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Diên Biên Phú
Diên Biên Phú is a 1992 French war drama directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer. While the upscale French society indulges in its beautiful life in Hanoi, the Indochina war continues to come to a head. In the fortress of Diên Biên Phú, French and local soldiers continue to build it up to repel the Việt Minh onslaught, as planned by the French commander-in-chief, General Henri Navarre. As the film progresses, it tells how the French army unsuccessfully defied the Việt Minh onslaught during the 57-day battle. At the same time, the story of the people of Hanoi is portrayed in parallel, from ordinary Vietnamese hoping for liberation to French settlers fearful of Vietnamese independence.
The following weapons were used in the film Diên Biên Phú:
The Colt M1911A1 is used by Lieutenant Ky (Eric Do) against one of his soldiers.
M1 Carbine & M2 Carbine
The M1 Carbines and M2 Carbines are used by the French expeditionary corps in Diên Biên Phú. It is also used by Việt Minh soldiers.
M1A1 Carbine rifles are used by French paratroopers.
The MAS-36 is the principal rifle in the French army during the Indochina war and in this film.
MAS-36 CR 39
These weapons are used by a few French paratroopers in Diên Biên Phú.
Several French soldiers are also seen with MAS-36/51 rifles.
M1 Garand rifles are used by Việt Minh soldiers. Several French Paratroopers also armed these rifles.
Mosin Nagant Model 1944 Carbine
Some Việt Minh soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1944 carbines.
The MAT-49 is used by French soldiers.
PPSh-41 submachine guns are used by Việt Minh soldiers against French Paratroopers.
The French army used Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun in Indochina War and in this film.
The French army uses the Browning M1919.
Browning M1919A4E1 machine gun is seen mounted coaxial on the M41 Walker Bulldog tank.
Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is mounted on the M41 Walker Bulldog tank.
French troops use M2 Flamethrowers.
The M101 howitzer was used by the French army during the First Indochina War