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15 Minutes of War (L'Intervention)

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15 Minutes of War
DVD Cover
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Fred Grivois
Release Date 2019
Language French
Studio Capture the Flag Films et Agora Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Captain André Gerval Alban Lenoir
Jane Andersen Olga Kurylenko
Georges Campère Michael Abiteboul
Pierre Cazeneuve Sébastien Lalanne
Patrice Lorca David Murgia
Jean-Luc Larrain Guillaume Labbé
Philip Shafer Ben Cura
Barkhad Kevin Layne

L'Intervention (The Intervention, English title: 15 Minutes of War) is a 2019 French action movie directed by Fred Grivois. The movie is directly inspired by the real-life rescue of French hostages by members of the French Foreign Legion and, at the time, new, small, and relatively unknown French counterterrorist unit GIGN outside of the village of Loyada, Djibouti in 1976.

February, 1976. Militants belonging to the pan-Somali guerilla movement Front de Libération de la Côte des Somalis (FLCS) hijack a bus carrying 31 children of French servicemen deployed to the area. In response, France executes a joint mission between the French Foreign Legion and GIGN, who initiate a daring rescue which begins with a simultaneous sniper shot.

The following weapons were used in the film L'Intervention:

Pistols and Revolvers

Manurhin MR-73

French forces, including GIGN members, use the famous Manurhin MR-73.

Manurhin MR-73 Defense with 3" barrel and duty sights - .357 Magnum
Loading of the revolver.
Lorca (David Murgia) holsters his revolver after shooting a Somalian soldier.
When he runs out of ammo for the FR F1, he uses the revolver.
An MR-73's barrel.
Gendarme Lorca stays alert after the Somalis retreat.

Captain Gerval (Alban Lenoir) uses a sport version with 5.25 barrel.

Manurhin MR-73 Defense with 5.25" barrel and adjustable sights - .357 Magnum
Captain Gerval (Alban Lenoir) with his MR-73 during night reconnaissance.
Another view of the same scene.
Gerval aims the revolver at Jane (Olga Kurylenko) when she surprises him near the bus.

MAC Mle 1950

The leader of the terrorists (Kevin Layne) uses a MAC Mle 1950 to threaten the teacher and kill a French Gendarme. Later, Jane (Olga Kurylenko) takes the pistol from the dead terrorist to defend the children. Some uniformed French Gendarmes and soldiers carry the pistol as well.

MAS Mle 1950 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Barkhad force the bus driver to drive to the Somalian border. In fact, if the barrel is pressed against something, it would normally be unable to fire.
Nice view of the MAC Mle 1950.
Same scene, but the hammer is now cocked.
"Don't force me to shoot!"
Jane (Olga Kurylenko) fires the pistol at approaching Somalian soldiers.
The slide locks empty.

Luger P08

Gendarme Campère (Michael Abiteboul) uses a Luger P08 Artillery akimbo with his MR-73.

Luger LP08 "Artillery" model - 9x19mm
Campère firing the Luger akimbo with his MR-73.
The same scene from the front.
After the grenade explosion, Campère admits to seeing nothing, but continues shooting.

Colt M1911

A Somalian soldier lays an M1911 on a table when French forces attempt to negotiate with the terrorists.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
TheIntervention 1911 1.jpg



The GIGN snipers use the MAS FR F1 as their primary weapon to execute a very efficient coordinated shot. The scopes used seem to be civilian-grade models.

MAS FR F1 Sniper Rifle - 7.5x54mm French
Lieutenant Cazeneuve (Sébastien Lalanne) and Campère checking the rifles after arriving in Djibouti.
Lorca and Larrain (Guillaume Labbé) covering Gerval during night reconnaissance.
Lieutenant Cazeneuve in observation with the rest of the team.
Campère uses the rifle.
Larrain observing with the rifle breech open.
Captain Gerval (Alban Lenoir) gives the signal to engage the terrorists. "Zéro" is less stressful than "fire".
A machine gunner shot in the head by a GIGN sniper.


AK-47s are used by Somalian troops and terrorists.

Type 2 AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Full stock AK-47.
A retreating Somali soldier carries an AK-47.


The AKM is also used by some of the hijackers and Somalian forces.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
One of the hijacker fire his AKM at pursuing French Army jeeps.

Norinco Type 56-1

At least one hijacker is armed with a Norinco Type 56-1.

Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm
A terrorist shoots at the Gendarmes when the bus cross the border. Note the hooded front sight.
The same terrorist enters the bus with the Type 56-1 in hand.

Zastava M70AB2

A Somalian soldier is seen with a Zastava M70AB2, distinguished from other folding-stock AK models by the three vent holes in the handguard.

Zastava M70AB2 - 7.62x39mm
A Somalian soldier is shot in the head by Lorca's MR-73 while holding an M70AB2.


CIA observer Shafer (Ben Cura) joins the GIGN team when they realize they are down a man for the coordinated sniper shot. Captain Gerval gives him a MAS-49/56 for use during the mission.

MAS-49/56 - 7.5x54mm French
Captain Gerval holding the MAS-49/56.
Better view of the barrel. We clearly see the grenade ring and the aiming alidade.
Shafer takes position with the rifle.
Nice view of the APX scope.
Five. Ready.

Modèle 1892 Artillery Carbine

The Somalian troops use a large variety of rifles, including the Berthier Mle 1892 Artillery Carbine.

Berthier Mle 1892 Artillery Carbine - 8x50mmR
A Somalian soldier holding a Berthier.

Zastava M48 Mauser

At least one of the Somalian soldiers is armed with an M48 Yugoslavian Mauser.

Yugoslavian M48 Zastava Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier carries his rifle upside-down while climbing the ladder of a tower. Note the sling slot cut in the stock and the beveled bolt handle with a half-cut ball at the end; all features of a post-WWII Yugoslavian Mauser.


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

At least one Somalian soldier is seen with an old 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

Charles Parker 1878 - 12 gauge
A Somalian soldier with a shotgun that is rather anachronistic and ill-suited for combat.

Submachine Guns


French Army soldiers and Legionnaires carry the MAT-49. They are seen only briefly and never fired.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
Legionnaires with MAT-49s after the battle.
TheIntervention Mat49 2.jpg

Machine Guns


Somalian troops use an MG42 against the sniper team.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG42 mounted on a Range Rover.
The soldiers search for the snipers' position.
The muzzle of a firing MG42.


OF 37

In the last moment of the gunfight, Somalian soldiers throw OF 37 hand grenades, which are thrown back by the Gendarmes and Jane (Olga Kurylenko).

OF 37 hand grenade with Mle 1935 fuze
A grenade lands in the bus.
Another grenade.


Simultaneous Shot

Great view of the team executing the simultaneous shot that dispatches the hijackers in a single volley.

Filed-Down Ammunition

Gendarme Larrain is see filing down the bullets of his MR-73's .357 Magnum cartridges.

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