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

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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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12 September 1966 (USA)  »

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(58 episodes)

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4:3
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Trivia

On January 4th, 1967, while filming a chase scene on the set of "The Rat Patrol", Christopher George's jeep flipped over, pinning the actor underneath the vehicle. George sustained a cardiac contusion, which never properly healed, and scar tissue subsequently developed. The fatal heart attack he suffered on November 28th, 1983 was attributed to this mishap. He was buried in Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, in Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pvt. Mark Hitchcock: Who was there, Sarge? You or me?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) See more »

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One of my all time favorite series...
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a child of the seventies having grown up in and around the time and as a kid I can remember this being on in the afternoon and played on Saturday afternoon's. Two of my earliest best friends in this world were named Korey and Coy and we would watch this with great enthusiasm being only age 7 to 9 years old. My father at the time owned a jeep and after the show aired we would go outside and play the Rat Patrol. I always seemed to pick Tully to play because he always drove the jeep and we would spend an hour or two just making up our own adventures as we went along. My memories of this are quite strong when I still watch this series as it reflects a time when I had no worries in the world. I am not a violent person because of this series even for all the explosions and gun play it just makes feel good to watch it and because of that it truly is one of my favorite series of all time.


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