Combat




Combat Cast


Series Description
    


The Combat TV show was a 60 minute war action series on ABC about the actions of the U.S. Army's second platoon of King's Company during World War II. The TV show's storyline began immediately following "D-Day" and realistically explored the day-to-day fighting necessary release Europe from Nazi control.

Broadcast History:

Tuesday Nights from 7:30 to 8:30 on ABC for the Combat's entire run

Combat Cast

Vic Morrow .... Sergeant Chip Saunders
Rick Jason .... Lieutenant Gil Hanley
William Bryant .... McCall
Tom Lowell .... Billy Nelson
Jack Hogan .... William G. Kirby
Dick Peabody .... Little John
Steven Rogers .... Doc (1962-1963)
Conlan Carter .... Doc (1963-1967)
Pierre Jalbert .... Paul "Caje" Lemay
Shecky Greene .... Braddock


Combat Trivia

Rick Jason and Vic Morrow's contracts guaranteed that each would receive equal equal top billings in Combat's opening credits. By the end of the Combat, each had been listed first 76 times.

Pierre Jalbert played the role of PFC Paul "Caje" Lemay on Combat. In the pilot episode, however, his character's name was Caddy Cadron. It's unclear why the name was changed.

Shecky Greene appeared on only eight Combat episodes and he got captured by the Germans on two of those!

It was pretty common for the writers to do "Capture and Escape" scripts. Lieutenant Hanley was actually captured three times in episode #7, "Escape to Nowhere"!

The Combat TV show's cast was actually sent to one week of "Boot Camp" training before filming began so that they would be more familiar with military procedures.

There were some really terrific bloopers that survived the cutting room floor! Here are three of the best. In episode #44, "Ambush," a dead German is lying face down in the water ... until he lifts his head to take a breath that is! In another shot, one of the crew members can be seen walking behind a piece of German artillery. In episode #58, "What Are the Bugles Blowin' For - Part II" when Saunders is saying goodbye to the young French boy, modern-day cars and trucks can be seen in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. In episode #74 "The Impostor," Rick Jason says "Peabody, take the point." Dick Peabody is the real-life name of the actor that plays "Little John". He should have said, "Little John, take the point."

Lieutenant Hanley and Sergeant Saunders lost 118 men under their commands in combat during Combat's run.

Film sequences of real-life battle films were included in some of the episodes.


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Combat - Season 1

1. Forgotten Front (10/2/1962)
2. Rear Echelon Commandos (10/9/1962)
3. Lost Sheep, Lost Shepherd (10/16/1962)
4. Any Second Now (10/23/1962)
5. Far from the Brave (10/30/1962)
6. Missing in Action (11/13/1962)
7. Escape to Nowhere (11/20/1962)
8. The Celebrity (11/27/1962)
9. Cat and Mouse (12/4/1962)
10. I Swear by Apollo (12/11/1962)
11. A Day in June (12/18/1962)
12. The Prisoner (12/25/1962)
13. Reunion (1/1/1963)
14. The Medal (1/8/1963)
15. Just for the Record (1/15/1963)
16. The Volunteer (1/22/1963)
17. The Squad (1/29/1963)
18. Next in Command (2/5/1963)
19. The Chateau (2/12/1963)
20. Off Limits (2/19/1963)
21. No Time for Pity (2/26/1963)
22. Night Patrol (3/5/1963)
23. Survival (3/12/1963)
24. No Hallelujahs for Glory (3/19/1963)
25. The Quiet Warrior (3/26/1963)
26. Battle of the Roses (4/2/1963)
27. Hill 256 (4/9/1963)
28. The Sniper (4/16/1963)
29. One More for the Road (4/23/1963)
30. The Walking Wounded (4/30/1963)
31. High Named Today (5/7/1963)
32. No Trumpets, No Drums (5/14/1963)


Combat - Season 2

33. Bridge at Chalons (9/17/1963)
34. Bridgehead (9/24/1963)
35. Masquerade (10/1/1963)
36. The Long Way Home - Part 1 (10/8/1963)
37. The Long Way Home - Part 2 (10/15/1963)
38. The Wounded Don't Cry (10/22/1963)
39. Doughboy (10/29/1963)
40. Glow Against the Sky (11/5/1963)
41. The Little Jewel (11/12/1963)
42. A Distant Drum (11/19/1963)
43. Anatomy of a Patrol (11/26/1963)
44. Ambush (12/3/1963)
45. Barrage (12/10/1963)
46. Thunder from the Hill (12/17/1963)
47. The Party (12/24/1963)
48. Gideon's Army (12/31/1963)
49. The Pillbox (1/7/1964)
50. The General and the Sergeant (1/14/1964)
51. Eyes of the Hunter (1/21/1964)
52. The Hostages (1/28/1964)
53. Mail Call (2/4/1964)
54. Counter/Punch (2/11/1964)
55. A Silent Cry (2/18/1964)
56. The Hunter (2/25/1964)
57. What Are the Bugles Blowin' For? - Part 1 (3/3/1964)
58. What Are the Bugles Blowin' For? - Part 2 (3/10/1964)
59. Weep No More (3/17/1964)
60. The Short Day of Private Putnam (3/24/1964)
61. Rescue (3/31/1964)
62. Command (4/7/1964)
63. Infant of Prague (4/14/1964)
64. The Glory Among Men (4/21/1964)


