Series: Hogan's Heroes
Episode: Operation Briefcase
Original Airdate: October 7, 1966
Production Number: 5784-35
Written by: Laurence Marks
Directed by: Gene Reynolds
Produced by: Edward H. Feldman & William A. Calihan

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Prisoners Edit

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Semi-Regulars Edit


Guest Stars Edit

Synopsis Edit

Hogan is ordered to give a German general a briefcase containing a time bomb to aid him in an assassination plot against Hitler.

Story Notes Edit

Timeline Notes and Speculations Edit

  • This episode takes place in the summer of 1944, and alludes to a real plot to kill Hitler. The last scene of the episode apparently takes place on the same day as the real-life attempt on Hitler - July 20, 1944.
  • The real-life attempt on Hitler's life went awry only because the briefcase being used was unknowningly moved by an aide from where it had originally been placed. The bomb still injured Hitler but it did not kill him as intended, although it killed several of the people around him. Almost all of the conspirators would be dead by the end of the war, killed by Hitler's minions or dead by their own hand in order to escape arrest.
  • London probably learned about General Stauffen and his supporters from the list of anti-Hitler conspirators obtained by our heroes in Duel of Honor.
  • On July 11, 1944, Stauffenberg attended Hitler's conferences carrying a bomb in his briefcase, but because the conspirators had decided that Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Göring should be killed simultaneously if the planned mobilization of Operation Valkyrie was to have a chance to succeed, he held back at the last minute because Himmler was not present.

Quotes Edit

(Schultz to Kinch after he was late for roll call)

  • Schultz: ... Where have you been? Nothing is more important than roll call. What kept you?
  • Kinch: I was gettin' a message from London on our secret radio.
  • Schultz: Well, as long as you have a good excuse… (chuckles) Secret radio…(chuckles) in a POW camp… (chuckles, but not sure if he was told the truth) impossible!
  • Kinch: Now he tells me.

  • Klink: Good. Now men, I have a very important announcement to make.
  • Newkirk: Hey, they're gonna surrender.
  • LeBeau: Smart move.
  • Carter: (to a prisoner next to him) Hey, the krauts are gonna surrender.
  • Prisoner: Who told you?
  • Carter: I just heard it.

All prisoners cheer at the news.

  • Klink: Colonel Hogan control your men.
  • Hogan: Oh I can't sir. The news of your surrender has…
  • Klink: Who said anything about a surrender.
  • Hogan: You did, sir.
  • Klink: When?
  • Hogan: Just now. You used the word yourself.
  • Klink: Only to deny it.
  • Hogan: Well, it had to start somewhere.
  • Klink: Silence.
  • Hogan: OK men, the surrenders off.

  • Guard: What are you doing outside your barracks?
  • Carter: Oh, I… I… I’m looking for Felix. I… I guess he ran away.
  • Guard: What?
  • Carter: Felix. My pet mouse. Everybody knows Felix. You know, he… he’s about this big. (uses fingers to measure a couple of inches) Has a nice little smile. Except when cats are around, of course.
  • Guard: Get back in the barracks or I will report you.
  • Carter: Wha…? And leave Felix out here alone? There are dogs roaming around and they double as cats in wartime.

Bloopers Edit

External links Edit

Previous episode:
Diamonds in the Rough
Next episode:
The Battle of Stalag 13

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