A British unit holding a depot doesn't know that Allied units around them are retreating from a Nazi offensive, because the Brits' radio is broken. Sgt. Saunders' squad can't join the ... See full summary »
A British unit holding a depot doesn't know that Allied units around them are retreating from a Nazi offensive, because the Brits' radio is broken. Sgt. Saunders' squad can't join the pullback, because Lt. Hanley orders Saunders' crew to march to the railhead in France, to let the Brits know they are being surrounded. Written by
What Are the Bugles Blowin' For ? is one of the better Combat episodes made. First of all the special effects of A.D. Flowers are superbly graphic and intense. Again, I doubt the episode could have been made without his input.
Secondly, the cannon fire at the beginning is actual WW 2 footage - a massive salvo to lead off !
Saunders and his squad must break through to the north and deliver orders for English Captain Johns (played by Ronald Howard) to retreat. Upon arrival, Johns will not follow the orders because he cannot confirm them by radio. We see the English-American rivalry just as in the movie Patton between Generals Patton and Montgomery. Captain Johns is a glory seeker and ends up needlessly endangering numerous lives to hold a train depot. Interesting how a Captain can disobey orders in the event he does not get them by voice to voice communication from superiors.
Furthermore, Johns orders Saunders to stay and help fortify the train depot position. The Sarge has all he can do to bite his lip and obey the Captain's orders.
The way I see it Saunders' orders should've superseded anything Johns had to say in the matter. I do not understand the logic of the rule that allowed Johns to override orders.
Littlejohn sticks up for Saunders in a rather amusing scene with one of the more arrogant English corporals.
The actual combat scenes are brilliantly graphic and intense. The night scenes excellently utilize machine gun flash.
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