This WWII show centered on the lives of the men from King Company. For 5 1/2 years the men of King Co. faced the enemy starting with the landing on Omaha Beach-D Day June 6, 1944. You see how they evolved from a squad of men to a family.
Saunders' latest green replacements are a boxer and his cocky fight manager, Murphy (Jack Carter), who wants to run both the war and Saunders.
During a heavy firefight and facing overwhelming numbers the Allies are being beaten back and scattered. Sgt. Saunders, alone and deafened by a grenade, tries to make his way back to American lines.
When the one person that is detested by most of the squad is wounded, the Germans use him as bait to try and get the men to come after him. Several rescue attempts fail, and each member of the squad must face his conscience in taking a position. Directed by Vic Morrow, this episode differs notably in tone from most episodes of Combat!
Hanley takes three men to rescue a U.S. flying ace who has been shot down behind enemy lines. When they find him, he turns out to be all attitude and no gratitude, making it difficult to safely return to American territory.
Cocky replacement Eddie Cane (Frankie Avalon) joins the squad. He is the kid brother of Kirby's old friend, who apparently died saving Kirby's life. He starts making demands on Kirby. Saunders wisely counsels Kirby, "That's quite a debt. Don't let the interest get too high."
Saunders returns from patrol with one of his squad, a decorated veteran of Omaha Beach, under arrest for disobeying an order and thereby getting two other GIs killed.
Kirby rejoins the squad in the field, bringing with him a new replacement, Kalb (John Cassavetes). Fleming believes Kalb is a coward who ran at Omaha Beach and has been running ever since. The controversy deepens when Kalb turns up with an apparent self-inflicted wound (SIW).
A hostile signal corps sergeant, Barney McKlosky, balks at having Saunders as escort on a mission to lay wire. McKlosky was a lineman in Wyoming who nearly died depending on his co-worker. Since then, McKlosky trusts no one and holds everyone in contempt.
Lt. Hanley and his men encounter Sister Therese and three young Postulants looking for the Americans to get help for their Mother Superior, who Doc finds has passed. The men quickly get the nuns out before the Germans get to the town. Sister Therese steals back for the statue of the infant Jesus of Prague, sending Lt. Hanley and Caje back into the town full of Germans and right to a German HQ.
Sent to the rear to recover from injuries, Kirby and Caje encounter Harry White (Mickey Rooney), a cheater and schemer who has been fighting the war from a bar stool. White escapes from the gamblers he fleeced just before an artillery attack. Kirby stumbles out of the village, stunned and injured. He finds White and they are taken in by Claudette (Claudine Longet) and her grandfather, but the challenges keep mounting.
After a major German advance, Saunders, Little John and Doc find Sgt. Larkin, who they know, then encounter an unruly Pvt. Henry Murfree, who they don't. Murfree constantly accuses them of being German infiltrators, and there are other indications that German SS are infiltrating, under the command of SS Hauptmann Klepner.
The Americans are in full retreat, and many are killed on both sides. Saunders and a young soldier, Private Carey (Tommy Sands), are in a fight for their lives. Carey has never killed anyone or anything, and will not defend himself. Still, in the end, Saunders can teach Carey a lesson in humanity.
Lieutenant William Benton, the son of celebrated General Bull Benton, leads a mission to locate a big artillery piece that is cutting up the American lines. It is his first field experience, and he has a lot to prove.
The squad, worn-out and exhausted, receives four green replacements. The story follows these four teenagers as they attempt to survive their first day on the front line.
Saunders and his squad accompany a tank to destroy a German bunker. After their tank is destroyed, Saunders decides to use a German cannon for the mission. Moving the gun to the target is a physical and mental challenge.
Saunders, Caje, and Kirby try to rescue a paratrooper captain before he is spotted by the Germans.
A new squad member is aggressive and naive. When Putnam puts his unsubtle moves on a knowing French bartender, Fauvette, she befriends him and learns he is really only 15. In a perilous situation, he panics, endangering himself and Sgt. Saunders.
After losing an intelligence officer in the field, Saunders and squad allow themselves to be captured by the enemy to liberate a famous American correspondent being held by the Germans.
Lt. Hanley flies in a rickety observation plane with a wisecracking pilot. He acquires intelligence which could save hundreds of lives. Returning from their mission, they see a German convoy and fly in for a closer look, but the plane is shot down. The old plane will be tough to repair, but there are no good options.
After losing his entire squad to Saunders' men, a wounded German sergeant escapes and vows to kill the Americans, saving Saunders for last.
The squad captures a village with a German field hospital. Sgt. Saunders and German Sgt. Bauer (Karlheinz Böhm) must travel together to get a truckload of plasma, but they have an uneasy alliance with each other.
Hanley and Kirby escort Corporal Velásquez (Charles Bronson), an artsy demolition expert, on a dangerous mission to destroy a heavily fortified and guarded observation post so that the Americans can advance through the valley below.
Hanley, Little John, and Kirby attempt to salvage film from a crashed reconnaissance plane. They are interrupted by a swaggering British Major who commandeers the film and abandons the squad as Germans approach.
Sgt. Saunders' squad blames his bad treatment of a likable new member, Trenton, on a foul mood caused by a letter he has just received. Actually Saunders believes Trenton is a coward who fakes injuries to avoid battle.
In the conclusion to a two-episode story, Capt. Johns, a Sandhurst graduate and son of a general, insists on holding the depot against a much larger and better equipped enemy force. Whether his motivation is his reputation or strategy is unclear, but Saunders fears it is suicide. A series of withering attacks and bloody battles test Johns' will.