The squad faces elimination by Heer troops and even worse, an ultra-caustic demo expert who refuses to let Saunders guide their sortie behind German lines to destroy a bridge. The 2 battling Sergeants trade icy glares, and contrary orders, while the infantry try everything to avoid combat with Nazis because the dog-faces must put eliminating the bridge above all else. The explosives noncom's unending contempt bruises even the calloused egos of Saunders' combat vets. Which explodes first - the bridge or the mission ? Written by
I'm a little disappointed in this episode as I felt the directing was noticeably weak. The principals deserved better. A jack rabbit would have been somewhat believable but the logistics of the hill in relation to the German soldiers were not. My observation is our squad would have been easily seen moving on that hill.
The dropping of the fuse line was even less believable; almost as if it appeared to be thrown down in the middle of the road instead of dropped while running to take cover.
Sergeant Saunders told Sergeant Turk (excellently played by Lee Marvin) we would have taken the German patrol when Littlejohn was under cover. My observation is Littlejohn had far, far more than enough time to hide behind the brush.
Turk threatens to have Kirby court-martialled for grabbing his upper arm and shoving him back in a heated moment of Littlejohn's defense when he pulls the detonators out of his top pocket. I did not find this believable as the entire squad would have stuck up for Kirby and pointed out how unbearable of a person Turk was. The detonators were perfectly safe in his top pocket. Instant mitigation.
The cemetery scene was excellent overall except that was not Kirby's Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) firing. It sounded like an M-1 and fired semi-automatically.
Lee Marvin did an excellent job of playing the antagonist as he definitely made me detest him.
Corporal McQuillan (played by Lee Krieger) had cover behind thick bush when he heard the German scooping the water. There was no need to sneak up and try to take him. Hide in the bush and take him with a knife from behind as he passes if he takes him at all.
The story and plot were excellently conceived and again, they deserved better directing.
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