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Desert Patrol (1958)

Sea of Sand (original title)
Sent to destroy a Nazi petrol dump in the North African desert, a British commando team unexpectedly discovers a large Nazi tank unit and must inform the HQ in time.

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George Mikell ...
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A small British army team is sent to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. Whilst they are there they spot a large number of tanks and realise that army intelligence must be informed or some Tommies are going to be in for a nasty surprise. The Germans are equally determined that they should not reach their base, and a tense chase across the desert is the result. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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They fought the kind of war that wasn't in the book...aware that one false move meant instant disaster - and death! See more »

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The Special Air Service also operated behind German lines. For a few months the LRDG provided transportation for the SAS. In June 1942, the SAS obtained 15 Jeeps, each were modified to accommodate twin mounted Vickers 'K' type machine guns, a Browning machine gun, and a Lewis gun of WWI vintage. The Jeeps were also equipped with ammunition, explosives, extra gas, rations, water, and other gear to operate for days, if not weeks behind enemy lines. They were very effective. See more »

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What a Day We Will Have
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Music by Joe Henderson
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Performed by Vera Lynn
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Stiff upper lips all round
16 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SEA OF SAND is, unsurprisingly, another North African WW2 movie. Although they made literally dozens of such productions over the years, I never get tired of them as they have such great backdrops against which to present war-time action. This one's a very typical piece from the period, filled with a kind of brisk efficiency which goes hand-in-hand with the no-nonsense British cast.

The story follows the misadventures of a team of British soldiers sent behind enemy lines to blow up a fuel depot. They end discovering a massive depot of tanks ready to strike against Allied forces and, with their radio out, they must return to their own side to spread word of their discovery. The only problem is that the Nazi forces are well aware of this, sending soldiers out in pursuit.

SEA OF SAND is an admirably tough movie. There's little room for sentiment here, just necessity of getting the job done. The ensemble cast is fine with Michael Craig and John Gregson particularly standing out and more minor parts for the likes of Richard Attenborough (surprisingly underutilised in a comic part), Barry Foster, Ray McAnally, and Percy Herbert. I was delighted to spot an uncredited Dermot Walsh playing the guy who sends the team on their mission. It's solid stuff, at times exciting, heroic, tragic, and harrowing.


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