Combat! (1962–1967)
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No Trumpets, No Drums 

Experiencing extreme guilt, Caje neglects his duties to spend time with a young French girl whose father he accidentally killed in an assault on their village.




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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Hanley
Sgt. Saunders
Jack Hogan ...
Dick Peabody ...
Billy Nelson
Steven Rogers ...
Ted Roter ...
Nicky Blair ...
Andrea Darvi ...


During an assault on a French village, a Frenchman taking cover in a building is accidentally killed by a grenade thrown into a window by Pvt. Caje. While attempting to make the wounded man comfortable, he soon dies leaving Caje horrified and in a state of shock. Pressing the other villagers for information, he discovers the man had a young daughter whose mother was killed by the Germans leaving her now an orphan. Racked with guilt, he spends every waking moment with the girl while neglecting his squad and responsibilities until Sgt. Saunders, having lost patience, orders him to leave the girl behind and re-join the unit. A German counter-attack on the village is repulsed and Caje finally deals with his guilt by accepting Saunders' premise that "The War" killed the girl's father, not he. Written by Peter Gitta

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

14 May 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At the beginning, after Kirby shoots the German that was about to shoot Saunders, Saunders pulls the German's body off the L-shaped stone wall and the whole wall shakes, showing that it is not made of individual stones. See more »

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Falling Apart
5 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

While fighting the Germans in a village, Caje feels movement in house and throws a grenade, killing an innocent Frenchman. The inconsolable Caje falls apart for his unforgiving act despite Saunders' advice. Caje neglects his duties and decides to seek out the family of the deceased villager that lived in a boat. Saunders meets Caje in the boat and out of the blue, the girl Micheline arrives. They learn that she is the daughter of the man and now is orphan. Caje dedicates his leave to play with Micheline and soon they are connected to each other. But Sgt. Saunders and the Germans bring Caje back to the reality of the war.

"No Trumpets, No Drums" is a heartbreaking episode of "Combat!". The dramatic situation of Caje, feeling guilty for the death of an innocent civilian, makes one of the saddest episodes of this first season when he meets the sweet Micheline that now is orphan. But the episode is realistically well resolved. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Nenhuma Trombeta, Nenhum Tambor" ("No Trumpets, No Drums")

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