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Fort Courage is visited by a Prussian balloonist.
Did You Know?
When Col. von Zeppel asks Capt. Parmenter for an orderly he says, "We Prussians have a 'begleiter', the British officers have a 'batman'. You Americans, you do not have a batman?" This is a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the TV show Batman
(1966), which aired directly before F Troop on Thursday nights on the ABC network. See more
Col. Zeppel wears the Iron Cross on his tunic. The decoration had been instituted in 1814, but was allowed to lapse shortly after the Napoleonic Wars, only to be reinstated during the 1871 Franco-Prussian War (still a few years ahead of the 1866 time frame for the series). See more
Chief Wild Eagle
[upon seeing the balloon floating over the Hekawi camp
IT IS BALLOON!