hermann is a veteran of the kriegsmarine. after surviving the sinking of the blücher in april 1940 he transfered to the waffen-ss. during his first week on the eastern front he was wounded in a mortar barrage. sent to the feldlazarett, hermann met gisela engel, a drk nurse from breslau. the two quickly sparked a romance and now since his return to frundsberg and being sent to the western front, he spends all of his free time writing to gisela and coming up with names for the 12 children they plan to have after the war.