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Fort Saganne is a 1984 French war film directed by Alain Corneau and based a novel of the same name by Louis Gardel. It is the story of a young volunteer officer in the Sahara, who in 1911 leads a valiant defense against Sultan Omar. Starring Gérard Depardieu, Philippe Noiret, Catherine Deneuve, and Sophie Marceau.
The following weapons were used in the film Fort Saganne:
MAS Mle 1892
Lt. Charles Saganne (Gérard Depardieu) and other French officers carry Mle 1892 Revolvers.
Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver
French and Arabic soldiers mainly carry Lebel 1886 rifles. Lt. Saganne (Gérard Depardieu) also uses this weapon.
Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
Berthier Mle 1907-16
Arabs and French soldiers are armed with Berthier Mle 1907-16 rifles, which did not enter service until five years after the events of the film. A better choice would be the Modèle 1892 Artillery Carbine or M1902 Colonial rifle.
Berthier Mle 1907-16 Rifle - 8mm Lebel
An abandoned Berthier lies at the edge of the shell hole. In this WWI sequence, these rifles are not anachronistic.
Spanish Mauser M43
Some of the Arabian fighters are also seen with anachronistic M43 Spanish Mausers standing in for period-correct German or Turkish models.
Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The attached auxiliary bayonet lug can be seen.
Kabyle Muskets are also used by the Arabs.