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"Combat!" The Duel (1964)

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Understanding Tank Limitations !

Author: Jim Marchese from Mesa, AZ USA
17 May 2014

The Duel is a suspense laden episode of our ever persistent Sergeant Saunders trying to divert an already crippled German tank away from a bend in the road beyond which sets a large American munitions supply truck with flat tire issues. The tank has tread trouble and is taking it easy to avoid the wheels coming off of the tread.

With the truck driver (Bobby Rydell) attempting to change the right front tire in several inches of mud, the duel begins with Saunders precipitating it. Immediately the tank swings to the left to try to pinpoint Saunders' location - but it's not that easy. Sometimes you see him and sometimes not.

It's fun to watch the tank commander's facial expressions as the duel unfolds; he did an excellent piece of acting in this episode. Also, we get an excellent feel for what it's like to be at the tank's controls as a significant amount of footage is filmed inside the tank.

I'm critical of the petrol can scene for obvious reasons.

Bobby Rydell's dialog at the end is hilarious.

Again, excellent screen writing, directing, and stunt work in a Combat episode !

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