Running low on ammunition and facing superior German numbers and firepower, Saunders' and Hanley's unit is forced to surrender. The men are taken to a barn where a chance artillery strike allows the men to escape, but leaves Saunders with badly burned hands and forearms, and separates him from the rest of the squad. Meanwhile, Hanley and the rest of the men fare little better; they are behind German lines with no weapons, food, or warm clothes -- and one man even has lost his boots. Written by
I was a kid when Combat! was on first run. Liked most 10 or 12 year-old boys, I liked war movies. Explosions and some machine gun fire did not bother me a bit. Consequently, I generally watched Combat! every week. All the episodes run together in my mind nowadays except for this one. I distinctly remember this episode. I remember Sergeant Saunders with his blackened burned hands trying to get back to Allied lines. If I remember correctly (and I might not), I thought the episode was a little bit exciting, and a little bit silly. I do recall that the next week Sergeant Saunders' hands were healed and unmarked, which I thought was pretty incredible. Then again, he was Sergeant Saunders.
I always have thought that Vic Morrow was an underrated actor of that era. I've had a similar opinion of David Janssen. On the other hand, maybe I just liked their respective TV series.
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