John Banner / Schultz was Austrian Born Jew. He immigrated to the US in the 1930s. He was a US vet. who served in WW2 in the Army. he Appeared in several recruiting posters and attained the rank of Sgt. he Died in Austria while visiting relatives and is buried there. He had very strong feelings about Nazis. As to the Krag, he refused to tote a German rifle,,,,,,,,,,,Sargent Schultz on Hogan's Hero carried a Norwegian Krag.