Combat! (1962–1967)
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The squad has to cope with three 40-something replacements on a patrol to snatch a German captive.


Georg Fenady (as George J. Fenady)


Episode cast overview:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Simon Oakland ... Pvt. Clawson
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Arnold Merritt ... Pvt. Fisher
Paul Busch ... German Corporal
Norbert Siegfried Norbert Siegfried ... German #1
William Harlow William Harlow ... GI Jeep Driver
Tom Drake ... Pvt. Todd
William Phipps ... Pvt. Barnhill




Three replacements - one limping, one homesick for his family and one green wannabee politician, join the squad as they go out on a reconnaissance patrol. After taking a German prisoner for information purposes, the squad is chased by a large German patrol and take refuge in an abandoned farm house. One of the replacements, Pvt Clawson [Simon Oakland] is wounded while trying to take out the German machine gun. The other two Pvt Todd [Tom Drake] and Pvt Barnhill [William Phipps] aid Sgt Saunders to kill the balance of the Germans after which the squad heads for home with their prisoner. Written by Stevo15

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Action | Drama | War


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At the end, Saunders asks Clawson how his leg is, and Clawson says it's OK, but that his head is killing him. Reaction shots of some squad members, including Barnhill, are shown, but Barnhill had been sent by Saunders to check on the Germans. and he had already left. See more »

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Fifty Years' and Two Wars' Perspective
6 August 2019 | by william-gruendlerSee all my reviews

Second time seeing this (now) deeply moving episode in over FIFTY YEARS. This time I watched, wistfully, as as an old, disabled combat infantryman. Music by Rosenman's is pervasive relentless and moving as always. Kirby spouts the wise-guy rejoinders (watch for his writers'blooper!) . Saunders' pithy, two-syllable one-liners are in perfect character. Guest star Simon Oakland, a TV face well-known, plays one of The Old Men: a cynical, crusty combat veteran of North Africa hampered by PTSD and a bum knee ... Two other old guys and a young "veteran" round out the stellar cast: Tom Drake as Todd, a politician needing a service record; William "Bill" Phipps is PVT Barnhill, the poor, scared guy just wanting to get home to wife and kids. Arnold Merritt does a fine job in a tough role of the "new-yet-old Vet" whose words and deeds finally carry the meaning of the whole, tense show. We really get to know these grunts before the wild, firefight finale. Even Kirby is shown firing his BAR in that signature style of his. Caje gets scout duty (AND wounded!) again... My only complaint is the failure, on-camera, of the cast to collect dogtags and fix the bayonets on the rifles, stab it in the ground, and place the helmets on them.

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16 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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