The Rat Patrol

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 26

    The Kill at Koorlea Raid

    Aired 3/18/68

  • S 2 : Ep 25

    The Never Say Die Raid

    Aired 3/11/68

  • S 2 : Ep 24

    The Tug of War Raid

    Aired 3/4/68

  • S 2 : Ep 23

    The Hickory Dickory Dock Raid

    Aired 2/26/68

  • S 2 : Ep 22

    The Double Jeopardy Raid

    Aired 2/19/68

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christopher George

    Sgt. Sam Troy

  • Eric Braeden

    Capt. Hans Dietrich

  • Gary Raymond

    Sgt. Jack Moffitt

  • Lawrence Casey

    Pvt. Mark Hitchcock

  • Justin Tarr

    Pvt. Tully Pettigrew

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  • show Description
  • The Rat Patrol was an ABC television series that aired for two seasons from 1966 to 1968. The show was loosely inspired by the Long Range Desert Group's actions against Axis forces in the North African Campaign of World War II, and followed the adventures of four Allied soldiers: Sergeant Sam Troy (Christopher George), Sergeant Jack Moffit (Gary Raymond), Private Mark T. Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) and Private Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr). The show's first season was very successful, finishing as the 23rd highest rated TV show in 1966-67, and spawning numerous tie-ins such as boardgames, toys, models, and a feature-length film. The series is also notable for giving Eric Braeden (credited as Hans Gudegast) his first recurring TV role as The Rat Patrol's nemesis, Captain Hans Dietrich of the Afrika Korps.moreless

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  • Quotes (70)

    • Pvt. Pettigrew: They've got us spotted all right...like possums in a gum tree.

    • Sgt. Moffitt: See, the desert is like a lady. Puts on a new face every day.

    • Colonel Quint: In the desert, the last guy who runs out of gas...is the guy who wins.

    • Pvt. Hitchcock (wounded, and on a stretcher): I hope this doesn't lay me up too long, Sarge. Sgt. Troy: You'll be back pushing your luck soon enough. Just listen to the doctors, and leave the nurses alone. Pvt. Pettigrew: That'll be the day!

    • Col. von Helbing: Battle fatigue has not clouded my ability to recognize American swine!

    • Sgt. Troy: Ready, Mark? Pvt. Hitchcock: It's not worth it, Sarge. Sgt. Troy: You just keep your mouth shut. And if you have to moan, do it in German!

    • Sgt. Troy: Where's the driver? Sgt. Moffitt: He preferred not to come along. But I brought you a little bonus. She's with the German nursing corps. Her english is good, but she's rather disagreeable. Sgt. Troy: I'll work on it!

    • General von Helmreich: You know, we Germans expect to lose some battles, but not the final one. Sgt. Moffitt: You're talking like one of your propaganda leaflets. I'd hoped for something better from you.

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    Notes (14)

    • Beginning with this episode, and continuing through episode 17, the series was filmed mostly in Almeria, Spain. By the mid-1960s, Almeria was an choice destination for international film productions that required desert landscapes. Movies such as King of Kings, El Cid, Lawrence of Arabia and Patton were filmed there. A great number of Italian westerns were filmed there as well, including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Beginning with the 18th episode, the production of The Rat Patrol shifted back to utilizing the Mojave desert area in southern California.

    • Albert Paulsen would play a German officer again in The Field of Death Raid which aired in Season Two.

    • Capt. Dietrich is mentioned in the dialogue although he does not make an appearance in this episode.

    • The full name of Moffit's father is never revealed, either in the story or the credits.

    • The three parts of "The Last Harbor Raid" were combined to make a feature film, Massacre Harbor, which was released to theaters in 1968 by United Artists.

    • This was the last episode to be filmed in Almeria, Spain. The rest of the series utilized southern California's Mojave desert for location filming.

    • This episode marks the first of two times Dietrich uses a fake Rat Patrol. He would try the trick again in The Touch and Go Raid which aired in Season Two.

    • This is one of the few episodes where Italian soldiers are featured along with the Germans. Italian troops comprised a large portion of the Axis forces during the North African campaign, and had been fighting there long before the arrival of their German allies. When the Axis forces surrendered in Tunisia in May, 1943, over 99,000 Italian soldiers were taken prisoner; in all, the North African campaigns had cost Italy the equivalent of 25 divisions.

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    Trivia (13)

    • The song heard playing at the start of this episode is “Lili Marlene”, written in 1915 by German Hans Leip, who combined the names of two friends, and was later set to music by Norbert Schultze in 1938. Even though Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi’s propaganda minister, opposed it, the song gained in popularity so much that the German forces radio broadcasted it every evening at 9:55 throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. It quickly became a favorite of both the Allied and German soldiers.

    • Although unmentioned by name in the episode, the member of the Rat Patrol that is killed in the opening scene is listed as Cotter on the end credits.

    • When Sgt. Troy first collapses in the desert, the shadow of the camera can be seen.

    • The cameraman's shadow can be seen when Sgt. Troy collapses onto the sand.

    • Director John Peyser has a cameo role as the driver of one of the trucks carrying the released POWs. He speaks briefly to Sgt. Troy, saying: "Right. Hey, thanks, Sarge!"

    • When Hauptmann Dietrich drives off in the Kubelwagen in the last scene, the right front tire is very flat!

    • The leg cast that Gary Raymond is wearing in this episode is real. He was still recovering from a broken ankle suffered during an accident where a jeep he was riding in overturned during filming. Also injured in the accident were costars Chris George and Justin Tarr.

    • The scene of The Rat Patrol escaping near the end of this episode is re-edited footage from the earlier "Kill or Be Killed" episode. Sgt. Moffitt's face is noticeably swollen in the reused footage, but in this episode, it was actually Sgt. Troy who was beaten by his German interrogators, and not Sgt. Moffitt.

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    Allusions (4)

    • General von Helmreich: Described by Sgt. Troy as "the most famous general in the Afrika Corps", the insignia on his uniform shows him to be a colonel general (and not a field marshal); thus, von Helmreich most likely represents Colonel General Hans-Jurgen von Arnim, who eventually took over command of Army Group Afrika after Field Marshal Rommel's departure.

    • The Old Man: General McClean, called 'The Old Man' several times in the episode, is a reference to Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr., who commanded US 2nd Corps in North Africa. Although better known by his later nickname 'Old Blood and Guts', Patton had been known as 'The Old Man' prior to the war.

    • Hermann Goering: Goering (Hermann Wilhelm Göring, 1893-1946), referred to several times in this episode, was the Nazi Reichsmarshall (second in command of the Third Reich) and Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe (German air force).

    • Delilah: Delilah is an eponym used to describe a treacherous and cunning woman who leads someone into a compromising and often deadly situation; in the Biblical narrative (Judges) regarding the character, Delilah betrays Samson to the Philistines.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • We're basically talking about a small team of allied soldiers undertaking harassing and disruptive missions behind Rommel's Afrika Corps lines. The plots were fun, action packed, and the good guys always won.

    By LisaEvans, Feb 03, 2010

  • Fast Paced Action

    By Harlann, Feb 22, 2006

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