I'm sure the mass is familiar with the TV series Combat, but a lesser one remembered by name only, and lasted only 1 season, (short one at that with 26 episodes), Gallant Men.
Since Gallant Men is available on DVD, decided to get it. After watching the episodes, I now see, and remember why we didn't watch it back in 62. Filled with stock footage, scenes repeated over and over. Warner Bros. went overboard on using stock footage.
As to Combat, one thing is immediately noticed and why it became such a hit, the show from the beginning built arounf the squad. Using actors with limited exposure, one sees them mature over time, just as one thrown into battle first time, and hardened as the war progressed.
Character developement, and getting to know each member of the squad, went a long way into making it realistic. Other war shows failed because of this. I'm sure there are many good memories and episodes from this show we all remember.