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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Hogan's Heroes, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be Zapped!. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

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Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory, and for shipping fics, please list the pairings involved — as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.


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General Fics

A Mission that could not be done by Konarciq

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas with Hogan's Heroes appropriate lyrics.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words by ML Miller Breedlove

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Major Hochsetter is receiving a medal and his picture in the paper for breaking up a local underground unit, and Hogan and his men strive to ensure that he is "honored" in the manner that they feel he deserves.

A POW's Best Friend by Sergeant Moffit.

  • Recommended by Melinda.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A story told through the eyes of the German Guard dogs of the camp, and having them play a Stealth Mentor role to the heroes as they first start the operation.
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''By Moonlight by Dust on the Wind

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On a mission, Carter runs into a young woman whose father, an essential laborer, has been rendered nonessential due to one of the heroes sabotage missions and risks being inducted as a soldier. And to make matters worse, the local recruiting officer, well-versed in the art of Sexual Extortion, is dropping hints about just where her father will be sent unless she pays him a visit. The heroes are very interested in this and set out to take the guy down.
  • Comments: The story is mostly dramatic, with introspection about the unintended consequences of the heroes missions and a desire to make up for them, but has a few good humorous moments.

The Crittendon Chronicles by Sgt. Moffit

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
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  • Synopsis: A hilarious (yet introspective) look at the episodes with Crittendon and his backstory through the eyes of Crittendon himself.

Daggers Through the Heart by Jennaya

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As Hogan and Tiger's relationship grows stronger, a rescued French scientist turns out to be her abusive husband. In the meantime, two gestapo agents have infiltrated the camps guards.

Deep Water by Dust on the Wind

  • Recommend by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A routine mission for the heroes turns disastrous when heavy rainfall causes the river to overflow, scattering them as they try to make it back to camp.

It's a Jungle Out There, by dust on the wind

  • Recommended by Belphegor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The authorities have said that all the animals that escaped from the zoo have been accounted for. Well, they would say that, wouldn't they?
  • Comments: A mostly light, often hilarious and excellently-written story, with a dry humour that shines in the narration as well as in dialogues. The author makes great use of the premise situation (zoo animals running amok in the woods) and derives a great deal of humour, but also dramatic tension and a few Heartwarming Moments.
  • Tag(s): A follow-up to the episode Monkey Business; but knowledge of the episode is not required, as the author brings the reader up to speed on the events at the start of the story.

''It's All a Plot! by Dust on the Wind.

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Marya arrives in camp with an author and a German officer proposing that the the author write a propaganda story about German POWS running a sabotage operation in Allied territory and conduct research at the camp. Naturally, Marya is up to something and the heroes try to figure out why, while learning that the author he's selected has a few dangerous (but hilarious) secrets of his own.

The Key to Berchtesgaden by Konarciq

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: London wants the key to Hitler's private estate stolen, and so Carter does one of his Hitler impersonations in order to get a copy made. The only problem is that when the local underground hears that Hitler's in the area, they want to kidnap him.

Little Old Lady From Stalag 13 by Me

  • Recommended by: Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In one of his Disguised in Drag schemes, LeBeau accidentally gives some Germans the impression that he's 180 years old with a misstatement in his cover story and ends up snatched up by the German propaganda ministry to serve as proof of the Germans as a long-lived master race. Naturally, Hogan tries to use this to their advantage and sabotage the propaganda claim in the process.

The Man Named Klink by Jinzle

  • Recommended by: Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Glimpses into the backstory of Klink through flashbacks, as Hogan works to save him from yet another villainous superior.
  • Comments:: A surprisingly dark and dramatic tale following Klink and his circle of family and friends from childhood through World War I through the early Nazi years. Contains some violent death, and holocaust references. Klink is given some interesting new depths, although at times it can feel like the writer is shilling this version of him a little too much.

MY BROTHER, MY TRAITOR by ColHogan

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Three new prisoners arrive at the camp with very different, yet equally dangerous, secrets, while Hogan adapts to a wheelchair after a paralyzing tunnel accident.
  • Comments: This story is the third in a series about Hogan in a wheelchair but isn't impossible to enjoy as a standalone tale. Approximately eight years after first reading that series, this story is still stuck in my head while I couldn't remember a thing about any of the other installments.

The New Man by Sgt. Moffit

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: a Perspective Flip of the episode "One Army at a Time" from the point-of-view of the German soldiers in the unit Carter infiltrates by mistake.
  • Comments: A regrettably short story with a decent bit of humor, and some introspection from the draftee German soldiers. Also a certain amount of Dramatic Irony given their ignorance about Carter's true status.

Perfect Pitch, by dust on the wind

  • Recommended by Belphegor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The life of an old friend and the safety of the whole operation are at risk...unless Hogan's men can sing their way out of it...
  • Comments: It's an epic, it's a love letter to music, and probably one of the most funny, tense and uplifting stories in the archive. The author has obviously excellent knowledge of music, both classical (Beethoven's Ode to Joy plays a significant part in the dénouement) and contemporary (with numbers as varied as Roll Out the Barrel, Clementine and We're Going To Hang Our Washing On the Siegfried Line); the characterisation is spot-on, and the original characters are well-rounded and often endearing. A must-read.
  • Tag(s): The "old friend" mentioned in the summary is Major Hans Teppel, aka Robert J. Morrison, from the episode Bad Day in Berlin, but knowledge of the episode isn't required.

The POW who Cried Werwolf by Book 'Em Again.

  • Recommended by Melinda.
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: As the gestapo carry out local preparations for the planed werwolf guerrilla movement against the allies, Hogan and his men trick Klink and his guards into thinking that the gestapo officers are actually turning into werewolves and prowling the night, to provide a distraction for one of their plans.

