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Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by M. J. Bassett
Release Date December 6, 2002
Language English
Distributor Lions Gate Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Charlie Shakespeare Jamie Bell
Colin Chevasse Ruaidhri Conroy
Bramwell Jennings Laurence Fox
Willie McNess Dean Lennox Kelly
Barry Starinski Kris Marshall
Jack Hawkstone Hans Matheson
Friedrich Torben Liebrecht

Deathwatch is a 2002 British horror film that involves the survivors of a British unit, Y Company, who are separated from their regiment during the brutal trench fighting of the First World War. Attempting to return to their lines, the British soldiers discover what appears to be a bombed-out German trench, abandoned except for three German soldiers. After killing most of the Germans, and taking one prisoner, the British company fortifies to hold the trench until reinforcements can arrive. Soon, however, strange things being to happen as a sense of evil descends upon the trench and the British begin to turn on each other.

The film contains largely accurate World War I-era weaponry, but there are some major historical inaccuracies as the filmmakers used some WWII-era weapons for much of the film.

The following weapons were used in the film Deathwatch:



Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

The Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I is used by almost all of the British soldiers of Y company including Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell), Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer), Pte. Jack Hawkstone (Hans Matheson), Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) and Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor). Pte. Barry Starinski (Kris Marshall) has a telescopic sight fitted to his. During the opening sequence, these rifles are equipped with period-correct Pattern 1907 Bayonets.

This is a painfully inaccurate anachronism. While the rifle is a British design, the No. 4 wasn't even adopted by the British Armed Forces until 1939, closer to World War II. The film takes place in 1917, during World War I, and the cast should be using the period correct No. 1 Mk III*. But there is nary a No. 1 to be seen in this film, unusual since the No. 1s design is one of the most iconic weapons of the first world war.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I - .303 British
Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) aims his Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I at the German soldiers in the trench.
Pvt. Jack Hawkstone (Hans Matheson) with his Lee-Enfield.
Hawkstone chambering a round in his Lee-Enfield.
Hawkstone slams the bolt home.
Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor) on watch with his Lee-Enfield.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) searching the trenches with his Lee-Enfield.
Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer) cleans his Lee-Enfield as he talks with Pte. Shakespeare.
Sgt. Tate aims his Lee-Enfield.
Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) - .303 British
Pte. Barry Starinski (Kris Marshall) aims his Scoped Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T).
Pte. Starinski sweeps through the trenches with his Scoped Lee-Enfield.

Karabiner 98k

Most of the German rifles seen in the trench are the Karabiner 98k. They are used by Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell), Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys), and some British soldiers in the opening sequence. Shakespeare also gives one to German prisoner Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) to defend himself.

Like the use of No. 4s in WWI, the use of the Kar98k in WWI is painfully incorrect, considering the fact that they weren't even adopted by the Wehrmacht until 1935 (at that point the WWI-era German Empire didn't even exist anymore and Germany was now under the Nazi regime). In WWI, the Germans did use carbine variants of their Gewehr 98 long rifle, but they were called the Karabiner 98AZ/98a and looked significantly different than the Kar98k.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys) aims his Karabiner 98k.
'Doc' Fairweather with the 98k slung around his back.
'Doc' Fairweather aims his 98k into No-Man's Land.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) hands a 98k to Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) so he can protect himself.
Shakespeare searches for 'Doc' Fairweather with a 98k.
Shakespeare fires his 98k, now fitted with a S84/98 bayonet.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The German soldier Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) uses a Mauser Gewehr 1898 to hold Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) at gunpoint at the end of the film. The historically accurate Gewehr 1898 is only used in this part and at the beginning; the rest of the Mauser rifles are the historically incorrect Karabiner 98k. This is bizarre and baffling, since the filmmakers had period accurate rifles on set for Germans to use.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92mm
Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) aims a Mauser Gewehr 1898 at Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell).
Nice close-up of the Gewehr 1898. Note the straight bolt handle and the famous Lange Visier AKA "rollercoaster" rear sights. The tall and curved rear sight is a dead giveaway that this is an authentic Gewehr 98. Rollercoaster sights were only used on the Gewehr 98 and the Model 1916 Spanish Mauser.

Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP18/I

A Bergmann MP18/I is wielded by Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) at one point in the film. This gun is a post-World War I conversion that has been retrofitted with a box magazine feed rather than a period-accurate TM 08 "snail magazine". In some shots, the gun is replaced by a Haenel MP28/II, standing in for an MP18/I; the two guns are distinguishable by their rear sights.

Bergmann MP18/I (post-war magazine conversion) - 9x19mm
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) fires the MP18/I.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II

An anachronistic Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II stands in for the aforementioned MP18/I in some shots. To be fair, however, it's hard to tell the difference and the guns are very similar, with the MP28 simply being an upgraded version of the MP18.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II - 9x19mm
Pte. Shakespeare aims an MP28/II at Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis). Note the 20-round box magazine and tangent rear sight.

Machine Guns

Goryunov SG-43

Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) uses a Goryunov SG-43 visually mocked up to resemble a British Vickers Machine Gun in the opening sequence. Perhaps it is the same mockup used in the 2008 Czech movie Tobruk.

Goryunov SGM - 7.62x54mm R
Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) opens up with the Goryunov machine gun. Note the gap between the top cover and the water jacket. The gun appears to be mounted on a Czechoslovak Schwarzlose M1907/24 tripod.

Vickers Mk. I

What appears to be a genuine Vickers is also seen fired by Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly).

Vickers Mk. I - .303 British
McNess firing the Vickers which has a ribbed water jacket and Mark V tripod.

ZB-53 / Vz.37

A ZB-53 / Vz.37 mocked up to resemble a Maxim MG08 is used by German machine gunners in the opening sequence.

ZB 53 / Vz.37 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Maxim MG08; for comparison - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers fire a ZB-53 from a defensive position. Note the position of the muzzle at the center of the water jacket.
A German gunner is shot off his machine gun. The ZB-53 grips are visible.


Luger P08

A Luger P08 is used by Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox) when he threatens Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) to stop him from going over the top.

Luger P08 - 9mm
Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox) aims his Luger P08 at Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly).
The same scene from a different angle.

Webley Mk IV

The revolver used by the British troops of Y Company including Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell), Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox), Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer), Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis), Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor) and Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys) is the Webley Mk IV. This choice of revolver is anachronistic with the .38 Mk IV not entering service until 1929. The correct revolver would be the larger .455 Webley Mk VI. Note that Quinn has a bayonet attachment fitted to his; whilst the bayonet had never been used officially by the British Army since 1915, it is still possible that Quinn got his hands on one.

Webley Mk.IV WW2 British Army version chambered for .38 S&W
Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer) breaks open his Webley Mk IV to ensure that it is loaded.
Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox) accidentally shoots Pte. Jack Hawkstone (Hans Matheson) with his Webley.
Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys) with his Webley.
Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis) on watch with his Webley. You can just make out the bayonet attachment.
Capt. Jennings holds his Webley on Sgt. Tate.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) takes a Webley from a case. The revolver is obviously a much smaller Webley Mk IV, not a much larger Webley-Fosbery Automatic revolver.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare tries to quiet a hysterical, wounded Pte. Colin Chevasse (Ruaidhri Conroy) with his Webley.
Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor) aims his Webley at a tied-up 'Doc' Fairweather.


Mills Bomb

A Mills Bomb is carried by Jamie Bell as Pte. Charlie Shakespeare when he compares it with the Model 24 Stielhandgranate, it is incorrectly identified as a 'Pineapple' by Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer).

Mills Bomb - High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Close-up of a Mills Bomb in the hands of Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell).
Shakespeare holds a Mills Bomb in one hand and a Model 24 Stielhandgranate in the other as he compares the two.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Y Company soldiers Sgt. David Tate (Hugh O'Conor) and Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis), along with several others, use captured Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades to clear out German dugouts. Based on their shape, they appear to be antipersonnel fragmentation models.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Several Model 24 Stielhandgranate's lie in an open crate. One can be seen held by Sgt. David Tate (Hugh O'Conor).
Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis) removes two Model 24's from the open crate.

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