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Der schwarze Tanner
Movie Poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria
GER.jpg West Germany
CH.jpg Switzerland
Directed by Xavier Koller
Release Date December, 1985
Language Swiss German
Studio Catpics
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Distributor Columbus Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kaspar Tanner Otto Mächtlinger
Agnes Tanner Renate Steiger
Jakob Tanner Ernst C. Sigrist
Anna Tanner Liliana Heimberg
Steiner Dietmar Schönherr
Stähli Albert Freuler

Tanner is a 1985 Swiss film drama by Xavier Koller and is based on the story of the same name by Meinrad Inglin. 1941: In the second year of the Second World War, the Federal Council's "Plan Wahlen" comes into force. It is intended to secure the food supply in Switzerland with a nationwide "cultivation battle". Even mountain meadows are converted into farmland. Kaspar Tanner, a farmer in the village of Oberschwand, cannot understand this. The ordinance from Bern seems absurd to him and in no way adapted to the soil conditions. While the other villagers gradually allow themselves to be won over to the new regulations by the state agricultural manager Steiner, he stubbornly sticks to his convictions. He is threatened with punishment and is fined.

The following weapons were used in the film Tanner:

Karabiner 31

Jakob Tanner (Ernst C. Sigrist) and other Swiss soldiers are armed with K31 Rifles.

Karabiner Modell 1931 (K. 31/Kar. 31) - 7.5x55mm Swiss (GP 11)
Jakob's army equipment it is delivered to his family by cable transport. Anna Tanner (Liliana Heimberg) takes the K31 in the next scene.
Jakob and two soldiers are seen with the carbines in the background during the opening titles.
A closer view of the front barrel and sight.
The K31 is carried by Jakob.


A newsreel is shown to the dairy farmers including Kaspar Tanner (Otto Mächtlinger) to convince them to grow potatoes.

A farmer exchanges his scythe for a Karabiner 31.
A Czechoslovakian ČKD-Praga LT-H light tank is seen. Switzerland had acquired one tank before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938, then eleven in 1939. In 1941, a further twelve dismantled tanks without weapons and engines were purchased and finally assembled in Switzerland. The tanks procured in 1939 were equipped with a 120 hp six-cylinder petrol engine, and the tanks procured in 1941 with a four-cylinder 125 hp diesel engine from the Swiss company Saurer. All were equipped with the 24 mm Pzw-Kan-38, a predecessor of the 24 mm Tankbüchse 41, and were designated Panzerwagen 39 (Praga).
A Swiss soldiers fires an Lmg 25 from a dugout.
The cord of a stick grenade is pulled.
A sentry at a checkpoint holds a Schmidt-Rubin Model 1911.
More Swiss soldiers stand at attention with Schmidt-Rubin M1911 rifles.
A ski patrol with slung Karabiner M1911s prepare to advance.
Another soldier with an M1911 carbine as Büelmann (Heinz Bühlmann) stands up.

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