The World War II North African missions of an Allied commando patrol squad of the Long Range Desert Group.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Sgt. Sam Troy (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
 Sgt. Jack Moffitt (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
 Capt. Hans Dietrich / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
 Pvt. Mark Hitchcock (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
Justin Tarr ...
 Pvt. Tully Pettigrew (54 episodes, 1966-1968)


Set in North Africa during World War II, this series chronicles the adventures of a 4-man team of commandos within the Long Range Desert Group. (In utter defiance of historical accuracy, the team consists of three Americans and one Brit.) Armed with jeeps equipped with .50-caliber machine guns--and endless chutzpah--they wage a highly irregular war against Rommel's Afrika Korps. Their most common nemesis is Hauptmann Dietrich, though Dietrich and the Rats join forces from time to time against a common enemy. Written by Marg Baskin <>

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12 September 1966 (USA)  »

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Comando en el desierto  »

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(58 episodes)

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Did You Know?


The hat pin worn by Christopher George (Sgt. Sam Troy) is the pin for the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces, which also served in North Africa during WWII. See more »


The shots of the jeeps jumping the sand dune which opens the show (actually the same shot, repeated) are reversed, or "flipped" images. The steering wheel and driver are on the right side of the jeeps in the shots, incorrect for an American vehicle. See more »


Sgt. Sam Troy: Let's shake it!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) See more »

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The Rat Patrol Rules!
6 October 2012 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

If you're like me and really enjoy watching rugged, masculine, man-to-man combat that features plenty of high-powered explosions, rapid gunfire showdowns, and "in-your-face" confrontations, then, believe me, The Rat Patrol is definitely your #1 ticket to some truly awesome TV entertainment.

Set in the vast North African desert, during WW2, The Rat Patrol is an elite Allied commando team of experts whose mission is to attack, harass, and wreak havoc on Field Marshal Rommel's vaunted Afrika Korps.

Join this fearless, four-man army of rough'n'tough dudes, headed by Sgt. Sam Troy (played by Christopher George), as they fearlessly wage war against Nazis, traitors, and wild-eyed fanatics.

Filmed in living color, The Rat Patrol, from 1966, is a fast-paced, action-packed collection of 32 explosive episodes that are pure dynamite from start to finish. This was no low-budget production here!

With its episodes all being only 30 minutes in length, The Rat Patrol's no-nonsense, clearly-defined stories were always direct and to the point.

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