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Plot Summary

  • 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 limited ability to see from inside the tank. The "Duel" takes up most of the show, and during that time, Saunders climbs on the tank, stops the tank by throwing a large log in the track between the bogey wheels, continues to attack it with his Thompson, and he still manages to check on Mickey Shay who has troubles of his own on the far side of the hill. Saunders defeats the tank in the end, and as implausible as this whole scenario may sound in words, the show will make a believer out of any true Combat! fan. Had the concept of this show been lifted from a meritorious award citation for a WWII GI, no one would doubt its credibility.

    - Written by David Wile


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