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After Benedict's company has secured an Italian village from retreating Germans, the captain discovers there are no children there. After several unsuccessful attempts to resolve this mystery with the locals, he is finally informed that the town's children are being held hostage by a small group of Nazis in a well-secured underground cellar. Written by nk_gillen

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Germans in the Cellars
30 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE GALLANT MEN – Fury in a quiet Village - 1962

"The Gallant Men" was an American television series that debuted on ABC in the fall of 1962. It followed a company of US soldiers from the Sept 1943 invasion at Salerno, and their battles up the toe of Italy. The series ran for a total of 26 episodes during 1962-63. Leading the cast is Robert McQueeney, who also narrates the story. McQueeney is a newspaper reporter who follows the company on their exploits. (Sort of an Ernie Pyle clone) The rest of the regulars are played by, William Reynolds, Robert Ridgely, Francis X Slattery, Eddie Fontaine, Roland La Starza, Roger Davis and Robert Gothie. There are the standard types sprinkled throughout, the joker, the card sharp, the loner etc. This is the 9th episode.

The American infantry company commanded by Captain, William Reynolds, has just captured an Italian village. It was an easy assignment as it seems the German had cleared out in a hurry. One of the men though gets himself badly wounded while picking up a German Luger pistol. It seems the German had taken the time to set up several booby traps before leaving.

The villagers do not seem all that friendly and ask when the American's are moving on. The answer is when they are replaced by another unit. The local mayor shows them around and points out several of the German booby traps. Later that day the man is found with his throat slit. The Americans gather the townsfolk up for a chat about the murder. They get no info other than a vague hint that the man might have been a German collaborator.

That night one of the American sentries goes missing. He is found dead the next morning with his body stuffed under an old cart. Again, Captain Reynolds questions the villagers with the same lack of success. The village priest, Richard Angarola however visits Reynolds later for a talk. It seems that there is a wounded high ranking German officer, Stefan Schnabel, hiding in the village. He says that Reynolds' man had stumbled upon the German hideout and been killed.

Angarola says that with Schnabel, is, Gestapo officer, Malachi Thorne and several soldiers. Thorne has rounded up all the village children. He is using them to force the villagers to remain silent. Soon afterwards the priest is also bumped off.

Reynolds and his men soon flush the Germans out of their hideout, and kill, or capture the whole bunch. At the same time, they rescue the hostage children and return them to their parents.


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