The Rat Patrol (1966–1968)

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

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Rommel's last open port is maintained by POW labor against Allied bombing, a commando operation is undertaken to liberate the prisoners.

Director: John Peyser
Stars: Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Lawrence P. Casey
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 Sgt. Sam Troy / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
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 Sgt. Jack Moffitt / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
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 Capt. Hans Dietrich / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
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 Pvt. Mark Hitchcock / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
Justin Tarr ...
 Pvt. Tully Pettigrew / ... (54 episodes, 1966-1968)
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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 <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The first World War II television series made and telecast entirely in color. See more »

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Pvt. Mark Hitchcock: Who was there, Sarge? You or me?
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Limited drama but good action
9 December 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Rarely shown today in syndication, Rat Patrol was a pretty entertaining series, focusing on a small group of British and US soldiers in North Africa during the Second World War. Most episodes dealt with a raid of some kind the patrol would undertake, though often the small raids became larger battles against the Germans (particularly Captain Dietrich and his unit). While you could tell it was produced by Hollywood, the desert environment as well as the great uniforms, vehicles, weapons, and sets gave the series an air of authenticity. While the writing level may have been low in a number of episodes, the action definitely makes up for it, and the actors do well with their limited dramatic scenes. Well worth seeing for anyone interested in World War Two.


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