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The Rat Patrol (1966-1968)

The Rat Patrol was a World War II action series that aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968. The series mostly revolved around a four man team of Allied troops (three Americans and one British) who traveled in two armed jeeps while harassing the German army in the deserts of North Africa during the conflict. The first season of the series was filmed in Spain and utilized the resources of the Spanish Army (much of which would later be seen in the film Patton). The second season was filmed in California.

The following weapons were used in the television series Rat Patrol, The:

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Heavy Weapons

Browning M2 Aircraft

The Browning M2 Aircraft is the main armament of the Rat Patrol. It can be seen mounted on the Rat Patrol's jeeps in most episodes. The Browning M2 also is seen mounted on German half-tracks as well as other German armor.

Browning M2 Aircraft, Flexible - .50 BMG
The Browning M2 seen in the Jeep as the Rat Patrol have captured General von Helmreich (Wolfgang Preiss).

Browning M2HB

In some episodes, the Browning M2HB model is the weapon mounted on the Rat Patrol's jeeps. One is seen used on a tripod in an episode. The ones mounted on German armor usually were fitted with custom muzzle brakes.

An M2 Browning.
A M2 Browning mounted on a tripod.
Sgt. Sam Troy (Christopher George) fires a Browning M2HB from the jeep in the first episode "The Chase of Fire Raid".

MG34

While the Browning M2 was the main armament seen on German armor in the series, the more accurate MG34 is seen in some episodes on German vehicles.

MG34 7.92x57mm Mauser with 75-round ammo drum
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MG42

While the Browning M2 was the main armament seen on German armor in the series, the more accurate MG42 is seen in some episodes on German vehicles.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser
A MG-42 can be seen mounted on the M7 Priest mocked up to resemble a German tank destroyer.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 is mainly seen mounted on German half-tracks.

BrowningM37MG.jpg
The Browning M1919A4 is seen mounted on a German half-track.

Maxim MG08

The Maxim MG08 is briefly seen used by one of the gun-runner's men to aim at the Rat Patrol.

Maxim MG08 7.92x57mm Mauser on sled mount
The Maxim MG08 is briefly seen used by one of the gun-runner's men to aim at the Rat Patrol.

Submachine Guns

Star Model Z45

The Star Model Z45 is used by the Rat Patrol in early episodes filmed in Spain. These SMG's were fitted with wooden stocks and furniture. Some Germans also use the folding-stock version in early episodes.

Star Model Z-45s in both fixed and folding stock models.
Sgt. Sam Troy (Christopher George) holds Z-45 fitted with a wooden stock.
Sgt. Troy holds the Z-45 in Season 1's "The Wildest Raid of All".

M1928A1 Thompson

In later episodes, the M1928A1 Thompson is used by the Rat Patrol as well as US and Allied troops as well as a French Resistance officer.

M1928-A1 T.jpg
Sgt. Troy holds the M1928A1 Thompson.
Pvt. Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr) with the Thompson.
Pvt. Mark T. Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) fires the Thompson.
Sgt. Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond) holds the Thompson.

M1 Carbine

An M1 Carbine is seen used by a young French Resistance fighter in a later episode.

M1-Carbine.jpg
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MP40

German forces as well as the Rat Patrol are seen using the MP40.

MP40.jpg
Capt. Dietrich fires the MP40.
Sgt. Troy in disguise holds the MP40.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II

The Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II is used by German soldiers in early episodes, most notably Capt. Dietrich (Eric Braeden) in Season 1's "The Moment of Truce Raid".

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II
Captain Dietrich (Eric Braeden) holds a Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II in Season 1's "The Moment of Truce Raid".

Rifles

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by members of the Rat Patrol as well as German forces, Arabs, and Resistance fighters. A Karabiner fitted with a scope is seen used by a German sniper in an episode.

