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
...  Pvt. Tully Pettigrew 54 episodes, 1966-1968
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A 4-man team of commandos within the Long Range Desert Group fight the Nazis in North Africa. 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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Four commandos tackle Rommel's Afrika Korps (season 1)

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In November 1942, Camp Laguna in Yuma, Arizona started as a major training site for George S. Patton's armored units. It was one of fourteen such camps built in the southwestern deserts to train United States troops during World War II. It was a major training facility for units engaged in combat during the 1942-1943 North African campaign. The desert was extremely suitable for the large-scale maneuvers necessary to prepare inexperienced American soldiers for combat against the highly trained and much feared German Afrika Korps in the North African desert. 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 »

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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 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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