Combat! (1962–1967)
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Sgt. Saunders tries to harass a Nazi tank with small arms fire before it discovers a GI trying fix a large supply truck.




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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Saunders
Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Mickey Shay
Hans Difflipp ...
German Commander
Tram Tyson ...
German Driver
Philip Altman ...
Tom Pace ...
1st German Infantryman
George Rogatkin ...
2nd German Infantryman (as Juri Rogatkin)


While 50s Rock & Roller Bobby Rydell is credited as the guest star for this episode, his Mickey Shay character is strictly supportive to the two main characters of the show: Sgt. Saunders and a lone German tank. Rydell's Shay simply provides the means of placing Saunders in a position where he has to singlehandedly battle a German tank, its crew, and two infantry support troops using only his Thompson, some grenades, and a can of diesel fuel. After Saunders first kills the two German infantry troops outside the tank, the real "Duel" then begins between Saunders and the tank. The German crew inside the tank become almost superfluous to the theme of the story as the menacing tank itself becomes the antagonist to Saunder's role as protagonist. As the tank proceeds slowly down the road, Saunders keeps attacking the tank with his Thompson and grenades, and every time the tank turns off the road to go after Saunders, he is able to hide in the trees from the tank crew because of their ... Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

6 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first of two episodes in season 3 that have Vic Morrow/Saunders as the only regular squad member to appear, and his co-star is a popular singer of the 60's, Bobby Rydell. The other episode is "More Than a Soldier," with co-star, singer Tommy Sands. See more »


The driver and Sgt Saunders are both smoking cigarettes. However, the truck they're in is carrying a cargo of ammunition and gasoline, so smoking would be a pretty foolish thing for them to do. See more »

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Suspenseful Cat-and-Mouse Game
17 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

During a massive attack of the Germans, Sgt. Saunders is walking to meet his squad at a nearby French village. He gets a lift from the truck driver Mickey Shay, who is delivering fuel and supplies in the village. However, a truck tire blows after a curve on a muddy road and Saunders overhears a German tank approaching on the same road. He asks Shay to repair the tire while he creates a diversion to the tank. Using only his machine gun and grenades, Saunders distracts the crew inside the tank that has a damaged track and kills two German soldiers that are following the tank. Begins the duel between Saunders and the German tank.

"The Duel" is a suspenseful episode of "Combat!". Sagt Saunders steals the show in a cat-and-mouse game with a German tank. His movements to call the attention of the German crew are fantastic and there are subtitles for the first time when the Germans speak. The guest star Bobby Ryddel was an American singer and teenager idol in the 60's. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Duelo" ("The Duel")

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