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The Great Raid

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The Great Raid (2005)

The Great Raid is a 2005 WWII film that revolves around the most successful rescue in US military history where US Army Rangers and Filipino guerrillas liberated more than 500 prisoners from a Japanese POW camp at Cabanatuan in the Phillipines. The film's cast included Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco, Max Martini, and Connie Nielsen.

The following weapons were used in the film The Great Raid:

Allied Weapons


Colt M1911A1

Various Colt M1911A1 pistols are used by resistance members acting as bodyguards to Margaret Utinsky (Connie Nielsen), as well as one of the Black Marketeers. Lt. Colonel Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) carries one in his holster. Cpl. Aliteri (James Carpinello) tries to shoot off the lock on the main gate at Cabanatuan with an M1911A1.

M1911A1 - .45 caliber
In the Director's Cut, Resistance member shoots a Black Marketeer with his Colt M1911A1.
In the Director's Cut, a Black Marketeer pops out from his cover to shoot an M1911A1.
On the right, Lt. Colonel Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) with an M1911A1 in his shoulder holster.
A Japanese soldier shoots the M1911A1 out of the hand of Cpl. Aliteri (James Carpinello). He later picks it up and successfully shoots off the lock. Although it seems unlikely that the enemy soldier would be able to do this without wounding Aliteri, this happened during the actual raid to S/Sgt. Theodore Richardson when he shot off the lock of the front gate.

Submachine Guns

M1 Thompson

Captain Juan Pajota (Cesar Mantano) uses an M1 Thompson during the raid on the POW Camp. Despite its similarities to the M1A1 model, the two can be told apart by looking at the sights - the M1 uses an L-shaped sight, in contrast to the triangular shape of the M1A1 sight.

M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
A nervous Captain Juan Pajota (Cesar Mantano) checks his watch as he waits for the raid to commence, nestling his M1 Thompson in his arms.
Captain Pajota defiantly fires at an assaulting Japanese tank.
Captain Pajota fires his Thompson at charging Japanese troops. The L-shaped sight that distinguishes it from the M1A1 model can be clearly seen in this picture.
Captain Pajota surveys the damage caused by his Guerrillas after the raid ends.

M1A1 Thompson

1st. Sgt Sid "Top" Wojo (Max Martini) carries the M1A1 Thompson during the raid. Another Ranger uses a Thompson to blast the lock off one of the gates.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
1st Sgt. Sid "Top" Wojo (Max Martini) checks Japanese tank treads, M1A1 Thompson in his hands. Note that an en-bloc clip for the M1 can be seen on the jacket of Cpl. Guittierez (Mark Consuelos) behind him.
Wojo fires his M1A1 Thompson.
A Ranger with his M1A1 Thompson about to blast off the prison camp lock.
Another angle of Wojo with his Thompson.
Wojo attempts to flank the Japanese mortar position.
Wojo using his left hand to work the bolt as he struggles to clear a jam on his Thompson at the worst possible time.

M1928A1 Thompson

Captain Juan Pajota (Cesar Mantano) wields a M1928A1 Thompson when the Guerrillas link up with the Rangers. It later changes to a M1 Thompson when he actually fires it.

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Captain Juan Pajota (Cesar Mantano) comforts a grieving Filipino women, giving the camera a close-up of the muzzle and cutts compensator on the M1928A1 Thompson.
Wide shot of Captain Pajota as his M1928A1 Thompson is slung over his shoulder.


M1903 Springfield

Lt. Colonel Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) uses an M1903 Springfield as his personal rifle, most notably to kill several Japanese soldiers crossing the river in an attempt to flank Filipino soldiers. He probably was given one by the Guerrillas as he was seen with only his M1911A1 earlier.

1903 Springfield M1903 - .30-06
Lt. Colonel Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) picks off enemy soldiers.
Mucci searches for a target.
Close-up of the Springfield.

M1903A3 Springfield

A Filipino Guerrilla can be briefly seen with an M1903A3 Springfield at Balincarin.

Springfield M1903A3 - .30-06
A Filipino Guerrilla with an M1903A3 Springfield as he and his unit are presented with the horrific images of the Balincarin Massacre.

M1903A4 Springfield

A Filipino Guerrilla uses a non-scoped M1903A4 Springfield at Balincarin. Lt. LeClaire (Scott McLean), the Alamo Scout who gives the Rangers their intel, carries a scoped version, which is always seen slung around his back.

M1903A4 Springfield sniper variant (Remington markings) without scope - .30-06
A horrified Filipino Guerrilla at the site of the Balincarin Massacre with a non-scoped M1903A4 Springfield.
M1903A4 Springfield sniper variant with Model 330 Weaver scope - .30-06
Alamo Scout Lt. LeClaire (Scott McLean) briefs Captain Prince (James Franco) on the camp, his M1903A4 Springfield slung around his back. Part of the scope is visible in the bottom left of the shot.

