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Code Name: Wild Geese

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Code Name: Wild Geese
Code Name Wild Geese.jpg
Country ITA.jpg Italy
GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Release Date 1984
Language Italian
Studio Ascot Film
Gico Cinematografica
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Robin Wesley Lewis Collins
Archie "China" Travers Lee Van Cleef
Fletcher Ernest Borgnine
Charleton Klaus Kinski
Klein Manfred Lehmann
Arbib Thomas Danneberg
Stone Frank Glaubrecht
Kathy Mimsy Farmer

Code Name: Wild Geese (original Italian title Arcobaleno selvaggio, German title Geheimcode: Wildgänse) is a 1984 Italian-West German war movie directed by Antonio Margheriti (credited as Anthony M. Dawson). The story takes place in the Golden Triangle area of southeast Asia where a band of mercenaries under the command of Captain Robin Wesley (Lewis Collins) fights a Burmese opium lord. This is the first of three films that British actor Lewis Collins made with Margheriti; it was followed by Commando Leopard (1985) and The Commander (1988).

The following weapons were used in the film Code Name: Wild Geese:


Smith & Wesson Model 36

In the scene in Hong Kong Charleton (Klaus Kinski) and several of his men are seen with Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
One of Charleton's men aims his revolver at Robin Wesley (Lewis Collins).


Several characters use M1911A1 pistols during the movie, including Captain Robin Wesley (Lewis Collins) and his men, Archie "China" Travers (Lee Van Cleef) and Kim (Rene Abadeza).

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
Stone (Frank Glaubrecht) aims his pistol at the man who interrupts pocker game.
Captain Robin Wesley (Lewis Collins) allways carries his .45.
Travers (Lee Van Cleef) fires his pistol.
Wounded Arbib (Thomas Danneberg) fires his pistol.
Klein (Manfred Lehmann) with his pistol during the final shootout.
M1911A1 with removable suppressor - .45 ACP.
Wesley aims M1911A1 with sound suppressor.

Submachine guns

M1A1 Thompson

Captain Robin Wesley (Lewis Collins), Kowalski (Bruce Baron) and Stone (Frank Glaubrecht) are armed with M1A1 Thompson submachine guns. Several of Kim's men are also seen with Thompsons.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP.
Captain Robin Wesley (Lewis Collins) with his M1A1 in the opening scene.
Stone (Frank Glaubrecht) fires his M1A1. Note the front grip attached to the handguard.
Wesley and Stone with their Thompsons in the attack.
Kim (Rene Abadeza) with the M1A1. During the movie he several times changes Thompson to M16 and back.
Travers (Lee Van Cleef) holds Stone's M1A1.
Kathy (Mimsy Farmer) fires Wesley's M1A1 through the window.


Several of General Khan's soldiers are seen with Uzi submachine guns.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm.
A soldier with Uzi is shot.
A soldier with Uzi during the final shootout.


M1D Garand

During the attack on helicopter landing field Klein (Manfred Lehmann) is armed with M1D Garand fitted with a M84 sniper scope. Later he changed it for M16A1.

M1-D Sniper Variant with M84 scope - .30-06. Note the different type of scope mount. The T37 flash suppressor is an option on both models.
Klein (Manfred Lehmann) loads his rifle.
Klein aims at the sentry soldier.
The view on the rifle from behind.
The view on the rifle from the business end.

Assault rifles


In the opening scene most of Wesley's mercenaries are seen with M16A1 assault rifles. During the jungle operation Arbib (Thomas Danneberg) is armed with M16A1 with M203 grenade launcher. Several of Kim's men and General Khan's soldiers are also seen with M16A1s.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm. What distinguishes it from the original M16 was the addition of a raised rib around the magazine release button, changing of the forward Receiver pins, and the addition of the forward assist button on the upper receiver.
Klein (Manfred Lehmann) fires the M16A1. It was supposedly taken from a dead soldier.
Arbib (Thomas Danneberg) with his M16A1 with M203 grenade launcher.
General Khan's soldiers fire their M16A1s.
One of Kim's men with M16A1.
Kim (Rene Abadeza) with M16A1. During the movie he several times changes M1A1 Thompson to M16 and back.
General Khan's soldiers attack with their M16A1s.

Colt/Elisco Tools Model 653P

In the final scene Charleton (Klaus Kinski) and several of his men are seen with Colt Model 653 carbines. The movie was filmed in the Philippines, so these guns are most likely license-manufactured Elisco Model 653P.

Colt Model 653 "M16A1 Carbine" - 5.56x45mm.
Charleton (Klaus Kinski) with Colt Model 653 during the final shootout.
Charleton fires at the helicopter.
One of Charleton's men with Colt Model 653.

Type 56

Most of General Khan's soldiers are armed with milled receiver Norinco Type 56 assault rifles with removed "pig stickers".

Norinco Type 56, early milled receiver model with under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet which was standard on PLA-issue Type 56s - 7.62x39mm
Several Type 56 rifles are seen behind the surrendered soldier.
General Khan (Protacio Dee) passes near his soldiers, armed with Type 56s.
A close view on Type 56.

Machine guns


In the opening scene M60 machine gun is used by Wesley's mercenaries. General Khan's soldiers has several M60s. During the attack Klein (Manfred Lehmann) captures and uses one of them. Travers (Lee Van Cleef) operates the same MG during the attack on the train. In the final scene Charleton (Klaus Kinski) and his men are also armed with one or two M60s.

M60 machine gun with bipod extended - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A mercenary fires M60 in the opening scene.
Klein (Manfred Lehmann) fires M60.
Travers (Lee Van Cleef) fires M60 from the ambush.
Charleton (Klaus Kinski) fires M60 during the final shootout.

Browning M2 Aircraft

Browning M2 Aircraft machine gun is mounted on the river boat.

Browning M2 Aircraft, Flexible - .50 BMG
A barrel of the M2 Aircraft mounted on the river boat.
The gunner readies the M2.

Browning M1919A4

A Browning M1919A4 on a pedestal mount is used by General Khan's soldiers to guard the bridge.

Browning M1919A4 on a pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
The M1919A4 is used by soldiers to guard the bridge.

Support weapon

M203 grenade launcher

Arbib's (Thomas Danneberg) M16A1 is fitted with M203 grenade launcher.

M16A1 (5.56x45mm) with M203 40mm grenade launcher.
Arbib (Thomas Danneberg) attacks with his M16 with M203.
Arbib fires the grenade launcher.
A close view on M203.

M20 "Super Bazooka"

General Khan's soldiers use M20 "Super Bazooka" during Wesley's attack on the opium depot.

Chinese Type 51, a copy of the M20A1 "Super Bazooka" - 3.5"
A soldier readies his bazooka.
A soldier fires the bazooka at the mercenaries.


Wesley (Lewis Collins) uses flamethrower during the final shootout. He fired it at first by hands and then mounted it on the helicopter.

Wesley (Lewis Collins) takes the flamethrower.
Wesley fires the flamethrower through the window.
Wesley carries the flamethrower to the helicopter.
Fire from the sky!

Other weapons


Most of the mercenaries carry unidentified hand grenades. They are of two different types.

A hand grenade is seen on Arbib (Thomas Danneberg).

Grenades on screenshots below resemble Mk III (??).

Klein (Manfred Lehmann) readies to throw a grenade into the opium depot.
A close view on the grenade.


When playing poker, the mercenaries use rifle cartridges as chips.

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