Field handball was only part of the Olympic program once, at the 1936 Berlin Games. The German Reich dominated their two preliminary round matches, beating Hungary 22-0 and then the USA 29-1, before winning all three matches in the final round, including a 10-6 win over Austria in the deciding match that won the gold medal. Hannes Hansen played two matches in Berlin. He also became World Champion in 1938 and earned eleven international caps. During World War II he went missing-in-action since 1944 when he did not return from an enemy flight.