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Land and Freedom

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Land and Freedom
Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg Germany
ITA.jpg Italy
ESP.jpg Spain
UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Ken Loach
Release Date October 6, 1995
Language Catalan
Studio ARD Degeto Film
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Canal+ España
Distributor Artificial Eye
Diaphana Films
Vídeo Mercury Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
David Carr Ian Hart
Blanca Rosana Pastor
Bernard Goujon Frédéric Pierrot
Lawrence Tom Gilroy
Maite Icíar Bollaín

Land and Freedom is a 1995 drama directed by Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) which is clearly based on the war report Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. In 1936, David Carr, a young unemployed English communist, decided to go to Spain to fight against Franco's fascists. Because he crossed the border into Spain in Catalonia, he met members of the POUM militia by chance in a railroad carriage. So he ends up in Barcelona in the POUM training camp and then joins a company led by Lawrence on the Aragon front. In this company, women, like the enthusiastic Maite, and men fight on equal terms. There are many foreign volunteers. But David quickly realizes that there are no heroes in the war and that idealism falls by the wayside. Even some of his comrades prefer internal power struggles rather than fighting for freedom. Dave finds hope in his great love, Militia member Blanka.

The following weapons were used in the film Land and Freedom:


Astra 400

The Astra 400 is used by officers of the Republicans including Juan Vidal (Marc Martínez) and the Nationalists.

Astra 400 - 9x23mm Bergmann / Largo
Vidal brandishes his Astra as a sign to attack the village.
He takes cover before the attack which offers a closer view of the muzzle.
During the attack he fires his Astra at two Nationalists.
An International Brigades officer fires a warning shot.


Mauser Model 1916

The 1916 Spanish Mauser is the most used rifle by the main characters including David Carr (Ian Hart), Blanca (Rosana Pastor), and Bernard Goujon (Frédéric Pierrot). Franco's Nationalists and Republican forces like the POUM militia are armed with these rifles as well. Bernard references it as a "Mauser 1896" and it's better to use a big stick instead of these rifles.

Fusil corto Modelo 1916 - 7x57mm Mauser
Juan: "You got the rifles?"
Bernard: "Yes! Antiques, German Mauser 1896. Single load."
Juan Vidal examines a Mauser rifle taken from the weapons delivery.
David aims his Mauser through a hole in sand backs.
During the assault on the village he takes cover.
A close up of the rear sight which is the early 1st-pattern M1916 Lange Visier from the Gewehr 1898.
Maite rests with her rifle during a briefing. The stepped barrel is visible.
David describes the rifle to new recruits.

Mauser Model 1893

Some 1893 Spanish Mauser rifles are used by the Nationalists and Republicans. Police forces in Barcelona also can be seen with these rifles.

Mauser Modelo 1893 - 7x57mm Mauser
Dani carries two full length Mauser rifles captured from a Nationalist patrol.
Full view of the rifles.
A Nationalist fires his Mauser at advancing Republicans.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles used by some Militia members.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A Militia member carries a Mosin Nagant on the left.
A member of the International Brigades holds his Mosin next to David.
The Mosin Nagant is held by a Republican.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I

An anachronistic Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I rifle is briefly seen during the assault on the village which may stand in for the No. 1 Mk. III predecessor or a Pattern 1914 Enfield supplied by the British.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I - .303 British
The SMLE seen on the left.

Mauser M1895 Carbine

What appears to be a Spanish Mauser 1895 Carbine can be seen held by a Militia member.

Carabina Modelo 1895 - 7x57mm Mauser
Second from the left. Note the front sight that is different from an M1916.
The carbine is seen in the background right.

Machine Guns

Vickers Mk. I

A Militia member is seen carrying a Vickers Machine Gun.

Vickers Mark I - .303 British
The Vickers being carried.

Wz. 30 Browning

Polish Wz. 30 Browning Machine guns are used by both factions.

Wz. 30 Browning - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Ckm manned by a Militia member in a trench.
Left view of another Ckm.
Close up of the ammo belt next to Maite.
A Militia member opens the top cover.
The MG lies on the table which offers a view of the muzzle brake.
A Ckm in a Nationalist trench.


Unknown Grenade

Unknown Grenades are used in the movie which could be British Mills Bombs.

The Militia member in the foreground throws a grenade.

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