad, after Sgt. Saunders sees how the Corporal lords it over the young Private Tommy. While Tommy slogs through a heavy downpour toward a German machine gun nest, Jackson in the comfort of a château, tries to wipe out the other poker players, plus sway them to his jaundiced view of the situation.
26 January 1965
Out of ammo, Saunders is holed up with terrified young Private Carey ('Tommy Sands'): a pacifistic draftee who can't bring himself to fire on their pursuer, a relentless German sergeant.
2 February 1965
Frankie Avalon plays Pvt. Eddie Cain, the kid brother of an old hometown friend of Kirby's. Cain has somehow finagled his way to be assigned to Kirby's squad, and he immediately gloms onto his old buddy, "Wild Man" Kirby, and begins making demands of him. The cutesy little Avalon does a fine job of making his Cain character into an exasperating little twerp you cannot help but detest. Cain believes his brother, Tony, and Kirby were best of friends and that Tony was killed in their old hometown while saving Kirby's life. Accordingly, Cain also believes Kirby owes him a great personal debt in the form of Kirby's attention and protection. The cocky Cain immediately provokes the hostility of the rest of the squad, and Kirby has to continually make excuses for him. Cain keeps taking foolish actions, and he is unable to come to grips with his shortcomings until Kirby finally tells him the truth about how his brother Tony was killed back home. You may hate the character of Cain, but you have to love Avalon's performance in making Cain so credible.
9 February 1965
Saunders, Caje, and Kirby are on a night mission moving through an abandoned French village when they notice an American paratrooper hanging from the church steeple in his entangled parachute - and the paratrooper is still alive. Immediately after they enter the church to rescue the paratrooper, two German trucks full of troops enter the village, stop just outside the church, and set up an armed perimeter with the apparent intention of establishing a command post. Saunders and his men ascend the steeple steps with the hope of rescuing the paratrooper under the cover of darkness and before the Germans take notice of him. The paratrooper's helmet falls to the ground attracting the Germans' attention, and they shine a spotlight on him. Saunders had already told the paratrooper to play dead. Even with the spotlight on him, he certainly looks dead as he dangles limply in his harness. Assuming he is dead, the Germans forget him for the rest of the night. Daylight comes and Saunders is still trying to figure a way to get the paratrooper inside the steeple and back to safety without being seen by the Germans below. Then a German soldier on the ground looks up and notices the "dead" paratrooper is wearing some very nice new boots, and he considers his own boots which are virtually worn out. Wanting some new boots, the German decides to go up the steeple to pull the paratrooper inside and take the boots for himself. Saunders kills the German with a bayonet as he arrives on the steeple bell level, dons the German's uniform, and then proceeds to pull the "dead" paratrooper inside. The other Germans on the ground cheer him on thinking Saunders is their comrade. They do manage to rescue the paratrooper who turns out to be an Army Captain who was on a commando mission that also played a key part of this episode, but the rescue was not completed until after Saunders and his men are involved in a firefight as they withdraw from the village.
9 February 1965
Hanley, Saunders, Kirby, and Caje are to meet a French resistance fighter, Dupre, who will take them to his leader, Lambrelle, to make arrangements for an air drop of supplies to be used by the resistance to blow up five objectives in the next 48 hours. There is a problem, however. Dupre has been killed by a German, and an escaped French convict, Boulanger, has taken Dupre's clothes and papers and assumed his identity in the hope of making his own escape to Switzerland. Boulanger meets the GIs, tells them he is Dupre and will take them to Lambrelle. Before they can start, however, Hanley is accidently wounded in his thigh by a French locomotive engineer who mistakes the GIs for escaped convicts. Hanley is sent back to their company HQ while Saunders, Kirby, and Caje continue on the mission. After taking the GIs the wrong way and making other mistakes, Boulanger is finally suspected by Saunders as being an escaped convict rather than Dupre. They take Boulanger's rifle, tie his hands behind his back. Boulanger's son, Pierre, finds them, and believing his father is really innocent of the criminal charges, he reluctantly agrees to take Saunders and his men to meet Lambrelle. Lambrelle shows Saunders where to drop the needed supplies to blow the five targets, but Boulanger manages to make his escape by holding Lambrelle at knife-point. He encourages his son to go with him, but his son finally realizes that his father never cared for his family and was indeed guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted. Pierre chooses to stay with the resistance fighters while his father leaves for Switzerland and freedom. Shortly after Boulanger leaves, a German half-track and truckload of infantry arrive and trap the resistance fighters and the GIs. With the German infantry advancing closer to the resistance fighters and the GIs, Boulanger finds he has a last chance at redemption. He kills the German in the half-track and uses the machine gun to cut up the advancing Germans from the rear. Boulanger is fatally wounded by a German grenade, but before he dies, he does tell his son the truth about his criminal past, and Pierre is welcomed into the resistance fighters.
