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Hogan's Heroes

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Hogan's Heroes
HogHero - BoxCover.jpg
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Channel CBS
Genre Military sitcom
Broadcast September 17, 1965 - March 28, 1971
No. of Seasons 6
No. of Episodes 168
Main Cast
Character Actor
Robert E. Hogan Bob Crane
Wilhelm Klink Werner Klemperer
Hans Georg Schultz John Banner
Louis LeBeau Robert Clary
Peter Newkirk Richard Dawson
Ivan Kinchloe Ivan Dixon
Andrew Carter Larry Hovis
Richard Baker Kenneth Washington

Hogan's Heroes is a comedy television series produced by Bing Crosby Productions that centered around a group of Allied prisoners imprisoned in the German Prisoner Of War camp Stalag 13 during World War II. After creating a vast underground tunnel network directly beneath the prison complex, the group, led by US Colonel Robert E. Hogan (Bob Crane), begins to disrupt the German war machinery through cunning sabotage operations. The series ran from 1965 to 1971 across 6 Seasons with a total number of 168 episodes.

The following weapons were used in the television series Hogan's Heroes:


Beretta M1934

Major Bonacelli (Hans Conried) uses a Beretta M1934 in "The Pizza Parlor", (Season 1, Episode 22). The handgun made a reappearance in "How to Catch a Papa Bear" (Season 4, Episode 3) in the hands of Sergeants Kinchloe (Ivan Dixon) and Carter (Larry Hovis). The use by Major Bonacelli marks one of the few occurrences were a character is portrayed using a weapon that a potential real life counterpart would have used as well. The Beretta M1934 was the standard sidearm of the Italian Armed Forces - the Esercito Italiano - during World War II.

Beretta Model 1934, - .380 ACP.
Major Bonacelli (Hans Conried) aims his Beretta M1934 at his German driver in "The Pizza Parlor", (Season 1, Episode 22)
A good look at the slide.
Kinchloe (Ivan Dixon) holds the Beretta M1934 in "How to Catch a Papa Bear" (Season 4, Episode 3).

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Frequently seen in use by Hogan's men and a few resistance members is the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 acp
Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane) with a Colt Model 1903 in "Hogan Springs" (Season 2, Episode 7).
One of the RAF members pulling a Colt Model 1903 in "Information Please" (Season 2, Episode 15).

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer

The Colt Model 1903 is certainly the single most common sidearm used by Hogan's men.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer - .38 ACP
"A lousy pistol! I'd like to swap it for a tank!" Newkirk (Richard Dawson) holds a Colt Model 1903 in "The General Swap" (Season 2, Episode 17). His remark coincides with his apparent love for the Colt M1911.
Cpl. Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary) with his Colt Model 1903 in "The Hostage" (Season 3, Episode 15).
In "A Russian Is Coming" (Season 3, Episode 12), Igor Piotkin (Bob Hastings) takes Hogan's Colt Model 1903 and holds it on him.
Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane) holds his Colt Model 1903 in "The Experts" (Season 6, Episode 2).
LeBeau (Robert Clary) holds Seifert (Monte Markham) at gunpoint in "Eight O'Clock and All Is Well" (Season 6, Episode 8).

Colt M1911

Never seen in the hands of resistance members, the Colt M1911 appears to be an exclusive weapon of the Stalag 13 prisoners. It is carried most frequently by Corporal Newkirk (Richard Dawson).

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Cpl. Peter Newkirk (Richard Dawson) with a Colt M1911 in "Hogan, Go Home" (Season 3, Episode 19).
In "To The Gestapo With Love" (Season 4, Episode 5) Newkirk (Richard Dawson) holds a Colt M1911 pistol, while Carter (Larry Hovis) holds a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer.
Hogan (Bob Crane) loads a Colt M1911 in "How to Catch a Papa Bear" (Season 4, Episode 3).
Newkirk (Richard Dawson) sets down his M1911 in "It's Dynamite" (Season 6, Episode 10).

