- And apparently "Nimrod" (a super British spy) is in camp and able to slip Hogan plans for a jet fighter. That means it's Klink, Schultz, Hilda/Helga or Burkhalter. Given Burkhalter's position on the general staff and expressed dislike of Hitler and the Gestapo, it's not a long leap to say it's him; but the sheer amount of chaos that Schultz ignores makes it even more probable it's him.
- Well, Hochstetter was there too. See below for my reasoning.
- The Snopes.com Messageboard had a thing where people were writing obituaries of fictional characters, and Klink's was to this effect. It helps that Klink's background lines up pretty well with that of the Valkyrie plotters.
- One episode actually had Hogan aiding to smuggle in the bomb used in the Valkyrie plot; an agent actually died getting it to them. When the German officer who was his contact assured him that they would get rid of the 'fool', Hogan pointedly reminded him that they were the ones who put Hitler in power to start with.
- It's actually a pretty solid fancanon that Nimrod was Klink - there's more than a few hints here and there that he was actually in even deeper than Hogan and his men.
- There is no way Klink could be Nimrod, when you look at the facts. Nimrod spies and sabotages all over Germany while Klink is confined to commandeering the Stalag, and there is no way a colonel in charge of a random POW camp would be able to access the information Nimrod does. Klink can certainly be an Allied sympathiser and/or knowingly help Hogan, but he is no Nimrod.
- This is pretty much said outright in the episode "The Missing Klink" (the source of the fancanon theory about Klink being "Nimrod"); at the end of the episode, Hogan discovers a note from "Nimrod" in which the agent thanks "my dear colonel" for his work in obtaining and transmitting key German aircraft blueprints. The inference is pretty obvious, and as a Luftwaffe officer, Klink would be in a position to get ahold of those plans.
- Simple: multiple agents used the "Nimrod" codename. Likely two or three Nimrods were active in several outposts at any given time. If one died or was compromised/relocated, another stepped in and took his place. There was much turnaround.
"Sometimes I have to be on our side," he says one time when cracking down on Hogan. It's not because he's a loyal German soldier; it's because he's preserving his cover. The times when he is overtly "on the Nazi side" are when Nazis other than Klink are in camp, such as Hochstetter (who's actively looking for spies).
- Plus he's aided and abetted their operations more than once. When Newkirk, Carter, and LeBeau get captured on an operation, Schultz impersonates Klink to help Hogan get them back. The trio had just blown up a train, it wouldn't have been difficult for Schultz to connect the dots.
- Not to mention all the times where Schultz blatantly overlooks clear evidence of the Heroes' activities. In one episode, he goes to their barracks with orders to confiscate a radio. Hogan opens up a chest containing several radios and invites Schultz to pick one, which the good Sergeant (covering his eyes) duly does, and everyone is happy. Pretty ironclad evidence that even if Schultz isn't actively working with Hogan and his men, he knows all about what's going on and is ready, willing and able to very discreetly help them in his own way.
- And those men were in the Air Corps. Imagine what specially-trained commandos could do!
- Working for the man who played him like a fiddle for three years?
- What, you think Klink is strong-willed enough to turn down a job offer in a postwar economy? He'd jump at it like Schultz going after a strudel.
- They even hinted at this in the show! Once, Klink was talking about what he would do after the war, stating that he might get into office work. Schultz spoke of going back to his toy factory. Klink contemptuously asks "What makes you think the boss will re-hire you?" Schultz smugly states that the boss doesn't have any choice, as Schultz is the boss! Which leads to a chastened Klink offering Schultz his imported cigars with a "Please have a cigar, sir!"
- Would also explain why they have the same couple of actors playing numerous Germans. Hogan and his crew got rid of so many German officers and agents that they don't even bother remembering what each one looked like.
- And Baker's Remember the New Guy? situation in Season 6 is because that season is when Hogan is meeting with him.
- This makes sense. Klink didn't like the Nazis and would probably have had a better life if not for the war. Schultz lost his job and livelihood as the owner of a toy company to piddle around as a POW camp guard. Neither man had any love of the Nazis or the war, and Schultz certainly knew what Hogan was up to. Klink likely had some idea, but had to keep up appearances with his superiors and at least pretend to be keeping the prisoners in line. He did see Hogan out and about on a few occasions, after all, and never did anything about it.
