The Rat Patrol

A mid-sixties military action adventure series set in the North African desert during World War II, this show follows three American soldiers who are part of the Long Range Desert Group. They are joined by a British Captain, and together they make life difficult for Axis forces in the form of Field Marshal Rommell's legendary Afrika Korps.

Sgt. Sam Troy (Christopher George) is the clever and resourceful leader of the group. Cpl. Mark T. "Hitch" Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) is well educated and a bit of a lothario. PFC. Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr) is an expert driver thanks to his bootlegging days back in Kentucky. British Sergeant Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond) is the son of an archaeologist, and therefore an expert in the area and fluent in Arabic.

The show also features Hans Gudegast as the Rat Patrol's primary enemy, Hauptmann Dietrich, a man of honor and intelligence with whom the Rats match wits and even occasionally find themselves collaborating with when circumstances conspire against the rivals.

Monday 8:30 PM et/pt on ABC
2 Seasons, 58 Episodes
September 12, 1966
Cast: Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Eric Braeden, Lawrence P. Casey
The Rat Patrol

The Rat Patrol Full Episode Guide

  • The Rat Patrol is ordered to accompany a British sniper on a mission to assassinate a brutal German general, but Troy decides that capturing the general alive is a better plan.

  • Troy and Hitchcock are captured by a German colonel who plans to force them to radio misinformation back to their headquarters. Meanwhile, Moffitt and Pettigrew's rescue attempts are sidetracked by an Italian lieutenant.

  • Troy goes undercover to receive a locket of microfilm from a female French Resistance fighter, but both get captured by Dietrich. After Troy refuses to divulge the location of the locket, Dietrich sentences them both to hang.

  • The Rat Patrol is assigned a mission to safeguard POWs being held at a German repair depot that will be targeted by bombers, but Moffitt becomes unreliable after he receives word that his kid brother was killed in England.

  • The Rat Patrol is at odds with a group of young partisans when the irregulars endanger the plans of an Allied offensive by attacking an SS camp.

  • A German colonel, crippled in an earlier raid by the Rat Patrol, captures Troy's brother in a plan for revenge.

  • Dietrich and his men gain access to an Allied munitions dump by capturing the Rat Patrol and assuming their identities.

  • Dietrich questions an SS captain's methods of conducting the war when a village's typhus serum is confiscated to exchange for capture of the Rat Patrol.

  • Moffitt must set aside his personal feelings for an old flame when the Rat Patrol employs her as a guide to rescue her husband, a French rocket scientist, from the Germans.

  • A lieutenant is dropped off by submarine to set up naval barrage coordinates, but Troy becomes suspicious after the officer seems more interested in mapping the Allied positions than the German ones.

  • A British general rescued in the desert insists on leading the Rat Patrol on a mission to destroy a German oil pipeline despite his poor condition.

  • A street urchin tries to sell aerial photographs of secret German installations that Troy hid before being captured by the Gestapo.

  • Moffitt infiltrates a German-held lighthouse posing as an electrician in order to learn the details of a naval convoy carrying Tiger tanks that is headed for North Africa.

  • A British colonel returning from a staff meeting regarding an upcoming Allied offensive is captured by the Germans under suspicious circumstances. The Rat Patrol is ordered to either rescue or kill him before he can be interrogated

  • Dietrich corners the Rat Patrol in a cellar along with a pregnant woman who has a valuable map and a resistance fighter who has a personal score to settle with her.

  • A British major brings charges against Moffitt after his attempt to destroy a shipment of contaminated plasma results in it being captured by the Germans, and only Dietrich has the evidence that can save Moffitt from a court-martial.

  • The Rat Patrol must infiltrate a chateau on the island of Rhodes to rescue the son of a British general who has been kidnapped by the Germans.

  • While supervising the transport of new anti-aircraft shell fuses, Hitchcock is wounded by a deserter when the convoy is attacked by a German recon unit.

  • Troy allows himself to be captured by Dietrich in order to rescue a famous entertainer who is being held in a German POW camp.

  • After an ambush by Dietrich, Troy is wounded and the other members of the Rat Patrol are captured on a mission to find a German supply depot. Troy, assisted by a beautiful Irish missionary, must find a way to rescue his team members and a young boy.

  • Troy infiltrates enemy headquarters by posing as a wounded German captain in order to heist a cache of confiscated diamonds that are destined for Berlin

  • Troy accidentally shoots a German nurse during an attack on a supply convoy, and the Rat Patrol must decide whether to sneak her into a nearby German field hospital or let her die and continue their mission.

  • Troy decides that the Rat Patrol's only chance to destroy a supply depot inside a fortress is by capturing a German tank and using it to get past the enemy guards.

  • The Rat Patrol's mission to destroy a German supply train faces complications after Dietrich loads the train with Arab civilians and Troy gets captured.

  • After their jeeps are destroyed and Tully is wounded behind enemy lines, the Rat Patrol's only chance for survival is to infiltrate Dietrich's encampment.

