- Starring Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Combat! is an action-drama series about a frontline
American Infantry-Squad in World War Two, endeavouring to make their way
across Europe from the beaches of Normandy in the aftermath of D-Day.
The squad is led by Lieutenant Hanley (Rick Jason) and his
second in command is Sergeant Saunders played by Vic Morrow.
commands the second platoon of King Company, while the
battle-hardened veteran of campaigns in Africa and Italy, Sergeant Saunders leads
the first squad. There is a professional distance between the two men,
as once they both held the rank of sergeant at the same time.
Saunders is a tough, but caring leader of his men and would feel it
was a personal failure if any of his men were killed.
Episodes of Combat often revolve
around the exploits of Saunders' first squad. The series is
certainly no glorification of war and there is no shortage of
action-packed sequences in the series. However, Combat is
orientated to the plight of the individual in the squad and how he
deals with the situation in which he finds himself. The series is
therefore a somewhat raw insight into the average 'G.I.' on the
frontline in the European 'Theatre of War.'
High profile actors and directors were
drafted in to make the series, which has achieved an iconic status with
those viewers who watched it when it was first shown in the 1960s.
'Top-Flight' actors in the series include Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Jack
Hogan, Piere Jalbert, Dick Peabody and Conlan Carter
Combat was first shown on ABC in the United States in
October 1962, it ran for five seasons until it was cancelled in 1967.
The first four seasons are in monochrome, with the final season in
colour. Combat enjoyed top-ten ratings with its initial run of
152 episodes and would emerge as the the longest-running World War Two
drama series, with world-wide distribution.
Listen to the theme tune
Intro on YouTube