Nit-picker's Bunker #2

Suncompass is such a nit-picker that one bunker just wasn't big enough.  Here's a second bunker.

Be warned that if you don't like nit-picking, read no further.
Consider yourself warned.

More Suncompass nit-picks in 
Bunker #1

Say what? The terrors of translation.

The Double Jeopardy Raid

Translation is not an easy task and, particularly when time is tight, mistakes can be made.  One such instance comes to light in 'The Double Jeopardy Raid' (for a really complete description [with spoilers] of this raid see here).   The Rat Patrol linguistic experts, according to the credits at the end of the episode, gave this fine young man (see him in the picture to the right) a 'girl's name'. <gasp!> They named him 'Françoise', the female version of the male name 'François', which is surely the name they meant to use.  There is no doubt that he is male. The gender of that French name is tied up in that pesky little 'e' at the end.


Growing up with a 'girl's name' no wonder this nice young man became a fighter, says Suncompass.  This reminds Suncompass of an old Johnny Cash song (composer: Shel Silverstein)....'A Boy Named Sue'.  
The lyrics for that song are here:

Thanks to Valdhery for confirming the spelling-gender confusion for this poor lad and the misnomer for 'the Duke'(below). 
For translations of French dialogue see here.

The Decoy Raid

The episode mission briefing:

An especially evil (not to mention crazed) SS Officer enters the territory and disrupts a humanitarian mission to innoculate the locals against a Typhus epidemic. Time is of the essence (of course).


To make matters worse the officer takes two aide workers captive and sets a trap - a trap that involves Dietrich and the rats. A surprise ending and a discussion about champagne result.

This is La Duc, the official in charge of innoculating the locals against Typhus.

La Duc, the name of this character, means 'The Duke' - sort of.  The spelling they've used is problematic and the problem lies in that French nouns have genders. Nouns are either 'masculine' or 'feminine' based on rules that Suncompass has never understood. 

As it happens 'Duke' is, in French, a masculine noun and so must be 'LE Duc' not 'LA Duc'. The character should have been 'Le Duc'. Even better would have been 'Leduc', an old French name that makes perfect sense. 

Credits from the end of the episode.


Decorating with boxes.

The Fire and Brimstone Raid

The episode mission briefing:

The rats sneak into a local Arab winery that Dietrich has commandeered for storing a lot of boxes of ammunition and explosives. A problem arises (naturally) in that once the rats have set their timed explosives, Dietrich shows up so they can't escape to safety to watch the fireworks.


This is a serious problem and has the rats pausing to ponder a way out. While they ponder, and eliminate a few arrow-shooting Germans, they pile boxes of armaments in the doorway. This 'wall' of boxes effectively prevents the Germans from taking pot shots at them through the opening.

This  item is definitely nit-picking but since everything on this page is to some extent, Suncompass makes no apologies.

On the left, Dietrich throws away Troy's live grenade meant to blow up the German explosives.  Note the boxes (A & B) behind him.

On the right, Dietrich, seconds later, thinks he has foiled the rats for once (silly man).  Note that box 'A' has turned around and box 'B' has changed from 'ARTILLERIEMUNITION' to 'TELLERMINEN'.

The top box (A) had a way of rotating now and then in the episode.  
Beware, watching for moving boxes may ruin your viewing pleasure.

On the left, note the boxes (or lack of them at the arrow) just before Dietrich escapes the imminent explosion caused by the Sheik.

On the right, note the 'new' boxes (at the arrow) just a second later but still before the imminent explosion. How did they get there?

Did the Sheik do some last second redecorating before he blew himself and the entire ammo dump to smithereens?  Hardly seems likely, does it?

Thanks to J.B. for spotting this boxed set of nit-picks.  Well spotted, J.B. 


Gridlock in the Rat Patrol's desert?

The Last Chance Raid

The episode mission briefing:

When deep in the desert their radio is shot up the rats must find another way to relay an urgent message to an approaching Allied convoy.  If they fail, the convoy will drive straight into an enemy trap and be destroyed.


With a plan to use the German's own radio propaganda machine, they climb aboard their remaining jeep for a trip to a nearby German-held town. But wait! What's that right behind them?

In the green box we see there's something behind them.  Is it the enemy? Look closely (see image on right).  It looks more like rush hour gridlock on their bumper (that's what you get for stopping on the busy freeway, lads).  Or did  they just happen to stop in a vehicular graveyard in the middle of the desert? How odd!

Close up of area inside green square.

Thanks to keen-eyed Alexandra, Nicolas, Jonathan, and Alexander R. for spotting this strange desert sight.


Wardrobe Malfunction?

The Love Thine Enemy Raid

The episode mission briefing:

When the rat patrol chase down an enemy convoy, Troy accidentally seriously wounds a German nurse (a pretty one, naturally). He is wracked with guilt for having shot a non-combative.  Against Moffitt's concerns, they decide to take her to a nearby German field hospital for treatment.


They arrive at the German camp, take out the dismayingly ineffectual German guards without difficulty, literally strip them of their uniforms, and prepare to carry the barely conscious woman into the German encampment.

With being seriously, but gently, man-handled throughout this episode, the nurse developed a worrying wardrobe issue. The man-handling took a toll on the mechanical part of her trousers or so distracted her that she forgot to do up the unmentionable part. Either way, the prim series' overseers were asleep on the job to let this 'low flying' lapse slip by.

