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Paths of Glory

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Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory 1.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Release Date December 25, 1957
Language English
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Colonel Dax Kirk Douglas
Général de brigade Paul Mireau George Macready
Général de division Georges Broulard Adolphe Menjou
Caporal Philippe Paris Ralph Meeker
Lieutenant Roget Wayne Morris

Paths of Glory is a 1957 World War I film directed by Stanley Kubrick (The Killing, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, A Clockwork Orange) and stars Kirk Douglas as a French officer who defends three soldiers who are to be executed for cowardice as a result of a disastrous attempt to take a well-defended German position and a French general's desire to shift the blame.

The following weapons were used in the film Paths of Glory:


MAS Mle. 1892

The Mle 1892 Revolver is carried by several French officers and soldiers including Lieutenant Roget (Wayne Morris), Cpl. Philippe Paris (Ralph Meeker) and Pvt. Lejeune (Kem Dibbs). Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) is briefly seen with this revolver, too, as he goes over the top but it then switches to a Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver. Major Saint-Auban (Richard Anderson) carries another Mle. 1892 in holster.

Revolver d'ordonnance modèle 1892 - 8x27mmSR
Roget holds his revolver before he goes over the top for a reconnaissance mission.
Cpl. Paris carries a Mle. 1892 Revolver into no man’s land.
Col. Dax draws his revolver before the charge.
By whistling and brandishing his revolver, he orders his men to come out of the trench. In the next scene his revolver changes to an S&W M1917.

Smith & Wesson M1917

After going over the top, Colonel Dax's revolver becomes a Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver.

Smith & Wesson M1917 (Military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP
Director Stanley Kubrick holding the S&W revolver next to actor Kirk Douglas on a behind the scenes picture.
Col. Dax carries an M1917 Revolver while leading his men in a charge across no man's land.
While in a crater, he holds up his revolver and tries to get an overview of the situation.
Dax: "Sergeant, where's B company?"


Lebel Mle. 1886

French soldiers are seen carrying Lebel 1886 rifles and firing them during the battle scenes. The three main defendants soldiers Corporal Philippe Paris (Ralph Meeker), Private Maurice Ferol (Timothy Carey) and Private Pierre Arnaud (Joe Turkel) can be seen with Lebel rifles during the inspection of Général Mireau (George Macready).

Fusil Lebel Modèle 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
A sentry salutes his Lebel to Col. Dax entering his HQ.
French soldiers marching in front of the prison.
Staff Sergeant Boulanger (Bert Freed) introduces the prison guards.
A soldier escorts injured Private Pierre Arnaud to the execution. Note the Bavarian Schleißheim Palace in the background.

Gras Mle. 1874

Some French soldiers are seen with Gras Model 1874 rifles.

Fusil Gras Modèle 1874 - 11x59mm Gras
A French soldier greets Général Mireau with his Gras.
The French soldier in the lower crater holds a Gras.

Wänzel M1854/67

The majority of French troops are equipped with Austrian Wänzel M1854/67s during the charge on Hill 19. Since the film was shot in Bavaria, the filmmakers had access to arsenals full of old breech-loading rifles of the late 19th century including many Wänzel rifles supplied by Austria-Hungary to Bavaria.

Infanteriegewehr M1854/67, System Wänzel - 14x33mmR Wänzel
Tense soldiers armed with the Austrian rifles with fixed bayonets make room for approaching Col. Dax.
The French soldier in center stands with his rifle which offers a view of the breech-loading.
More French soldiers on the left cling to their as Col Dax walks by.
Even more soldiers take cover from bombardment with their Wänzels. It is worth mentioning that 600 off-duty German police officers play these French soldiers that Colonel Dax passes by several times to give the impression of a whole regiment; e.g. the smoking soldiers on the left are also seen in the first picture.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

French soldiers are also frequently seen using German Gewehr 98 rifles, probably due to the lack of available Lebel 1886 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A French soldier is obviously armed with a Gew. 98.
The French soldiers that comprise the execution detail are all armed with Gew. 98 rifles.

Gewehr 1888/05

What appears to be a German Gewehr 1888/05 is seen carried by French soldiers.

Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm (8x57 IS)
The rifle dropped by his user lies on the ground.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Several Russian Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles are also wielded by French soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A French soldier seen in the left corner charges with his Mosin-Nagant.
The soldier on the right holds the rifle.

Dreyse Ö/M

A Dreyse Ö/M is briefly seen held by a French soldier in No Man's Land.

Dreyse Zündnadel-Defensionsgewehr Ö/M - 15.4 mm
The soldier on the left has the Dreyse Needle rifle.
To the right, a crawling soldier advances with his rifle. Note the obliquely mounted bolt handle and the front barrel band on which the sling is attached.

Unknown Rifles

Many French soldiers are armed with unknown rifles.

The second soldier from the right holds an unknwon bolt action rifle.
A French soldier charges with a different type of rifle.
The same rifle lies on the ground after the soldier was killed.
The soldier in center has an unknown rifle.
A prison guard enters the room.
Another view of the same rifle.

Machine Guns

Vickers Mk. I

British Vickers machine guns are carried by French soldiers in the trenches.

Vickers Mark I - .303 British
A French soldier transports the Vickers.
Another soldier passes Dax, Major Saint-Auban and Général Mireau.
An MG position in the trench during the night as the raiding party moves out.
The Vickers in the trench as Dax returns to when he wants to find out why the men have not advanced

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is briefly seen held by one French soldier at the beginning of the attack.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
The soldier second from the right holds a Lewis gun.

Browning M1919A4

An anachronistic Browning M1919 is seen lying on the ground of the French trench.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
Stanley Kubrick himself sitting next to the Browning on a behind-the-scenes picture.
The barrel of the Browning is seen between the French soldiers in the lower middle.


Citron Foug Mle. 1916

Lieutenant Roget throws a Citron Foug Mle. 1916 grenade and kills Pvt. Lejeune accidentally.

Citron Foug modèle 1916 with 1st Model cap
Roget's grenade on the right.


Howitzers fire on the "Ant hill".
The howitzers behind the Battery Commander Capt. Rousseau (John Stein).

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