Werner Rachtman
Werner Rachtman
Vital statistics
Name Werner Rachtman
Gender Male
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Title/Rank Sergeant (Feldwebel)
Nationality German
Fate Killed by Donowitz
Portrayed by Richard Sammel
“I respectfully refuse, sir.”
Werner Rachtman

Sergeant Werner Rachtman is a Wehrmacht sergeant. His post in the woods is ambushed by The Basterds. Private Butz, who is the sole survivor of the ambush, is his subordinate.


Rachtman was born in Germany. Rachtman has seen many interrogations since Germany decided it should rule Europe. But, in the film, he is on the receiving end of an interrogation. This is the first time he's ever been on the wrong end of the exchange.



Rachtman's unit was ambushed by The Basterds. He, Butz and Ludwig were the only survivors. After he refuses to give the location of another German patrol, he dies in the hands of Donny Donowitz, AKA "the Bear Jew", who beats him to death with his bat.


Rachtman is a brave soldier, who's not afraid to die. He was awarded both classes of the Iron Cross for gallantry and bravery. It's always been his belief, only a weakling, in mind, body, and spirit complies with the enemy under threat of consequence.


  • In the ditch scene, while Lt. Aldo Raine questions Sgt. Rachtmann, the latter's Close Combat clasp (worn over his left breast pocket and known in German as a Nahkampfspange) appears and disappears between scenes. This award was arguably no less distinctive as the Iron Cross itself, showing that the recipient of the clasp in Silver had survived 25 separate battles. Bronze recipients fought in 15 battles and Gold recipients fought in 50+ separate battles.
  • On the right side of Rachtman's uniform (facing him) is an award called the Nahkampfspange or Close Action Clasp in Silver. The silver version indicates that he survived 25 close combat battles in a conflict with the enemy. Curiously, the badge is missing later in the ditch scene when Donowitz is standing there with the baseball bat.

Notable quotesEdit

  • You can't expect me to divulge information that would put German lives in danger?
  • Everybody in the German army has heard of Hugo Stiglitz.
  • He beats German soldiers with a club.
  • Fuck you and your jew dogs!


Behind the scenesEdit

He was played by Richard Sammel.