Combat! is an American television drama series that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The exclamation point in Combat! was depicted on-screen as a stylised bayonet. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during World War II.
The first-season episode “A Day In June” shows D-Day as a flashback, hence the action occurs during and after June 1944. The programme starred Rick Jason as platoon leader Second Lieutenant Gil Hanley and Vic Morrow as Sergeant “Chip” Saunders. Similar to how the main cast alternated episodes in the series Maverick with James Garner and Jack Kelly and Laramie, Jason and Morrow would play the lead in alternating episodes in Combat!.
The second-season DVDs come in two sets, “Mission 1” and “Mission 2,” which, like the “Campaigns” of the first-season DVDs, are sold separately. Each “Mission” contains four discs. Each disc contains four episodes plus bonus material. There are eight discs total in both “Missions,” with 16 episodes in each, for a combined 32 episodes, which are listed in order below.
- Episode 01: The Bridge at Chalons.
- Episode 02: Bridgehead.
- Episode 03: Masquerade.
- Episode 04: The Long Way Home, Part 01.
- Episode 05: The Long Way Home, Part 02.
- Episode 06: The Wounded Don’t Cry.
- Episode 07: Doughboy.
- Episode 08: Glow Against the Sky.
- Episode 09: The Little Jewel.
- Episode 10: A Distant Drum.
- Episode 11: Anatomy of a Patrol.
- Episode 12: Ambush.
- Episode 13: Barrage.
- Episode 14: Thunder from the Hill.
- Episode 15: The Party.
- Episode 16: Gideon’s Army.
- Episode 17: The Pillbox.
- Episode 18: The General and the Sergeant.
- Episode 19: Eyes of the Hunter.
- Episode 20: The Hostages.
- Episode 21: Mail Call.
- Episode 22: Counter-Punch.
- Episode 23: A Silent Cry.
- Episode 24: The Hunter.
- Episode 25: What Are the Bugles Blowin For?, Part 01.
- Episode 26: What Are the Bugles Blowin For?, Part 02.
- Episode 27: Weep No More.
- Episode 28: The Short Day of Private Putnam.
- Episode 29: Rescue.
- Episode 30: Command.
- Episode 31: The Infant of Prague.
- Episode 32: The Glory Among Men.
You can find a full index and overview of Combat! here.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 17 September 1963 to 21 April 1964.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Running Time: 60 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.