Luger P08

Most prominently featured in the pilot episode and used throughout the rest of the series by German soldiers and resistance members. Colonel Klink has two Luger P08 with pearl or ivory grips in "To Russia Without Love" (Season 6, Episode 18).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
Wagner (Noam Pitlik) picks up a cigarette lighter in the shape of a Luger P08 in the Pilot episode "The Informer" (Season 1, Episode 1).
Colonel Crittendon (Bernard Fox) nervously fondles around with a Luger P08 in "The Assassin" (Season 1, Episode 29).
Sgt. Schultz (John Banner) has a Luger P08 held on him in "The Missing Klink" (Season 4, Episode 15).
Capt. Steiner (Gordon Pinsent) holds his Luger P08 on Carter and Hogan in "The Dropouts" (Season 6, Episode 14).

Walther P38

Standard sidearm of the German soldiers.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A German soldier fires his P38 in “The Crittendon Plan” (Season 3, Episode 1).
Hogan (Bob Crane), disguised as a SS officer, with a Walther P38 in "Carter Turns Traitor" (Season 3, Episode 16).
Major Hochstetter (Howard Caine) aims a Walther P38 in "The Defector" (Season 5, Episode 10).

Iver Johnson Revolver

A Iver Johnson Revolver is used by the "Milk Maid" in "Diamonds in the Rough" (Season 2, Episode 3). It can also be seen in "The Rise and Fall of Sergeant Schultz" (Season 2, Episode 6) in the hands of Cpl. Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary). A German doctor is also using one to examine Newkirk's reflexes in "The Swing Shift" (Season 2, Episode 21).

Iver Johnson - .32 S&W
Hogan finds himself held at gunpoint by Myra (Ulla Strömstedt) with a Iver Johnson Revolver in "Diamonds in the Rough" (Season 2, Episode 3).

Submachine Guns


Wielded by part of the German forces. These appear to be a mix of replica MP40 and plastic props. The latter can be recognized by the filled-in front sights, the space between the magazine well and the folding stock. In a rather memorable scene from "Kommandant Schultz", Colonel Klink takes a MP40 out of Schultz's hands and accidentally unloads a full volley into the roof of the Hausnerhof Hotel, causing an immense amount of damage. It also marks one of only two scenes were the generally bad trigger discipline on the show is directly addressed. The second situation takes place during "Never Play Cards With Strangers" (Season 4, Episode 7). During the early run of the show, the MP40 was a rare sight, being substituted in most cases by the Thompson Submachine Gun. The latter was gradually phased out as the production had more of the former available for on screen use.

MP40 - 9x19mm
"Parlez-vous Français? Of course, you pigs would not." One of the guards at the gate carrying a plastic MP40 as Maurice Dubois surrenders in "Nights in Shining Armor" (Season 3, Episode 8).
Cpl. Newkirk (Richard Dawson) carrying what appears to be a replica MP40 in "Carter Turns Traitor" (Season 3, Episode 16). Both the receiver and front sights are different to those of an actual Maschinenpistole 40.
One of the SS men in "How To Catch A Papa Bear" (Season 4, Episode 3) wields a MP40.
Colonel Klink (Werner Klemperer) sets down a MP40 in "Kommandant Schultz" (Season 6, Episode 7).

Thompson Submachine Gun

Used as a stand-in for the MP40 by German forces and by members of the resistance. Most of the Thompson Submachine Guns appear to be replicas which have metal shoulder stocks, pistol grips and foregrips. They also seem to lack an ejection port and have filled in rear sights. In certain scenes the brown paint, made to cover up the metal below, is clearly seen chipping off of parts of the weapon. A likely reason for their use would be unavailability of real, or replica, MP40 Submachine Guns. The prop shop then could've chosen to use already existing Thompson replicas (few of the ones seen on screen were real).

