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1. Who did Moffitt replace?   Cotter.

This could well be a picture of poor Cotter (Suncompass doesn't think this picture is of Tully standing beside Hitch, but with the goggles and helmet on, it is hard to be entirely sure. No matchstick in his mouth though.). 

The episode credits Cotter as being portrayed by Whitey Christy.  According to IMDB, Whitey Christy appeared in a couple of Roy Rogers western movies from the late 1940s. Suncompass hopes he didn't get shot off his horse as quickly as he got shot off the Rat Patrol jeep in the pilot episode.

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2. Who was the Rat Patrol's C.O.? In the pilot?  In the series?  Colonel Quint in the pilot and Captain Boggs for the rest of the series.

Suncompass is sure there is a good reason why they needed a Colonel to keep them in line in the pilot episode but only needed a Captain later on (Was Cotter a particularly difficult to control soldier perhaps?).

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3. What was the title of the pilot episode?  The Chase of Fire Raid.

All the episodes were 'this Raid' or 'that Raid'.  Director John Peyser didn't know who picked out the names but according to 'The TV Collector' (no. 94, August 1998, Jon Etter) it was Tom Gries who started the 'Raid' practice with the pilot episode. The episode names didn't always remain the same from production to air either.  See one example here.

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4. What does Hitch use to camouflage a bomb in the Wildest Raid of All?  In a water bottle/canteen.

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5. What battalion do the Rats belong to as given on the Rat Patrol collector cards?  111th Armor Reconn. B.N.

That was according to the collector cards, but by the time the Last Chance Raid happened they seemed to have joined another unit.

 

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6. What unit do the Rats belong to in the series?  Long Range Desert Patrol attached to Head Quarters, 2nd Corps.

This bit of information came from the Last Chance Raid when Troy used the German radio station to warn a British unit that they were heading into a trap set by the Germans.

 

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7. Complete this Moffitt quotation - "Meteorology, sand conditions..."   "...odds and ends."

Let's see.  What odds and ends did Moffitt actually use in that first episode in order to help the Rat Patrol destroy the buried ammo/fuel dump? 

He used navigation, map reading, firing at the enemy from a moving vehicle without falling out, tea brewing, site identification, sand pattern classification and interpretation, on site evaluation of residues in sand, and how to lay out a wire for detonating a charge....and last, but most definitely not least, he knew how to take direction from Troy. 

He got a permanent job with the Rat Patrol  (mind you, he was 'hired' before he got smitten with Troy's girlfriend. Perhaps Troy would not have been so keen to 'hire' Moffitt after that.).

 

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8. Complete this Troy quotation - "If you have to moan..."  "...do it in German."

In the Life against Death Raid Hitch had been injured and urgently needed surgery, but the nearest hospital was a German one.  The patrol agreed that they would all take Hitch into the German hospital for surgery and then they'd all take him out. 

Troy reminded Hitch, as they prepared to take him into the German camp, "If you have to moan, do it in German."

 

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9. Who played the German doctor in the Life Against Death Raid?   Ed Asner

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10. What does Hitch's tattoo say?  Fort Benning, G.A.

 

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11. What year was on Hitch's tattoo?  1942

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12. What is Hitch's stated expertise?  Ordnance

In the Kingdom Come Raid, Hitch was detached from the Rat Patrol because his knowledge of ordnance was needed elsewhere (to transport some special pressure sensitive shells).  Does this mean that Corporal Meekin had ordnance expertise too? Suncompass is just wondering if Meekin had any redeeming qualities whatsoever.

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13. What is Troy's favourite drink?  Icy cold glass of beer with a dash of salt

From the Gun Runner Raid we learn that Troy likes icy cold beer with a dash of salt.  The hospitable Ned - the Gun Runner - offered Troy and Moffitt each drinks.  How often do you suppose Troy could find an icy cold glass of beer with or without a dash of salt in the desert land during the war?  Suncompass also wonders how Ned knew what they liked to drink, if he knew at all and wasn't just guessing at their preferences.

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14. How many total kills did Tully get during the series?  72

Tully didn't get a lot of chances to fire the highly effective 50 on the back of the Rat Patrol jeeps.  He did, however, have a chance in the Trial by Fire Raid where he put it to effective use (27 kills) in helping to create a diversion at the train station . 

Suncompass hasn't done, and doesn't plan to do, a count of confirmed kills by any of the characters and left that to huge task entirely to the author of this quiz.


From Trial by Fire Raid

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15. What did Tully chase as a child when he got loose from his mammy's apron strings?  A butterfly

While the patrol waited for a missing Troy at the rendezvous spot in the Blind Man's Bluff Raid, Tully told a story from his childhood about how he wandered away from safety when he chased a butterfly.  He got lost and found the world to be a big and scary place.  Probably not half as scary as the place he was in when he told that story to his companions - in the middle of the desert war.

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16. What was the first name of Troy's nurse in Blind Man's Bluff Raid?  Pat

His nurse's full name, according to the series' credits, was Pat Bauer, and she was played by Salome Jens.

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17. What was Tully's stated expertise? (on the Rat Patrol cards)   marksmanship

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18. What country does Troy's hat represent?  Australia

If you missed reading all about Troy's interesting and very authentic Australian digger hat, see here.

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19. Complete this Moffitt quotation - "The desert is like a lady..."   " ...she puts on a new face every day."