M1 Carbine

Several Rangers wield and fire the M1 Carbine during the raid.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
Two Rangers with M1 Carbines patrolling through the Filipino woods.
A Rangers fires an M1 Carbine during the Cabanatuan Raid.

M1A1 Carbine

One of the Rangers is seen carrying an M1A1 Carbine, the paratrooper variant which uses a folding stock instead of the normal wooden stock of the M1 Carbine.

M1A1 Carbine with original L style rear sights, and side-folding stock, often referred to as the 'Paratrooper' carbine - .30 Carbine
In the Director's Cut, an M1A1 Carbine sitting on a crate next to Wojo (Max Martini).
The Ranger on the far right holds an M1A1 Carbine with folding stock.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is the main weapon of the 6th Ranger Battalion, and is used by some of the Filipino Guerrillas. Lt. Riley (Craig McLachlan) begins the raid by firing the opening shot with an M1 Garand. Also using the rifle are Captain Prince (James Franco), Cpl. Aliteri (James Carpathian), Cpl. Guittierez (Mark Consuelos), PFC Aldridge (Clayne Crawford) before he switches it for an M1A1 Bazooka, his spotter PFC Lucas (Sam Worthington) and PFC Daly (Diarmid Heidenreich).

M1 Garand - .30-06
Left to Right - Cpl. Aliteri (James Carpathian), Cpl. Guittierez (Mark Consuelos), PFC Aldridge (Clayne Crawford) and PFC Lucas (Sam Worthington) with M1 Garand rifles slung as they attend a briefing by battalion C.O, Lt. Colonel Mucci (Benjamin Bratt).
Captain Prince (James Franco) with his M1 as the Rangers move through the Filipino woods.
Aliteri and Guittierez, on sentry duty keep watch with M1 rifles.
Guittierez fires his M1 at a Japanese sniper.
PFC Lucas (Sam Worthington) fires his M1 Garand while escorting the Bazooka Gunner, PFC. Aldridge (Clayne Crawford).

Machine Guns

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

The M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle is used by the Rangers to lay suppressive fire during the assault. A Filipino Guerrilla uses the BAR as well.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
A Filipino Guerrilla with an M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle.
Ranger opens up with a BAR.
A Ranger fires onto a Japanese mess hall.
Closeup of the BAR chamber, illuminated by an M1 muzzle flash.

Browning M1917A1

A Browning M1917A1 is one of the machine guns used by the Filipino guerrillas to hold the bridge.

M1917A1 Water Cooled Machine Gun - .30-06
A Filipino guerrilla opens up on Japanese soldiers.
Closeup of the barrel.

Browning M1919A4

A Browning M1919A4 is used at the bridge by Filipino guerrillas to hold off Japanese soldiers.

Browning M1919A4, fitted with bolt latch - .30-06.
Guerrillas set up an M1919A4 in preparation for the raid.
The Guerrillas fire the M1919A4 at charging Japanese troops.

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB briefly appears mounted on an Army truck transporting the Rangers at the film's beginning. The M2 is also mounted on the US truck at the film's end, identified by the long barrel and the ammunition box.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Seen on the left, an M2HB on mounted on a US Truck.


M1A1 Bazooka

M1A1 Bazookas are used against tanks by Rangers PFC Aldridge (Clayne Crawford) and PFC Lucas (Sam Worthington). One of the Guerrillas at the bridge uses one as well.

M1A1 Bazooka - 2.36 Inch
1st. Sgt Sid "Top" Wojo (Max Martini) carries the M1A1 Bazooka before handing it off to a unwilling PFC Aldridge .
Aldridge (Clayne Crawford) crawls through the open ground towards the ditch in front of the camp.
PFC Lucas (Sam Worthington) loads the M1A1 Bazooka held by Aldridge.
Aldridge fires at a Japanese truck.
A Filipino guerrilla loads the Bazooka.
A Filipino guerrilla fires his Bazooka.

M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher with M9A1 Rifle Grenade

A Ranger fires an M9A1 Rifle Grenade from the M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher fitted to his M1 Garand at a Japanese fuel dump in the camp, creating a spectacular explosion.

M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher
M9A1 Rifle Grenade
A Ranger fires an M7 Rifle Grenade mounted to his M1 Garand.

Mk 2 Hand grenade

Lt. Foley (Freddie Joe Farnsworth) uses a Mk 2 Hand Grenade to destroy a Japanese pillbox, during which he is wounded and forced to throw a grenade twice to finally silence the pillbox.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" - High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Lt. Foley (Freddie Joe Farnsworth) throws a Mk 2 Hand Grenade into the pillbox.

Japanese/Collaborator Weapons


Mauser 1934 Pocket Pistol

In the Director's Cut, a Black Marketeer and Collaborator fires a Mauser 1934 Pocket Pistol at the resistance when Margaret Utinsky (Connie Nielsen) flees, noticing that the deal was a setup.

1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol. - 7.65x17mmSR
The Black Marketeer fires at Utinsky and resistance members with his Mauser 1934 Pocket Pistol.

