Growing up one of my favorite TV Shows was combat. I thought I had seen every episods but I am watching then again on You Tube with fresh eyes. I have to say I understand clearly why I liked the show so much. The writing was formulaic and predictable but the characters were relatable and the short stories compelling. The Guest stars were recognizable (at the time) and predictably if it was a new character you knew they would be a casualty. The war was still quite fresh so gear, equipment and the lingo was quite authentic. There were lots of tiny details I didnt notice back in the day. My dad who was a WW2 veteran and I watched it generally together. He would point out the little things that stood out to him.
The Germans were pretty consistently evil and predictably lousy shots although not rediculously so. The sets were repeatedly used over and over but only to those of us who watched episode after episode for season afted season. Sgt Saunders became in reasingly cynical and distant. I was surprised to see although Saunders had his Thompson for most episodes and Lt Hanly always had his carbine. Early on in season one Saunders had a carbine and Kirby didnt become the BAR man until mid season 2. Cage only became fluent in Frence later on and all of them got betrer and better at German. It seems all the German officers spoke English. Even severe wounds upon the regulars heeled quickly.
I never liked the Gallant men as well and I dont know why. It would be interesting with more knowledge and the "wisdom" of old age to see if my opinion of the two shows would change. COMBAT has held up over time far better than I thought it would.
Post by volkssturm on Dec 10, 2021 11:57:44 GMT -5
Yeah, my recollection is that "The Gallant Men" never got the following that "Combat" did. It's been so long I don't really remember much about either. I should watch a few episodes. Another WWII series from that era I really liked was "12 O'Clock High."
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