- He'd probably prefer Spandau Prison to being married to the erstwhile Fraulein Burkhalter and pushing a broom in the Shultz Spielwarenwerk. But the Allies at Nuremberg had bigger fish to fry...
- Robin also tells him to say "hi" to Colonel Hogan. Either Klink has been keeping correspondence with this Worthy Opponent, or he's been collaborating with Hogan, who is now a CIA agent.
- Fans prefer to assume that Klink, Schultz, or even Hilda was Nimrod, mostly because they like them, and the characters were there and clearly have Allied sympathies. But Klink and Schultz are stuck in an unremarkable POW camp, unable to leave for long periods of time often enough, and too low-ranked to reasonably access the information that Nimrod does or generally do anything that Nimrod does. Schultz certainly has Allied sympathies and helps Hogan by seeing nothing and sometimes acts more directly, but that doesn't automatically make him Nimrod. Klink could be pretending to be dumber than he is and be an Accomplice by Inaction to the Heroes, but as said before, cannot actually be Nimrod. Hilda is a female civilian, and while thus able to move around more, she can access even less information than them unless she's a full-on Femme Fatale, and she still needs to be in the Stalag nearly every day. The fans also cite the claim that Klink or Hilda would somehow be able to access sensitive information due to their places as a camp commander and a secretary, which is simply not true. The secret information just won't come within their grasp because they're unimportant.
- Nimrod is also unlikely to be one of the Heroes, because they have to be there too, and the others would notice if one of them had something to hide. Besides, it wouldn't make any sense for London to put all their eggs in the same basket or unnecessarily intertwine the operations, when they could spread their resources for more results. Nimrod is known to operate all over Germany, which leaves a few options from amongst the recurring characters. Namely, two.
- It could be Burkhalter. He's in Hitler's inner circle. He's a general. How many generals regularly go to a POW camp during a war? Additionally, he keeps bringing secret plans and weapons to the Stalag or near it, despite knowing that the area is rife with sabotage and other underground activity. He definitely has the power to act unquestioned and the access to information, and either cares enough or hates Gestapo enough to stop them from killing Klink. But he has been shown looting art, and is too high-profile to go around unnoticed.
- In the episode "Will the Real Adolf Please Stand Up?", Burkhalter arrives at Stalag 13 while Carter is impersonating Hitler— only leaving when Carter starts blustering about "incompetent generals" to sway Burkhalter into running away before getting close enough to identify "Hitler" as fake. However, no later episode brings this up— one would think that Burkhalter would have inquired about this unannounced trip, only to find that it never happened. While Nimrod was written in as a later idea, it does supply something to the idea of Burkhalter being Nimrod. Likewise, he never showed much animosity to the prisoners, and even when bringing up Jesse Owens and the political ramifications of Kinch beating a German officer in a boxing match, does so only pragmatically (he knows that it would royally piss off Hitler and likely others) rather than racially (he doesn't seem to personally care if Kinch wins).
- As for his frequent trips to Stalag 13, he was stated to be the general in charge of all the Luftstalags, so his regular inspections of all of them would make sense.
- That leaves Hochstetter. We know absolutely nothing about him except that he's Gestapo and psychotically angry. He's full of hot air and hounds Papa Bear endlessly, but never fails to have his back turned at the key moment. He could arrest Hogan without proof, but doesn't do it. He could have Klink shot when Burkhalter isn't there to stop him, but doesn't do it. He just keeps threatening. As a Gestapo member, he can access vast amounts of information, is able to threaten men who outrank him, and can move around, but is low-ranked enough to not draw attention when he does. In the Nimrod episode, he acted extremely suspiciously. Out of all recurring characters, he's honestly the most plausible one to be Nimrod.
As to why they have different surnames, they may have been born out of wedlock and given their mother's surname. Either their father showed up later or their mother married somebody else, at which point one twin adopted the man's surname but the other twin refused for whatever reason.
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