Season 3, Episode 23: Dateline23 February 1965
Sgt. Saunders and his squad are on patrol with a Captain from G-2 Intelligence. He informs them he intends to be captured by the Germans, allowing himself to be taken to a POW camp where an important writer for Stars and Stripes is being held. The Captain must get the writer out of the POW camp before he can talk, through a hidden tunnel he knows to be there. When the Captain steps on a mine and is killed, Sgt. Saunders and his squad are captured, but they intend to complete the mission.
2 March 1965
Hanley, leads some squad members to recover a flying ace when he is shot down behind enemy territory.
9 March 1965
After opening the episode with a short firefight in a French village, Saunders' squad is in a GI 2 ½ ton truck along with four GIs in need of surgery and a load of ammo needed for the front lines. Along the way, they get pinned down by a German machine gun crew and supporting infantry who are all well protected in an escarpment of large boulders. With a front tire shot out, Archie the truck driver backs the truck a short ways where it is protected by a large rock wall, but they cannot go forward or backward without being exposed to the German firepower. The conflict of decision becomes whether to get the four men to needed surgery or get the load of ammunition to the front lines. Archie is only concerned about the four men who need surgery, but Saunders has to consider all the men who need the ammunition to hold their positions against a German advance. The rest of the episode consists of various actions attempted while trying to take the German position along with the continuous battle of priorities between Archie and Saunders concerning getting aid for the wounded men and delivery of the needed ammo at the front.
16 March 1965
Lt. Hanley leads the squad on a mission to find and bring back a French collaborator named Duval. The American intelligence folks want to interrogate him for the valuable information he has concerning the Germans, but the French Underground want Duval to hang him from the Tree of Moray for his treasonous activities. Robert Loggia guest stars as Etienne, the leader of the local underground forces. As the episode progresses, Hanley and Etienne jockey back and forth to gain possession of Duval. First the underground has Duval, and then Hanley's men get him, but his fate is not determined until the end of the show.
23 March 1965
Unearthing a French baby buried under ruins, unites Hanley's men and a Nazi squad. All the troops' hearts go out to the desperate young mother, but as the German lieutenant warns "distrust is a crippling thing." Laying down their arms in an unauthorized truce proves challenging to the frayed nerves of both squads in the village devastated by both sides' heavy artillery. Hanley's squad needs to get out for a rendezvous, the Germans are hustling to re-occupy the ville.
30 March 1965
When their jeep hits a land mine, Saunders, a tank captain, and private Gavin attempt to maneuver an abandoned German tank through enemy territory.
6 April 1965
A very large German railroad artillery gun is causing havoc with the American advance. When not firing, it is moved by rail from one secluded cave to another, and no one has been able to spot the gun so it can be targeted and eliminated. Artillery Lt. William Benton and Sgt. Stoner are sent to link up with Sgt. Saunders' squad which will serve as an escort to establish a forward observation post to find the German gun and report its location for targeting. When alone with Saunders' men, Sgt. Stoner is quick to tell everyone that Benton is the son of the famous Lt. General Benton and has been kept safely in the rear and allowed no combat experience. He belittles Lt. Benton by calling him Billy the Kid, and he lets everyone know he expects Benton to fail in this mission. Saunders does not like Stoner disparaging Benton, but even he questions Benton about all the extra equipment he is taking with them. Benton simply tells him it is needed and to get moving. When they get to the area where they intend to observe, Benton has the men set up the equipment in what seems to them a very strange manner, but Benton is a lot more capable than anyone knows. When they are spotted and shelled in their first position, Benton loses the use of his eyes, but they move to his second position where they are able to find the gun, complete the mission, and find out that Billy is no kid.
