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General Hans Burkhalter

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

General der Infanterie Albert Hans “Hansy” Burkhalter (Leon Askin) is Klink’s superior officer who frequently tires of Klink’s babbling and incompetence, often telling him to “shut up” and threatening to send him to the Russian Front. Burkhalter was mystified by Stalag 13’s perfect record, unable to make sense of it in combination with its Kommandant’s frequently-evidenced incompetence. Klink’s outstanding record at Stalag 13 was the primary reason for General Burkhalter never actually making good on any of his threats towards Klink. General Burkhalter’s confusion over Klink’s skill as a Kommandant when he appears to be an idiot in all other regards was a running gag in “Hogan’s Heroes”. Burkhalter affected to live a Spartan existence like a good German officer, but in reality, he loved the good life, even in war. He was scared to death of Mrs. Burkhalter (calling her “the highest authority in Germany”), testifying to this several times during the series and after Hogan managed to get a few photos of the general with very attractive women. As the series progressed, he suspected Hogan’s greater role at Stalag 13; however, in the end, Burkhalter, like the others, came to depend upon Hogan to get them out of trouble with the High Command when one scheme or the other ran off the tracks. Burkhalter is promoted from colonel to general by the High Command between the first and second episodes. His rank is equivalent to a lieutenant (three-star) general in the American forces.Image

 

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