and Ends too!
Suncompass was unsure as to whether to include the item below, but decided it might serve to remind us that injuries happened during the making of The Rat Patrol - and sometimes to those not even named.
The fans of the series thank the stunt persons who took chances with life and limb to help create the show enjoyed to this day.
The Delilah Raid
episode mission briefing:
In the filming of the escape attempt, the woman's stunt double jumped from the truck cab and fell to the ground very close to the side of the moving vehicle. Looking at the two images below one can see that although travelling on a flat sand surface the rear wheel bounced suddenly upward when it got to the stunt person's leg. It is quite possible the wheel ran directly over her leg.
In the left hand picture the stunt person is lying face down in front of the rear wheels - her head toward the truck cab. Her left leg is bent upward while her right leg falls across the wheel path. In the right hand picture note how the first rear wheel rises abruptly as it clearly rolls over something. Could it be her leg?
The stunt person is not named in the episode credits, but she should have been.
It might be that Dietrich had his own private source of cigarettes to keep him in his smoking habit because Hitler encouraged as many Germans (soldiers and civilians) as possible to give it up. Hitler, who had given up smoking, was a rabid anti-smoker and was further encouraged by the link that the German scientists of the time had made between smoking and cancer and other serious health conditions. As a result, by late in the 1930s many places in Germany had banned smoking within their premises.
In 1940 Hitler ordered cigarette rations to the soldiers be of such a number as to dissuade smoking. Six per day were issued to soldiers who smoked and non smokers were given other treats instead (e.g. chocolate). Soldiers wanting more than six cigarettes per day could sometimes buy up to 50 per month more. But these extra supplies were often unavailable during times of rapid advance or retreat. Women accompanying the Wehrmacht were forbidden any cigarettes whatsoever.
Did Hitler's efforts accomplish his desire of a smokeless citizenry? In 1944 a greater proportion of the male population in uniform were smoking but a significantly lower proportion were heavy smokers. Did Dietrich cut down on his smoking under pressure to do so? If he did not during the war, he might well have in the impoverished post-war Germany when smoking in the German population dropped significantly.
An easy to read, informative website examining this subject: http://web.archive.org/web/20041029154829/http://forces.minnesota.321webmaster.com/documents/proctor.htm
Look at all that saluting! What's it all about?
There is some question about the origins of the military salute, but no matter the origins, the salute is practised by the military of all nations - in one form or another.
A Dog's Life
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