Desert Dispatches

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Zine
Title: Desert Dispatches
Publisher: Criterion Press
Editor(s): Anne Collins Smith
Date(s): May 2000
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Medium: print
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Genre: gen
Fandom: Rat Patrol
Language: English
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Desert Dispatches is a gen 100-page anthology of fiction, filks and articles by Anne Collins Smith that had been previously published in other fanzines. The cover and interior art was specially created for the fanzine by Chari Wessel.

  • Rat Patrol--A new fan is seduced by watching "The Rat Patrol"; sung to the tune of "Yesterday". Filk. (originally published in Of Dreams and Schemes #12) (3)
  • Author's Note (4)
  • Editor's Note (4)
  • The Next Best Thing Raid--The S.S. officer shot by Dietrich in the episode "The Decoy Raid" was under an internal investigation when he died, and the investigator wants to talk to Dietrich. (originally published in Heroes Plight #3) (5)
  • Troy--A limerick about Sgt. Sam Troy. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (17)
  • Moffitt--A limerick about Sgt. Jack Moffitt. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (17)
  • Overworked Expert--Filk to the tune of "Daisy, Daisy"; Jack Moffitt expresses some frustration over his indispensability as a desert expert. (18)
  • The Rats in a Trap Raid--Dietrich finds a way to outsmart the Allies' Road Watch technique. Can the Rats find a way to outsmart Dietrich? (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (19)
  • The In-Between Raids Raid--Orders arrive from HQ and the Rats speculate on what this episode--er, mission--will entail. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (29)
  • The Counter-Clockwise Raid--Troy is suspicious when a contact from the Special Air Services wants the Rat Patrol to take over a botched mission. (originally published in Remote Control #6) (33)
  • The One Good Turn Raid--Bartering for supplies in a neutral town, Dietrich is surprised to find Moffitt--and a secret Gestapo base. (originally published in Of Dreams and Schemes #11) (47)
  • I Am a Hauptmann of the Panzer Corps--Dietrich laments his lot in life to the tune of "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General". Filk. (originally published in Of Dreams and Schemes #12) (48)
  • The Sinking Ship Raid--A fanatic Nazi colonel blames Dietrich for the Rat Patrol's success. (originally printed in Texas Revelations #2) (49)
  • Tully--A limerick about Pvt. Tully Pettigrew. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (70)
  • Hitch--A limerick about Pvt. Mark Hitchcock. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (70)
  • The Death Before Capture Raid--Troy and Moffitt are given information whose secrecy is so vital that they must not be captured alive. (originally published in Heroes Plight #4) (71)
  • The Rat Patrol--A limerick about the team and their adventures. (86) (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2)
  • Dietrich--A limerick about Hauptmann Hans Dietrich. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (86)
  • Favorite Characters--A limerick about the appeal of the Rat Patrol characters. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (86)
  • The Real Thing--A limerick about the real LRDG. (originally printed in Lines in the Sand #2) (86)
  • The Mission of Death Raid--The Rat Patrol's latest orders are simple and specific: Assassinate Hans Dietrich. (originally printed in Remote Control Goes to War) (87)
  • Review of the novel "Dave Dawson in Libya" by Sidney Bowen. (originally printed in The Rat Patrol Dispatch) (97)
  • Review of the book "The Other Desert War" by John W. Gordon. (originally printed in The Rat Patrol Dispatch) (98)
  • An Air of Authenticity--A short biography of Alan Caillou, General Simms of "The Hide and Go Seek Raid". (originally printed in The Rat Patrol Dispatch) (99)

Art by Chari Wessel