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Hart's War

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Hart's War
Harts war.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Gregory Hoblit
Release Date February 15, 2002
Language English
Studio Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer
Distributor MGM Distribution Co. (United States)
20th Century Fox (International)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Thomas W. Hart Colin Farrell
Col. William A. McNamara Bruce Willis
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott Terrence Howard
Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford Cole Hauser
Oberst Werner Visser Marcel Iures
Cpt. Peter A. Ross Linus Roache
Cpl. B.J. Guidry Sam Worthington
Col. Lange Joe Spano
Private First Class Potts Adrian Grenier
Captain Swann Rocky Marshall

Hart's War is a 2002 World War II film that is an adaptation of a novel written by John Katzenbach. The film stars Colin Farrell as 1st Lt. Thomas Hart, a US Army lieutenant who is captured by German forces and sent to a POW camp, where he finds himself serving as defense lawyer to a "Red Tail" fighter pilot (Terrence Howard) who is accused of murdering a fellow American POW. Bruce Willis co-stars as Col. William McNamara, the POW Army Colonel who presides over the trial. The film also features early film roles for Sam Worthington and Linus Roache.

The following weapons were used in the film Hart's War:


Colt M1911A1

German Commandos (Christian Kahrmann and Jim Boeven), disguised as M.P.s (Military Police), carry Colt M1911A1 .45 caliber pistols as they take 1st Lt. Thomas Hart (Colin Farrell) prisoner. Capt. Robert M. Swann (Rocky Marshall) is briefly seen with a Colt in his holster at the beginning of the movie.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Capt. Robert M. Swann slowly moves his hand to his Colt.
Closeup of the M1911A1 held by a German commando disguised as an American MP.
"Put your hands up!"
The same commando points the Colt at the shocked Lt. Thomas W. Hart.
The other commando starts firing at Lt. Hart trying to escape the ambush.

Walther P38

The personal sidearm of camp commandant Oberst Werner Visser (Marcel Iures) is a Walther P38 pistol. When he sees the weapon disassembled on the commandant's desk, Col. William McNamara (Bruce Willis) is seen assembling it and pointing it at Visser.

Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm
Visser's Walther lays disassembled on his desk.
"Got another one of these around here somewhere?"
Col. William McNamara (Bruce Willis) confronts Col. Visser with the Walther.
Oberst Werner Visser (Marcel Iures) with the Walther pointed at him.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

One of the German Commandos (Christian Kahrmann) carries an M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun over his shoulder.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Capt. Robert M. Swann notices suspicious traces in the snow at the signpost which reveals the magazine of the Thompson carried by the disguised German.
While giving Lt. Hart a slap with his Colt, the Thompson swings forward. The Lyman Adjustable Sight and top-mounted charging handle are perfectly seen.


The MP40 is carried by German soldiers and camp guards.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
The Unterfeldwebel (Sergeant) (Dan van Husen) escorting Lt. Hart to the boxcar lugs his MP40 slung on his shoulder which offers a view of the grip seen behind his right arm.
A German soldier holds an MP40 as a P-51 strafes the train yard.
Another Soldat (Private) demanding the prisoners to stand where they are holds his MP40. The example is an early variant with an MP38-style charging handle and none ribbed magazine well.
Firing the MP40 in the air. This one is a late version.


At least, one of the guards can briefly be seen with an MP41.

Maschinenpistole 41 - 9x19mm
The German guard with dog on Hart's right carries an MP41.
A closer view of the guard patrolling outside the camp.


M1 Garand

Two American M.P. at the Allied HQ appear to be armed with M1 Garands.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
The two M.P.s are seen between the truck and jeep. Note the longer and thicker barrel.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is carried by a German Commando (Jim Boeven) disguised as an M.P., as well as by Captain Swann (Rocky Marshall) in the Jeep.

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
A view of the M1's front right in front of Captain Swann.
The anachronistic bayonet lug is seen when the two are stopped in the forest.
A disguised German commando has the M1 Carbine slung on his left shoulder.
The commando falls backward which offers a view of the buttstock.

Karabiner 98k

The guards at the Stalag carry the Karabiner 98k rifle. Maj. Johann Wirtz (Holger Handtke) uses one taken from a guard in Barrack 22.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm
During the ambush in the Ardennes a German soldier in snow camouflage opens fire at fleeing Lt. Hart.
A German Private fires his Kar98k to get the prisoners' attention.
The German tower guard (Jan Marsík) takes aim at Bedford with his Karabiner.
The guard prepares to take another shot.
German guards raise their Karabiners as they are ordered to execute some POWs.

Machine Guns

MG 34

The MG 34 is used by German guards when the P-51 is seen strafing the train yard. It's also seen in the Stalag guard towers.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The dual-mounted MG 34s being prepared by a German soldier to engage an incoming P-51.
Another German soldier fires the MG 34 (in its anti-aircraft configuration) at the attacking P-51. Note the tripod and large target sight.
The soldier is bombed off his MG 34 which reveals the side-mounted belt drum.
The MG34 is seen in the guard tower on the left.


What appears to be a Czech ZB-53 machine gun is very briefly seen during the P-51's attack on the trainyard.

ZB 53 / vz. 37 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The machine gun is under fire from the P-51s.


10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40

An abandoned 10.5 cm leichte FeldHaubitze 18/40 can be seen. Possibly the same howitzer is seen covered on a train car at the trainyard.

Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40 field gun displayed in Hämeenlinna Artillery Museum - 105mm

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