This is probably the first television show in my memory from the past. There were some kids around my age who lived next door and they used to let me sit on the floor of their living room and watch it.
The Rat Patrol 1966-1968 - Christopher George (Sgt. Sam Troy) ... Gary Raymond (Briitish Sgt. Jack Moffett) ... Lawrence Casey (Pvt. Mark T. Hitchcock) ... Justin Tarr (Pvt. Tully Pettigrew) ... Hans Gudegast - now Eric Braeden - (German Capt Hans Dietrich)
Those of us who grew up watching The Rat Patrol harbor a latent interest in desert warfare of World War Two. While The Rat Patrol was entertaining TV, it also took some historical liberties. The series was loosely based on the British Army’s Long Range Desert Group, an elite unit that used Chevrolet trucks (shown above) more often than jeeps to conduct raids and reconnaissance patrols behind the lines of the German Africa Corps.
The Rat Patrol #1 (March 1967) published by Dell. The Rat Patrol was based on the ABC television adventure series of the same name. Four Allied soldiers (three Americans and one Brit) in two jeeps with mounted machine-guns harassed Field Marshal Rommel’s infamous Afrika Korps.