The Desert Rats

The Desert Rats

DVD - 2002
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Story of the Allied troops who held Rommel at bay in North Africa despite being hopelessly outnumbered.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2002
Edition: Full screen
Branch Call Number: DVDW DESER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 25, 2017

Directed by Robert Wise and originally released in 1953, this 88-minute docudrama depicts the Siege of Tobruk in North Africa during World War II.
Richard Burton stars in this exciting film about the courageous men who held off notorious German Field Marchsal Erwin Tommel (played by James Mason) despite being hopelessly outnumbered.
The film is based on the Australian 9th Division, who were charged with the defence of Tobruk under the command of General Leslie Morshead.
Hoping to survive against overwhelming odds for two months, the garrison held off the best of Rommel's Afrika Korps for over eight months.
Morshead was a distinguished Australian citizen-soldier, but is depicted in the film as the anonymous "General" and played by English actor Robert Douglas.
It turns out to be a well-crafted and entertaining docudrama.

Jun 27, 2017

Great WWII classic set in N. Africa where a British officer is placed in charge of a company of Aussies. Great action, with it's foundation set in factual history.


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