Hogan's Heroes

Trivia: During WW2 Robert Clary, who played Louis LeBeau, had been imprisoned at Drancy internment camp in France, and at Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp where he was tattooed with the number "A5714." He was the youngest of 16 children. Twelve members of his immediate family were sent to Auschwitz, and perished.

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Trivia: In the five seasons of his involvement, Ivan Dixon of Staff Sergeant James (Ivan) "Kinch" Kinchloe, his nickname, Ivan, was used only once. Otherwise, he was usually called Kinch.

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Trivia: Howard Caine, who was best known as Major Wolgang Hochstetter, was born in Tennessee, was Jewish, and served in the United States Navy in WWII in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. He was fluent in 32 American and foreign dialects.

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Trivia: Werner Klemperer (Kommandant Wilhelm Klink) was born 1920. So in S5: Ep16 "Get Fit or Go Fight", when he says to Carter, "I am 49", he's telling his real age.

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Trivia: In the first few seasons the "snow" was actually salt piled in strategic places, along with patches of white paint. Later on, it was all white paint on the roofs and ground.

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Trivia: Larry Hovis (Sgt. Carter) refused to remove his wedding band, and so, he usually (with several exceptions) wore gloves.

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Trivia: In the show, Klink is depicted as thoroughly unmusical and an atrocious violinist. In real life, Werner Klemperer was a proficient violinist and also a piano player. After the show was canceled, he worked as a classical musician.

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Trivia: Werner Klemperer was Jewish. When he was a child, he and his parents fled Germany when WWII broke out. Klemperer plays Klink as a buffoon, always losing in the end, and totally oblivious to the Allies shenanigans; he insisted that it be written into the contract that this formula be followed. Otherwise, another man would have been Klink.

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Trivia: The ever-present helmet on Klink's desk and in the opening and closing credits is a "Pickelhaube" (pronounced pickle-how-be). It was originally a Prussian helmet design that later spread throughout the German Reich and beyond. It quickly became a symbol of Prussian militarism and hints at Klinks military career in the 1st WW. The spike on top was supposed to deflect a sabre blow from an enemy. The ones on the desk are the 1915 model, identified by it's easily detachable tip. Since it was inadequate in a modern combat environment - it was made from leather - it was succeeded in 1916 by the nowadays equally iconic Stahlhelm.

Trivia: 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.

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Trivia: When the outside night time activities were filmed (i.e., entering or exiting the Emergency entrance, et cetera), and it was at the back lot film location, it was during the day, and the cameras were fitted with "night lenses." This was a special filter that turned day time to an evening setting.

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