The Rat Patrol (1966–1968)
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The Blow Sky High Raid 

To knock out an Afrika Korps radar station, clearing the way for an Allied bombing raid, the Rat Patrol employs a new explosive. To get there in time, the Desert Rats must uncover an ... See full summary »


Lee H. Katzin


Tom Gries (creator), Richard H. Landau (as Richard Landau)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Christopher George ... Sgt. Sam Troy
Gary Raymond ... Sgt. Jack Moffitt
Eric Braeden ... Capt. Hans Dietrich (as Hans Gudegast)
Lawrence P. Casey ... Pvt. Mark Hitchcock (as Lawrence Casey)
Justin Tarr ... Pvt. Tully Pettigrew
Hamilton Camp ... Lt. Winters
Toian Matchinga Toian Matchinga ... Selhim


To knock out an Afrika Korps radar station, clearing the way for an Allied bombing raid, the Rat Patrol employs a new explosive. To get there in time, the Desert Rats must uncover an ancient shortcut through the mountains, made even more dangerous by the easily-upset French explosive, which is tossed like a snowball. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War






English | German

Release Date:

7 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)



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[first lines]
Lt. Winters: Sgt. Troy, I'm Lt. Winters.
Sgt. Sam Troy: You're an hour late, lieutenant. You had me worried. You know our mission's running on a time schedule.
Lt. Winters: I've no control over the heat or the terrain, sergeant. And if I blew up on the way here, it would do your mission no good, no good at all.
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A good moment can't save the rest
15 August 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The Rat Patrol is given a new type of highly volatile explosive to be used against a radar installation. Time is of the essence as Allied bombers will be flying overhead very soon. However, the stuff is so volatile that getting it to the target is half the challenge. Moffatt has heard tales of an old, dry riverbed that runs through the mountains that may provide The Rat Patrol with a smoother surface to transport the explosive. However, Dietrich has also heard the same tales and is waiting for Troy and his men.

In writing about the previous episode, I doubted I would find an episode I disliked as much as The Fatal Chase Raid. Well, that didn't take long. The Blow Sky High Raid is just about as bad. The problem here is the utter stupidity of the writing. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I could list about four or five things in this episode that are completely ridiculous. But the most idiotic part has to be Tory walking into the German encampment without getting shot. There's no way in this world would that have happened. Sure, he's carrying an explosive, but the German's didn't know that. With all the heartache Troy has put Dietrich through, he would have had him shot on sight. Instead, Troy waltzes in with his explosive and takes out the German radar. Ridiculous.

There is one scene in The Blow Sky High Raid that I found very interesting. Dietrich's interaction with the blind native woman, Selhim, is an incredibly compelling moment. Here, Dietrich is presented as an actual human. Sure, he's using Selhim for information, but there's more to it than that. It's easy to see he likes this woman. It's a small thing, but something different from the ordinary.

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