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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Sgt. John Metcalf
Jack Hogan ...
Curt Conway ...
Capt. Dugan
Maj. Hendricks
Col. Veach (as William Zuckert)
Walter Friedel ...
German Prisoner
Clegg Hoyt ...
Technical Sgt.
Conlan Carter ...
MP Corporal
British Lieutenant
British Sergeant
Maj. Daggett
Bill Gaskin ...
Sgt. Kaufman


Separated from his squad while being shelled by German artillery, Kirby is found unconscious by Sgt. Metcalf who then conscripts Kirby's service in an assault on Hill 256. Facing heavy machine gun fire that is not seen by anyone else, Kirby is forced to stop his advance and take cover. Metcalf accuses Kirby of cowardice and brings charges against him for same. Kirby faces a court martial, and the penalty if found guilty could be a firing squad. Kirby tells Saunders he was facing a German machine gun, but Metcalf insists there was none and that Kirby was simply a coward. While Kirby's court martial proceeds, Saunders and Caje decide to go to Hill 256 to find evidence of the German machine gun. While they encounter a lot of obstacles along their way to and from the hill, they do indeed find evidence of the machine gun that Metcalf never saw. Empty German ammo brass and belt links convince the court of Kirby's innocence and the charges are dismissed. Sgt. Metcalf tells Kirby he really ... Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

9 April 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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One of the few times when the date is mentioned. Kirby's trial in this episode takes place soon after 7 August 1944. See more »

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Real Leadership and Friendship
1 July 2017 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Sgt. Sauders and Caje attend the court martial to see Kirby facing the accusation of cowardice under fire by the decorated Sgt. John Metcalf. He tells that he found Kirby unconscious in a ditch and separated from his squad and asked him to follow him to assault on Hill 256 but Kirby retreats. Kirby claims that there was a heavy machine gun shooting at them but there is no witness to corroborate with his version. Saunders seeks out evidences of the machine gun on the no man's land Hill 256 with Caje that Kirby is not lying to save his friend from being fusillade. Will they succeed?

"Hill 256" is one of the best episodes of "Combat!". The adequate use of flashbacks discloses a beautiful story of leadership and friendship. Sgt Saunder's and Caje's attitude are amazing and they risk their lives to save their friend. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Colina 256" ("Hill 256")

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