Karabiner-98K.jpg
TRP 014.jpg
TRP 032.jpg

1893 Spanish Mauser

The 1893 Spanish Mauser is seen used by Partisan, Arabs, and the Gun Runner's men in various episodes.

1893 Spanish Mauser - 7x57mm Mauser
TRP 019.jpg

M1 Garand

While not commonly seen in the series, the M1 Garand is seen used by American troops, notably Pvt. Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr) in the first episode "The Circle of Fire Raid".

M1 Garand.jpg
TRP 216.jpg


Handguns

Luger P08

The Luger P08 is used by German troops in 1st season. Most notably used by German Capt. Detrich (Hans Gudegast, who would be later known as Eric Braeden).

P08Luger1917.jpg
TRP 221.jpg
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Walther P38

The Walther P38 is also carried by German forces in the series as is seen in hands of nearly all of the main characters including Capt. Deitrich and Sgt. Troy.

Mauser-P38.jpg
Capt. Deitrich (Hans Gudegast) holds the Walther P38.
Mueller (Manfred Lating) fires a P38 in episode The One That Got Away Raid.

Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is the standard sidearm used by members of the Rat Patrol, notably by Sgt. Sam Troy (Christopher George).

M1911Colt.jpg
While disguised as a German medic, Sgt. Troy holds the M1911A1 in Season 1's "The Life Against Death Raid".

Mauser 1934 Pocket Pistol

A Mauser 1934 Pocket Pistol is seen being handed over by a surrendering Italian Officer and is used by Sgt. Moffit in an episode.

1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol. - 7.65x17mmSR
TRP 211.jpg

Webley Mk VI

Sgt. Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond) carries a Webley Mk VI revolver as his sidearm.

.455 Webley Mk. VI.
Sgt. Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond) carries a Webley Mk VI revolver as his sidearm.

Other

Mk 2 hand grenade

The Mk 2 hand grenade is the standard grenade carried by the Rat Patrol.

MK2 grenade DoD.jpg
TULLY & MK.II GRENADE.jpg
A Mk. 2 hand grenade turned into a time bomb.


Model 24 Stielhandgranate

The Model 24 Stielhandgranate is used by German forces as well as members of the Rat Patrol.

24-43 grenade.jpg
The Sheik threatens to blow up a German weapons cache with a M24 Stielhandgranate in Season 1's "The Fire and Brimstone Raid".
Sgt. Troy prepares to throw the grenade into the German tank.
Lucky for this dog the grenade is a dud.

Winchester Model 70

An Allied sniper uses a Winchester Model 70 as his weapon of choice in the final episode "The Kill at Koorlea Raid".

Pre64WinModel70.jpg
TRP 212.jpg

M9 Bazooka

Pvt. Tully uses a M9 Bazooka in the final episode "The Kill at Koorlea Raid".

M9 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
Pvt. Tully fires the M9 Bazooka into a German halftrack.

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE)

Rarely used by British soldiers in the series.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III* - .303 British
TRP 222.jpg

Unknown Pocket Pistol

Used by a French Resistance member.

Winter's Bomb

Seen used by the Rat Patrol, it is a bomb that can be detonated very easily.

Winters bomb.jpg

Boys Anti-Tank rifle

A Boys Antitank Rifle is seen mounted in the gunner's position on half tracks in early episodes.

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle 3rd Variant - .55 Boys (13.9x99B).
A Boys .55 inch Anti-Tank rifle can be strangely seen mounted on a German Halftrack.

Trivia

Most of the German armor and other vehicles seen in the series are actual mocked-up American vehicles such as M3 Half-Tracks, Patton Tanks, M7 Priest,and M35 2-1/2 Deuce and a Half cargo trucks painted desert sand colors with German Iron Cross and on half-tracks Swastikas, making them look more German.

Fake German Tanks

A M4 Sherman Tank painted to look like a German Tank.

Fake Marder Tank Destroyer

A M7 Priest painted to look like a German Vehicle (possibly a German Marder tank destroyer



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