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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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All Quiet on the Western Front
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Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Release Date April 21, 1930
Language English
French
German
Studio Universal Studios
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Paul Bäumer Lew Ayres
Stanislaus Katczinsky Louis Wolheim
Cpl. Himmelstoss John Wray
Franz Kemmerich Ben Alexander
Leer Scott Kolk
Peter Owen Davis, Jr.
Tjaden Slim Summerville


All Quiet on the Western Front is the 1930 feature film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's antiwar novel of the same name. The World War I film stars Lew Ayres as Paul Baumer, an idealistic young schoolboy who goes to war with the rest of his class at the urging of a patriotic teacher. In the trenches, however, they are quickly disillusioned when confronted with the horrors of war. The novel was adapted again as a 1979 television film. A sequel was released in 1937 under the title The Road Back directed by James Whale.


The following weapons were used in the film All Quiet on the Western Front:


Rifles

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The German soldiers in the film, most noticeably Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres), Stanislaus "Kat" Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim), Albert (William Bakewell), and Franz Kemmerich (Ben Alexander), are armed with the Mauser Gewehr 1898, the standard-issue firearm for German forces in World War One. This is likely due to production taking place shortly after the war itself.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers armed with Gewehr 98 march in a parade before being sent to the front.
After euphoric enlisting Paul's school class instructed by Cpl. Himmelstoss drill with the rifles.
Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres) and several other recruits march on the parade ground.
Stanislaus Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim) carries a slung Mauser Gewehr 1898.
Paul aims his Gewehr at charging French soldiers.
Corporal Himmelstoss (John Wray) charges across No-Man's Land, bayonet fixed.
A German sniper picks off-targets with his Gewehr 1898.
Paul sits in a bunker, Mauser rifle propped through the aiming hole.

Berthier Mle. 1907/15

French soldiers use Berthier Mle 1907-15 fitted with Rosalie bayonets. Paul and Tjaden are also briefly seen with Berthiers.

Berthier Fusil Modèle 1907/15 - 8x50R mm Lebel
A French soldier trying to reach the barbed wire with a slung Berthier Model 1907-15.
Another French soldier fights with Albert (William Bakewell) in close combat.
French soldiers running in a counter-attack with their Berthiers.
Paul places his helmet on a Berthier's bayonet to use it as a decoy.
The wounded French soldier Gérard Duval (Raymond Griffith) lies next to his Berthier.

Oberndorf Mauser Sporter

A French sniper uses an Oberndorf Mauser Sporter with a scope at the end of the movie.

Oberndorf Mauser Sporter - 9x57mm
The French soldier aims the Mauser sporter.
The sniper prepares to fire.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG08

The Maxim MG08 is used by German soldiers in defense of the trenches during the French assault. It is seen manned by three crewmen - the gunner and two assistants who "feed" the belt.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers ready a Maxim MG08 during the French charge.
Another crew sight in their Maxim.
A German gunner mows down targets with his Maxim.
The German machine gun crew displace when the French soldiers reach the trenches.

Vickers Mk. I

French soldiers repelling the German counterattack use a Vickers Mk. I before being killed by a grenade. It is interesting to see French soldiers using the Vickers, rather than the standard issue Hotchkiss M1914, but it is not impossible given the French - British alliance.

Vickers Mk. I with ribbed water jacket - .303 British
A French machine gun crew gun down German counter attackers with the Vickers.

Maxim MG08/15

A Maxim MG08/15 is carried by a German soldier during the attack on the village.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier transports the Maxim in the background.

Sidearms

Luger P08

The Luger P08 is seen briefly used by a German officer during the French attack.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer draws his Luger P08 in preparation for the French attack.
The German officer (foreground right) aims his Luger.

Grenades

Mills Bomb

Stanislaus Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim) silences a French machine gun nest with a Mills Bomb.

Mills Bomb
A German soldier holds a Mills bomb.
A Mills Bomb can be seen in the hands of Stanislaus Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim).

Model 17 Stielhandgranate

The Model 17 Stielhandgranate is used by German soldiers during the second half of the movie.

Model 17 Stielhandgranate
A few grenades in a bag hanging next to Haie Westhus (Richard Alexander).
Two M17s can be seen hanging near the entrance behind Paul.
A German officer to the left checks his equipment before going over the top.
Himmelstoss charges with his G98 and two M17 on his belt.

Other

7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n.A.

Some 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n. A. field guns can frequently be seen at the train station.

7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n.A.
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