‘Hold that Tiger’

Small ImageCaught a couple of episodes of Hogan’s Heroes tonight with my family. I hadn’t watched that since I was a kid.

Anyway, one of the episodes was ‘Hold that Tiger’, in which Col. Hogan and company steal a new German Panzerkampfwagen VI ‘Tiger’ tank, dismantle it in the camp, produce detailed blueprints to send to back to the Allies, rebuild it, and return it so that Col. Klink doesn’t get sent to the Russian Front. All good fun, and a just another day in Stalag 13.

Anyway, here’s a shot of the Tiger from the show:

not a tiger tank from hogan's heroes

And here’s a real Tiger:

(Note the helmet of the guy standing in the hatch. This is apparently a captured tank. Maybe that’s Col. Hogan.)

Anyway, I’m lazy and don’t feel like trying to research what that vehicle in the Hogan’s episode was. It looks to be based on a M3 General Lee, though it isn’t an M7 Priest gun carriage. Possibly some sort of recovery or engineer vehicle based on the M3 chassis? Help Murdoc out.

More screenshots below.

Or is that an M7? The barrel of the gun looks longer here than I thought it did while I was watching. I thought it looked pretty stubby on the show, but I was mistaken. I know the Brits and the Australians (at least) has some variations on the Lee, but I would think that US vehicles would have been used while filming a US show in the US.

I always did like Hogan’s Heroes.


  1. Close, but not cigar. The AFV that they used on this episode of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ is a M7 Self propelled 105mm Howitzer, commonly called the ‘Priest,’ though this was only offical in British use. It used the very adaptable M3/M4 chasis as a base (see the running gear) and was long lived, both with US forces and those abroad.

  2. It’s probably a Kangaroo with add-ons similar to a Priest. But then, the Kangaroo is a modified Priest. Cheers

  3. It’s a 1964 Dodge Monaco. It’s got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas. Any more questions? J.

  4. The ‘gun’ on that thing is not a gun but a 105 Howitzer. It is most likely a (Priest) variant. It is not a tank. It may look like that for somebody’s Army or, perhaps Hollywood just added crap so it would not look like ‘tankie’ and not like a 105 SP howtizer. Kinda reminds me of how ‘Star Wars’ took a broom handle Mauser and used it as the basis for some kinda ‘ray gun’, as well as other pieces of German ordinance.

  5. I guess the ‘tanks’ got all the attention on this thread. Hogan’s heroes was a great sitcom of the 60’s. Too bad most of the actors are TOTE as Sgt. Schultz would say. Anyone wanna discuss Bob Craine’s sex life? I’ve heard and read it was complex to say the least!

  6. I didn’t buy the first season. I thought it was in B&W, but your tank pics are color. Is this from the first season, as your links suggest? Looks like a 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to me. Of course, I know nothing!

  7. I had also thought season 1 was B&W, but apparently only the pilot episode was. The second episode, the tank one, is in color. That’s as far as we’ve watched, though I would expect that they are all in color once they switch. And that’s not a ’73 Monte Carlo, that’s an Aircraft Carrier!

  8. Is that the episode where Lebo cooks something for Shultz, Richad Dawson picks up German chicks at a Beer Hall, and Col. Clink threatens to put Hogan in the cooler? That’s my favorite.