Battle Cry (1955) was directed by Raoul Walsh (The Big Trail, White Heat, The Enforcer) and was based on the novel by Leon Uris. The film stars Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore, Raymond Massey, Tab Hunter, Anne Francis, and Fess Parker and follows the 2nd Marine Battalion while relegated to mop-up tours in the Pacific until finally assigned to a dangerous mission on Saipan.
The following weapons were used in the film Battle Cry:
US Marines carry the M1911A1 pistol in combat.
World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1.
Major Sam Huxley (CO, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Regt.) (Van Heflin
) gives Pvt. / Pfc Andy Hookens (Aldo Ray
) an order he can’t refuse.
Throughout the film, U.S. Marines carry the M1 Garand automatic rifle.
M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06.
Marines train at MCRD San Diego.
The 2nd Battalion is welcomed to Guadalcanal after the battle is over.
M1 Garand with M1 bayonet - .30-06
Pvt. Speedy (Fess Parker
), left, carries the M1 Garand with bayonet fixed; Pvt. / Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester (Tab Hunter
), second from right, carries the same.
Throughout the film, some Marines carry the M1 Carbine.
Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine. Most of the World War II variations of the M1 Carbine were sent back to the Military Arsenals and retrofitted with the Bayonet Lug and adjustable rear sight.
The Marine on the left carries the M1 Carbine.
Browning Automatic Rifle
Marines carry the Browning Automatic Rifle into combat on Saipan.
Early Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06.
Arisaka Rifle Type 38
Japanese soldiers carry the Arisaka Type 38 Rifle.
Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Both Japanese soldiers and U.S. Marines use the Browning M1917 machine gun.
Browning M1917 machine gun with tripod and ammo box - .30-06.
Japanese soldiers form a firing line with the Browning M1917
Marines carry a disassembled M1917 into battle.
US Marine Sherman tanks have the Browning M2 machine gun mounted on top of the turret.
Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG.
US Marine Sherman tanks have the Browning M2
machine gun mounted on top of the turret.
Battle line of Marine tanks. While the tank on the far right is a period correct Sherman, it appears that the rest of the tanks on the line are anachronistic M48 Patton tanks.
Browning M2HB's in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG, right.
Marines set up a firing field with the M1 Mortar
Marines use the M2 Flamethrower to flush out dug-in Japanese soldiers.
Marines use the M101 Howitzer in combat.
M101 Howitzer - 105x372mm.
Japanese soldiers use the M116 Howitzer in combat.
M116 75mm “Pack” howitzer.