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A Russian Is Coming - S3-E12

Factual error: The guard delivering the Russian captive in the tunnel at the start of the show has a paratrooper M1 carbine with a bayonet lug. Bayonet lugs were not attached to M1 carbines until after the war.

The Softer They Fall - S5-E18

Factual error: Burkhalter refers to Jesse Owens winning the gold medals in the Berlin Olympics, and that Hitler left the stadium every time Owens was to be presented a medal. Truth was, Hitler left the stadium when another black man won the day before, and didn't snub Owens at all. In fact, Hitler wasn't in attendance the days Owens won.

Tanks for the Memory - S2-E9

Factual error: In the very end, Klink comes up to the boys. As he stands beside Hogan, the Desilu Studios Water Tower is present behind them.

Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Factual error: When Shultz is standing at the top of the ramp with a crate marked "hors d'oeuvres", talking with Carter and Lebeau, if you look to the right of Shultz's head (camera's left) you can see a modern metal water tower.

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Factual error: In three episodes of season 1, an aircraft is shown dropping parachutists. This aircraft is a Fairchild C-119. First flown as the C-82 Packet on Sep. 10, 1944, it wasn't operational until 1947.

Show generally

Factual error: In many episodes, mainly the early episodes, some German guards carry Thompson submachine guns; an American weapon.

Show generally

Factual error: Throughout the entire series, there are often uniforms that are incorrect; an oversized eagle on German Visor Caps appears most often.

Bad Day in Berlin - S4-E11

Factual error: Hogan and his men are in Berlin to capture a traitor. They arrive at the Hotel Berlin in an ambulance and park near a K2 phone booth, something only found in England and its colonies, certainly never in the heart of Nazi Germany.

The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Factual error: When the men are lined up to take the strongboxes of gold to switch with bricks, each man in line easily hefts and tosses them to the next man. Gold bricks weigh over 27.5 pounds (12.4kg) apiece. If there 10 bricks per box (going by the size of the boxes), then that comes to 275 pounds per box, plus the weight of the box, which these guys are tossing around without a problem.

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When Hogan heads into Klink's flower bed to get the dog, you can see a modern steel water tank in the distance.



Hogan's Heroes was originally conceived as a comedy set in a U.S. Penitentiary. Creator Bernard Fein tried for four years to sell it, gave up, and was headed home on a plane when he saw a passenger reading the novel Von Ryan's Express. That gave him an idea. He flew back to Hollywood with a proposal for a show now set in a German P.O.W. Camp, and sold the series in four days.