History Series / TheRatPatrol

17th Mar '17 6:37:04 AM Kooshmeister
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Captain Wansee in "The Decoy Raid." The man suffers from extreme mood swings, alternating between quiet disinterest in anything going around him to screaming at the top of his lungs and even nearly crying, and, of course, committing random acts of cruel violence at the drop of a hat.
17th Mar '17 6:32:00 AM Kooshmeister
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** [[spoiler:The tank, with four crew inside, is sitting parked underneath a makeshift shelter. Troy tosses a dud grenade into the open hatch and captures the commander and loader as they come out in a panic. Then when the radio operator throws the grenade back out and shuts the hatch, Troy makes the loader stand in front of the tank so it can't drive forward without running him over, then forces the commander to do the same at the rear so it can't back, and then they jam logs in the treads just to be sure, then the Rats take down the shelter so the sun is beating down on the vehicle and sit and wait for the hot sun to drive the remaining men out. It works.]]

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** [[spoiler:The tank, with four crew inside, is sitting parked underneath a makeshift shelter. Troy tosses a dud grenade into the open hatch and captures the commander and loader as they come out in a panic. Then when the radio operator throws the grenade back out and shuts the hatch, Troy makes the loader stand in front of the tank so it can't drive forward without running him over, then forces the commander to do the same at the rear so it can't back, back up, and then they jam logs in the treads just to be sure, then the Rats take down the shelter so the sun is beating down on the vehicle and sit and wait for the hot sun to drive the remaining men out. It works.]]
17th Mar '17 6:30:22 AM Kooshmeister
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* DueToTheDead: In "The Darers Go First Raid," the Rats allow the two captured SS tank crew members to buried their four dead comrades.


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** Another issue is the frequent appearance of SS troops, including an SS tank in one episode. The SS had a limited presence in Africa.
* HollywoodTactics: In spades, however, the way that the Rats take control of the SS tank in "The Darers Go First Raid" is a pretty good way to capture such a vehicle intact and working with minimal effort:
** [[spoiler:The tank, with four crew inside, is sitting parked underneath a makeshift shelter. Troy tosses a dud grenade into the open hatch and captures the commander and loader as they come out in a panic. Then when the radio operator throws the grenade back out and shuts the hatch, Troy makes the loader stand in front of the tank so it can't drive forward without running him over, then forces the commander to do the same at the rear so it can't back, and then they jam logs in the treads just to be sure, then the Rats take down the shelter so the sun is beating down on the vehicle and sit and wait for the hot sun to drive the remaining men out. It works.]]


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* TankGoodness: The Rats going nuts with a captured SS tank in "The Darers Go First Raid," using it to infiltrate and destroy an Afrika Korps depot.
11th Mar '17 7:09:03 PM 2GreyCats
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** Even the native speakers don't always keep up with one another. There is a particularly humorous example of this in the "B-Negative Raid." Troy and Hitch are creating a loud and explosive diversion on the periphery of Dietrich's camp to cover Troy's sneaking in to abscond with a blood donor. Dietrich, not unnaturally, is shouting orders at his men to go do something about whatever-it-is. One of these is a soldier played by Manfred Lating, also a native speaker, but obviously from a very different region of Germany (Hans Gudegast is from Kiel in the extreme north). Whereever Lating is from, he must have a different regional accent; judging from his momentarily blank expression, Manfred Lating had no clue what the captain had just said. He resorts to saluting and making tracks, still looking blank.

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** Even the native speakers don't always keep up with one another. There is a particularly humorous example of this in the "B-Negative Raid." Troy and Hitch are creating a loud and explosive diversion on the periphery of Dietrich's camp to cover Troy's sneaking in to abscond with a blood donor. Dietrich, not unnaturally, is shouting orders at his men to go do something about whatever-it-is. some explosions (caused by the Rats, but he doesn't know that). One of these men is a soldier played by Manfred Lating, also a native speaker, but obviously speaker. Apparently he and Hans Gudegast are from a very different region regions of Germany (Hans Gudegast is from Kiel in the extreme north). Whereever Lating is from, he must have a different regional accent; judging Judging from his momentarily blank expression, Manfred Lating had no clue what the captain had just said. He resorts to saluting and making tracks, still looking blank.



* YouLookFamiliar: Guest stars were frequently reused (often with a change of rank and uniform or playing a different race), but particularly Manfred Lating, who played quite a few of the anonymous German soldiers who exist solely to be shot up.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Guest stars were frequently reused (often with a change of rank and uniform or playing a different race), but particularly Manfred Lating, who played quite a few roles over the course of the anonymous German soldiers who exist solely to be shot up.series.
10th Mar '17 9:55:29 PM 2GreyCats
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A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII action/adventure show set in the deserts of UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} that follows the {{shoot em up}} exploits of a four-man band of Allied soldiers as they wreak havoc on Nazi supplies and missions. It ran for two seasons 1966-68 and 58 episodes on Creator/{{ABC}} and developed a cult following that has lasted to this day. Fondly remembered by fans for its leapin’ jeeps, action oriented story telling, and epic explosions.

