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Guadalcanal Diary

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Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

The following weapons were used in the film Guadalcanal Diary:


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is carried by Capt. Cross (Roy Roberts) but is never fired.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Capt. Cross (Roy Roberts) with his Colt M1911A1 after landing on Guadalcanal.

Luger P08

An IJA officer tries to reach for a Luger P08 (presumably standing in for the Nambu Type 14) to shoot a Marine reaching for his dropped Katana.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm.
Nambu Type 14 for comparison - 8x22mm Nambu
An IJA officer reaching for a Luger P08.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

The M1928A1 Thompson is the main weapon of Captains Cross (Roy Roberts) and Davis (Richard Conte), some of the Marines, and is used by some of the IJA (instead the correct MP18, the MP28/II, or the Type 100).

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Capt. Cross (Roy Roberts) cleaning his unloaded M1928A1 Thompson.
Capt. Cross with his M1928A1.
In this scene Thompson is a replica, not a real gun.
IJA soldiers with Thompsons at the ready.
An M1928 in a machine gun mount. Presumably there were not enough Lewis Guns on hand to supply all the IJA extras.

Reising M50

A Marine can be seen with a Reising M50 when they land on Guadalcanal.

Reising M50 - .45 ACP.
A Marine with a Reising M50.
The Marine charging behind enemy lines with his M50 in hand.

Reising M55

A Reising M55 can be seen hung on a Marine's bed below deck.

Reising M55 - .45 ACP.
A hung Reising M55 in the top right corner.


M1903 Springfield Mk 1

A Marine can be seen with a Springfield M1903 Mk 1.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
Private Johnny "Chicken" Anderson (Richard Jaeckel) with his Springfield. This was Jaeckel's debut.

M1903A3 Springfield

The M1903A3 Springfield is correctly depicted the standard issue rifle of the United States Marines (as they did not get M1 Garands until the end of 1942). US Army soldiers and IJA soldiers use them as well (the later using them as a stand in for the Arisaka Type 38 and the Arisaka Type 99).

M1903A3 - .30-'06
Arisaka Type 38 for comparison - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Arisaka Type 99 for comparison - 7.7x58mm
A Marine loading his M10903A3 Springfield.
An M1903 on a US Army soldier's back.

Machine Guns

.30 AN/M2

F4F Wildcats which typically mount .30 AN/M2s are seen in actual war footage.

.30 AN/M2, fixed mount - .30-06 Springfield
F4F Wildcats preparing to take off.

Browning M1917

During the final push Marines are seen carrying Browning M1917s.

Browning M1917 - .30-06‎
Marines lugging Browning M1917s.

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4s are carried by Marines and mounted on boats and M3 Stuart tanks.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
Multiple Marines with Browning M1919A4s.
A Marine manning a M1919A4.
A Marine firing a M1919.
A M1919 mounted on top of a M3 Stuart.
A look at a M3 Stuart's coaxial M1919A4s.
A soldier firing a Browning M1919.

Lewis Gun

The Aircraft version of the Lewis Gun is used by IJA forces. This is somewhat correct as they were issued to the Imperial Navy instead of the Army under the designation "Type 92" however those Lewis Guns had a much larger drum magazine, used in a flexible mount, and had a distinctive trigger guard.

Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British
Type 92 for comparison - 7.7×58mm Arisaka
An IJA soldier firing a Lewis Gun.


M1 Mortar

US Marines use M1 Mortars to provide supporting fire.

M1 Mortar - 81mm

M2 Mortar

IJA soldiers use M2 Mortars to keep the Marines back.

M2 Mortar - 60mm

Mk 2 Grenade

Mk 2 hand grenades are used to blow up Japanese MG nest.

Mk 2 Grenade
A Marine readying an Mk 2.


TNT is also used to to blow up Japanese MG nest.

Marines readying the TNT.

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