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Combat! A Viewer's Companion to the WWII TV Series (revised) Paperback – August 18, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Strange New Worlds; Revised edition (August 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970162421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970162427
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... how much I'm enjoying your book. A nice spirit to it. It's good to be remembered. -- Jack Hogan, actor who played Kirby on "Combat!", from a personal letter to the author (refers to original 1997 version of the book)

About the Author

In a writing career spanning twenty-five years, Jo Davidsmeyer has been editor for several non-fiction publications (everything from real estate to internal medicine) and was creator and managing editor of Strange New Worlds, a magazine for science fiction collectors and enthusiasts.

Her articles about television and media collectibles have appeared in The Military Trader, Television Chronicles, Gateways, The New Monthly, Just Write!, Fantastic Collectibles Magazine, and many others.

She is a published and award-winning playwright, as well as an accomplished musical director. Her play "Angel," a drama about the trial and execution of a Nazi war criminal, was a winner of the Open Book/Fireside Theatre National Playwriting competition. It was produced in New York City and has enjoyed regional performances.

She organized Comboat! ‘96, a Caribbean cruise that was the first reunion of the cast since the series had ended. Two years later, she again reunited cast and fans for Recon ‘98 in the SimiValley, California, which included a tour of Franklin Canyon, where so many Combat! episodes were filmed. She is webmaster for the Combat! Fan Page, where fans have gathered for information and discussion since 1996.


More About the Author

Jo Davidsmeyer is an award-winning playwright, as well as an accomplished musical director. In a professional non-fiction writing career spanning nearly thirty years, she has been editor for several publications (everything from real estate to internal medicine) and was creator and managing editor of Strange New Worlds science fiction collectors magazine. Ms. Davidsmeyer is a certified teacher and Media Specialist in Sarasota Florida. She is delighted to be Media Specialist at Pine View School for the Gifted in Osprey, Florida. She shares house with her cat "Miss Kitty" and is currently working on science fiction YA novel.

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This is a great book for all those fans of the "COMBAT!"
R. Stella
Well written, and chock full of excellent information on the making of Combat!, the stars (especially Vic Morrow, who WAS Sgt.
Rose Busch
You really get a feel for what is was like to make this weekly drama series.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Austra on June 2, 2005
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I searched for this book for years and finally located it on Amazon.com. The last time I spied COMBAT! A VIEWER'S COMPANION TO THE WWII TV SERIES, it was in a Cleveland bookstore. At that time, COMBAT! was not available on any of the cable television stations available in my area, so I left the book on the shelf.

With the recent release of the COMBAT! on DVD, I renewed my effort to find this volume. I am glad I found it because this guide is more than a bunch of episode summaries. The book is packed with behind the scenes information. The cast interviews are priceless. Please note that trivia from this guide is also used in the special features of the DVD series.

Until I read the VIEWER'S COMPANION, I always assumed COMBAT! was canceled due to the public's growing concern over Vietnam -- essentially that Cowboy and Cop shows were in, and Army shows were out. In reality, COMBAT! was canceled due to the financial mismanagement of the production company. Rick Jason's commentary clearly relates the motive for the show's demise.

Author Jo Davidsmeyer clearly has a passion for COMBAT! as this guide has been carefully assembled. If you have the opportunity to buy this book, add it to your collection.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By travers on January 10, 2003
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This well-written book takes the reader into every avenue of detail on the 1960s groundbreaking television show. Biographies, filmographies, episode detail, you name it this book has it. My favourite part of course are the actors' memories of what they liked and did not like about a particular episode, director, or guest star. You really get a feel for what is was like to make this weekly drama series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Elliott on September 13, 2002
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Jo Davidsmeyer has improved on the first edition. All those wonderful details that fans can discuss ad infinitum are in this book. Lots of trivia about the cast and the show along with reviews that take apart each episode and evaluates the script, the directing as well as the cast performance. A must-buy for any Combat! fan!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By albert hodge on April 5, 2004
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Each time I sit down to watch an episode I read about it before hand in the guide book, and then check it off. My goal is to have them all checked off. Greatly improves viewing pleasure to have Jo Davidsmeyer's background info on each episode. You would not catch certain things unless she pointed them out. Take the point !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Hansen on May 3, 2006
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There's nothing like an avid fan to author a great book to an already epic tv show. Jo's affection really lends itself nicely to the anecdotes given by the former cast members.

Also, if you're ever in the LA area, you can still visit Franklin Canyon where a lot of episodes were filmed. There's a road near the corner of Cold Water Canyon Dr. and Mulholland Dr. that takes you right there (can't remember the exact name,sorry). Anyway, the same trees and water still exist that were in the episodes (this is also the same place where the opening of The Andy Grifith Show was filmed, where Opie skips a rock across the water while the theme is playing). It's now a recreation area and is a nice place to hike and stow down a few beers...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karon Booth on January 9, 2003
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For Combat! fans, Jo has written a must-have book. Every aspect of the actors' skill is there, the drama found in each episode is brought to life. No detail is too small for her attention. Her research is extensive.
When the squad moves out on yet another patrol Sgt. Saunders will check his orders, get a quick OK from Lt. Hanley and looks up to make sure Jo is ready to go. She is a valued member who has earned her place along side of Doc, Kirby, Caje and Littlejohn.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
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Indispensable to keep by the TV stand as you watch this classic TV show. Besides great articles and in-depth history of the show and how it came to be, has complete episode guide of all 152 episodes with lists of things to watch for and bloopers. Lots on interviews with the cast and great color pix of the collectibles. Definite five stars, or, as they rate the episodes in the book, I give it 5 bayonets
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Stella on September 26, 2005
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This is a great book for all those fans of the "COMBAT!" TV show, produced in the 1960's. I highly recommend it if you have invested in the "COMBAT!" DVD's or if you just want to understand why this series was, and indeed still is, so popular. Ms. Davidsmeyer even included her hand written autograph in my copy!--A wonderful and unexpected surprise!!! Indeed, this entire book is "A wonderful and unexpected surprise! You'll enjoy it without a single doubt!
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