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Case Grüninger

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Case Grüninger
Akte Grüninger
Movie Poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria
CH.jpg Switzerland
Directed by Alain Gsponer
Release Date January 24, 2014
Language German
Swiss German
Studio C-Films AG
Distributor Schweizer Fernsehen (SF)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Paul Grünigner Stefan Kurt
Robert Frei Maximilian Simonischek
Sidney Dreifuss Anatole Taubman
Valentin Keel Helmut Förnbacher
Alice Grünigner Ursina Lardi
Heinrich Rothmund Robert Hunger-Bühler
Ernst Kamm Aaron Hitz

Case Grüninger is a 2014 Austrian-Swiss television drama directed by Alain Gsponer. In August 1938, Switzerland closes the border with Austria and Germany. This deprives the Jews fleeing from the National Socialists of the opportunity to return to neutral Switzerland. But the captain of the border police in St. Gallen defies the regulations. Paul Grüninger re-dates visas and thus saves the lives of many people. Police chief Rothmund sends the ambitious young inspector Paul Frei to St. Gallen. He gets on the trail of Grüninger and his assistant Dreifuss.

The following weapons were used in the film Case Grüninger:


Schmit-Rubin Karabiner M1911

The Karabiner M1911 is the main armament used rifle by Swiss border guards.

Schmidt-Rubin Karabiner Modell 1911 - 7.5x55mm Swiss (GP11)
A Swiss border guard with his slung Karabiner 11. Note the position of the grasping groove and magazine. The larger receiver is partially seen.
Paul Grünigner talks with a border guard who carries his K11 over his back.

Karabiner 31

Some Swiss Border guards and soldiers are armed with K31 Rifles.

Karabiner Modell 1931 (K. 31/Kar. 31) - 7.5x55mm Swiss (GP11)
Swiss soldiers preventing an illegal border crossing. The straight-pull bolt action and smaller (compared to the K11) grasping groove can be seen. Also, note the different rear sight.
The barrel and muzzle are seen in a close-up. The helmets are Swiss-made Stahlhelm M18s that were inspired by the German M16.

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by German border guards which is not entirely correct since the Karabiner 98AZ was the most issued rifle. Another note is that the Austrian border guards who were drafted into German service after the Anschluss were still equipped with their Steyr Mannlicher M1895 rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German border guard fires his Karabiner.
Two German border guards running with their carbines.
The two Germans looking into the river.

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