  • A cave-in traps Troy and Hauptmann Dietrich together in a tunnel being used as a munitions depot, and Moffitt's orders are to demolish the tunnel before the arrival of an oncoming German tank force.

  • Hauptmann Dietrich executes a plan to sway the Arab desert tribes to the German side by using a fake Rat Patrol to abduct their religious leader.

  • After Troy is set up on false charges by a captured POW camp commander, the other members of the Rat Patrol must infiltrate a German division's headquarters to find the evidence to prevent a court-martial.

  • Dietrich traps the Rat Patrol in an Arab winery being used as a German munitions dump, despite the objections of a sheik who is weary of battles taking place on his land.

  • Moffitt infiltrates a German hospital -- posing as an injured Luftwaffe pilot -- to spread false information about Allied troop movements leading up to the invasion of Sicily.

  • The Rat Patrol frees an Allied doctor seemingly abducted by Dietrich, unaware that he is actually a German agent.

  • A German colonel captures Moffitt and plans to use him as bait to double-cross the Rat Patrol during a prisoner exchange.

  • As part of a plan to kill a high-ranking Allied general, a German poses as an American major to fool the Rat Patrol into leading Dietrich's unit to the location of Division Headquarters.

  • When the Rat Patrol raids a German post to kidnap a top German scientist, Troy discovers the rest of his crew is captured by Dietrich.

  • The Rat Patrol is assigned as the security force for a conference scheduled between the British and American joint chiefs of staff, and Troy races to uncover a deadly German plot before the meeting occurs.

  • Far behind enemy lines, Moffitt is seriously wounded, and Troy can find only one possible donor with the same rare blood type -- an American deserter being held in Hauptmann Dietrich's camp.

  • The Rat Patrol discovers that German tank reinforcements have arrived in the area of a planned Allied offensive, but their radio is damaged in an ambush. Troy decides that they must capture a nearby Nazi propaganda radio station.

  • A 16-year-old German youth is taken prisoner by the Rat Patrol. His father is the commander of a German patrol they've been assigned to destroy, and the youth desperately tries to get word to them so his father won't be killed.

  • The Rat Patrol tries to rescue a German lieutenant who's been informing against his own forces before he can be taken away to Gestapo headquarters.

  • The success of the Rat Patrol's mission to evacuate 5,000 Allied POWs by sea is in jeopardy after their Arab guide is killed and they learn that the fishing fleet's underground contact is a suspected collaborator.

  • The Rat Patrol infiltrates the coastal village to continue their mission to release 5,000 Allied POWs for evacuation by sea. Troy and Tully must find a way to regain their captured munitions and contact the POW camp.

  • Strategic bombing missions targeting Rommel's last harbor on the North African coast prove to be useless after the Germans begin forcing 5,000 Allied POWs to repair the damage.

  • Moffitt's father is flown in to assist the Rat Patrol in finding an ancient Roman road that could serve as an Allied supply route through the mountains. But disaster strikes when his airplane is shot down and he's captured by the Germans.

  • The Rat Patrol must use a lighthouse behind enemy lines to arrange for the transport of a liberated French general. But the lighthouse is run by a man who would gladly accept German gold in exchange for betraying the mission.

  • The Rat Patrol is captured by an arms dealer -- an American deserter who resents the impact their raids have upon his business of selling to both sides.

  • Moffitt and Tully allow themselves to be captured so they can get information from an American POW about Rommel's new battle plans. But complications arise when they discover the POW is dead and two others claim to know the information.

  • The Rat Patrol and Dietrich's convoy are trapped by Arabs wanting to end the war on their land. Can the two enemy forces work together to escape?

  • The Rat Patrol receives a new type of explosive to be used in destroying a vital German radar station. But Dietrich has a few surprises of his own.

  • The Rat Patrol releases a group of American POWs from a German convoy. One of the POWs claims to be carrying vital information for the Allies, but two other POWs are out to kill him for personal reasons, and he forces the Rat Patrol to protect him.

  • The Rat Patrol undertakes a stealthy night mission to infiltrate Sgt. Griffin into the headquarters of a German panzer group to plant a false map.

  • The Rat Patrol's plan to destroy a German oasis is in jeopardy when Sgt. Troy is stranded in the desert with his opponent, Capt. Dietrich. Captured and chained by Arab slave traders, the two mortal enemies must work together to make their escape.

  • Sgt. Moffitt, disguised as a German officer, must infiltrate Col. Schweiger's headquarters to decipher and destroy an ancient map that details a lost oasis. Meanwhile, Sgt. Troy must overwatch the mission.

  • The Rat Patrol captures Gen. von Helmreich as part of a plan to infiltrate and destroy a heavily guarded German ammunition depot.

  • During a desert battle with German tanks, Hitchcock is seriously injured, and Troy decides to risk getting him to a nearby German field hospital.

  • The British 8th Army sends their desert expert, Jack Moffit, to join The Rat Patrol on a special mission. Sgt. Troy, Patrol leader, is uneasy about this new addition to his tight-knit team of specialists.

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