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Hearts of the World

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Hearts of the World
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Release Date March 12, 1918
Language Silent
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
The Girl Lillian Gish
The Boy Robert Harron
The Little Disturber Dorothy Gish
The Boy's Littlest Brother Ben Alexander
The Man with the Wheelbarrow Noël Coward

Hearts of the World (also known as Love's Struggle) is a 1918 American silent World War I propaganda film written, produced and directed by D. W. Griffith (The Birth of a Nation). The story begins just before the beginning of the First World War in a small French village known for its idyllic atmosphere. A girl who lives with her grandparents falls in love with an American boy living there. The two conspire. A few days before the wedding, soldiers are mobilized and the men go to war. The boy also feels obliged to fight for the country in which he lives.

The following weapons were used in the film Hearts of the World:


Colt Model 1902

The Colt Model 1902 is used by various characters including the Boy (Robert Harron), the German officer Von Strohm (George Siegmann) and American officers.

Colt Model 1902 Military Model - .38 ACP
The German officer holds the Colt.
The Boy points the Colt at The Girl.


Krag-Jørgensen M1896

During the parade, French soldiers are seen with Krag-Jørgensen M1896 rifles standing in for Lebel 1886 rifles.

Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 - .30-40 Krag
A French soldier marching with the Krag-Jørgensen.
The Boy shoulders his rifle during the parade.
French soldiers with the Krag.

Mauser Model 1893

Some French soldiers during the same parade can be seen with Spanish Mauser M1893 rifles which are most likely leftovers from the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Mauser Modelo 1893 - 7x57mm Mauser
French soldier on the right marches with the rifle.

Beaumont-Vitali M1871/88

Dutch Beaumont-Vitali M1871/88 rifles are used by French, German, and American troops.

Beaumont-Vitali Model 1871/88 - 11.3x50mmR
The Boy carries his Beaumont-Vitali rifle.
Several German soldiers in a trench armed with Beaumont-Vitalis.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

German soldiers use correct Gewehr 98 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers before the attack on the village.
A German soldier in melee with the Boy. Note the Lange Visier rear right.
The German officer smashes his Gewehr against the door.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk. I

British soldiers are briefly seen with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.I rifles with rifle grenades.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark I - .303 British
Two British soldiers in trenches.

Machine Guns

St. Étienne Mle. 1907

French soldiers can be seen briefly with a St. Étienne Mle 1907 machine gun.

Saint Étienne Modèle 1907 - 8x50mmR Lebel
The soldiers in center manning the machine gun.

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is seen operated by British soldiers.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
A close view of the magazine.
The Lewis being fired.

Vickers Mk. I

The Vickers machine gun is also used by British soldiers.

Vickers Mark I - .303 British
British soldiers fire the Vickers.

Maxim MG 08

German troops can be seen with Maxim MG08 machine guns which appear to be mock-ups.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Maxim in a bunker. The barrel seems to be smaller.


Mills Bomb

Mills Bombs are seen as British soldiers prepare rifle grenades.

Mills No. 23 Rod Grenade in cradle-style cup launcher.
A British soldier inserts the rifle grenade into the barrel.
The loaded rifle grenade prepared to fire.

Model 15 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers use Model 15 Stielhandgranates which are probably mockups. The Little Disturber (Dorothy Gish) uses this grenade at the end.

Model 15 Stielhandgranate
A few stick grenades in a box opened by one soldier.
"Unscrew the little cap - and it's goodbye forever!"
The German soldier euphorically describes the grenade.
The Little Disturber remembering the description of the soldier holding the grenade.

Unknown Grenade

French soldiers including the Boy can be seen with unknown grenades.

The Boy holds a grenade in the air offering German soldiers to surrender.


9.2 inch Mark I Siege Howitzer

The 9.2-inch Mark I Siege Howitzer is briefly seen during the final charge of the village.

9.2 inch Mark I Siege Howitzer
Preparing the Howitzer.

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