|Episode:||The Ultimate Weapon|
|Original Airdate:||March 16, 1968|
|Written by:||Richard M. Powell|
|Directed by:||Marc Daniels|
|Produced by:||Edward H. Feldman & William A. Calihan|
- Colonel Hogan - Bob Crane
- Corporal Louis LeBeau - Robert Clary
- Corporal Peter Newkirk - Richard Dawson
- Sergeant James Kinchloe - Ivan Dixon
- Sergeant Andrew Carter - Larry Hovis
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Guest Stars Edit
Story Notes Edit
- This is the eighty-eighth produced episode of the series, but is the ninetieth to be shown on television and the twenty-eighth episode shown for the Third Season.
- This is the second episode in which one of the main German characters was given ESP powers to help complete a mission. This first time was in Season One's Psychic Kommandant.
- Hogan makes a comment about Japanese radios being of inferior quality. This is one of the instances where they poke fun at the "Made in Japan" craze of the 1960s during the series.
- There is no such town as Zuglitz in Germany.
- This episode spotlights a female SS officer who plans to defect to the Allies. In real life, women were barred from the ranks of the SS proper due to their gender, but auxiliary organizations existed for those who wished to serve. The idea of the female SS officer was pure fiction, invented by post-war American pulp writers and popularized by such movies as Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS (which was filmed on the Hogan's Heroes sets prior to their destruction).
Timeline Notes and Speculations Edit
- This episode appears to take place in late January of 1944. This is keyed to the bombing raid on Cologne and Hogan's reference to the failure of the Germans to retake Kiev. In real life, the January 1944 bombing raid on Cologne did little damage, and by that time the Russians had finished overrunning the last of the German forces near Kiev. Also, Klink's office map of the Russian Front correctly shows the Russians ready to cross the Polish border at this time.
- In this episode, Hogan says that he is a member of the United States Air Force, which is incorrect. The Air Force was still part of the Army and was called the United States Army Air Forces.
- The Ultimate Weapon at TV.com
- The Ultimate Weapon at the Internet Movie Database
- The Ultimate Weapon episode capsule at Webstalag 13
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