France 1944 and in a secret camp men prepare for a daring mission. The unusual thing is that they are German soldiers who will masquerade as U.S. troops in order to cause confusion and buy ... See full summary »

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Private LeRoy Brubaker / James O. Vitelli
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Sergeant Henning
Linden Chiles ...
Private Buttel
Peter Helm ...
Private Cutler
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Corporal Shale
Charles Maxwell ...
German Colonel
John Bleifer ...
Farmer
Arlette Clark ...
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Karl Held ...
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1st Military Policeman (as Nick Colasanto)
Thomas Bellin ...
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Ray Montgomery ...
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German Sergeant
Ralph Thomas ...
Sentry
Bart Conrad ...
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France 1944 and in a secret camp men prepare for a daring mission. The unusual thing is that they are German soldiers who will masquerade as U.S. troops in order to cause confusion and buy time for a last gasp German Offensive. Later,five U.S. G.I.'s travel toward the front lines and begin to suspect each other of being a German infiltrator. Written by dubchi

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8 October 1964 (USA)  »

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Although the title looks like a misspelling, Operation Greif was an actual covert operation conducted by Waffen-SS commando Otto Skorzeny and the brainchild of Adolph Hitler during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. See more »

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Based on true incidents
14 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, it explains that the Nazis employed spies who dressed like American soldiers to try to muck up the war effort-- changing road signs, infiltrating units and carrying out assassinations. This did actually occur and was called 'Operations Grief'. Its biggest impact was during the Battle of the Bulge in the middle of the winter of 1944-45, though the show seems to be set during Fall or Spring based on their clothing and the weather--which is a tiny mistake.

A soldier in a jeep (Claude Akins) is heading to the front with blood supplies for the unit. On the way, he picks up several stragglers. Later, they start to suspect each other of being enemy agents and the men think one of them (Robert Goulet) is a Nazi! But is Goulet REALLY the Nazi...or are any of them Nazis?! The guy who knows for sure is experiencing combat fatigue and doesn't seem capable of doing anything, as he's unable to talk and seriously disturbed.

I liked this episode for two main reasons. First, as a retired history teacher I love that the story is based on fact. Second, it was very tense and kept you guessing! Well written and interesting from start to finish. It was also nice to see pretty-boy Robert Goulet doing a very nice job in a tough sort of performance.


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