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Patton (released as Patton: Lust for Glory in the UK) is a 1970 biographical war film starring George C. Scott as the legendary US Army General George S. Patton, who commanded the U.S. Army's Second Armor Division and II Corps in the North African Campaign, the U.S. 7th Army in the Invasion and conquest of Sicily, and the U.S. 3rd Army through notable campaigns in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, during World War II. The film was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (Planet of the Apes) from a script co-written by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the biography Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and Omar Bradley's memoir, A Soldier's Story. The cast includes Karl Malden as General Omar Bradley. Patton would gain numerous accolades following its release, including Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor for Scott. The film was filmed principally in Spain, utilizing the military assets of the Spanish Army. In 2003, Patton was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".
The following weapons were used in the film Patton:
Single Action Army
True to his real life counterpart, General George S. Patton (George C. Scott) in the film carries an ivory-gripped Single Action Army in his holster with his initials "GSP" engraved on the grip. When a reporter asks him about his "pearl-handled revolvers", Patton quickly retorts "They're ivory. Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol."
-Fact: George C. Scott's Patton (and his real life counterpart) only carries one ivory handle Colt 1873 Single Action Army. The second pistol he carried was an ivory-handled Smith and Wesson .357 'Registered Magnum', later given the designation Model 27. The Single Action Army was engraved and had an Eagle carved into the left grip panel. Both the Registered Magnum and Single Action Army also had Patton's monogram on the right grip panel.
Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum
Patton's signature ivory-handled SAA is replaced by a Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum with his "GSP" initials engraved on it for the shot during his opening speech. It is otherwise seen at points in the film being carried in combination with his Colt SAA revolver. General Patton purchased the Smith & Wesson 'Registered Magnum' (known later as the Model 27) in 1935 directly from Smith & Wesson. He had the nickname "Two Guns" as he carried matching Colt Single Action Army revolvers. Patton gave one of the Colt revolvers as a gift. He then took to carrying the Smith & Wesson in place of the Colt. He also carried a Colt 1908 Hammerless Pistol and a Remington Model 51 pistol.There are also photos of Patton carrying a Colt Woodsman while he was the commanding general of the 1st Armored Division during the various training maneuvers of 1941.
Colt Model 1903 Hammerless
Patton also carries a Colt Model 1903 Hammerless as a personal sidearm (kept either in his waistband or a shoulder holster), most notably using it to shoot at a German plane that fires at his headquarters in North Africa. Major General Walter Bedell Smith (Edward Binns) also carries a Colt Hammerless in a shoulder holster.
American soldiers and officers, including Gen. Omar Bradley (Karl Malden), carry the M1911 on their holsters, some of which are shoulder holsters.
The M1928A1 Thompson is primarily carried by the staff officers of both Gen. Patton and Gen. Bradley, but is also seen in the hands of US soldiers.
Some of the Moroccan troops that line up for Patton carry MAT-49 submachine guns. These are anachronistic for the scene, which takes place in 1943, as they weren't developed until a few years later. Likely intended as a stand-in for the period-correct but difficult to acquire MAS-38.
Many German soldiers carry the Spanish Star Z45 submachine gun, (with a MP40 barrel attached), as a stand-in for the genuine German MP40 in some scenes.
During the scenes in France there seem to be genuine MP40s in use.
General Omar Bradley (Karl Malden) carries an M1903 Springfield in some scenes. Some of the American soldiers carry M1903 Springfield rifles into battle.
M43 Spanish Mauser
Many of the Germans carry the M43 Spanish Mauser rifle as a replacement for the original German Karabiner 98k
Gen. Omar Bradley (Karl Malden) and many American soldiers carry the M1 Carbine.
Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I
The British troops carry Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I rifles.
The Moroccan troops that march for Patton carry MAS-36 rifles.
Many of the American soldiers carry M1 Garand rifles.
When US Army soldiers are seen arguing at a congested intersection, one of the soldiers appears to carry at first glance an M1 Carbine. Upon closer inspection, the rifle's magazine appears to be too big to be for the carbine. It's been surmised that this rifle is in reality a Beretta BM59, a rifle not introduced until the 1950's.
Browning M2 Aircraft
Patton himself holds onto the barrel of a Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine gun while riding atop a half-track on his way to his new headquarters in North Africa. Several tanks are seen fitted with these as well.
Tanks and Half-tracks of Patton's Third Army roll through France and Germany with mounted Browning M2HB heavy machine guns.
Several Browning M1919A4 machine guns are seen mounted on M2 tripods used by American troops during Patton's first engagement with Rommel's forces.
Browning Automatic Rifle
The Browning Automatic Rifle is briefly seen carried by US troops during Patton's first engagement with Rommel's forces. Judging by the placement of the bipod, it's possible the weapon is a FN BAR Type D.
MG15 machine guns are mounted on Spanish CASA 2.111 bombers standing in for German Heinkel He-111 bombers.
M20 "Super Bazooka"
What appears to be an M20 "Super Bazooka" is used by Patton's troops (Like the American tanks in the film, the M20 would not be correct for the time period).
During the winter offensive, a German soldier is briefly seen carrying the Panzerfaust.
A German soldier uses a Flamethower to take out an American half-track during the Battle of the Bulge.
8.8 cm FlaK 37
Several FlaK 37 anti-air guns can be seen which appear to be mockups.
M48 "Patton" Tanks
The tanks used in the film to represent German armor are in reality anachronistic US made M48's, also known as the "Patton". These were likely on loan from the Spanish Army, who provided a variety of military equipment for the film. These tanks were painted in desert camouflage with German markings for the production. The tanks also were briefly seen as American armor as well.
M41 Walker Bulldog
The majority of the US tanks seen in the film are in reality anachronistic M41 Walker Bulldogs.