EA Names a Nazi the Same Name as a Real WW2 Anti-Fascist

June 6, 2019
EA Names a Nazi the Same Name as a Real WW2 Anti-Fascist

EA gave a new Nazi Elite character in Battlefield 5 the same name as a real anti-fascist from Germany. It’s okay though, the character isn’t really a Nazi.

Originally pointed out on ArchaeoGames by Dom Schott, the Elite character Wilhelm Franke shares his name with a real person that lived in Germany and was a part of the anti-fascist movement pre-war and during World War 2.

The Battlefield 5 Wilhelm Franke is ruthless, well-dressed officer. The trailer shows his love of explosives and him taking a moment to watch an allied soldier die at his legs. The irony of the situation is pretty obvious.

They will change the name, but the situation is made even funnier by EA’s statement, where they claim that the Hugo Boss wearing officer is not a Nazi:

"The aforementioned Elite, Wilhelm Franke, whose name we’re changing is not a Nazi, but a German soldier similar to ones we already have in the game. In Battlefield V, we’re not making any political statements in relation to the real life events of WW2 and there are no swastikas in the game.”

So, yeah, not a single German soldier in the game is actually a Nazi. The part that Battlefield V has no relation to real life events is pretty obvious with how much they cared about historical accuracy.

Also, I noticed people mentioning the Iron Cross on his chest and two things should be clarified. The Iron Cross is still used today, but it is not a Nazi symbol, it’s a symbol of the German armed forces. Since it was first used in 1871, this is a moment when it actually is okay to say “No, no, that’s not a Nazi thing, it's German.”

The second thing is, the Iron Cross was given for bravery and military contributions in battle, while the Knight’s Cross was given for incredible valour or successful leadership. In translation, some poor guy that got drafted probably isn’t going to lead his units charge. Nobody is buying that Wilhelm Franke, the stereotypical Nazi villain, is just Wilhelm, the quiet elementary school teacher that got pulled into the war.