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Nancy Wake (1987)

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Australian television mini-series Nancy Wake (1987)

Nancy Wake is an Australian-made mini-series portraying the wartime exploits of Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated Allied servicewomen during World War II. Born in New Zealand, Nancy Wake (Noni Hazlehurst) was living in Marseilles with her French industrialist husband, Henri Fiocca (John Waters), when World War II broke out in Europe. She became a leading figure in the French Resistance and earned the nickname "The White Mouse", though her notoriety led to the Gestapo placing 5-million franc price on her head. After training with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in England, she parachuted back into France in early 1944 and organized a group of more than 7,000 local Maquisards to fight the Germans.

The following weapons can be seen in the Australian miniseries Nancy Wake (1987):


Handguns

M1911

British Army officer and SOE agent Captain John Farmer (Patrick Ryecart) keeps a M1911 pistol holstered during the mission in France.

M1911 - .455 Webley Auto Mk. I, a licensed handgun to the British Armed Forces during and after World War 1, later issued to members of the R.A.F. and Royal Navy
Farmer keeps his 1911 holstered when meeting Gaspard.

Luger P08

Oberstabsarzt Krall's assistant carries a Luger P08 in his holster.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm.
Krall's assistant reholsters his Luger after a raid.

MAS 1935S

The Vichy French police officer who detains Henri Fiocca carries a MAS M1935S.

French MAS M1935S - 7.65 MAS/.32 ACP Long
The Vichy French officer holds his MAS 1935S pistol on Henri.

Walther P38

One of the drunk Wehrmacht officers that Nancy encounters on a mission draws a Walther P38 from his holster and uses it to execute an escaping English officer.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
The officer with his Walther P38 drawn.

Walther P38K

The Vichy French police officer who arrests Ian Garrow carries a short-barreled Walther P38K.

Walther P38K - 9x19mm
The officer draws his Walther P38k on Ian Garrow.
Ian Garrow (William Upjohn) stares down the barrel of the officer's P38K.

Walther PP

Two of the drunk Wehrmacht officers that Nancy encounters on a mission, including the ill-fated "Fritz", carry Walther PP pistols in their holsters.

Walther PP - .22LR, 6.35mm auto (.25 ACP), 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP) Auto or 9x17mm (.380 ACP).
With his Walther PP drawn, "Fritz" searches for the other British officer he spotted.

Unidentified pistol

Nancy Wake (Noni Hazlehurst) is issued a semi-automatic pistol that she carries while in France.

Nancy naps at the table with her pistol beside her.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

As in real life, Sten submachine guns are widely fielded by SOE agents. Nancy Wake (Noni Hazlehurst), Captain John Farmer (Patrick Ryecart), and Denis Rake (Alan Andrews) all carry Sten Mk II submachine guns with folding skeleton stocks. After the SOE increases its presence in the area and begins supplying the French Resistance, more Maquisards - including Henri Tardivat (Luciano Martucci) and the young Jules (Vincent Gil) - has these Stens. '

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
One of Tardivat's men, aimed with a Sten Mk II, watches the supplies dropped in by the British.
Captain Farmer with his Sten Mk II.
Farmer and Nancy confer, mid-battle.
A Sten gun salute to lost fighters.
Nancy with her Sten.
Nancy, Tardivat, Farmer, and Gaspard with their submachine guns.

Steyr MP34

Maquis leader Colonel Émile Coulaudon, aka "Gaspard" (Frank Gallacher) carries a Steyr MP34 submachine gun.

Steyr-Solothurn S1-100/MP34 submachine gun with bayonet - 9x19mm
Gaspard fires his Steyr MP34.
Gaspard holds his Steyr MP34.
Nancy gives a Steyr MP34-wielding Gaspard the order to retreat.
Gaspard fires his Steyr MP34.
Nancy, Tardivat, Farmer, and Gaspard with their submachine guns.

MP40

Some Wehrmacht soldiers and sentries are also seen with MP40 submachine guns, including a sadistic guard at the Marseilles prison.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
The sadistic Marseilles prison guard's MP40.
The guard, armed with an MP40, stops at Lucienne's cell.
A German soldier with his MP40.
A German soldier aims his MP40.
A German soldier fires his MP40.

M1928A1 Thompson

A few of the French Resistance Maquisards carry M1928A1 Thompson submachine guns at the Germans.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
A Maquisard at the ready with his M1928A1 Thompson.
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The Maquisard fires his Thompson at the Germans.

RIfles

Czech vz. 24

The Czech vz. 24 bolt-action rifle is most frequently seen carried by Wehrmacht soldiers.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers armed with vz. 24 rifles arrest Commander Busch.
A German firing squad lines up a group of French civilians.
The German firing squad aims their vz. 24 rifles.
A German soldier aims his vz. 24.
A German sentry with his vz. 24 slung over his shoulder.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*

The Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* is a popular weapon among the French Resistance Maquisards, especially Jacquard (Dalibor Satalic), who uses his SMLE to great effect.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British
Jacquard guards Gaspard's headquarters with a Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*.
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Jacquard stands guard outside the shop with the Lee-Enfield over his shoulder.
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Jacquard aims his Lee-Enfield at German soldiers.

Lebel 1886

After he is conscripted into the French Army, Henri Fiocca is issued a Lebel 1886 rifle so old that he jokes that "this faithful weapon served the emperor Napoleon!"

Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
Henri inspects his issued Lebel rifle.
Henri with his Lebel mle. 1886.

Unidentified rifle

Many rifles are carried by the French Resistance Maquisards.

Gaspard's Maquisards liberate a number of rifles from the shop of a Nazi collaborator.
A Maquisard aims his rifle in preparation for the oncoming Germans.
An ill-fated Maquisard aims his rifle at a group of German soldiers.
Nancy crouches next to a Maquisard aiming his rifle, which has an external hammer.

Machine Guns

Bren Gun

Several Bren guns are dropped to the French Resistance after Nancy and her fellow SOE agents make contact with them. During a fierce gunfight with the Germans, Jacquard (Dalibor Satalic) takes one from a fallen comrade and fires it.

Bren Mk1 - .303 British. This example is missing the folding metal butt strap on top of the stock: note the dovetail mount and screw hole on the side of the receiver under the magazine, which was for attaching a dial sight which does not seem to have ever been issued, and is only present on this version.
One of Tardivat's man unwraps a Bren gun dropped by the British.
Gaspard's Maquisards fire a Bren gun at the Germans.

MG34

German soldiers fire MG34 machine guns during battle.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier mans an MG34.
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MG42

German soldiers fire MG42 machine guns during battle.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier aims the MG42.
The MG42 fires.

Shotguns

Double-Barreled Shotgun

Before they are supplied by Nancy Wake and the SOE, many of the French Resistance Maquisards, including Tardivat and Jacquard (Dalibor Satalic), carry side-by-side double-barreled shotguns.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire black powder shotgun shells - 12 gauge
The older Maquisard from Tardivat's group rides shotgun with a shotgun in hand.
Though he has a Lee-Enfield slung over his shoulder, Jacquard (Dalibor Satalic) draws up a shotgun to shoot a German soldier and his date.
The morning after the store raid, the group's shotguns are placed to the side while they rest.
Shotgun parts are handed out to the Maquisards in preparation for battle.
A Maquisard fires his shotgun at German soldiers.

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