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A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII action/adventure show set in the deserts of UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} that follows the {{shoot em up}} exploits of a four-man band of Allied soldiers as they wreak havoc on Nazi the Afrika Korps' supplies and missions. It ran for two seasons 1966-68 and 58 episodes on Creator/{{ABC}} and developed a cult following that has lasted to this day. Fondly remembered by fans for its leapin’ jeeps, action oriented story telling, and epic explosions.



* BadassCrew: Driving through the desert, sneaking up on Nazis and blowing them sky high with 50 caliber guns strapped to jeeps badass enough for you?
* 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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* BadassCrew: Driving through the desert, sneaking up on Nazis the Jerries and blowing them sky high with 50 caliber guns strapped to jeeps badass enough for you?
* 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 German characters who speak German. Apparently he sometimes adlibbed ad-libbed German lines—watch the English-speaking Nazi German-character extras trying to keep up.up.
** Even the native speakers don't always keep up with one another. There is a particularly humorous example of this in the "B-Negative Raid." Troy and Hitch are creating a loud and explosive diversion on the periphery of Dietrich's camp to cover Troy's sneaking in to abscond with a blood donor. Dietrich, not unnaturally, is shouting orders at his men to go do something about whatever-it-is. One of these is a soldier played by Manfred Lating, also a native speaker, but obviously from a very different region of Germany (Hans Gudegast is from Kiel in the extreme north). Whereever Lating is from, he must have a different regional accent; judging from his momentarily blank expression, Manfred Lating had no clue what the captain had just said. He resorts to saluting and making tracks, still looking blank.



* ButtMonkey: Gestapo Major Bruder, who keeps insisting that the bandaged "Klinger" is actually Moffitt. Nobody listens to him and his Wehrmacht colleagues ridicule him. Eventually, although he ''is'' able to prove Klinger is actually Moffitt in disguise, Moffit changes places with him, putting the bandages on ''him'', so when the by now convinced Colonel von Graff comes to kill the "spy" it's Bruder he blows away.

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* ButtMonkey: Gestapo Major Bruder, who keeps insisting that the bandaged "Klinger" is actually Moffitt. Nobody listens to him and his Wehrmacht colleagues ridicule him. Eventually, although he ''is'' able to prove Klinger is actually Moffitt in disguise, Moffit Moffitt changes places with him, putting the bandages on ''him'', so when the by now convinced Colonel von Graff comes to kill the "spy" it's Bruder he blows away.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Dietrich may be the closest counterpart to WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}} in live-action television: His plans to capture and/or kill the Rats never work (no matter how clever they are), his stuff usually ends up exploded, and heavy objects frequently fall on him. Poor guy can't catch a break. Never mind, they can't kill ''him,'' either.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Dietrich may be the closest counterpart to WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}} in live-action television: His plans to capture and/or kill the Rats never work (no matter how clever they are), his stuff usually ends up exploded, and heavy objects frequently occasionally fall on him. Poor The deck is stacked. It doesn't matter how bright, brave, and clever he is, the poor guy can't catch a break. Never mind, they can't kill ''him,'' either.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dietrich will poison wells, lie, and set devious traps for the Rat Patrol. He will absolutely threaten to shoot them if they're caught in civilian clothes or German uniform. But if they are in uniform, he will respect the very letter of the Geneva Convention, and is shocked and disgusted at an SS officer holding up much-ndded medical supplies for petty reasons.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dietrich will poison wells, lie, and set devious traps for the Rat Patrol. He will absolutely threaten to shoot them if they're caught in civilian clothes or German uniform. But if they are in uniform, he will respect the very letter of the Geneva Convention, and is shocked and disgusted at an SS officer holding up much-ndded much-needed medical supplies for petty reasons.



* IndyPloy: Troy loves this one. Hot headed sergeants can't be bothered to come up with elaborate premeditated plans!

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* IndyPloy: Troy loves this one. Hot headed Hot-headed sergeants can't be bothered to come up with elaborate premeditated plans!



* 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.

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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 his own English.



* TranslationConvention: Often done quite subtly. The Nazis will frequently have whole conversations with each other in German, but only if we can basically understand what’s going on, or when there’s a character translating to someone else. Most often, they will begin a dialogue in German, then ask to switch over to English, citing something like not wanting the enlisted men to overhear. A few times, the dialogue starts in German, then abruptly changes to English in a straight case of translation convention.