Moffitt said these words in the pilot episode (Chase of Fire Raid) to drive home the importance of having an expert help the patrol find the buried dump.  To see more about how the desert can put on a new face, go here.

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20. Complete this Tully quotation - "I can fix his mouth a lot sooner..."  "...than I can fix this jeep."

Tully was feeling more than a little irritated - as were all the patrol members - with Archie Gribs in the Fatal Chase Raid.  Tully was, just this once, a little more vocal about it than the others.  Suncompass thinks that everyone in the vicinity would have been privately happy to have anyone take a monkey wrench to Gribs.

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21. What unit was Moffitt with before joining the Rat Patrol?  Royal Scots Greys

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22. How many kills did Moffitt get in the series?  102

Please don't ask Suncompass to list them because she can't.

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23. How many kills did Troy get in the series?  146

Suncompass can't possibly count that high so left the job of counting Troy's confirmed kills up to Barbo (author of this quiz).

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24. What motor company made the jeeps the Patrol used?

The initial contract for the jeeps supplied during the war was given to Willys but, perhaps because Willys was a small company, a second contract was given to Ford.  During the war "Ford manufactured 277,896 GPWs while Willys made 361,349 Mbs." [http://www.off-road.com/~early/l_head.html#MB

It might be impossible to tell which company made the Rat Patrol's jeep we saw on the show, but clearly Suncompass should look into it, and when she does she'll add that information to the website. 

Help from jeep experts is welcome.
Email Suncompass at Suncompass@fandom.tv

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25. What's Dietrich's first name?  Hans

Dietrich's first name appeared at the end credits for The Wildest Raid (first episode aired after the pilot).   If you haven't spotted the 'oops' in the picture to the left, see here.

Dietrich introduces himself including his first name in the second season in The Touch and Go Raid.

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26. How many kills did Hitch get in the series? 77

How did Hitch manage to get so many more kills than Tully? 

Hitch got to fire the 50 more often than Tully (like in Chase of Fire Raid) and he often went with Troy and therefore got more chances to shoot (like in Kill at Koorlea Raid) while Tully guarded the jeeps so they could safely withdraw when the time came.

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27. What was the name of Troy's girlfriend in the pilot episode?  Victoria Moore

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28. What was her nickname?  Vixen

Victoria Moore introduced herself to Moffitt at the end of the pilot episode, as "Victoria Moore.  Vixen."

Cheeky!

 


From Chase of Fire Raid

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29. What army rank did she have?  Sergeant

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30. Who was Moffitt's and Tully's contact in The Deadly Double RaidCraig


The hospital tent and compound from The Deadly Double Raid

In the POW camp, Moffitt and Tully were told that they could find Craig if they went 20 feet out of the hospital tent, 50 feet to the left, and then 6 feet straight down.  Clearly Craig wasn't going to tell them many secrets.

Can you figure out where Craig was buried? Was it inside the compound, under that structure at the far end of the compound, or was it outside the perimeter fence?

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31. Who played Sergeant Archie Gribs?  Gavin McLeod

Gavin McLeod became a familiar and infinitely more friendly face in The Mary Tyler Moore show when he played Murray Slaughter and then in Love Boat when he played Captain Stubbing.

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32. In what episode were Dietrich and Troy trapped in a cave?   Two Against Time Raid

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33. How many kills did Dietrich get in the series?  2 confirmed

If the picture to the left is Dietrich, then he had some proficiency with knife throwing and one of his confirmed kills was removing the MP guarding the mute boy at the beginning of The Hide and Go Seek Raid.

Another confirmed kill for Dietrich is when he dispatches the spy transmitting a secret message to the Allies in The Kill at Koorlea Raid (picture to right).

One of Dietrich's probable kills was not one of the Allies, but one of his own side.  Dietrich surely was responsible for the removal of Captain Wansee of the SS (in The Decoy Raid) and in so doing he did the Rat Patrol, and in particular Moffitt, a substantial favour.  Considering Wansee's despicable character, however, perhaps Dietrich's action ultimately helped the Germans too.

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34. What's a ghibli (Khibli, Gibli) and what's in it?  It is a drink made of lime juice, rum, and whiskey.  It is also a wind storm in the desert of Libya.

This was a mixed drink that Ned, in the Gun Runner Raid, handed to Moffitt as supposedly the Englishman's favourite drink.   Here's more information about the Ghibli drink and the desert phenomenon.

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35. Complete this Dietrich quote - "It is ridiculous to create a second front on ..."  "...such a small battlefield as this."

In the Moment of Truce Raid Dietrich said this to Hassan, the representative sent by the German propaganda ministry to make a deal with the Arab chieftan.  Hassan wanted to use the Rat Patrol as bargaining chips but Dietrich wasn't keen on the idea and said, "It is ridiculous to create a second front on such a small battlefield as this."

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36. Complete this Hitch quote - "Sarge,that German convoy doesn't come for 45 minutes.  You can't spend 45 minutes to..."  "...dig that guy out?"

Hitch was beside himself with worry about Troy who had been buried inside an German underground ammo dump in the Two Against Time Raid . He berated Moffitt for his apparent rush to detonate the charge that would surely kill Troy.

"Sarge, that German convoy doesn't come for 45 minutes.  You can't spend 45 minutes to dig that guy out?"

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