He insists upon leading the Rat Patrol on a mission to disrupt a German oil pipeline, despite his deteriorated condition. Troy ends up shot and captured. Moffitt tries to make it to a truck using smoke grenades, but is captured by Dietrich. But as Troy attempts to plant the explosives, Dietrich catches on to the plan and gives alarm. During the 1967—68 season, it faced competition in and , which were shown in the same time slot, bookended by and the. Troy wants to attempt to rescue the doctor but can't because of the storm. Troy thinks the elder Moffitt must be dead.
Suddenly a German patrol attacks, wounding Tully and destroying the Patrol's jeeps, water and weapons. Indeed, the Nazi's Colonel Voss wants to see the Patrol wiped out and uses the exchange as a trap. A second German unit appears and shoots Tully. It is up to Troy to negotiate with Dietrich. The German vehicles were actually American , self-propelled guns, and painted in desert sand colors.
Hours later, near their end, Troy and his men stagger toward an inviting waterhole to find it has been poisoned. Feeling guilty, Troy decides to take her to a German field hospital. For a few episodes during the second season, the storyline required the temporary absence of Tully. Richard Brockway was film editor on several episodes, including this one. Wounded and rescued by Moffatt and Pettigrew, before he dies he informs them that he's got to stop the medical supplies, as some are poisonous. Gudegast later became famous as a soap opera star under the pseudonym. But, instead, they assign him to be in charge of the security.
As a leverage tool against the actors asking for raises, each major cast member was, after the first season, shown a separate prospective script in which he was killed in action. When Moffatt destroys the deadly supplies he is put under arrest by a British Army Major. This prevents the Allies from losing a lot of tanks. She turns them over to him and, in the end, when the Patrol manages to escape—and blow up the radar base—he is killed. Although running only two seasons, The Rat Patrol remains a highly popular and iconic series to this day. It is now up to the rest of the Patrol to cause enough diversion to get him free.
It was seen by some to cheapen and sensationalize the memory and spirit of those who died fighting fascism. Dietrich reveals that Troy is carrying a vial of deadly radium. With the exception of Troy, they're all captured and taken to Dietrich's desert base. A second German unit appears and shoots Tully. Major Heinrich Bruder however suspects Moffitt and exposes him, but by the time he does, Moffitt manages to get Bruder killed in his place and escape.
It is up to Troy to negotiate with Dietrich. The woman continues to plead with Dietrich to give Troy medical attention. The necessary equipment, though, can only reach them in time via an ancient road which is now hidden by sand, a road only Moffitt's father can find. Part of the show's first season was filmed in , Spain, with the rest in the United States. In the end they do make the attempt as they hear that the Germans are going to do the same.
The patrol must rescue the boy from the island's garrison with only the help of one resistance fighter. As Dietrich is questioning Troy, though, Troy breaks free, shoots the German and is able—with the Arab woman's father's help—to get the explosives planted. Tully Pettigrew Justin Tarr Called one of the Army's best wheelmen by Troy, Tully grew up in Kentucky and apparently gained his remarkable driving skills by running. The Allies and the Nazis agree to put the war on hold and work together to get the child who is still alive out. George's injury contributed to his 1983 death. With the odds decidedly against the Rats, Troy takes refuge in an oasis. Again Moffitt escapes the team and goes after his father—finally rescuing him.
On the way to the landing site, Moffitt's father's plane crashes. Troy wore a typical of Australian troops. On destroying the building, Troy discovers that there is no ammo—but there is a confused teenage boy. He rises to the occasion and they make it back to Moffitt and Tully in time to save Moffitt's life. Troy and his men are able to fight off the boarding party and escape into town, but at the cost of Bertaine's life. The embittered young partisans, lead by a 17-year-old Jean-Claude, and his fiery girlfriend, Monique, are determined to do things their way in an unplanned raid in an impenetrable S.