Combat!: Season 5, Episode 1

The Gun (13 Sep. 1966)

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To knock out a German bunker, the squad must drag a cannon over a mile of rough, enemy-infested terrain.

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The squad is sent to attack a German bunker that is perfectly positioned to halt their advance. They are to attack the bunker with the aide of a Tank which is to provide firepower to support them as they advance. As they move along the route to the bunker, they are ambushed by a German squad backed by a small howitzer that destroys the tank before they can counter attack. After killing the Germans the squad decide to haul the howitzer with them to attack the German bunker. As the squad hauls the gun towards the bunker they are tracked by a German patrol who had gone to check on the gun crew which were not responding to radio calls. Sgt Saunders gets a report from a runner that the Germans are in pursuit and manages to ambush and wipe them out. The squad then manages to position the gun and wipe out the bunker. Written by Bill_Stevenson

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A Study in Willpower
14 November 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Gun" (in color) is a story about White Rook's mission to blow a bunker with limited resources.

After rolling in with an abundance of firepower to knock out a bunker, White Rook is dealt a nasty blow. They've underestimated German counterintelligence. Our ever resourceful Saunders decides to blow the bunker anyway and his great idea is met with disbelief and bellyaching.

"The Gun" portrays an abundance of combat in the first half using a good variety of weaponry. Color programing highlights the authenticity of both weaponry and uniform for the first time. The Sarge's character shines through in his quest to protect King 2 from inevitable slaughter. Persistence & determination are what Saunders is made of and without these qualities leading the way, White Rook would stagnate when moving forward is everything.

Esther & Bob Mitchell wrote a fine screenplay in which ingenuity, intestinal fortitude, and combat come together to bring about a great ending. Michael Caffey directed some excellent mini-cannon combat scenes the sound effects of which are awesome. The new color television format enhances special effects for a spectacular ending.

I found "The Gun" very entertaining. Good way to kick off Season 5.


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