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March or Die

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March or Die
March or Die Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Dick Richards
Release Date August 5, 1977
Language English
Studio ITC Entertainment
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major William Foster Gene Hackman
Marco Segrain aka "The Gypsy" Terence Hill
Simone Picard Catherine Deneuve
Francois Marneau Max von Sydow
El Krim Ian Holm
Ivan Jack O'Halloran
Gilbert Francis aka "Top Hat" André Penvern
Fredrick Hastings Paul Sherman

March or Die is a 1977 adventure movie directed by Dick Richards and starring Gene Hackman, Terence Hill, Catherine Deneuve and Max von Sydow. The story takes place in 1918 in Morocco. A detachment of the French Foreign Legion under the command of Major Foster (Gene Hackman) is send to escort an archaeologist's expedition in the desert where El Krim (Ian Holm) raises Bedouin tribes for Jihad.

The following weapons were used in the film March or Die:


MAS Mle. 1892

Mle 1892 Revolver is Major William Foster's (Gene Hackman) service sidearm. Lt. Fontaine (Marcel Bozzuffi) and Sgt. Triand (Rufus) also carry Mle 1892 revolvers.

Revolver d'ordonnance modèle 1892 - 8x27mmSR
The revolver is seen in Sgt. Triand's holster.
Lt. Fontaine fires his revolver.
Major Foster with revolver.
Major Foster fires his revolver.


Lebel Mle. 1886

Legionnaires are armed with Lebel 1886 rifles. In the final scene Francois Marneau (Max von Sydow), the chief archaeologist, is also seen with a Lebel.

Fusil Lebel Modèle 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
Legionnaires with Lebel rifles on the shooting range.
Fredrick Hastings (Paul Sherman), Marco the Gypsy (Terence Hill) and "Top Hat" (André Penvern) (from left to right) with Lebel rifles.
One of El Krim's guards carries a Lebel rifle.
Marco fires his rifle.
A close view at the bolt.
Macro and Ivan (Jack O'Halloran) attach bayonets to their Lebels.
Macro and Ivan fire at attacking Bedouins.
Ivan fires his Lebel.
Francois Marneau holds a Lebel with bayonet.

Berthier Mle. 1907/15

During the climactic battle, Marco's (Terence Hill) Lebel 1886 switches to a Berthier Mle. 1907/15 rifle.

Fusil Berthier Modèle 1907/15 - 8x50mmR Lebel
Marco aims his rifle.
A close view on Berthier rifle.
Marco fires.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

One of El Krim's guards carries a Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Note the front sight base, long bayonet lug, and parade hook on the upper barrel band.

Turkish M1903 Mauser

Turkish M1903 rifles are seen in the hands of El Krim's Bedouins. These rifles are distinguished by their M98-pattern bolts, the tangent-leaf rear sight, and pistol-gripped stocks. Some have been fitted with the bayonet lugs from Spanish M1943 Mauser rifles.

Turkish standardized "Kirikkale" Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Bedouins aims long Mauser rifles that seem to match Turkish M38s.
Note the rifle fitted with the Spanish M43 bayonet lug at center-left.
This rifle is also fitted with the Spanish M43 bayonet lug. Note that there is no spring clip on the side of the stock to retain the upper barrel band, a sign that this band is not meant to go with this stock.
A Bedouin at the left holds a Turkish M38 with the Spanish M43 bayonet lug.
A Bedouin aims his rifle. This appears to be the same rifle as above.
March or Die-Mauser-12.jpg

Unidentified Mauser rifles

The Bedouins at the left and in center carry short Mauser rifles of unidentified version. The one at the right is also armed with a Mauser, but with different stock.
Bedouins with Mauser rifles.
Bedouins with Mauser rifles.
A Bedouin aims his Mauser rifle.

Unidentified rifles

A Bedouin at the left is armed with a rifle that looks like a Lebel 1886 but has a different barrel while the one at the right holds some antique gun, maybe a percussion lock one.
A Bedouins holds a rifle that resembles a Lebel but seems to be much shorter.

M1917 Enfield

In the opening scene, American soldiers carry M1917 Enfield rifles.

M1917 Enfield - .30-06 Springfield
American soldiers stand in formation with their M1917 rifles.
A typical front sight of M1917 can be seen at the left.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

In the opening scene, British soldiers carry Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
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Machine Guns

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is used by legionnaires during the climactic battle.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
Lewis on the position.
A legionnaire fires Lewis.
A mount for Lewis is seen.
Marco (Terence Hill) with Lewis.
Marco mows down the attacking Bedouins.
Another view at the Lewis.

Hotchkiss Mle. 1914

A Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun is used by legionnaires during the climactic battle.

Hotchkiss Modèle 1914 - 8x50mmR Lebel
A Hotchkiss is transported in mule pack.
Legionnaires carry the Hotchkiss on position.
The Hotchkiss machine gun on position.
Legionnaires with Lebel 1886 rifles, Hotchkiss M1914 and Lewis machine guns repel the attack of Bedouins.
The Hotchkiss is moved on another position.

Maxim MG 08

A Maxim MG08 is used by legionnaires during the climactic battle.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Legionnaires carry MG08 on the position.
The machine gun team readies to open fire.
A close view on the business end of the machine gun.
A close view on the firing MG08.
Here the belt is loaded with blank cartridges.

Other Firearms

Moukhala Musket

Some Bedouins are armed with old-fashioned Moukhala Muskets.

Moroccan Moukhala Musket
Bedouins at the left hold Moukhala muskets.
A Bedouin at the right aims his Moukhala.


7.5 cm Gebirgskanone M.15

Major Foster's detachment is equipped with a Skoda 75mm Model 15 Mountain Gun. It stands for a French 65mm Canon de 65 M (montagne) Mle 1906 gun which was widely used in French colonies in Africa.

Gebirgs-Kanone Modell 15 - 75x129mmR
A small mountain gun is seen in the fort.
The body of the gun is transported in the mule pack.
Legionnaires mount the body of the gun on the carriage.
The ammunition crate holds shells for French 75mm Mle 1897 field gun.
Legionnaires with Lebel 1886 rifles and the mountain gun on the position.
The mountain gun fires at attacking Bedouins.

Field Gun

Two field guns of supposedly 75mm caliber are seen in the French fort in Morocco.

A field gun is seen next to the wall.
A field gun is seen at the right.
Two field guns are seen in the final scene.

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