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Drummer-Crab (Le Crabe-Tambour)

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Drummer-Crab (Le Crabe-Tambour)
Le Crabe Tambour Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer
Release Date 1977
Language French
Studio AMLF
Bela Productions
Lira Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
The captain Jean Rochefort
Willsdorff aka "Drummer-Crab" Jacques Perrin
The doctor Claude Rich
The chief engineer Jacques Dufilho

Drummer-Crab (original title Le Crabe-Tambour) is a 1977 French war drama directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer. It depicts the story of a French naval officer, a participant of First Indochina War, local conflicts in Africa, Algerian War and Generals' putsch of 1961.

The following weapons were used in the film Drummer-Crab (Le Crabe-Tambour):

Submachine Guns


MAT-49 SMGs are seen in several scenes.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A soldier in the jeep carries a MAT-49 in a scene during the Algerian War.
Gendarmes with MAT-49s are seen in the scene of court-martial over Willsdorff.


M1 Garand

During the Indochina War M1 Garand rifles are seen in hands of both French troops and Viet Minh fighters.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Two French sailors on a river boat carry Garand rifles.
Viet Minh fighters aims their Garands at captured Frenchmen.

M1 Carbine

Lt. Willsdorff (Jacques Perrin) and some other French sailors carry M1 Carbines during Indochina War.

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
Willsdorff carries an M1 Carbine.
A sailor at the right carries an M1 Carbine on sling.
An M1 Carbine is seen in hands of a sailor at the right, next to the trumpeter.


Honor guards carry MAS-36 rifles during the funeral of a French officer. MAS-36s are also seen in the scene when Willsdorff (Jacques Perrin) is captured by African tribesmen.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
A honor guard with MAS-36 is seen behind the priest.
Willsdorff holds a MAS-36, showing the Africans a real marksmanship.
A close view of Willsdorff's rifle.


MAS-49/56 rifles are briefly seen in a scene of Algerian War.

MAS-49/56 - 7.5x54mm French
The sailors with MAS-49/56 rifles are seen at the background.
A MAS-49/56 is seen in the jeep.

Mauser Vz.24

Mauser rifles that appear to be Mauser Vz.24s are seen in hands of African tribesmen that captured Willsdorff.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A tribesman in center holds a Mauser rifle.
A straight bolt handle can be seen. It matches Vz.24.
Another tribesman with a Mauser.
A Mauser rifle is leaning against the stone.
An old man holds a Mauser.

Berthier Mle 1916 Carbine

Many African tribesmen carry Berthier Mle 1916 carbines.

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine - 8x50mm R
A tribesman with Mle 1916 carbine on a watch duty.
A close view of Berthier carbine.
Two African tribesmen on a boat hold Mle 1916 carbines on a promotion still.

M1890 Turkish Mauser

A Mauser rifle is seen in hands of Willsdorff (Jacques Perrin) when he rose from a slave to a warchief of the African tribe. The shape of the magazine and of the stock allows to identify the rifle as an Turkish M1890.

Argentinean Mauser 1891 - 7.65x53mm Mauser. This rifle is very similar to Turkish M1890, except for the top side of the stock.
The magazine is seen. Its shape is typical for Belgian M1889, Turkish M1890 and Argentinean M1891 Mausers.
A more general view of the rifle.
One more view.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

A Browning M1919A4 is seen mounted on a French river boat in Indochina.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
An M1919 is mounted on top of the boat.

Browning M1919A6

Another machine gun, mounted on the river boat, is a Browning M1919A6 in twin mounting.

M1919A6, post-WWII manufacture with conical muzzle booster - .30-06 Springfield
A twin M1919A6 on the boat.
The mounting is seen at the right.


A MAS AA-52 is seen carried by a French sailor in a scene during the Algerian War.

MAS AA-52 GPMG - 7.5x54mm French.
An AA-52 is seen at the left behind the officer. A buttstock of another AA-52 can be seen over a head of a sailor in a group at the right.


A large part of the story takes place on board of a French destroyer D637 Jauréguiberry that widely is seen in the movie.

Jauréguiberry is seen from the air. A good view of two twin 127mm/L54 Model 1948 guns and two twin 57mm/60 Bofors Model 1951 AA guns, also triple torpedo tubes and ASW launcher are seen.
Jauréguiberry in North Atlantic.
Bow 127mm and 57mm mountings are seen in the final scene.

Other French Navy ships also can be seen.

100mm/L55 Model 1968 naval gun is seen on the bow of a frigate F784 Détroyat (D'Estienne d'Orves-class).
A patrol boat is seen in a scene of Indochina War. The gun on the bow appears to be a Bofors 40mm.

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