Combat!: Season 2, Episode 26

What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?: Part 2 (10 Mar. 1964)

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A British captain refuses Allied orders to retreat, delivered by Sgt. Saunders. Instead, Capt. Johns commands Sgt. Saunders' battle-fatigued U.S. squad to dig in at the besieged railhead ... See full summary »

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Ronald Howard ...
Capt. Johns
Jack Hogan ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Conlan Carter ...
Doc
Dick Peabody ...
Tom Lowell ...
Philippe Chappelle ...
Robaire (as Philippe Chapelle)
William Beckley ...
Cpl. Joyce
Michael St. Clair ...
Marcher
Terence Mitchell ...
Newsy Meggs
James Forrest ...
Giles (as James Forest)
James Wixted ...
Mason
Eric Micklewood ...
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A British captain refuses Allied orders to retreat, delivered by Sgt. Saunders. Instead, Capt. Johns commands Sgt. Saunders' battle-fatigued U.S. squad to dig in at the besieged railhead and help repulse a German advance. Saunders fears it's suicide for all, but the imperial Capt. Johns, a Sandowner and son of a general, insists they can hold the depot against a Nazi offensive. Written by David Stevens

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Pride, Glory, & Arrogance Do Not Win Wars
21 June 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

Round one goes to Johns/Saunders and company. And the cost is high.

Again, how significant could this train depot have been to lose a few dozen men holding it. The cost benefit in Allied lives appears to be lacking.

Captain Johns does not appear to behave rationally. How could he possibly know what the Allied command had in mind with distinct orders to retreat? It's interesting to note how politically correct both Captain Johns and Sergeant Rawlings are; Johns in 2nd guessing his own judgment and Rawlings in being afraid to think on his own in the presence of his hero.

We have more great combat and artillery scenes which are the essence of the Combat TV Series.

The first white flag meeting with the German Lieutenant is hysterically funny and Saunders' glare adds to the scene.

I'm critical of Johns firing position during battle in that a seasoned Captain from a top military college would not behave this way.

Ironically, Lieutenant Hanley says it all at the end when giving Saunders his last order. There's just no place for glory seekers in a war, especially high ranking ones.


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