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The Rat Patrol,
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This review is from: The Rat Patrol Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The Rat Patrol appeared briefly on the BBC around 1967 but was dropped following objections from British Second World War veterans. Basically the series appeared to suggest that the Americans won the war in North Africa; the legendary Long Range Desert Group - a very British creation - was "borrowed" as the premise for an elite band of American behind-the-liners, with the token addition of a stiff-upper-lipped English sergeant, played by Gary Raymond. Don't let this put you off though - the 25 minutes-long episodes are good, honest boys' own stuff, with plenty of subterfuge and pyrotechnics and, for the time, some rather good stunts. The Afrika Corps are presented as easy targets sadly, the truth being that they were excellent desert fighters; their regular leader, noble Wehrmacht officer Captain Dietrich, being played by Hans Gudegast, quite a good actor in fact. The Rat Patrol is not as good as other WW2 TV series of the time, such as Garrison's Gorillas, loosely based on The Dirty Dozen, and Combat! - a long-running, well-written and acted and much more cerebral and intellectual series (the latter also available on DVD and worth checking out - more like an early Band of Brothers in fact).
So, The Rat Patrol - historically accurate it ain't, but cracking good fun it is.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2008, 12:58:34 BST
P. B. Koeb says:
Thanks for the background! I'm just about old enough to remember this series on British television, without having actually seen too much of it. Doubtless it's something which i should think about buying!
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