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Breaker Morant

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Breaker Morant
Original Movie poster
Country AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Release Date 1980
Language English
Studio South Australian Film Corporation
Distributor Roadshow Entertainment
New World Pictures
Umbrella Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Harry "Breaker" Morant Edward Woodward
Lt. Peter Handcock Bryan Brown
Lt. George Witton Lewis Fitz-Gerald

Breaker Morant is a 1980 Australian war film directed by Bruce Beresford (Double Jeopardy, Money Movers) and based on the well known play of the same name by Australian playwright Kenneth Ross. The film involves the court martial of Lieutenants Harry 'Breaker' Morant (Edward Woodward), Peter Handcock (Bryan Brown) and George Ramsdale Witton (Lewis Fitz-Gerald) . The three officers were Australians serving in the British Army with a special unit called the Bushveldt Carbineers during the The Second Boer War (1899 - 1902), more commonly known as The Boer War. They were charged with the murders of several Boer prisoners of war and a German missionary. Morant and Handcock were found guilty and executed by firing squad on February 27, 1902. Witton served several years in prison and was later released. There is still much controversy surrounding the court martial and Lt. Harry 'Breaker' Morant in particular. Morant was called Breaker because he used to "break" wild horses before joining the army. The movie was shot entirely in Australia.

The following weapons were used in the film Breaker Morant:



Webley Mk VI Revolver

The Webley Mk VI Revolver is used by both the British and Australian officers. In actuality the Mk VI was not introduced until 1915. In the interest of historical accuracy they would have been using either the Webley Mk I or the Webley Mk II. However the Mk VI is more plentiful and it does have the same lines as the earlier marks.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
Lieutenants Morant (Edward Woodward) and Handcock (Bryan Brown) have a quick conference before attacking a Boer encampment.
The Bushveldt Carbineers attack the Boer encampment.
Lt. Morant (Edward Woodward) in action with his Webley Mk VI Revolver.

Remington 1875 Revolver

Remington 1875 revolver is used by a Boer Commando during the raid on the British fort.

Remington 1875 revolver - 45 Colt

Colt SAA

A Colt Single Action Army is used by a Boer Commando during a night ambush of Australian soldiers.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel.
The Boers during the night ambush of Captain Hunt and his patrol.


Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 semiautomatic pistol is briefly shown carried by the Boer who is shot by Captain Hunt as he lies wounded during the opening ambush.

A pre-war commercial C96.
Mauser C96 used by the Boer Commando shot by Captain Hunt.


Lee Enfield Mk.I Rifle

The Lee Enfield Mk. I Rifle is used by both the Australian and British soldiers throughout the movie. It is also shown being used by some of the Boer Commandos. This is historically accurate. As the war dragged on the Boers were forced to use captured British weapons. Morant and Handcock were (historically) shot by a firing party from the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I - .303 British. In service between 1896-1907
Australian soldiers in action during the night ambush.
London Small Arms Co Ltd, LE (Long Enfield) and .303 Calibre markings on a Lee Enfield Mk. I Rifle.
Lts. Morant (Edward Woodward) and Handcock (Bryan Brown) in action with Lee Enfield Mk. I Rifle during a Boer attack on the British fort.
Lt. George Ramsdale Witton (Lewis Fitz-Gerald) in action with a Lee Enfield Mk. I Rifle during the Boer attack on the British fort.
Close up of the Lee Enfield Mk. I Rifle while a Scottish soldier loads a single cartridge.
The firing squad from the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders load their Lee Enfield Mk. I Rifles.
"Aim, Fire!". The Scot firing squad executes Lts Morant and Handcock.

Spanish Mauser

Used by the Boer Commandos throughout the movie. 55,000 M1895 Chilean Mausers were purchased by the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (the Transvaal Republic) prior to and during the Second Boer War.However it appears that the production is using Spanish Mausers - regardless of the actual model used.

Mauser 1895 Rifle - 7x57mm Mauser
Another Boer and his Mauser during the ambush.
The Boers prepare for the morning raid on the British fort.

Mauser 1895 Carbine

One of the Boer Commandos can be seen using a Mauser 1895 carbine, identifiable by its front sight protective wings, during the night-time ambush.

Mauser 1895 Carbine - 7x57mm Mauser
One of the Boer Commandos during the night ambush.

Machine Guns

Maxim Gun

Morant (Edward Woodward) and his men use a Maxim Machine Gun with great effectiveness against Boer Commandos during an attack on the British fort.

Maxim 1895 on tripod
Morant(Edward Woodward), Handcock(Bryan Brown) and Witton(Lewis Fitz-Gerald) take cover in the arsenal when a Boer commando throws a stick of dynamite at them. Note the Maxim Gun in the background.
Morant (Edward Woodward) with Handcock (Bryan Brown) acting as his loader proceed to massacre the Boer attackers.
Another action shot.
The three prisoners along with one of their British guards drive off the Boers.

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