Von Schletow is a character appearing in both the film Sahara and its remake.
Hauptmann von Schletow was a Luftwaffe pilot who strafed Joe Gunn's M3 Lee in his plane, fatally wounding British soldier Fred Clarkson. Gunn managed to shoot him down using the Lee's turret-mounted machine gun, and von Schletow parachuted out. He was then taken prisoner by the Allies and accompanied them to Bir Acroma.
A die-hard Nazi, he was contemptuous and racist towards Sergeant Major Tambul because he was black, and often clashed with his fellow prisoner and ostensible ally Giuseppe, who openly despised Hitler and Mussolini and eventually sided with their captors.
When Afrika Korps troops led by Major von Falken besieged Bir Acroma thinking that the well had water, von Schletow knew it was actually empty. He killed Giuseppe and escaped, intending to make it to the German lines and inform von Falken of the Allies' deception and their intent on simply holding von Falken up long enough for escaping British troops to make it to safety. However, Tambul noticed him escaping and pursued him. The two fought, and Tambul managed to kill von Schletow by pushing his face into the sand and smothering him.
Although in doing so he was fatally shot by von Falken's men, Tambul managed to survive long enough to make it back to the Allied side. He collapsed and gave a thumbs up to his comrades before dying.
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- Iron Cross 1st Class
- Pilot's Badge
- Wound Badge (Black)
Von Schletow is an oberleutnant and not a hauptmann, and after being killed, Tambul takes his Knight's Cross to show to Gunn as proof that von Schletow is dead.
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross With Oakleaves And Swords
- Pilot's Badge
- Wound Badge (Gold)
- Luftwaffe Flying Clasp (Silver)