By the next scene her shirt had been tugged down to cover the gap.

Suncompass apologises for stooping to such levels of nit-picking, but was happy to be reminded that she's not the only one to accidentally 'fly low' on occasion.  Stupid zippers!

Thanks to Donna for uncovering this surprising wardrobe malfunction.

While we have Tully close at hand, so to speak, another nit-pick comes to light in the the "Love Thine Enemy Raid".

Inside the circle one can see that Tully has not cocked his submachine gun (ie. yanked back that 'button'). He therefore isn't exactly prepared to defend them should the enemy, mere dozens of feet away, happen by a stroke of luck to spot them.

To be fair, the enemy in the series was woefully inept most of the time and were not likely to have detected our heroes, but all the same Tully should have remained vigilant and fully prepared - especially when within spitting-distance of the enemy. Tsk tsk, Tully.

Suncompass suggests Tully might have been distracted by the lovely lass by his side. Not excusable perhaps, but understandable.

Thanks to weaponry expert, Frank, for catching Tully's oops moment.


Muscles and guts!  But a sound mind can be helpful too.

The Pipeline to Disaster Raid

When the rats pick up an injured British General they get more than they expected. The General has important information about a German pipeline, but because of his wounds, he becomes ever more a danger to them all.

As they lie in hiding, waiting for a Dietrich-led German column to pass, the British General, seriously wounded and unfamiliar with their weapons, fires off a burst of rounds thereby revealing their hiding place.

Suncompass didn't notice this nit-pick, but once it was pointed out, it seems quite obvious. The ailing General might be forgiven for some confusion about the submachine gun in his hands in as much as someone kept switching it on him.

One moment he's holding one model submachine gun (a 1928 Thompson, according to weaponry expert Frank) and the next moment he has a different one (a M1 Thompson). Then it's back to the first model again. Is it any wonder the poor man became befuddled?
Suncompass certainly would be (with or without a serious wound)

Thanks to Frank for spotting this weaponry nit-pick too. 


Don't believe everything you read.
And be ever ready to suspend disbelief.

The Darkest Raid

In The Darkest Raid some of the rats kidnap (one way of putting it) a feisty German officer with a bandaged head and hold him captive in a handy warehouse not far from the local German Headquarters. Meanwhile Troy, with eyes bandaged, impersonates that German officer so Troy can gain entry to the German offices and especially their safe.

In the German safe is reported to be a fortune in confiscated diamonds (enough to help finance their desert campaign) and it is those that Troy intends to get his hands on. With bandaged eyes he carefully explores the layout of the building so he can navigate to the safe even when the power is cut later that night. 

Although it is clearly Troy, bandaged and impersonating a wounded German officer, who cases out the German headquarters, the 2007  DVD box (second season) describes The Darkest Raid this way:

"Moffitt takes the place of a captured German captain in order to pick up a cache of "confiscated" diamonds." 

Moffitt? Huh?! Didn't someone even watch the episodes so they could write a correct description?

Suncompass, unable to completely suspend disbelief, just can't help jumping in here with some observations about this episode.
[That's a surprise. Editor assumes no responsibility for Suncompass comments.]

If only the episode had followed the description above Suncompass would have no complaint (not much, anyway).  But as the episode is, Suncompass questions the sanity of the episode writer in havingTroy, a non-German speaker, pretend to be German and venture into the very heart of a German H.Q.  Was the viewer supposed to believe that no one inside the German H.Q. would speak German to Troy? Was it to be assumed that all the German staff just happened to want to continually practise their English when Troy was there? Oiy!  Who'd believe that ?!  It completely boggles Suncompass's mind [not all that difficult - Ed.].  Suncompass has a feeling the show's producers lacked respect for the intelligence of the Rat Patrol viewer. Tsk tsk.


Mutual Motor Pool?
(or 'Keep your eye on the birdie...err, number')

The Violent Truce Raid

In this raid Moffitt and Tully happen across an American Lieutenant who is on a mission to locate an Allied medical supply convoy travelling through the area. He says the plasma they carry has been contaminated and will kill anyone who receives it so he must warn them not to use it.*  Unfortunately, the Lieutenant has run out of gas so Tully gives him some.

Even more unfortunate for the Lieutenant, the Germans then begin lobbing shells at the two stopped jeeps. When the Lieutenant is struck by shrapnel, Moffitt opts to take the officer's jeep and pick up the mission. Tully takes the critically wounded officer back to camp to be unsuccessfully (as it turns out) treated.


1. The jeep before capture.

Note the identification number on Lt. West's jeep - 975068.  That particular jeep gets around. It goes from West's hands to Moffitt's, then falls into Dietrich's.  But wait! There it is again, being used to transport the British Major in the supply convoy.  Huh?

2. The captured jeep being driven into Dietrich's camp. 
It becomes German property.


3. Jeep 975068 again, somehow back in the Allies' hands.

* What? No such thing as radios, Suncompass asks sarcastically. [That's enough of that, SC. - ed.]
Suncompass wonders how much paint and effort it would have taken to change just one little numeral on that jeep? A daub or two of paint would have done the trick. Sheesh!

Thanks to a sharp-eyed Don R. for catching this motor pool oops.

More Suncompass nit-picks in 
Bunker #1

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