The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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On June 25, 1964, three Army National Guard soldiers on maneuvers near the Little Big Horn battle site find themselves unwittingly involved in Custer's Last Stand.

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A National Guard tank crew on war games suddenly find themselves back in time to June 25, 1876 the day General Custer fought and lost to the Sioux at the battle of the Little Big Horn. They report what they've seen and heard but the officer-in-charge is more than a little dubious about what they claim. They return to the area and when the attack begins they join the fight. When the commander goes to locate them, they find something else entirely. Written by garykmcd

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6 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Captain William Benteen, who is mentioned several times, previously served as the namesake of James Whitmore's character in The Twilight Zone: On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963). See more »

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The helmets worn by the tank crew are missing earphones, although they do have the retainers attached. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] June twenty-fifth 1964 - or, if you prefer, June twenty-fifth 1876. The cast of characters in order of their appearance: a patrol of General Custer's cavalry and a patrol of National Guardsmen on a maneuver. Past and present are about to collide head-on, as they are wont to do in a very special bivouac area known as... the Twilight Zone.
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Three 1960's Army National Guard soldiers on maneuvers near the Little Big Horn battle site find themselves unwittingly involved in Custer's last stand.
9 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite episodes when I was a child and I still enjoy it very much. After years of (Air) National Guard service, seven trips to the battlefield and reading dozens of books, I related well to it as I got older. It is interesting to ponder the source(s) of the misinformation. For example, I have never run across anything that mentioned a trooper shooting an Indian riding by before the battle, nor encountering a "village" (vs. the actual lone tepee) (Poetic license, I suppose. I am just glad that Mr. Serling seemed to be a Little Big Horn battle buff. (Note his naming of Richard Basehart's character, Capt. Benteen, in the episode, "Probe 7 Over and Out". ) I never did understand why they couldn't take the tank! Out of gas? Mechanical breakdown? It is a fun episode.


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