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COMBAT! episodes:

[Season 2 (1963 - 1964)]
[Bridge at Chalons]
[The Long Way Home]
[A Distant Drum]
[Infant of Prague]
[The Wounded Don't Cry]
[The Little Jewel]
[Glow Against the Sky]
[The Party]
[Anatomy of a Patrol]
[What Are the Bugles...]
[Thunder from the Hill]
[The Pillbox]
[Gideon's Army]
[General and the Sergeant]
[The Hostages]
[A Silent Cry]
[Eyes of the Hunter]
[Mail Call]
[The Hunter]
[Weep No More]
[The Short Day of Pvt Putnam]
[The Glory Among Men]

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(049) Barrage


3 bayonets

Written by Edward J. Lakso
Directed by Sutton Roley

First aired 10-Dec-1963
Episode 13 of Season 2
Production #4955


After failed night patrols, the squad is ordered to try by daylight patrol to find the artillery that's been tearing apart the American lines. In a suicide mission, all are hurt or killed. A wounded Saunders crawls into a cave, where he finds Hans, a German deserter, who binds Saunders' wounds. When Hans' sergeant arrives, he convinces them that he captured Saunders. When the cave collapses, trapping everyone below, the deserter must decide on his loyalties.


The episode opens with the squad returning in defeat from a night patrol. Hanley delivers the bad news that they have to go back. When he says "if one of us makes it, our mission will be a success," few viewers to discover that the one who makes it, is Saunders.

Originally titled "The Deserter," this episode shows a man too scared to run and too scared to stand and fight. Swedish actor Alf Kjellin makes his second Combat! appearance as Hans, the German deserter. This role of a cowardly ex-musician, afraid of war and of his sergeant, is a sharp contrast to the confident officer he played in "Just for the Record."

Kjellin and Saunders work well together, creating a fascinating chemistry in their scenes in the cave. Morrow turns in his usual strong job as he makes Saunders carefully exploit Hans' doubts and fears, to Saunders' advantage. Alternately cajoling and commanding, Saunders plays on the musicians emotions.

John Crawford, who plays the German sergeant, is a long-time character actor, working in Hollywood since 1945. He was Sheriff Bridges on "The Waltons," and guested on "Dukes of Hazzard," "Charlie's Angels," "Mission: Impossible," "Star Trek," and many others.


  • This episode in production was titled "The Deserter." It was re-titled in post-production.
  • Frank Killmon was paid $200 as a day-player. Contracted work was on September 23, 1963.


Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders

Guest Star
Alf Kjellin as Hans

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Ed Deemer as German Soldier #4
Peter Hellman as German Soldier #3
Frank Killmond as Clark
John Rayner as American Sergeant
Horst Evers as German Soldier #1
Tom Pace as German Soldier #2
Dieter Jacoby as Machine Gunner #1
Mathias Uitz as Machine Gunner #2
John Crawford as Gunnar

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