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
Major Hendricks
Col. Veach (as William Zuckert)
Walter Friedel ...
German Prisoner
Clegg Hoyt ...
Technical Sgt.
Conlan Carter ...
M.P. Corporal
British Lieutenant
Richard Peel ...
British Sergeant
George Keymas ...
Major 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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Court Martial for Kirby
18 March 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Terrific episode has Kirby facing a court martial for cowardice. Kirby insists they were walking straight into a German machine gun nest and it was suicide to go forward. Robert Culp plays the sergeant that brings charges saying there was no machine gun, Kirby simply turned yellow and ran. It's up to Saunders and Caje to find proof that Kirby is telling the truth.

Really well written and directed episode that gives Jack Hogan a chance to do more than complain and leer after french girls (interestingly, he does mention his record which refers back to several incidents that happened earlier in season one). Culp gets the bad guy role as the one who accuses Kirby of cowardice, but the script doesn't turn him into some sort of bad guy out to get Kirby; its what he honestly remembers. Curt Conway is also good as Kirby's thoughtful Army defense lawyer.

Look for Conlin Carter, who took over the regular part of the squad's medic the next season, in a bit role as an MP at the trial.

Saunders and Caje go back to the hill to find evidence and first are captured by British soldiers (including writer-actor Alan Caillou) before running into a squad of Germans. Will they be able to get past the Germans and get the evidence they need to clear Kirby in time? Great show.

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