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 ... See full summary »

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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. Written by David Stevens

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31 December 1963 (USA)  »

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The only episode of the series to deal with, or even reference, the holocaust. See more »

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Saunders positions his squad, the prisoners, dead bodies and weapons at the windows so that the Germans will see them and think that there are many more American soldiers than there really are. Once positioned, the men and weapons are visible when seen from the outside. Yet when the Germans arrive, they are seen looking at the building, and their POV is shown, but there is nothing seen at the windows. See more »

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Witness to Pure Evil
16 July 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

Gideon's Army is a story of Poles in a concentration camp who are left over after the Germans kill the vast majority and take only the most able bodied with them. Saunders and White Rook stumble upon them by accident while on patrol. Director John Peyser did an excellent job as the scenes are very graphic and make one think about the pure evil involved.

Most of the concentration camp victims are not able bodied and are terrified the Germans will return to eliminate them. They beg Saunders to not leave them alone. S 2 has other ideas and gives the order for Saunders and White Rook to return to base.

It's beautiful how Saunders deals with the issue; and Lieutenant Hanley goes along out of decency.

Along the way, a German is captured and it's fun to see his countenance and demeanor when his reality sinks in.

With large numbers of advancing Germans, the Sarge must portray great strength to hold the camp while awaiting trucks and aid for the victims. Hence, Saunders employs the Gideon Biblical strategy.

Gideon's Army should make us think about what dictatorship can lead to especially when a madman is at the helm. And the Fuhrer was not the only one throughout history.


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