History Series / TheRatPatrol

22nd Apr '16 2:35:19 AM Arivne
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* RealityHasNoSubtitles. In "The Holy War Raid" Sgt. Jack Moffitt speaks in German to Hauptmann Dietrich over the radio in an attempt to trick him. Dietrich isn't fooled - he comments that Moffitt's German isn't as good as Dietrich's English.
7th Apr '16 2:57:55 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* BilingualBonus: There are frequent long passages in untranslated German and occasionally French. Hans Gudegast (a.k.a. Eric Braeden), who played Captain Dietrich, is a native speaker, as are most of the Nazi characters who speak German. Apparently he sometimes adlibbed German lines—watch the English speaking Nazi extras trying to keep up.

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* BilingualBonus: There are frequent long passages in untranslated German and occasionally French. Hans Gudegast (a.k.a. Eric Braeden), who played Captain Dietrich, is a native speaker, as are most of the Nazi characters who speak German. Apparently he sometimes adlibbed German lines—watch the English speaking English-speaking Nazi extras trying to keep up.
26th Feb '16 1:01:42 PM MarkLungo
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* HollywoodHistory: Plays fast and loose with reality. The biggest is probably how the show seems to think Americans were in charge of the North African campaign, when they really only entered the fight during the last six months of the conflict. Most of the fighting was carried by the British Commonwealth, and the unit that the Patrol is based on, the [[RalphBagnold Long Range Desert Group]] is still considered an integral part of British special forces culture.

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* HollywoodHistory: Plays fast and loose with reality. The biggest is probably how the show seems to think Americans were in charge of the North African campaign, when they really only entered the fight during the last six months of the conflict. Most of the fighting was carried by the British Commonwealth, and the unit that the Patrol is based on, the [[RalphBagnold [[UsefulNotes/RalphBagnold Long Range Desert Group]] is still considered an integral part of British special forces culture.



* KillAndReplace / DeadPersonImpersonation: Wanted war criminal Colonel Beckman murders his aide Captain Seitel and switches rank insignia with him. When taken prisoner, he passes himself off as Seitel, and the dead Seitel as the real Beckman. He also frames Troy for his "own" murder in this manner.

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* KillAndReplace / DeadPersonImpersonation: KillAndReplace[=/=]DeadPersonImpersonation: Wanted war criminal Colonel Beckman murders his aide Captain Seitel and switches rank insignia with him. When taken prisoner, he passes himself off as Seitel, and the dead Seitel as the real Beckman. He also frames Troy for his "own" murder in this manner.
4th Oct '15 5:50:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmericaWinsTheWar: Three out of four main Allied characters are Americans, despite the limited part the US played in the real-life campaign. When the show was briefly licensed by the BBC, the volume of complaints received led to it being rapidly taken off air (it did return to British screens years later, however).

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* AmericaWinsTheWar: AmericaWonWorldWarII: Three out of four main Allied characters are Americans, despite the limited part the US played in the real-life campaign. When the show was briefly licensed by the BBC, the volume of complaints received led to it being rapidly taken off air (it did return to British screens years later, however).
31st Aug '15 6:43:03 AM Arivne
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* HandSignals: During the opening titles Sergeant Troy signals his men using hand gestures: prepare to attack (a closed fist) and then to move out (fist opens up). Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZcbifYqpGc#t=20s here]].

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* HandSignals: During the opening titles Sergeant Troy signals his men using hand gestures: prepare to attack (a closed fist) and then to move out (fist opens up). Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZcbifYqpGc#t=20s here]].
24th Aug '15 9:20:03 PM Cindylover1969
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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title includes the word "raid" (most begin with the definite article, like "The Blind Man's Bluff Raid" and "The Kingdom Come Raid," but there are a few exceptions like "[[PunnyName Mask-A-Raid]]" and "Kill Or Be Killed Raid," as well as the only episode title that ''doesn't'' have "raid" as the last word, "The Wildest Raid Of All").