Pride and Predjudice by Konarciq

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Klink orders a short story writing contest among the heroes to pass time on a rainy day, with a surprising winner.

Red and Blue, by Crystal Rose of Pollux

  • Recommended by Belphegor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Red is the color of fire and drive. Blue is the color of water and the cold. A pre-series fic showing the genesis of the unlikely friendship between the two corporals who wore these colors so proudly.
  • Comments: Simply put, how Newkirk and LeBeau became the Vitriolic Best Buds they are shown to be in the show. The author alternates between tension and humour, and writes very good banter between Englishman and Frenchman as they are forced to put their trust in each other and join forces. The epilogue is a small but definitely Heartwarming Moment.
  • Tag(s): It's set in Autumn 1940, so none of the Americans appear in this story, and operations have (of course) not started yet.

Reflections by Limmet

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A story about what Hogan brings to the people around him (the other heroes, the Germans, Crittendon, Marya and Tiger), whether its giving Hochstetter and Burkhalter a Worthy Opponent, giving Kinch someone who treats him as an equal, giving LeBeau hopes for the liberation of his home, or inspiring Crittendon and Helga to follow their dreams.

Return of the Informer, by Sgt. Moffitt

  • Recommended by Belphegor
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Just when the Heroes thought they had seen the last of this guy...
  • Comments: This story is a study in how to wonderfully subvert the You Look Familiar trope. The author started with a character from the pilot (the aforementioned "informer") and worked on the assumption that, through a series of coincidences, the guy (now working in Intelligence, with chronic back luck) popped back in Stalag 13 under different identities through (mostly) no fault of his own. The result is a 7-chapter hilarious and frequently touching story, with a main character who quickly becomes Adorkable and never even skirts the Marty Stu line.
  • Tag(s): Each chapter follows an episode, so having seen said episodes (where Noam Pitlik guest-stars) is a big plus. That said, the story is strong enough to stand on its own.

Robin Hood's Christmas Party by Konarciq.

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As the German populace starves around them, General Burkhalter is throwing a grand feast for his fellow generals and their wives. Hogan and his allies set out to both mess with some generals and ensure that all that food goes to someone more deserving.

Shades of Family by Jennaya

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hogan and his men are assigned to rescue a captured flier whose a distant cousin of both Roosevelt and Churchill. In the meantime, Carter's girlfriend in town is pregnant, and the group's mole in the Gestapo is worried about being exposed by a fellow Gestapo officer who is cast into a Villainous Underdog role as he goes up against Hogan's Heroes and their allies.

Sometimes I Wish for The Russian Front by Jinzle

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status:: Complete
  • Synopsis: Klink has left the camp in the hands of a very junior officer, Lieutenant Bergmann who must frantically deal with both an upcoming inspection by no-nonsense officers and the April Fool's Antics of the prisoners.

The Stalag 13 Gazette

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Issues from the Camp Newspaper, filled with Actor Allusion's, Continuity Nod's and Shout-Out's to the various episodes of the show, with a decent amount of First-Person Smartass from the paper's editor.
  • Comments: A very funny story with lots of fun poked at various characters like Klink and heavy doses of Continuity Porn.

Swordplay

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Having challenged Klink to a duel in one of his disguises, Carter starts practicing in case Klink decides to go through with it.

The Unsung Hero by Sgt. Moffit

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A story painting Hochstetter as a mole trying to help the heroes and having to put up with the various humiliations he suffers in the process.
  • Comments: An interesting story that paints Hochstetter as an impressive figure and a bit of a Butt-Monkey at the same time while paying attention to any inconsistencies in his status and this story and misconduct in some of the episodes, and trying to resolve them.

Yesterday's Memories

  • Recommended by Melinda
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Three new prisoners spell trouble when it turns out that one of them has some dark history with Kinchloe: being one of the KKK members who lynched his father!

A Mary Sue Alphabet: Hogan's Heroes Edition by Limmet

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A is for Allison. A true flying sensation, who has earned Hogan’s respect and admiration, As 'Curse of the Luftwaffe' she is commonly known, Has hundreds of kills from the missions she’s flown...
  • Comments: Pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin - an alphabet of Mary Sues in the Hogan’s Heroes fandom.

A World Without War by Lady WhiteHaven

  • Recommended by lalalei2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A traumatic event causes Carter to wonder if the war is worth fighting, and he's sent visions of a world where there was no war—but it doesn't mean everything is fine.

For Want of a Beer by zoey traner

  • Recommended by lalalei2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One of the Heroes finds himself in a bad situation. Wanting a beer that he didn't even get to finish, Newkirk finds himself precariously hanging over a ledge and ponders how he got there.

Sole Survivors by snooky-9093

  • Recommended by lalalei2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Two survivors hope for justice while reliving the final days of Stalag 13. A Darker and Edgier fic where most of the cast was killed at war's end, and Olsen and Hilda are left to face Burkhalter and Hochstetter in the Nuremberg trials.

The Decison by Sgt. Moffitt

  • Recommended by lalalei2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Just how deeply could he commit himself? A look at Baker replacing Kinch in season 6.

He Who Saves a Single Life, Saves the Entire World by snooky-9093

  • Recommended by lalalei2001
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The SS have ordered the relocation of all Jewish Prisoners. Hogan's response: "Over my dead body."

Crossovers

There and Back Again, by San Antonio Rose

  • Recommended by Rhea Varuna
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "A funny thing happened on the way through the mines, and WWII will never be the same... Hogan's Heroes/Lord of the Rings/Newsies crossover."
  • Comments: Brilliantly written crossover that comes up with a plausible story and keeps everyone in character while doing so. And for a change of pace for a Lord of the Rings crossover, this time the Fellowship comes to Stalag 13, instead of the Heroes going to Middle Earth.


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