German soldier (Winnetou)
German Soldier Winnetou
I'm a fictional, literary character from the past...
Vital statistics
Name Unknown
Gender Male
Allegiance Third Reich
Title/Rank Private
Nationality German
Fate Killed by Wilhelm Wicki
Portrayed by Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey
“I am "Winnetou," chief of the Apaches!”
―German Soldier "Winnetou"

German soldier (Winnetou) is a minor unnamed character in Inglourious Basterds (2009). He was one of Wilhelm's buddies from the La Louisiane tavern, in Nadine.


He was born in Germany. He joined the Wehrmacht during WWII and was sent to France.

In Inglourious BasterdsEdit

Chapter Four - OPERATION KINOEdit

He is seen in the La Louisiane tavern, playing the card name game. He is drinking beer and celebrating the birth of Wilhelm's son along with his comrades. He was the first German soldier to die, being shot dead by Wicki in the back during the tavern gunfight, without being able to pull out his firearm.


  • The German soldier refers to Karl May and says his character is Winnetou. This is a reference to the western-theme adventure books by German author Karl May (1842-1912). Winnetou was a Native American hero in several of the books. May was one of Adolf Hitler's favorite authors.
  • The gesture of touching the heart and greeting with three fingers the soldier makes is a anachronism, as it was a signature gesture of Winnetou in the movies from the 1960s.

Behind the scenesEdit

He was played by the German actor Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey.


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