Today we said farewell to the German actor, Siegfried Rauch (on the far right). Many of us were first introduced to this versatile actor during his performance in the movie Patton. In Patton, Rauch played an OKW Staff Officer assigned to studying the American General Patton. Like Thomas Kretschmar today, Rauch was a go to actor to play various roles of German characters in the war movies of the 70's and 80's.
Rauch would also have a supporting role in the Eagle Has Landed as the veteran Fallschirmjaeger, Feldwebel Otto Brandt.
Brandt would lead the desperate defense of the English Church in order to buy time for Steiner to escape and continue the mission to kidnap Primer Minister Winston Churchill.
So farewell Siegfried Rauch. For many a young American movie goer you were the "good" German who either as a German Fallschirmjaeger or Formula One Racer, did credit to your nation.