Mauser C96

In the Director's Cut, a black marketeer draws a Mauser C96 from the small of his back but is shot by a resistance member after managing to squeeze off one shot.

Mauser C96 - .30 Mauser
In the Director's Cut, Black Marketeer is shot while holding a Mauser C96.

Nambu Type 14

A Nambu Type 14 is used by Lt. Hikobe (Masa Yamaguchi), the enforcer used by Major Nagai (Motoki Kobayashi), to execute prisoners in retaliation for an attempted escape by one of them. Nagai later draws his own Type 14 during the raid, but holsters it when he picks up a Type 99 Light Machine Gun. During a struggle with 1st Sgt. Sid "Top" Wojo (Max Martini), Wojo manages to grab it from the holster, killing Nagai and emptying it into his body. A Japanese officer briefly uses on in Manila when chasing after the fleeing resistance.

Nambu Type 14 - 8mm Nambu
A Japanese officer aims a Nambu Type 14 at fleeing resistance members but holds his fire as they disappear into a crowd. Note finger OFF trigger.
Lt. Hikobe (Masa Yamaguchi) shoots a POW caught attempting to steal a radio.
Lt. Hikobe executes POW's in retaliation for one of them attempting an escape.
Lt. Hikobe reloads his Nambu during the execution.
Major Nagai (Motoki Kobayashi) draws his Nambu at the start of the raid.
1st. Sgt Sid "Top" Wojo (Max Martini) fires Nagai's Nambu into his lifeless body.


Arisaka Type 38

The Arisaka Type 38 is the main weapon of the Japanese soldiers and guards, who use it throughout the film.

Arisaka Type 38 - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
A Japanese soldier fires in vain at Rangers with an Arisaka Type 38.
A Japanese soldier with Arisaka.
A Japanese soldiers fires at PFC Aldridge (Clayne Crawford) and PFC Lucas (Sam Worthington).
A Japanese soldier fires at the Filipino Guerrillas, his Arisaka rifle illuminated by the muzzle flash of the Type 99 Light Machine Gun.

Arisaka Type 99

The Arisaka Type 99 is used by Japanese soldiers during the execution of American POWs at Palawan and later by soldiers at Cabanatuan Camp. Both models share similar external features, save for a different barrel shape reflecting the use of a more powerful 7.7x58mm Arisaka cartridge.

Arisaka Type 99 - 7.7x58mm
Japanese soldiers with Arisaka Type 99 rifles roll out fuel barrels to burn the Palawan POW's with.
Japanese soldiers roll the barrels into air raid shelters packed with POW's, trapping them in and sealing their fate.
Two Japanese soldiers execute hospital staff who collaborated with the Manila resistance with Arisaka rifles.
Japanese soldiers return fire at the Rangers.

Machine Guns

Type 11 Light Machine Gun

A Type 11 light machine gun is fired by the Japanese soldiers in the pillbox during the raid. There are only a few brief shots of the barrel, but enough to confirm it as a Type 11.

Type 11 Light Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
A Type 11 Light Machine Gun opens up from a Japanese pillbox.
Close-up of the barrel, confirming it as a Type 11.

Type 97 Light Machine Gun

A Type 97 Light Machine Gun is seen mounted on two Type 95 Ha-go Tanks; one rolling from the POW camp garage, and one attacking the bridge held by the Filipino Guerrillas.

Type 97 Light Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
The barrel of a Type 97 can be seen below the turret of the Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank.
Another Type 97 Chi-Ha is forced to stop when the bridge blows up in its face. The Type 97 can be seen to the right of the hull, below the turret.

Type 99 Light Machine Gun

The Type 99 Light Machine Gun is the main machine gun of the Japanese troops, who use it to execute burning prisoners at Palawan and to defend the POW camp. Major Nagai (Motoki Kobayashi), the camp commandant, seizes one from a dead Japanese soldier, using it to fire at 1st Sgt. Sid "Top" Wojo (Max Martini) and PFC Daly (Diarmid Heidenreich) when they try to take out the mortar nest. He later stabs Wojo with the fixed bayonet, wounding but not killing him.

Type 99 Light Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
A Japanese soldier fires the Type 99 Light Machine Gun at burning POWs in Palawan.
A Japanese Soldier at the bridge tries to man a Type 99 when the Guerrillas open fire.
A Japanese soldier returns fires at the Guerrillas.
Major Nagai (Motoki Kobayashi) picks up a Type 99 from a dead Japanese soldier.
A Japanese soldier fires at 1st Sgt. Sid "Top" Wojo (Max Martini) and PFC Daly (Diarmid Heidenreich) in defense of the mortar pit.
Major Nagai searches for Wojo with a Type 99. Note that the weapon is missing the magazine.


Type 89 "Knee Mortar"

A Japanese soldier uses a Type 89 "Knee Mortar" against the Filipino Guerrillas holding the bridge.

Type 89 "Knee Mortar" - 50mm
A Japanese soldier sets up a Type 89 "Knee Mortar."
The soldier uses the "Knee Mortar."

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