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How I Won the War
How I Won the War is a 1967 World War II satire that stars Michael Crawford, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague and legendary Beatle John Lennon. Directed by Richard Lester (Superman III), the film focuses on a fictional British 4th Musketeer regiment from 1942-1945. Even though the regiment is fictional, the battles are in fact true, as they fight in North Africa to Remagen Bridge.
The following weapons were used in the film How I Won the War:
Webley .455 Mk VI
A Webley .455 Mk VI revolver is seen in the hands of Lt. Goodbody (Michael Crawford) and Col. Grapple (Michael Hordern) during the North African campaign.
Smith & Wesson Victory Model
Lt. Goodbody (Michael Crawford) on European battlefield changed his sidearm for Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolver.
The Sten Mk II is seen towards the end of the movie, only in the hands of Lt. Ernest Goodbody (Michael Crawford). It has the alternate (Canadian) stock, rather than the more common "T-style" stock.
MP40's are seen in only a few hands of German soldiers and only on European battlefields.
The M1928 Thompson is seen very briefly when a soldier on a bubblegum/cigarette card charging the beach is carrying one. The real M1928 is never shown.
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*
The Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* is seen quite often, as it's in the hands of most of the characters. This is historically accurate as it was used before the No.4 Mk.I, however, by 1945, the Musketeers are still using the No.1 Mk.III. It would have been more accurate if they were given the No.4 Mk.I. It is used by Gripweed (John Lennon), Clapper (Roy Kinnear), Sgt. Transom (Lee Montague) and others. It can also be seen in various different colors. It is also seen in various stock footage of the African campaign.
German soldiers are commonly seen with Karabiner 98k rifles.
The Bren Gun is seen at the beginning of the film, being fired at the Musketeers during training. It is also seen mounted on vehicles and used widely in the North African Campaign.
The Browning M2HB is seen in stock footage of the African campaign as well as one of the tanks. It is never fired.
German soldiers in North African desert (Afrika Korps) are armed with a Alfa M44 machinegun mocked as Italian Breda Modello 37.
A Browning M1919A4 Machine gun is mounted on a Sherman tank crossing across the bridge. It is never fired.
The MG42 is another weapon used by German forces.
Mk 2 hand grenade
Lt. Goodbody (Michael Crawford) during the liberation of the Arnhem used a Mk 2 hand grenade.
M8 Flare Pistol
Pte. Gripweed (John Lennon) holds a M8 Flare pistol.
Ordnance SBML 2 inch Mortar
German soldiers during final fight are seen with a Ordnance SBML 2 inch mortar.
The M24 Chaffee tank is equpped with 2 Inch M3 smoke mortar, mounted at the left of the main gun. This weapon is identical with the British Bomb Thrower, 2 inch, Mk I smoke mortar.
81mm Valero Modelo 1933 Mortar
DAK (Afrika Korps) soldiers used during night attack a Valero M1933 mortar.
2 cm Flak 38
German DAK (Afrika Korps) soldiers in the North Africa aimed at Musketeers also 2 cm Flak 38 AA-gun.
105 mm leFH 18 howitzer
On the North African battlefield stand a destroyed 105 mm leFH 18 howitzer.
British paratroopers in the desert of North Africa sits at an M24 Chaffee tank.