Season 3, Episode 30: Heritage13 April 1965
To clear the way for 5000 troops through a dangerous mountain pass, Hanley must blow up a German observation post. To succeed this time, a cocky sculptor who's now a demolition man is added to the stripped-down mission, in place of Hanley's sleep-deprived full squad. The all-business Lt. Hanley and the arty rock-hound Velasquez immediately clash, because the Corporal can't stop examining the local geology or expounding about the ancient rock fortress which became a famed museum, and is now the forbidding, mountain-top Heer post.
Season 3, Episode 31: Odyssey20 April 1965
Sgt. Saunders is wounded and trapped behind enemy lines while trying to provide cover for Doc and Caje as they take a wounded Little John back to their lines. Saunders wakes in a German Field Hospital to find that a French worker has put him in German clothes to prevent him being shipped to a POW Camp. As a result he tries to escape by passing himself off as a shell shocked German soldier. Placed on a train going to the German rear with a German officer who considers many of the wounded as malingerers, Saunders and a captured American flyer manage to jump from the train and escape. As they try to make their way back to their lines the flyer is shot and killed by a German patrol and Saunders is taken with them. He is befriended by a veteran German sergeant who is convinced he is a wounded Afrika Corps soldier and decides to look after him. As they are travelling to their destination they are ambushed by Americans who are looking for prisoners and information and, in the fire fight that follows, Saunders has to shoot and kill the German sergeant.
27 April 1965
Lt. Hanley receives a letter from the friend of the wife of one of his men, Steve Kovac [Chad Everett], advising that Kovac's wife is in hospital and dying. Unfortunately Kovac is on a patrol and Hanley decides not recall him until the news that his wife is dying is confirmed (at which time he will get an emergency leave). In the meantime the patrol lead by Sgt. Saunders enters a French town to gather information and runs into the Germans. They manage to kill the Germans but another group moves in to occupy the building they have been fighting from which appears to be their headquarters building. As a result Saunders and the patrol is trapped and hide out in the basement of the building. The Germans assume that their men have been killed by a patrol that has already gone and continue setting up in the building the patrol is hiding below. Not long after, under cover of an artillery barrage, the patrol manages to escape and return to base where Lt. Hanley breaks the news to Kovac. While he is preparing to return home news comes through that his wife has died and his leave is cancelled. Kovac reacts badly when he finds out that Hanley received the news in time to recall him from patrol but by then Hanley and his platoon have moved off as part of an overall advance and Kovac follows them with the idea of killing Hanley in revenge. In the meantime the platoon has been ambushed and Hanley becomes pined down in a fox hole. After talking to Saunders Kovac realises that Hanley took the correct action and between both Saunders and Kovac they manage to beat off the Germans and save Hanley.
Season 4, Episode 1: Main Event14 September 1965
No one is happy about the addition of boxer Willy Kleve to Saunders's unit--especially Kleve's over-protective manager.
21 September 1965
Saunders and the squad break in four teenage replacements.
Season 4, Episode 3: S.I.W.28 September 1965
An already-controversial replacement adds to his reputation for cowardice by turning up with an apparent Self-Inflicted Wound.
