Born on Earth in UC 0057, Kurtz defected from the Federation Forces at the start of the war and joined the Zeon military. His reason being that his family were from Side 3. He was assigned to the Earth Attack Force's 5th Terrestrial Mobile Division, AKA the Zeon Foreign Legion, and sent to Africa. Here he first piloted the MS-06J Zaku II, then the MS-07B Gouf, and was a member of the guerrilla unit G-27. In the last month of the war, he was transferred to Granada to join the Chimera Corps where he received a custom MS-14C Gelgoog Cannon, and ultimately died at the battle of A Baoa Qu.