Radio code name used by prisoners in a WWII German POW camp to communicate with the Allied underground resistance fighters on the military comedy HOGAN’S HEROES/CBS/1965-71.


Mama Bear” was the code name for their submarine contact. “Papa Bear” and “Red Fox” were used to identify American Colonel Robert Hogan (Bob Crane), one of many POWs at Stalag 13, a Nazi security compound which was in reality controlled by its prisoners.

The prisoner’s makeshift radio set was hidden inside of coffee pot inside their barracks. At times, the POWs scurried up a telephone pole and tapped into the local telephone lines when they wanted to deliver or intercept phone calls to their German foes.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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