Raid on Rommel (1971)


Introduction

In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfil a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

Outline

In Libya in 1942, Captain Alex Foster (Burton), an intelligence officer with the British Army, allows himself to be captured by a German Afrika Korps convoy transporting British prisoners, pretending to be injured. Once integrated with the prisoners, remnants of a commando force and a medical unit, Foster outlines his plans to take over the convoy, with the help of the prisoners, and redirect it towards the Libyan port town of Tobruk.

On the way, they find an unexpected concentration of German tanks, and they surmise that a fuel depot must be hidden nearby. Foster, in Afrika Corps uniform, and Major Tarkington (Clinton Greyn), the medical officer as his ‘prisoner’, gain access to the depot and meet Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Wolfgang Preiss). During a friendly dispute over philately between Rommel and Tarkington, Foster notices a map which indicates the location of the fuel depot.

They make excuses, leave, capture a tank, and blow up the fuel dump. They escape towards Tobruk, where they destroy a coastal battery. The prisoners are embarked in boats launched by attacking Royal Navy warships. However, Foster and Tarkington are captured by German soldiers. The film leaves their fates unexplained.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Henry Hathaway.
  • Producer: Harry Tatelman.
  • Writer: Richard M. Bluel.
  • Music: Hal Mooney.
  • Cinematography: Earl Roth.
  • Editor: Gene Palmer.
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures.
  • Release Date: 12 February 1971.
  • Running Time: 98 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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