Colonel Hogan leads a ragtag band of POW's caught behind German lines in this popular television comedy. The bumbling Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel Klink is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan and his fellow prisoners. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
If you liked World War II, you'll love Hogan's Heroes!
Did You Know?
The standard rifle of the German army in WW2 was the Mauser K98, but the rifle carried by Sgt. Hans Schultz (John Banner) and most of the other German guards at Luft Stalag 13 is actually a U.S. military issue Krag Jorgensen rifle. The Krag Jorgensen, used by the U.S. military in the early 1900s, was most likely substituted for the Mauser do to its abundant availability as cheap war surplus in the U.S. and its general resemblance to the Mauser rifle. See more
The Germans usually address each other by the U.S. equivalent of their ranks. Sergeant Schultz's rank is "Oberfeldwebel". Colonel Klink is "Oberst". Captain Gruber is "Hauptmann". The Gestapo and S.S. had their own rank system, which was different than the traditional military rank system, so Major Hochstetter should not be called 'Major'. See more
[in an argument with a captain about safehousing a truck and cargo
I'm afraid I cannot accommodate you, Captain. Please take your truck and its cargo some other place.
I have orders.
[Hands over papers with orders to Klink
The only orders that I am interested in are my own orders.
[Klink in a casual tone starts reading to himself the captain's orders paper
"All ranks are ordered to extend complete cooperation, assist without question. Ahmmm. Failure... punishment execution by firing squad. ...