5 October 1965
Sgt. Barney McKlosky and his two Signal Corps men have to lay a telephone line cross-country from the company HQ to an outpost. Saunders' squad is assigned to provide protection and assist in laying the wire. Prior to the war, McKlosky was a linesman in Wyoming who broke his leg in a fall and nearly died because his co-worker did not come back with help. Since that incident, McKlosky trusts no one and holds everyone in contempt. While laying line across a bridge on the way to the outpost, McKlosky and Littlejohn drop a roll of wire in the river. Although both men dropped the wire by accident, McKlosky blames it all on Littlejohn and belittles him. He insists on scrubbing the mission for lack of enough wire, but Saunders figures a shorter way to the outpost and insists on going forward. Saunders' short cut, however, is not quite as short as he thought, and they still do not have enough wire to reach the outpost. Again McKlosky wants to quit, but Saunders takes them back to an abandoned village they passed earlier where he intends to strip the village of the extra wire they need. A German platoon arrives in the village, and a brief firefight ensues. Through a feint that pulls the Germans away, the GIs are able steal the Germans' truck and escape with their newly acquired wire to complete their mission. McKlosky finally realizes he can no longer cut himself off from his fellow GIs, and he seems to be able to finally leave his bitter past behind.
Season 4, Episode 5: The Farmer12 October 1965
Iowa-bred Private Noah is troubled when the squad forcibly evacuates a French farm family.
Season 4, Episode 6: Evasion19 October 1965
Dressed in an Albanian uniform, Hanley escapes from a German prison camp.
26 October 1965
During a heavy firefight and facing overwhelming numbers the Allies are being beaten back. One of the German's shot during the firefight detonates a grenade behind the Sarge who is deafened by the blast. Alone and lost Sgt. Saunders tries to make his way back to American lines. Unable to hear anything, he is almost shot by a German patrol, but manages to get away. He finds a small dog that becomes attached to him and acts as his ears until it is killed by a German that surprises them. Saunders manages to take the German prisoner and tries to use him to guide back to his lines but in a struggle the German is killed and Saunders collapses just before the Americans come across him as they push forwards. The first thing he knows is when he wakes to find a medic checking him and hears the medic say "it's only a superficial face wound and you'll be alright"
Season 4, Episode 8: Crossfire2 November 1965
Sauders accuses twice-decorated Private Stevens of disobeying an order and thereby getting two other GIs killed.
11 November 1965
In a German-held village, Hanley's search for a wounded OSS officer is hampered by a precocious French boy.
16 December 1965
The squad has to cope with three 40-something replacements on a patrol to snatch a German captive.
23 November 1965
Pinned under a beam, Pvt. Andy Marsh claims he has valuable intelligence--that will go back with him or not at all.
Season 4, Episode 12: The Casket30 November 1965
An embittered French woman resists Saunders' efforts to commandeer her truck, needed to transport the wounded Kirby.
7 December 1965
Hanley and Kirby join a swaggering British commando on a treacherous hunt for German V-2 launching sites.
Season 4, Episode 14: Breakout14 December 1965
The squad angers a Frenchman when they destroy machinery at his quarry.
21 December 1965
A French countess walks a dangerous tightrope as she entertains a château full of German soldiers--while sheltering a wounded Hanley.
Season 4, Episode 16: The Raider28 December 1965
Hanley is captured by a brutal SS officer, Captain Reichhardt.
4 January 1966
Lt. Hanley, Caje, Kirby, and Pvt. Banning are sent behind German lines to find an American intelligence officer, Capt. Thorpe, who has important intelligence to get back to American G2. A German spy masquerades as a downed American flyer, Lt. Asher, with the intention of infiltrating and destroying the local French underground. He bails out of his American Mustang, but instead of getting picked up by the French underground, he is met by Hanley and his men. Asher initially feigns a sprained ankle and wants to wait for the French instead of going with Hanley. Then he learns Thorpe is has important information to get back, and he decides to go with Hanley's men. When a German patrol passes nearby, Asher, makes a noise to alert the Germans, and a firefight ensues. During the firefight, Asher and Pvt. Banning are behind the others, and Asher uses the opportunity to kill Banning, but he only manages to wound Thorpe instead of killing him. Throughout the rest of the episode, Asher continues to surreptitiously work against the GIs and again tries to kill Thorpe. Hanley begins to suspect something may be amiss when he learns Thorpe was shot in the back, and he decides to go back to the scene of the firefight to look more closely at Banning's wounds. The pressure is then on Asher to finish Thorpe and make his escape.
11 January 1966
The survivor of a squad that Sauders refused to help volunteers to lead the sergeant on a patrol to the same deadly area.
18 January 1966
Kirby embarks on a personal vendetta against an SS colonel who killed his sister's fiancé.
25 January 1966
Saunders' squad is sent behind enemy lines to find and destroy a German radar installation. Sgt. Rawlings, a radar specialist, is sent along to learn all he can about the German radar before it is destroyed, and a French resistance fighter, Marchand, is also sent along to guide them. From the time they leave their lines, they are under constant surveillance by the Germans, and Rawlings is killed on the way there. Little do they know that Marchand is really a German officer who has killed the real Marchand and has taken his place with the intent of taking Saunders to a fake radar installation. The GIs blow the fake installation and prepare to return when they finally learn Marchand is an imposter and they have destroyed the wrong target. A bombing raid is scheduled for that night, and the bomb group is counting on Saunders' squad to destroy the radar installation.
1 February 1966
Privates Vinnick (Sal Mineo) and Burke (Tom Skerritt) have been together since basic training and are assigned to Hanley's platoon. Vinnick is a street wise city kid who is fearless in battle. Burke, on the other hand, is paralyzed by fear when a firefight begins. Vinnick's contempt for Burke is obvious as is Burke's hatred for Vinnick. The episode opens with a firefight where Burke is frozen in fear. Vinnick charges a German MG-42 emplacement, and Hanley tells them he will recommend Vinnick for a Bronze Star. Later, Hanley receives a message that Vinnick is wanted back in the states on a murder warrant. Hanley disarms Vinnick and intends to turn him over to the MPs, but Vinnick manages to get away. Wanting to capture his nemesis, Burke goes hunting for Vinnick. In the end, the basic character of both men holds true. Mineo and Skerritt give stellar performances.
8 February 1966
Saunders is imprisoned in a German compound where an enemy soldier is posing as a GI.
Season 4, Episode 23: The Ringer15 February 1966
A cowardly deserter slaps some dirt on his suspiciously-clean uniform and joins Saunders' squad, whose wrath and distrust he proceeds to earn by repeatedly disregarding orders.
22 February 1966
Lt. Hanley acquires intelligence which could save hundreds of lives, but his plane is shot down speeding back to HQ. The bridge Hanley re-conned is much more heavily defended than U.S. Army Intelligence suspected. The old single engine monoplane will be tough to repair, especially with Brannigan the pilot, a daredevil stunt flyer, having a busted leg. But the odds of Hanley slicing through 20 miles of Boche occupied countryside alone on foot are bad too.
1 March 1966
This two part Combat! episode is the quintessential story of the futility of war as viewed through the eyes of surviving infantrymen. An American division of troops is making an assault all along their lines. At the platoon level, Lt. Hanley is ordered to take a strategic hill that overlooks a needed road, and the hill is protected by two concrete bunkers with German machine guns and infantry in each bunker. Saunders gets hit in his thigh in the first assault on the bunkers while several other GIs are killed. Hanley asks for artillery support, but his company commander tells Hanley he will have to take the hill without artillery support. Hanley tries several different strategies to take the hill, but each time the men go up the hill, the overwhelming fire from the bunkers stop them, and each time they leave a few more dead GIs on the hill. (see "Hills Are For Heroes - Part 2 for continuation of storyline)
8 March 1966
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. Hanley is again ordered to take the hill even though his men are both physically and mentally beaten by what has been an impossible assignment. Finally offered large mortar support, Hanley knows the mortars cannot penetrate the remaining bunker, but they can provide smoke cover. His plan is to send two men with a rocket launcher up the hill under cover of smoke to the disabled tank. Under cover of the tank, they manage to knock out the remaining bunker with a rocket and take the hill. More are killed and wounded in the assault, and the exhausted GIs strung out along the way up the hill finally realize they have accomplished the impossible. Hanley then gets a call from company HQ telling him the whole assault on the German lines is unsuccessful, and all troops are ordered to withdraw to their former lines. Hanley tells his men to come back down, but his command to withdraw is beyond their comprehension. They insist the hill is theirs, and they do not want to give it up. It is a gut wrenching sight to see and hear Hanley order them several times to, "Come down!" The men finally come down, but only after leaving their short-lived elation and pride up on the hill with their dead.
Season 4, Episode 27: Gitty15 March 1966
Establishing an observation post in a deserted church, Saunders meets the daughter of a German soldier.
22 March 1966
After losing his entire squad to Saunders' men, a wounded German sergeant vows to kill the Americans, saving Saunders for last.
29 March 1966
A failed night mission leaves Hanley wounded in the shoulder, and the rest of his squad dead...except for Private Wilder, a nervous young replacement, who is now trapped in a bog and ready to signal their German pursuers for help. It's up to the lieutenant to free him before Wilder drowns, or panics.
5 April 1966
Guilt-stricken when he causes the death of a fellow GI, Private Corey panics when he captures a German.
Season 4, Episode 31: The Leader12 April 1966
Kirby, who is given command of the squad in Saunders's absence, learns a lesson in leadership.
Season 5, Episode 1: The Gun13 September 1966
To knock out a German bunker, the squad must drag a cannon over a mile of rough, enemy-infested terrain.
Season 5, Episode 2: The Losers20 September 1966
Saunders and Littlejohn are ordered to destroy an enemy bridge--with the help of four GIs being held for court-martial.
Season 5, Episode 3: Ollie Joe27 September 1966
Saunders's squad is disrupted by Ollie Joe Brown, a young soldier determined to be "GI Perfect."
4 October 1966
A reconnaissance patrol is jeopardized by two Frenchman vital to the mission: a veteran Resistance fighter and his frightened brother.
11 October 1966
Alone and blinded, Saunders is at the mercy of a German chaplain.
18 October 1966
Saunders' men are ordered to take a farmhouse that is defended by a determined group of teenage German soldiers.
Season 5, Episode 7: The Letter25 October 1966
Saunders rankles his squad members by showing too much concern for a young replacement who bears a disquieting resemblance to the Sergeant's recently-enlisted kid brother.
Season 5, Episode 8: Headcount1 November 1966
Ordered to escort an important group of German prisoners to the rear, Saunders faces heavy odds; the POWs outnumber the GIs 18 to 5.
Season 5, Episode 9: Decision15 November 1966
Saunders is uneasy about Charles Harris, a doctor turned demolitions expert.
22 November 1966
A GI bitterly recalls the events that put him in the hospital.
Season 5, Episode 11: Conflict29 November 1966
A vital mission is jeopardized by Saunders' own short-tempered squad members, who suffer from raw nerves caused by lack of sleep. Surprisingly, the worst case of this ISN'T Kirby...It's Caje and Littlejohn!
Season 5, Episode 12: Gulliver6 December 1966
Wounded Littlejohn becomes a modern Gulliver.
13 December 1966
Kirby starts questioning his own principles when he finds himself risking his neck for a deadbeat.
20 December 1966
A captured German medic is forced to choose between duty to his country and his compassion for humanity.
27 December 1966
In a bomb-scarred London suburb, Saunders spends a furlough helping an orphanage director.
Season 5, Episode 16: Entombed3 January 1967
A mine cave-in forces enemies into an uneasy truce.
Season 5, Episode 17: Gadjo17 January 1967
Saunders tangles with Barbu, a wily gypsy.
24 January 1967
Suffering from shock, a French Resistance fighter wages a one-man war against the Allies and the Germans.
Season 5, Episode 19: Encounter31 January 1967
Captain Cole [James Daly] is reunited with his son, Jack [James MacArthur], who he hasn't seen in years. Jack is now a reporter who is sent to the front to cover the war. Jack arrives at HQ just as Captain Cole returns from a patrol and it is evident right from the start that his relations with his son are strained. Jack is stopped from going on patrol by his father but eventually manages to join a patrol with Lt Hanley and Captain Cole. The patrol is ambushed by Germans and is pinned down in a farmhouse. Doc is wounded in the first rush and manages to break away into the bush and make his way back to get reinforcements. While they are pinned down in the farmhouse Captain Cole and Jack realise that they are closer than they believed and manage to patch up their problems just as Caje arrives with reinforcements to relieve them.