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
A British commando aims his M1 Thompson in "Kommandant of the Year" (Season 1, Episode 3).
A guard carries one of the suspected replicas in "Go Light on the Heavy Water" (Season 1, Episode 9).
Cpl. Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary) carrying a Thompson Model 1928 in "Hogan, Go Home" (Season 3, Episode 19). An odd thing is that the magazine appears to be taped to the weapon.


Krag-Jørgensen rifle

Despite the Karabiner 98K being the correct rifle, used by the German military before, during and after WWII, the show used an American issued rifle, the Krag-Jørgensen rifles as a stand-in for the German Karabiner 98 or "K98". The major visual difference between this and the Karabiner 98 is the loading gate on the right side of the receiver. This particular weapon was the service rifle of the U.S military from the late 19th to early 20th century. When it proved to be inferior to the weapons of enemy combatants in the field in terms of performance it was phased out and the remains, that the armed forces had kept as a reserve, were put up for sale on the civilian market in the 1920s.

US Property Marked Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 Rifle - .30-40 Krag
Colonel Klink (Werner Klemperer), disguised as a private, shoulders his Krag-Jørgensen in "Diamonds in the Rough" (Season 2, Episode 3).
Marko (Cliff Osmond) threatens Hogan with his Krag-Jørgensen rifle in “The Crittendon Plan” (Season 3, Episode 1).
Hogan (Bob Crane) fires a Krag-Jørgensen rifle in "Nights in Shining Armor" (Season 3, Episode 8)
The most efficient piece of the Third Reich's warmachine, Sgt. Schultz (John Banner), holds his Krag-Jørgensen rifle in "Color the Luftwaffe Red" (Season 4, Episode 8).

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine can be seen used by Maurice Dubois (Felice Orlandi) in "A Russian is Coming" (Season 3, Episode 12) and Nadya (Naomi Stevens) in “The Crittendon Plan” (Season 3, Episode 1).

M1 Carbine - .30
In “The Crittendon Plan” (Season 3, Episode 1), Nadya (Naomi Stevens) carries a M1 Carbine.
Among the weapons used by resistance member Maurice Dubois (Felice Orlandi) is an M1 Carbine with what appears to be a side-folding stock and metal upper handguard.

M1 Garand

Seen in the hands of LeBeau (Robert Clary) in "Monkey Business"(Season 3, Episode 29).

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Cpl. Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary) aims an M1 Garand in "Monkey Business" (Season 3, Episode 29).

M1903 Springfield

First seen during "The Scientist" (Season 1, Episode 12), on a weapon rack next to multiple Krag-Jørgensen rifles and during the last few episodes of Season 6. This weapon, like the Krag-Jørgensen, was meant as a stand-in for the Karabiner 98k. It's prominent presence in Hogan's Heroes final season can be put down to a lack of availability of the latter rifles and is a logical continuation of the shows lack of accuracy when displaying the equipment of the Third Reich's armed forces.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane) knocks over a rack of M1903 Springfield and Krag-Jørgensen rifles in "The Scientist" (Season 1, Episode 12).
A German soldier carries his M1903 Springfield in "Look at the Pretty Snowflakes" (Season 6, Episode 23).
Schultz (John Banner) hands Hogan his M1903 Springfield in "Rockets and Romance" (Season 6, Episode 24).

Mannlicher-Schoenauer Carbine

A sniper working for Major Teppel in "Bad Day in Berlin" (Season 4, Episode 11) uses what appears to be a Mannlicher-Schoenauer Carbine.

Mannlicher-Schoenauer Carbine
The sniper aims and fires to great effect.

Machine Guns

Browning M2

Appears in stock footage as armament on B-17 bombers and landing craft. A Browning M2 with barrel shroud can be seen mounted on a M7 tank in "One Army at a Time" (Season 5, Episode 20). The tank served as a stand-in for the German Tiger tank, complete with fake markings and fitting flat grey paint job. This is it's second appearance, having already appeared in the second episode of Season 1 "Hold That Tiger" (Season 1, Episode 2).

