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"Cut off one head, two more shall take its place. Hail HYDRA!"
―Heinz Kruger to Steve Rogers[src]

Heinz Kruger was a HYDRA agent who infiltrated the United States Department of State during World War II, posing as Fred Clemson. In June 1943, he was tasked by Red Skull to acquire a vial of the Super Soldier Serum and assassinate Abraham Erskine, exposing his cover in the process. After being caught by Steve Rogers, Kruger committed suicide with a cyanide pill to avoid interrogation.



Undercover in the U.S.

"Why don't we start with how a German spy got a ride to my secret installation in your car?"
Chester Phillips to Brandt[src]

Heinz Kruger was a HYDRA agent under the command of Johann Schmidt. At some point, Kruger left Nazi Germany and relocated to the United States of America, living as Fred Clemson and infiltrating the United States Department of State as a HYDRA spy. When Schmidt heard that Abraham Erskine had perfectly synthesized the Super Soldier Serum and was to test it on an Allied recipient, Schmidt dispatched Kruger, who would be able to attend the event as Clemson, to assassinate Erskine and retrieve any remaining serum vials.[1]

Assassination of Abraham Erskine

"If this project of yours comes through, we'd like to see it used for something other than headlines."
―Heinz Kruger to Chester Phillips[src]

Kruger as Fred Clemson

On June 22, 1943, Kruger, as Fred Clemson of the United States Department of State, was driven in Brandt's car to the Strategic Scientific Reserve's Brooklyn facility to witness the culmination of Project Rebirth. Once he arrived, he was introduced to Chester Phillips and sat with the many government officials and generals to watch the experiment.

Kruger murders Abraham Erskine

After Steve Rogers was successfully transformed into America's first super soldier, Kruger used a concealed bomb to destroy the research; in the chaos, Kruger stole the last remaining drops of the Super Soldier Serum and shot Erskine twice in the chest, killing him. Peggy Carter managed to shoot him in the arm; nonetheless, he made his escape through the building, killing several soldiers as he went.[1]

Attempted Escape

"Who the hell are you?"
"The first of many."
Steve Rogers and Heinz Kruger[src]

However, Kruger was incapable of stopping Steve Rogers and was forced to retreat from the man who would become Captain America. On his way out, he hijacked two taxis, the first of which was stopped when Peggy Carter shot through the windshield and killed the driver, the second was pursued on foot by Rogers.

Kruger uses a child as a human shield

Eventually, Rogers forced Kruger into a footrace, which Kruger took advantage of by kidnapping a small child from the street, taking him to the docks with the gun to his head. When Rogers pursued, Kruger attempted to shoot him but discovered he was out of ammunition in his clip, causing him to throw the child into the water below as a distraction. When Rogers checked on the kid, he said he was okay because he could swim, and encouraged him to get Kruger.

Kruger chooses to commit suicide

With his mission mostly complete, Kruger boarded an advanced submarine, the Fieser Dorsch. It was already submerged and swimming back to Germany, when Steve Rogers appeared outside the cockpit, shattered it and ripped Kruger out, dragging him back out of the water and throwing him onto the docks above. When Rogers attempted to interrogate him, Kruger claimed that he was simply the first of many and that when you cut off one head, two more grow in its place. Before Rogers could ask more detailed questions, Kruger bit down on a concealed cyanide pill in his mouth, killing himself for his cause, saying "Hail HYDRA!"[1]


  • Master Spy: Kruger managed to infiltrate the first Project Rebirth test posing as a United States State Department official by the name of Fred Clemson, mimicking a perfect American accent to match, and making nobody suspicious of him. He even knew the secret password to get in and gained the trust of Colonel Chester Phillips. It wasn't until he gave up his position to get the serum when his cover was finally blown.
  • Expert Marksman: Being a spy, Kruger was a good marksman. He was able to shoot and kill a few guards while sitting in the back of a moving car.
  • Bilingualism: Kruger was fluent in his native German, as well as English, with a perfect American accent.



  • Walther P38:

    Kruger taking aim with a submachine gun

    Kruger was armed with the standard Walther P38 pistol which he used to assassinate Abraham Erskine.
  • Thompson M1921: Kruger obtained a Thompson submachine gun from the antique store owner that guarded the facility where Project Rebirth was developed, and used it until it ran out of ammo.

Other Equipment


  • Fieser Dorsch:

    Kruger piloting his submarine

    Following his assassination of Erskine, Kruger attempted to escape from Steve Rogers in a miniature submarine. However, the newly enhanced Rogers intercepted him underwater and broke through the glass, taking him out.





  • In the comics, Heinz Kruger is a Gestapo agent working for the Nazi party instead of an agent of HYDRA, who was killed after accidentally grabbing a live wire during a confrontation against Captain America.

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