|Operation Caviar |
Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein
C'est pas toujours du caviar
||Géza von Radványi
||October 18, 1961
Operation Caviar (alternative title: It doesn't always have to be caviar) is a 1961 German-French adaptation of the novel of the same name by Johannes Mario Simmel. Thomas Lieven, a dutiful employee of a London bank, would have preferred to pursue his passion as a hobby cook at home, rather than bringing seemingly harmless bank documents to Berlin on behalf of his boss. As soon as they arrived in Germany, the completely puzzled Thomas was forced to cooperate by the counterintelligence agency and the Gestapo and sent to Paris with a fake passport. Back in London, Secret Service agents are already waiting for the supposed French double agent.
The following weapons were used in the film Operation Caviar:
Vera (Eva Bartok) gives Thomas Lieven (O. W. Fischer) a Luger P08.
Vera offers Thomas the Luger.
The Luger in Thomas' hand.
The Dreyse Model 1907 pistol is used by Chantal (Senta Berger), but is taken away by Thomas.
Dreyse 1907 - 7.65mm Browning
Chantal confronts Thomas with her Dreyse.
Thomas gives rise to shoot him.
After disarming Chantal, Thomas is now in control of the Dreyse.
Mauser Pocket Pistol
Siméon (Jean Richard) is very briefly seen with a Mauser Pocket Pistol.
Siméon holds the pistol during the encounter of German forces.
Some German soldiers are armed with MP40s.
Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
A German Leutnant
with his MP.
An MP40 hanging next to Chantal.
Frühwirth Model 1872
Most German soldiers can be seen wielding rare Austrian Gendarmerie-Repetiergewehr System Frühwirth M1872 Carbines instead of accurate Karabiner 98ks. These rifles have Mannlicher M1890 Carbine style barrels with the rear part of Kropatschek Rifles.
Frühwirth M1872 Gendarmerie Carbine - 11.15x36Rmm
The soldier on the left points his carbine at Thomas. Note the typical Steyr striker and turned bolt handle with the Kropatschek receiver.
A closer look of the barrel of the same carbine shows the sling slot.
Two soldiers guarding unimpressed Bastian (Peter Carsten
) with the carbines.
Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine
A Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine is held by one German soldier.
Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5x52mm
O. W. Fischer
facing the German soldiers on a promotional picture. Note the lack of the folding bayonet.
The soldier holding the Carcano can be seen in the background on the left.
Vetterli Model 1870/87/15
Another German is seen with what appears to be a Vetterli Model 1870/87/15 rifle.
Vetterli Model 1870/87/15 - 6.5x52mm
A blurred view on the left shows, nevertheless, the bolt action mechanism, trigger guard, and the upper front barrel band as the soldier walks by Sgt. Zumbusch (Werner Peters
Several German soldiers can also be seen with unknown rifles.
The soldier struggling with Bastian on the right with a rifle over his back.
A slightly different view.
The same rifle seen on the left and two soldiers on the right with short Mauser rifles.
Another short Mauser rifle carried by the soldier on the right.
A percussion lock (?) rifle on the right.
An MG34 is mounted on a Volkswagen Type 166 Schwimmwagen car.
MG34 with 50 round belt drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser