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 ... See full summary »

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Lt. Hanley (credit only)
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Steve Gravers ...
Martinez
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Moorwood
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Anthony Holland ...
Cutner
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Cooper
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Bowers
Eugene Borden ...
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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. Written by David Wile

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11 February 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Saunders and Caje are the only regular squad members in this episode. See more »

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Great Synergy and Excellent Screen Writing !!
4 July 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

Counter-Punch is an excellent story of Americans being cut off from their lines and what strategy revolves around when there's an entire battalion of Germans blocking their path. Hats off to Kay Lenard and Jess Carneol for their superb screen writing.

First off the archival footage of German heavy artillery throughout the episode is fantastic and truly makes up for the lack of rifle and machine gun combat which we are used to.

In the farm scene we learn how crucial it is to work exactly together as a team when the going gets rough. Technical Sergeant Martinez creates excellent conflict with Saunders and becomes the poster boy as to why a combat sergeant should always overrule a technical sergeant on the battlefield.

All characters are significantly developed during the episode and each has their role to play. The map man, the baker, the technical sergeant, the jailbird, and the Frenchman play their roles well and are essential in telling the story. The young GI panics in the crucial moment.

The train scene brings the effort all together and it's absolutely beautiful when the group is once again in radio range.

The ending sequence is again superb American archival footage.


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