7 February 1967
Saunders is wounded, hounded by dogs, and finally captured and drugged.
14 February 1967
German soldiers are infiltrating the Allied lines dressed as Americans and Kirby is caught up in the action when he is involved in an ambush. He takes another soldier, Carl Driskoll [Roger Perry] prisoner not sure whether he is American or a German disguised as an American. They are both then captured by British Cpl. Tommy Behan [Gavin MacLeod], who is totally unsure who to trust. As they move along the road they come across a jeep that has been ambushed. The only survivor is Cpl. Marty Roberts [Nick Adams] who was a prisoner on the jeep. Now totally unsure who is who, Cpl. Behan handcuffs Kirby to Cpl. Roberts and marches his three prisoners away hoping to find help. They come across a hunter's cabin in the woods and decide to bunker down for the night. While there the cabin is approached by to soldiers and Cpl. Behan challenges them. They are German infiltrators and both are killed in the ensuing shootout but Behan is wounded. As they sit through the night, Roberts tries to talk the other two into tackling Cpl. Behan saying he can't stay awake all night. Behan feels he can trust Driskoll who seems to have stayed out of any involvement and asks him to keep the others covered while he sleeps. Driskoll takes his sten gun and then turns it on Behan and kills him. Roberts (who speaks fluent German) tries to convince Driskoll that he is an infiltrator also and, as Driskoll is about to kill Kirby, the owner of the cabin bursts in and takes him prisoner. He is a member of the French Resistance and decides to take them all to the American lines so they can work out who is who. On their way there they come across a German patrol and Driskoll shout out to warn them whereupon he is shot by the Frenchman. Kirby and Cpl. Roberts (who are still handcuffed together) make a break for it just as the Frenchman is himself killed. They come across a farmhouse and try to find something to break the handcuffs which they manage to do. Now separated Roberts tells Kirby he is not going back as he is scared he will be shot as a deserter. As they move out they are pinned down by the three remaining Germans. Roberts tries to distract to Germans by posing as an infiltrator but is killed by a group of GI's that have arrived on the scene and hear him speaking German.
21 February 1967
A group of USO entertainers are on the way to the front when their truck blows a tyre. As their driver is changing the tyre they decide to have a practice unaware that a German patrol is moving in on them. Fortunately, Sgt. Saunders and the squad have also heard them and move in behind the Germans. The driver and accompanying MP are killed in the attack so Saunders decides to take the USO group with him while they finish their job. They work their way forward and come across a mill house which they decide to use as a temporary base. The USO leader Bernie [Dan Duryea] is making life difficult for Saunders and generally proving very difficult to handle. Battalion radio Saunders and tell them to hold their position as they are sending transport for the USO group. As they are consolidating their position their scout reports that a German patrol is moving in. They manage to kill the German scouts but are pinned down by the Germans heavy machine gun. Bernie decides to take matters into his own hands and, unbeknown to the others, raises a white flag. The German commander, Lt. Knubel [Hank Brandt] sent two of his men in to accept the surrender and, when they approach, they are shot down. Brandt is furious and sends for reinforcements. Saunders tells Bernie that his stupid action will cost them all their lives as the Germans will now take no prisoners. The other members of the group including Hank [Noah Beery Jnr] who has been wounded, Zac [Dennis Hopper] and Woody [Robert Easton] tell Bernie that he did the wrong thing. Hank, out of his mind, wanders out towards the shot Germans and is killed. The squad is running low on ammunition and Saunders and Kirby sneak out to retrieve ammunition and grenades from one of the dead Germans just as an attack is launched. As they fight back reinforcements from battalion arrive and relive them but it is too late for Woody who has died from a wound.