The Germans are entering a French Village, driving the Americans out before them. The squad is in retreat as Sgt. Saunders enters a building and discovers a member of his squad, a private ...
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The Germans are entering a French Village, driving the Americans out before them. The squad is in retreat as Sgt. Saunders enters a building and discovers a member of his squad, a private named Kogan, cowering in a corner. As he drives Kogan out of the building, an artillery shell lands nearby and a roof-beam falls on Saunder's legs, pinning him to the floor. Pvt. Kogan flees from the town in terror, and informs Lt. Hanley that Saunders was killed. As the squad marches on, Kogan has an attack of conscience and returns to the village to free Saunders, as the Germans are now everywhere within the town. Written by
When the German artillery fires a French village, Sgt. Saunders and his squad are ordered to retreat. Saunders look for Private Kogan, who is hidden in the corner of a building totally scared. Saunders summons him but out of the blue, the building is hit and partially collapses, leaving Saunders with the legs trapped under a beam. He asks Kogan to help him but the yellow private flees, He meets Lt. Hanley and his squad on the border of the village and reports that Saunders is dead. But when Lt. Hanley informs that the squad will counter-attack the village, Kogan decides to head alone to rescue Saunders. But the village is invaded by the Germans.
"The Hard Way Back" is among the best episodes of "Combat!". Sgt. Saunders behavior and temper is maybe the greatest attraction of this series, and he shines in this episode. The performances and the battle scenes are excellent as usual and the drama lived by Kogan is amazing. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "O Difícil Caminho de Volta" ("The Hard Way Back")
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