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Two Browning M2 mounted on a landing craft in "The Prisoner's Prisoner" (Season 1, Episode 6).
"Low and outside for a ball. Try it two degrees left, uh?". Hogan (Bob Crane) zeroes his men in on a German bridge in "One Army at a Time" (Season 5, Episode 20).
Here the large charging handle of the M2 (circled in red) is clearly visible on it's right side.

Browning M1919

Browning M1919 are used in Stalag 13 towers. The majority of the turrets placed around the camps perimeter fence appear to be mock-ups. With the limited budget the show ran on, the production crew probably opted to build fakes, rather than invest the money into acquiring real Browning M1919.

Browning M1919 .30-06 on M2 tripod
A Browning .303 Mark II mounted in one of the prison camps towers in "How to Cook a German Goose by Radar" (Season 1, Episode 24).
Guards cover Hogan (Bob Crane) and his men in "At Last- Schultz Knows Something" (Season 5, Episode 14) with a water cooled Browning M1919.
A machine gun crew opens fire with their Browning M1919 in "The Gypsy" (Season 6, Episode 13).

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun makes a brief appearance in Stalag 13's ammunition depot in "German Bridge Is Falling Down" (Season 1, Episode 7). The other weapons seen mounted on the walls in that particular scene are plastic molds that represent no real firearm.

Lewis gun - .303 British
As Hogan's Heroes take the Prison Camp's munition supply apart, a Lewis Gun can be seen on the middle left. The weapon rack behind Newkirk holds M1903 Springfield and Krag-Jørgensen rifles, the former being on the side facing the camera.

MG 34

The MG 34. Featured in repeatedly re-used stock footage by German soldiers.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
One of multiple pieces of stock footage showing the firing of an MG 34.


The MG42 can be seen in "Everyone Has a Brother-in-Law" (Season 2, Episode 23) and "War Takes a Holiday" (Season 3, Episode 21).

MG42 Light Machine Gun 7.92x57mm Mauser
Two Luftwaffe men prepare to fire a MG42 in "Everyone Has a Brother-in-Law" (Season 2, Episode 23).
A SS soldier holds his Maschinengewehr Modell 42 on Kommandant Klink (Werner Klemperer) in "War Takes a Holiday" (Season 3, Episode 21).


(fake) Model16 Stielhandgranate

In "Praise the Fuhrer and Pass the Ammunition" (Season 2, Episode 19), SS officers training close to Stalag 13 are using fake Stielhandgranaten. They make a reappearance in "Sergeant Schultz Meets Mata Hari" (Season 3, Episode 4) and "The Empty Parachute" (Season 5, Episode 11). The prop department apparently did not do much research on how the actual Model 16 works, so the cord with which the grenade is primed is not kept within the handle, but is attached to the head of the grenade (the "Pot"). A different build of fakes are used in "The Big Broadcast" (Season 6, Episode 12), which lack the priming cord altogether and have a silvery finish.

Model16 Stielhandgranate.
Colonel Hogan (Bob Crane) holds one of the training grenades in "Praise the Fuhrer and Pass the Ammunition" (Season 2, Episode 19). Note the hook, so the actors could carry them around on their belts.
Schultz (John Banner) is relieved of one of his Model 16 Stielhandgranaten in "The Empty Parachute" (Season 5, Episode 11).
Major Hochstetter (Howard Caine) with a whole load of fake Model 16 Stielhandgranaten in "The Big Broadcast" (Season 6, Episode 12).

Mk 2 fragmentation grenade

In "At Last- Schultz Knows Something" (Season 5, Episode 14) Carter (Larry Hovis) can be seen producing a Mk 2 hand grenade from inside his jacket. The group is often shown to simply remove needed weapons from Stalag 13's armory and they frequently receive equipment drops from Allied Command, the latter explaining how Carter was able to get his hands on it, though the logic of carrying U.S. made explosives in the middle of Germany is questionable.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Carter (Larry Hovis) shows Hogan the Mk 2 hand grenade during "At Last- Schultz Knows Something" (Season 5, Episode 14).

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