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Battle for Haditha
Battle for Haditha is a 2007 British drama film loosely based on the controversial Haditha killings of November 2005. The film was shot in Jordan in 2007, thus keeping an authentic feel with its Middle Eastern locations. The weapons were provided by a British armorer, Bapty & Co. of London, England. Directed by British film-maker Nick Broomfield, the film is shot from the perspectives of U.S. Marines, Iraqi insurgents and the Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfire.
The film stars former U.S. military personnel and Iraqi refugees in many of the main roles. Corporal Ramirez is played by Elliot Ruiz, a former U.S. Marine who was the youngest American serviceman in the Iraq War. Captain Sampson is played by Andrew McLaren, a former USMC sergeant and Iraq War veteran, and the platoon's Navy Corpsman, "Doc", is played by Thomas Hennessy, a former U.S. Navy chief petty officer.
The following weapons are featured in the film Battle for Haditha:
Warning: Some spoilers ahead!
Beretta 92FS pistols (standing in for the U.S. military's Beretta M9) are used by some of the U.S. Marines during their raids. Strangely enough, when an angry mob calls for revenge on U.S. forces after they view an insurgent video about the civilian deaths caused by U.S. Marines, a Beretta 92FS is later seen being brandished by one of the angry Iraqis, when a Russian or Soviet handgun (such as a Stechkin APS or a Makarov PM) would be more appropriate. This may be because the movie's armorer did not have any Russian or Soviet handguns available at the time.
Corporal Ramirez (Elliot Ruiz) uses a M16A2, modified with a foregrip and front rail system (standing in for the M16A4 MWS), as his main weapon. Other U.S. Marines use M16A2s with ACOG sights attached to the carry handle and vertical foregrips and tactical flashlights mounted on A2-style handguards. Strangely, M16A2s are also seen being wielded by angry Iraqis in the aftermath of the killings; this may be because the movie's armorers may not have had enough AK-47 derivatives on hand.
Colt Model 727
Some U.S. Marines in the movie, including Sergeant Ross (Eric Mehalacopoulos) carry Colt Model 727s with foregrips and ACOG sights attached to the carry handles. Some of the Colt Model 727s also have front rail systems, standing in for the U.S. military's M4A1 MWS.
Norinco Type 56-1
Former Iraqi Army officer-turned-insurgent Ahmad (Falah Falyeh) and his partner Jafar (Oliver Bytrus) fire Norinco Type 56-1 rifles while making their escape after destroying a USMC humvee with an IED. Iraqi civilians and Iraqi Army soldiers are also seen with Type 56s at various points in the film.
In several scenes, Ali (Ali Adil Aj-kaa), an Iraqi Army soldier accompanying the U.S. Marines as a translator, carries an East German MPi-KMS-72.
Light machine guns
FN C9 Light Machine Gun
In one scene Cpl. Ramirez examines a FN C9 light machine gun (standing in for the M249 SAW) with a fixed stock, distinguishable by its open sights. The C9 is also seen when U.S. Marines are practicing room-clearing techniques.
Heavy machine guns
Browning M2HB heavy machine guns are seen mounted on USMC humvees. Note that none of them have any ammunition loaded throughout the movie; this is probably due to the fact that most of the movie's scenes involving M2HBs were shot in crowded public areas, and thus were not loaded, for safety issues, or the film armorer just did not have any ammunition available. The Browning M2HB features in a quite humorous scene in the film, when one mounted on top of a USMC humvee accidentally bumps into the back of a civilian truck, due to the gunner's carelessness.
M203 grenade launcher
M203 grenade launchers are mounted on some of the M16A2 rifles used by U.S. Marines.
M67 fragmentation grenade
During room-clearing, U.S. Marines toss M67 fragmentation grenades after the IED attack.
Improvised explosive device
An improvised explosive device (IED) constructed from a propane tank is an important plot point in the film and plays a key role in the story.