Blazing across the North African deserts, it¹s THE RAT PATROL, an elite Allied commando team whose mission is to attack, harass and wreak havoc on Field Marshal Rommel¹s vaunted Afrika Korps. Join four-man army Sgt. Sam Troy (Christopher George), Sgt. Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond), Pvt. Mark Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) and Pvt. Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr) as they wage war against Nazis, traitors and wild-eyed fanatics in this action-packed first season collection, featuring all 32 explosive episodes, uncut, unedited and commercial-free!
Veteran TV writer/director Tom Gries (East Side/West Side
, Helter Skelter
) created this action-packed drama about a four-man commando team (three Americans and one British) battling the German Army's Afrika Korps in World War II. Though primarily a vehicle for adventure fans, The Rat Patrol
benefited from smart scripting (Larry Cohen and Richard Landau both penned stories for the series) that refused to paint the German antagonist, Capt. Dietrich (well played by Hans Gudegast, who's better known today as Eric Braeden), as a stock Nazi heel; in fact, Christopher George's Sgt. Sam Troy and Dietrich occasionally partnered up to combat a common foe, as in the series' fifth and tenth episodes ("The Chain of Death Raid" and "The Moment of Truce Raid," both of which are included in this four-disc set), which pit them against Arab fighters. Other highlights from the 1966-67 debut season include "The Kill or Be Killed Raid" (Gary Raymond's Moffitt must impersonate a German soldier to find a map to a hidden water source), "The Wildest Raid of All" (the Rat Patrol's plan to capture an important Nazi general goes awry), and "The Blind Man's Bluff Raid" (the Germans impersonate an American unit to trick a sunblinded Troy into revealing the Rat Patrol's location), but all 32 episodes deliver plenty of action and excitement. Unfortunately, no extras are included in the set. --Paul Gaita