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every Almost every episode title includes the word "raid" (most begin with the definite article, like is "The ________ Raid" (like "The Blind Man's Bluff Raid" and "The Kingdom Come Raid," Raid"), but there are a few exceptions like "[[PunnyName Mask-A-Raid]]" and "Kill Or Be Killed Raid," as well as the only episode title that ''doesn't'' have "raid" as the last word, "The Wildest Raid Of All").All."
24th Aug '15 9:14:55 PM Cindylover1969
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* CompilationMovie: The three-parter "The Last Harbor Raid" was released theatrically overseas as ''Massacre Harbor''.



** The show was actually taken off during its first series in the UK after the first six episodes due to the number of complaints received (while TheBBC never brought it back, the series was eventually shown on British satellite TV decades later, and season 1 is available on DVD).

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** The show was actually taken off during its first series in the UK after the first six episodes due to the number of complaints received (while TheBBC never brought it back, the series was eventually shown on British satellite TV decades later, and season 1 is available on DVD).region 2 DVD).
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title includes the word "raid" (most begin with the definite article, like "The Blind Man's Bluff Raid" and "The Kingdom Come Raid," but there are a few exceptions like "[[PunnyName Mask-A-Raid]]" and "Kill Or Be Killed Raid," as well as the only episode title that ''doesn't'' have "raid" as the last word, "The Wildest Raid Of All").
30th May '15 2:40:55 PM Cindylover1969
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Trivia/TheRatPatrol.



!!Tropes in this show

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!!Tropes in this show
!!The Troping Raid:



* AmericaWinsTheWar: Three out of four main Allied characters are Americans, despite the limited part the US played in the real-life campaign. When the show was briefly licensed by the BBC, the volume of complaints received led to it being rapidly taken off air.

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* AmericaWinsTheWar: Three out of four main Allied characters are Americans, despite the limited part the US played in the real-life campaign. When the show was briefly licensed by the BBC, the volume of complaints received led to it being rapidly taken off air.air (it did return to British screens years later, however).



* ReplacedTheThemeTune: Alex North's original theme music (as well as his score for the pilot episode "The Chase Of Fire Raid") were scrapped when creator/producer Tom Gries was fired during post-production, resulting in Dominic Frontiere taking time off from another World War II series (''12 O'Clock High'') to write a new theme and music library. North's music didn't go to waste, however - [[RecycledSoundtrack he repurposed his theme]] for the 1968 movie ''The Devil's Brigade'', and his work on the series was later released on the second of two soundtrack albums that La-La Land Records issued decades later.



* {{The Squad}}: Sergeants Troy and Moffitt, and Privates Hitchcock and Pettigrew. {{Truth In Television}}, they are based on the real life guerrilla squads of the North African campaign like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Air_Service SAS]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Range_Desert_Group Long Range Desert Group]].
** This may explain why it didn't last long when it was shown in Britain (veterans objected to the crew being made up of one Brit and three Americans).

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* {{The Squad}}: Sergeants Troy and Moffitt, and Privates Hitchcock and Pettigrew. {{Truth In Television}}, they are based on the real life guerrilla squads of the North African campaign like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Air_Service SAS]] and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Range_Desert_Group Long Range Desert Group]].
** This may explain why it
Group]]. The changes didn't last long when it was shown go down well in Britain (veterans objected to the crew being made up of one Brit and three Americans).Britain, as explained elsewhere on this page.
30th May '15 2:32:37 PM Cindylover1969
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** The show was actually taken off during its first series in the UK due to the number of complaints received.

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** The show was actually taken off during its first series in the UK after the first six episodes due to the number of complaints received.received (while TheBBC never brought it back, the series was eventually shown on British satellite TV decades later, and season 1 is available on DVD).
4th Mar '15 10:37:29 PM TomWalpertac2
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* DressCodedForYourConvenience: Subverted. The Germans, the Americans, and the British all wear similar khaki colored uniforms. Eventually you’ve just gotta tell them apart by their equipment or headgear. TruthInTelevision, as before long the North African sun had bleached all army’s uniforms the same basic color.

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* DressCodedForYourConvenience: Subverted. The Germans, the Americans, and the British all wear similar khaki colored uniforms. Eventually you’ve just gotta tell them apart by their equipment or headgear. TruthInTelevision, as German units raided captured stores of British made gear including uniforms. Also, before long the North African sun had bleached all army’s uniforms the same basic color.
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