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* TranslationConvention: Often done quite subtly. The Nazis Germans will frequently have whole conversations with each other in German, but only if we can basically understand what’s going on, or when there’s a character translating to someone else. Most often, they will begin a dialogue in German, then ask to switch over to English, citing something like not wanting the enlisted men to overhear. A few times, the dialogue starts in German, then abruptly changes to English in a straight case of translation convention.
10th Mar '17 8:38:26 PM 2GreyCats
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* AntiVillain: Dietrich, obviously. He is a villain by default, being a German officer, but a generally decent person overall.



* ButtMonkey: Dietrich may be the closest counterpart to WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}} in live-action television: His plans to capture and/or kill the Rats never work (no matter how clever they are), his stuff usually ends up exploded, and heavy objects frequently fall on him. Poor guy can't catch a break. Never mind, they can't kill ''him,'' either.
** There's also Gestapo Major Bruder, who keeps insisting that the bandaged "Klinger" is actually Moffitt. Nobody listens to him and his Wehrmacht colleagues ridicule him. Eventually, although he ''is'' able to prove Klinger is actually Moffitt in disguise, Moffit changes places with him, putting the bandages on ''him'', so when the by now convinced Colonel von Graff comes to kill the "spy" it's Bruder he blows away.

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* ButtMonkey: Dietrich may be the closest counterpart to WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}} in live-action television: His plans to capture and/or kill the Rats never work (no matter how clever they are), his stuff usually ends up exploded, and heavy objects frequently fall on him. Poor guy can't catch a break. Never mind, they can't kill ''him,'' either.
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Gestapo Major Bruder, who keeps insisting that the bandaged "Klinger" is actually Moffitt. Nobody listens to him and his Wehrmacht colleagues ridicule him. Eventually, although he ''is'' able to prove Klinger is actually Moffitt in disguise, Moffit changes places with him, putting the bandages on ''him'', so when the by now convinced Colonel von Graff comes to kill the "spy" it's Bruder he blows away.


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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Dietrich may be the closest counterpart to WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}} in live-action television: His plans to capture and/or kill the Rats never work (no matter how clever they are), his stuff usually ends up exploded, and heavy objects frequently fall on him. Poor guy can't catch a break. Never mind, they can't kill ''him,'' either.
27th Jan '17 7:31:39 PM Rhodes7
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dietrich will poison wells, lie, and set devious traps for the Rat Patrol. He will absolutely threaten to shoot them if they're caught in civilian clothes or German uniform. But if they are in uniform, he will respect the very letter of the Geneva Convention, and is shocked and disgusted at an SS officer holding up much-ndded medical supplies for petty reasons.
27th Jul '16 3:56:20 PM nombretomado
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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 region 2 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 Creator/TheBBC never brought it back, the series was eventually shown on British satellite TV decades later, and season 1 is available on region 2 DVD).
14th Jul '16 2:39:55 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII action/adventure show set in the deserts of UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} that follows the {{shoot 'em up}} exploits of a four-man band of Allied soldiers as they wreak havoc on Nazi supplies and missions. It ran for two seasons 1966-68 and 58 episodes on Creator/{{ABC}} and developed a cult following that has lasted to this day. Fondly remembered by fans for its leapin’ jeeps, action oriented story telling, and epic explosions.

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A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII action/adventure show set in the deserts of UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} that follows the {{shoot 'em em up}} exploits of a four-man band of Allied soldiers as they wreak havoc on Nazi supplies and missions. It ran for two seasons 1966-68 and 58 episodes on Creator/{{ABC}} and developed a cult following that has lasted to this day. Fondly remembered by fans for its leapin’ jeeps, action oriented story telling, and epic explosions.
14th Jul '16 2:39:35 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII action/adventure show set in the deserts of UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} that follows the {{shoot em up}} exploits of a four man band of Allied soldiers as they wreak havoc on Nazi supplies and missions. It ran for two seasons 1966-68) and 58 episodes on Creator/{{ABC}} and developed a cult following that has lasted to this day. Fondly remembered by fans for its leapin’ jeeps, action oriented story telling, and epic explosions.

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A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII action/adventure show set in the deserts of UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} that follows the {{shoot em 'em up}} exploits of a four man four-man band of Allied soldiers as they wreak havoc on Nazi supplies and missions. It ran for two seasons 1966-68) 1966-68 and 58 episodes on Creator/{{ABC}} and developed a cult following that has lasted to this day. Fondly remembered by fans for its leapin’ jeeps, action oriented story telling, and epic explosions.
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