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Emden Men

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Emden Men
Die Männer der Emden
Emden men.jpg
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Berengar Pfahl
Release Date June 6, 2012
Language English
Studio Berengar Pfahl Film
The Film Team
Distributor Kinostar Filmverleih
Main Cast
Character Actor
Karl Overbeck Ken Duken
Hellmuth von Mücke Sebastian Blomberg
Friedrich von Schulau Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Maat Kluthe Oliver Korittke
Matrose Hilgert Michael Lott
Salima Bey Sibel Kekilli

Emden Men or also titled as Odyssey of Heroes is a 2012 German movie directed by Berengar Pfahl and is based on true events from the First World War. The German light cruiser SMS Emden is stationed in the German colony of Tsingtau on the Chinese coast. After the outbreak of war, the ship takes part in the cruiser war in the Indian Ocean and is to cover the withdrawal of the German East Asia Squadron. Near the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean in November 1914, the Emden is placed by the Australian cruiser Sydney and eventually wrecked, unable to fight or sail. About a third of the crew is killed. The 202 survivors ended up as British prisoners of war. However, about 50 men of a landing party who had gone ashore to destroy a radio station before the enemy attack are still on a small atoll and now have to go on a long and exhausting journey: 13,000 kilometers through water and desert lie ahead of them.

The following weapons were used in the film Emden Men:


Luger P08

All senior officers of the Emden including Karl Overbeck (Ken Duken), Hellmuth von Mücke (Sebastian Blomberg) and Friedrich von Schulau (Jan Henrik Stahlberg) use Luger P08s as their sidearms.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The three officers of the Emden with their sidearms on the beach of Keeling Islands.
Hellmuth von Mücke aims his Luger while giving orders to his men.
Karl Overbeck holds his pistol in the desert.

Luger P04

Maat (Petty Officer) Kluthe (Oliver Korittke) is armed with a longer-barreled Luger P04.

Luger P04 - 9x19mm Parabellum
During the landing in Arabia Kluthe holds his Luger at the ready.
Later in the desert he takes cover with it in a foxhole.

Rhöner Model 3/Model 4

Antonia (Sheri Hagen) tries to reach for a pocket pistol. Karl Overbeck (Ken Duken) stops her and takes the pistol. Upon closer inspection, it turns out to be a Rhöner Model 3 or Model 4 starter/gas-firing pistol. It is equipped with non-standard wooden grips, and stands on a period-appropriate pistol, such as FN Model 1905.

Rhoner Modell 3 - 6.35mm
Karl holds Antonia's pistol.


Gewehr 1888/05

Matrose (Sailor) Hilgert (Michael Lott) and other sailors use Gewehr 1888/05 rifles. Maat Kluthe is seen briefly carrying one during the firefight in the desert.

Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm (8x57 IS)
Promotional picture.
The sailor with G88/05 covering von Mücke on the beach of Keeling Islands.
Matrose Hilgert aims his rifle with raised rear sights at suspecting Arabs.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The majority of the sailors including von Mücke (Sebastian Blomberg) and Karl Overbeck (Ken Duken) wield the Mauser Gewehr 1898. Salima Bey (Sibel Kekilli) is seen firing a Gewehr as Bedouins surround the Caravan.

Early Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Late Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A sailor destroys some radio equipment with his Gewehr which offers a clear shot of the Lange Visier.
Maria von Plettenberg (Felicitas Woll) witnessed Japanese soldiers' rage on Chinese and European people in Qingdao. These Japanese soldiers are also armed with G98 standing in for Arisaka Type 30 rifles.
During the skirmish in the desert a sailor readies his Mauser by cycling the bolt handle.
Salima fires her rifle at Lawrence's Bedouins.
Kapitänleutnant von Mücke reloads his rifle with a 5-round stripper clip.
Karl's Gewehr 98 next to him after getting hit.

Lee-Enfield No. I Mk. III*

British sailors and some radiomen can be seen briefly with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303
The men of Cocos Islands surrender their SMLEs in the background.
A close up of the SMLE's front sights held by a British sailor.
The same sailor arrests Maria von Plettenberg's family.
Two sailors of the HMS Lion escort the Plettenberg prisoners in Colombo.
A British-Indian soldier guarding German prisoners with his SMLE with fixed P1907 sword payonet.

Enfield P14

French troops at the railway station carry British Pattern 1914 Enfields over their shoulders. A more accurate choice would be a Berthier or Lebel 1886 rifle.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
A distant view of two French soldiers at a checkpoint on the right.
The soldiers controll Elisabeth (Verena Plangger) and Wilhelm von Plettenberg (Gerd Wameling). Note the smaller grasping groove seen on the left.

Percussion Musket

The hostile Bedouins are armed with unidentifiable muskets, which are, known from an interview with the director, percussion rifles.

Fusil d'infanterie Mle. 1842T St.Etienne - .69 Smoothbore; for comparison
Bedouins get into a new position behind a dune with their rifles which have no pistol grips. The percussion cap lock can almost be seen on the left rifle. The shape of the barrel distinguishes them from Arabic muskets.
The guards of the Emir of Mecca carry also these rifles. Note the European-style muzzle band.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

The Maschinengewehr 08 is also seen in some scenes.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Sailors get the MG08 in position after dismounting it from the landing boat.
Maat Gärtner (Benjamin Morik) mans the Maxim.
While in al-Hudaida Turkish soldiers transport the MGs.
Sailors fire the Maxim at Bedouins.
Readying the MG during von Mücke's meeting.


Jam Tin Grenade

German sailors destroy the radar station on Cocos Islands with Jam Tin Grenades.

Jam Tin Grenade
The grenade thrown by a sailor into the hut.


Cruiser Georgios Averof

The Greek Pisa-class armored cruiser Georgios Averof represents the SMS Emden in the movie.

The crew on the deck of the cruiser. A twin 234 mm (9.2 in) gun can be seen. The Emden's biggest guns were single 10.5 cm (4.1 in) SK L/40 guns.


The other ships featured in the movies are all CGI models.

The SMS Emden at full speed. SMS stands for Seine Majestät Schiff ("His Majesty's Ship").
The HMS Sydney ready to duel with the SMS Emden.
The Dutch radio operator (Philipp Weigand) spotted the HMS Lion; a ship that didn't operate in the Pacific at that time.

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