Combat - Season 3

65. Mountain Man (9/15/1964)
66. Vendetta (9/22/1964)
67. Point of View (9/29/1964)
68. The Duel (10/6/1964)
69. Silver Service (10/13/1964)
70. The Hard Way Back (10/20/1964)
71. Operation Fly Trap (10/27/1964)
72. The Little Carousel (11/10/1964)
73. Fly Away Home (11/17/1964)
74. The Impostor (11/24/1964)
75. A Gift of Hope (12/1/1964)
76. A Rare Vintage (12/8/1964)
77. The Long Walk (12/15/1964)
78. The Town That Went Away (12/22/1964)
79. Birthday Cake (12/29/1964)
80. The Enemy (1/5/1965)
81. The Cassock (1/12/1965)
82. Losers Cry Deal (1/19/1965)
83. More than a Soldier (1/26/1965)
84. Brother, Brother (2/2/1965)
85. The Steeple (2/9/1965)
86. The Convict (2/16/1965)
87. Dateline (2/23/1965)
88. A Walk with an Eagle (3/2/1965)
89. The Long Wait (3/9/1965)
90. The Tree of Moray (3/16/1965)
91. Cry in the Ruins (3/23/1965)
92. The Hell Machine (3/30/1965)
93. Billy the Kid (4/6/1965)
94. Heritage (4/13/1965)
95. Odyssey (4/20/1965)
96. Beneath the Ashes (4/27/1965)


Combat - Season 4

97. Main Event (9/14/1965)
98. The First Day (9/21/1965)
99. S.I.W. (9/28/1965)
100. The Linesman (10/5/1965)
101. The Farmer (10/12/1965)
102. Evasion (10/19/1965)
103. Hear No Evil (10/26/1965)
104. Crossfire (11/2/1965)
105. 9 Place Vendee (11/11/1965)
106. The Old Men (11/16/1965)
107. Soldier of Fortune (11/23/1965)
108. The Casket (11/30/1965)
109. Luck with Rainbows (12/7/1965)
110. Breakout (12/14/1965)
111. Finest Hour (12/21/1965)
112. The Raider (12/28/1965)
113. The Mockingbird (1/4/1966)
114. The Good Samaritan (1/11/1966)
115. Retribution (1/18/1966)
116. Counterplay (1/25/1966)
117. Nothing to Lose (2/1/1966)
118. Ask Me No Questions (2/8/1966)
119. The Ringer (2/15/1966)
120. The Flying Machine (2/22/1966)
121. Hills Are for Heroes - Part 1 (3/1/1966)
122. Hills Are for Heroes - Part 2 (3/8/1966)
123. Gitty (3/15/1966)
124. One at a Time (3/22/1966)
125. A Sudden Terror (3/29/1966)
126. Run, Sheep, Run (4/5/1966)
127. The Leader (4/12/1966)


Combat - Season 5

128. The Gun (9/13/1966)
129. The Losers (9/20/1966)
130. Ollie Joe (9/27/1966)
131. The Brothers (10/4/1966)
132. The Chapel at Able-Five (10/11/1966)
133. A Child's Game (10/18/1966)
134. The Letter (10/25/1966)
135. Headcount (11/1/1966)
136. Decision (11/15/1966)
137. The Outsider (11/22/1966)
138. Conflict (11/29/1966)
139. Gulliver (12/6/1966)
140. The Bankroll (12/13/1966)
141. Cry for Help (12/20/1966)
142. The Furlough (12/27/1966)
143. Entombed (1/3/1967)
144. Gadjo (1/17/1967)
145. Anniversary (1/24/1967)
146. Encounter (1/31/1967)
147. The Gantlet (2/7/1967)
148. The Masquers (2/14/1967)
149. A Little Jazz (2/21/1967)
150. Nightmare on the Red Ball Run (2/28/1967)
151. Jonah (3/7/1967)
152. The Partisan (3/14/1967)




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