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The Rat Patrol 

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

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Tom Gries
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1968   1967   1966  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Christopher George ...  Sgt. Sam Troy 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Gary Raymond ...  Sgt. Jack Moffitt 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Eric Braeden ...  Capt. Hans Dietrich 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Lawrence P. Casey ...  Pvt. Mark Hitchcock 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Justin Tarr ...  Pvt. Tully Pettigrew 54 episodes, 1966-1968
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Storyline

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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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rat Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Sgt. Sam Troy: Let's shake it!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Blood Waters of Dr. Z (1999) See more »

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The Rat Patrol Rules!
6 October 2012 | by strong-122-478885See 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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