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>
By the way Bob Crane and his fellow prisoners act, it hard to tell who caught who. In color. (season two)
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Did You Know?
Throughout the series, Colonel Hogan and Sgt. Carter are said to be from the U.S. Air Force. This is incorrect. There are times they are said to be Army Air Corps. This is also incorrect. The U.S. Air Force did NOT exist until 1947. Prior to that this branch was part of the Army. It was the US Army Air Corps from 1926 until June of 1941 (before the US entered WWII). From June 1941 until the US Air Force was created separately from the Army in 1947 it was the US Army Air Forces. Actually the Army Air Corps became a combat branch of the U.S. Army Air Force and was not done away with completely until 1947 when the U.S. Air Force was created. See more
In one scene taking place in a German laboratory, a periodic table of elements is hanging on a wall. It shows all the 103 elements known to science in the 1960s, but during the war, fewer than 92 elements were known: the rest were created by nuclear science, including several instrumental in the top-secret Manhattan Project. See more
No prisoner escapes from Stalag 13!
Referenced in Summertime Switch