[[caption-width-right:300:Left to right: Vic Morrow as Sergeant Chip Saunders and Rick Jason as Second Lieutenant Gil Hanley.]]

''Combat!'' was a TV series that ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1962 until 1967 about "King Company" during the invasion of France in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, starting from D-Day [[AbortedArc and never farther than that]] throughout its five-season run. It predominantly featured [[SergeantRock Sergeant Chip Saunders]] (Vic Morrow), though his entire squad was just as fleshed out. Creator/RobertAltman was a major creative force on the series, directing every second episode of the first season.

* AbsenteeActor: Neither Vic Morrow nor Rick Jason appeared in the episode "The Chateau". This was actually intentional, as the writers and producers were experimenting to see if the secondary cast could carry the show without the leads.
* AintTooProudToBeg: Quite a few of the Germans, noticeably Colonel Hoffen in "Gadjo."
* BigEater: Braddock, especially in the pilot.
* BottomlessMagazines: The squad members were seldom seen re-loading their M-1s, BAR, and Thompson submachine gun.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Almost all of the characters got to have an episode for themselves.
* ComicbookTime: The first season follows a roughly consistent StoryArc from D-Day (June '44) to the imminent liberation of Paris (August '44). The next four all happen around and after that time... but the squad never leaves France.
* DoomedHurtGuy: Several times the squad will try and rescue a badly wounded G.I., a member of LaResistance, or, sometimes, [[SaveTheVillain even a Nazi]], only to have the individual end up dying despite all their efforts. It was used to great effect to show the futility of war.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Braddock is on the receiving end in "The Prisoner", when he corrected about pronouncing cognac the way it's spelled, rather than "Con-yak".
* LastNameBasis: Justified. Everyone is in the Army.
* LicensedGame: A [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] SuperNES TurnBasedStrategy game based on the series was released in 1995.
* MauveShirt: Early on, Pirosh and Altman made an effort to contract actors for a couple of episodes, so you'd just get to know them before they're killed.
* NewMeat: The squad seems to have a completely random new soldier every week, and half of the time, [[CannonFodder they end up dying]].
* OneSteveLimit: King Company had two different medical soldiers nicknamed Doc, one played by Steven Rogers in Season One, and the other played by Conlan Carter for the remainder of the series.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Gavin [=MacLeod's=] British in "The Masquers".
* OutOfOrder: Big time. In fact, the pilot episode was actually the eleventh episode to originally air - in this case, the episode was regarded as a "flashback episode".
* PutOnABus: Private Braddock, as Shecky Greene walked off the show after nine episodes, because the physical demands of the series were taking a toll on him, and he wished to return to his nightclub acts in Las Vegas.
** The first Doc after Season One as well.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Leonard Rosenman wrote a music library that provided backing throughout the run of the series, although he did do an original score for the pilot (and some other episodes).
* SergeantRock: Sergeant Chip Saunders.
* SpinOff: ''Series/GarrisonsGorillas'', made [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot as an episode of this show]], but eventually shown as a true PilotEpisode (turning it into a SpinOffSendoff instead.)
* StockFootage: Artillery barrages, massive numbers of tanks, and bombers are mixed with reaction shots of the cast members.
* TranslationConvention: Completely subverted, which helped greatly with the show's authenticity and realism: the Germans spoke German, the French spoke French, and all without subtitles; any translation that may had gone on was if the squad happened to have a linguist who could hear the enemy's secrets, and relay the information back to the others.