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Season 3 COMBAT! episodes:
[Season 3: Overview]
[Silver Service]
[The Long Walk]
[Mountain Man]
[The Duel]
[Operation Fly Trap]
[The Impostor]
[Losers Cry Deal]
[Point of View]
[Brother, Brother]
[The Hard Way Back]
[The Little Carousel]
[Fly Away Home]
[A Rare Vintage]
[The Enemy]
[A Gift of Hope]
[A Walk with an Eagle]
[Birthday Cake]
[The Cassock]
[The Town that Went Away]
[The Convict]
[The Steeple]
[More than a Soldier]
[The Long Wait]
[The Tree of Moray]
[Cry in the Ruins]
[The Hell Machine]
[Billy the Kid]
[Beneath the Ashes]
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Than Wyenn, Frank Gorshin and Vic Morrow in "The Hell Machine"(093) The Hell Machine

3 bayonets

Written by Edward J. Lakso
Directed by John Peyser.
First aired 30-Mar-1965
Episode 28 of Season 3

Guest star Frank Gorshin


When their jeep hits a land mine, Saunders, a tank captain, and Private Gavin attempt to maneuver an abandoned German tank through enemy territory.


The budget saved by deleting action sequences from "Heritage," was spent on "The Hell Machine." Vehicles, tanks, and extras abound in this high-action episode starring Frank Gorshin as a washed-out, claustrophobic driver who must bring Saunders and his wounded CO to safety in a hijacked German tank. The story is completely ridiculous and completely entertaining. Strong script, well-paced episode, good acting, and even one of Saunders' patented pep talks.

The heavy equipment and extras cover the hills at Thousand Oaks, where the episode was filmed. This provides wide-open vistas to contrast with the claustrophic interior of the tank.


When Combat! needed a tank, they contacted the California National Guard. They paid only the costs of the sergeant and major who supervised and operated the tank, along with gasoline and other expenses. The tanks were shipped to location on a flatbed truck. A cold snap hit Los Angeles during filming of this episode. The crew dressed warm to work behind the cameras and the actors bundled themselves in blankets between shots.


Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley [does not appear]

Guest Star
Frank Gorshin as Pvt. Gavin

Lou Robb as Lt. Bruner
James Arthur as German Colonel
Gene Benton as Tank Commander
Dick Raymond as German Infantryman
Heinz Sadler as Sgt. Peter
Chris Anders as Lt. Krause
Than Wyenn as Captain Beggs

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