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The Front Line (2011)

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The Front Line (2011)

The Front Line (Korean title: Gojijeon / 고지전) is a 2011 South Korean war film directed by Jang Hoon. In the closing months of the Korean War, a South Korean Lieutenant (Ha-kyun Shin) is sent to the eastern Aerok Hills to investigate the mysterious death of a company commander and uncover a suspected mole. There, he encounters an old friend (Soo Ko) leading troops and becomes involved in the battles to secure the Hills before the impending ceasefire.

The following weapons are seen in The Front Line:



Tokarev TT-33

A North Korean officer points a Tokarev TT-33 at Lieutenant Kang Eun-pyo (Ha-kyun Shin) when he tries to prevent his friend Kim Soo-hyeok (Soo Ko) from being dragged away by North Korean soldiers during a flashback to the early days of the Korean War.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A North Korean officer points a TT-33.

Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is the standard sidearm for South Korean officers, and is used by Lt. Kim, Lt. Kang, acting Captain Shin Il-young (Je-hoon Lee) and replacement Captain Yoo Jae-oh (Cho Jin-woong).

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 pistol - .45 ACP
Captain Yoo points his M1911A1 after seeing a "North Korean" (a South Korean soldier who was wearing a North Korean uniform due to the cold).
Lt. Kang points his M1911A1 at MSgt. Yang Hyo-sam (Chang-seok Ko).
An M1911A1 is cocked.
An M1911A1 is pointed at Lieutenant Kim.

Mauser C96

North Korean Captain Hyun Jung-yoon (Seung-ryong Ryoo) uses a Mauser C96 as his main sidearm.

Six shot Mauser C96 Broomhandle - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Captain Hyun points a C96 at one of his subordinates when he questions returning to battle before the armistice.
Hyun fires the C96 during the final battle.

Submachine Guns


North Korean soldiers use PPSh-41 submachine guns. Kim also captures a PPSh-41 when he seizes a North Korean position.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Pvts. Kim and Kang are captured by North Korean forces during a battle in August 1950.
Kim, disguised as a North Korean, holds the NKPA troops at gunpoint with a PPSh-41.
Kim fires the PPSh-41.
A North Korean soldier on the left holds a PPSh-41 when the two sides surprise each other.


M1 Garand

South Korean troops are mostly armed with M1 Garand rifles.

M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Pvt. Nam Seong-sik (Da-wit Lee) holds his M1 Garand.
South Korean soldiers prepare to fire a volley at a group of unsuspecting enemies.
A South Korean soldier provides covering fire with his Garand.
MSgt. Yang points a Garand at Lt. Kang during a standoff.
South Korean troops with their M1 Garands charge towards NKPA positions.

M1D Garand

Lt. Kim uses an M1D Garand as his main weapon, occasionally with the M84 scope attached.

M-D Garand sniper variant with M84 scope - .30-06
Kim holds his M1D as Cpt. Shin tells him to provide suppressing fire while he charges the enemy.
Kim fires his M1D.
Kim advances after a sniper attack.
Kim attaches an M84 scope to his M1D during a sniper duel with Cha Tae-kyeong (Ok-bin Kim).
Despite being shot in the arm, Kim uses it to brace his M1D.

M1 Carbine

Lt. Kang uses an M1 Carbine throughout the film. Some South Korean soldiers also use this weapon as well.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine with birch stock, adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine
Kang holds his M1 Carbine while waiting in a trench.
A South Korean soldier fires his M1 Carbine while his buddy scrambling up a hill.
Kang searches for a North Korean sniper in the forest.
In a flashback scene, two officers hold soldiers at the beach with M1 Carbines during an evacuation.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Many North Korean soldiers use Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles.

Full-length Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A wounded North Korean soldier attempts to grab his Mosin Nagant.
A North Korean soldier points his Mosin Nagant at a surprised Pvt. Nam.
A soldier accompanying Captain Hyun holds a Mosin Nagant.
A North Korean soldier fires his Mosin Nagant.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle

Cha Tae-kyeong (Ok-bin Kim) uses a camouflaged Mosin Nagant M91/30 with a PU 3.5x sight as her main weapon.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 sniper rifle with Russian PU 3.5x scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54mmR
The barrel of the Mosin Nagant sniper rifle.
Cha Tae-kyeong cycles the bolt after firing.
Cha holds her rifle as the two sides meet each other by surprise.
Cha fires her Mosin Nagant at close range.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

Some North Korean soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M44 Carbines, distinguishable by their side-folding bayonets.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
A North Korean soldier in the foreground has an M44 Carbine.
North Korean soldiers hold M44 Carbines as they attempt to defend their positions.
A North Korean soldier holds an M44 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1891

A few North Korean soldiers use earlier Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles. These rifles can be identified by the slightly raised handguard and Konovalov style rear sight.

Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mmR
A North Korean soldier on the left points a Mosin Nagant M1891 at a group of terrified prisoners.
A North Korean soldier holds his Mosin Nagant M1891 during a battle.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

In an early scene, an attack is launched against a North Korean unit which has captured a South Korean anti-aircraft battery featuring Browning M2HB machine guns in an M51 Quad Mounted System.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
North Korean troops stand next to their captured M2HB.
Mk 2 hand grenades are dumped next to the M2HB to destroy it as the South Korean troops take back.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2

Master Sergeant Yang Hyo-sam (Chang-seok Ko) uses a Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 in several scenes.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 - .30-06
Yang holds his BAR after a successful assault.
Yang calls for Pvt. Nam during sniper scene.

Browning M1919A4

During a flashback sequence, a younger Captain Shin fires a Browning M1919A4 machine gun mounted on a landing craft.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06
A South Korean soldier fires a Browning M1919A4 mounted on a landing craft.
Shin fires the Browning.

Browning M1919A6

An ROK soldier can be briefly seen with a Browning M1919A6 before the climatic battle.

Browning M1919A6 - .30-06
An ROK soldier on the left holds a Browning M1919A6.

Degtyaryov DP-28

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine guns are seen in North Korean fortifications.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A South Korean soldier dashes past an abandoned DP-28.

Maxim M1910/30

The North Koreans use Maxim M1910/30 machine guns while battling the South Koreans.

Russian Maxim M1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
North Korean soldiers fire a Maxim M1910/30.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

South Korean troops frequently use the Mk 2 hand grenades, first to destroy the recaptured anti-aircraft position and later during the battles for the Aerok Hills.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A Mk 2 hand grenade is attached to Pvt. Nam's webbing.
Mk 2 hand grenades are dumped next to the M2HB to destroy it as the South Korean troops take back.
MSgt. Yang holds a Mk 2 hand grenade.

Type 67 Stick Grenade

North Korean troops use Type 67 stick grenades during the battles.

Type 67 High-Explosive Fragmentation stick grenade
A soldier picks up a stick grenade.
A North Korean soldier tosses a stick grenade.


M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher

Lt. Kim uses an M7 rifle grenade launcher in one battle to destroy an enemy bunker. He fires a Mk 2 hand grenade fitted with an M2A2 rifle grenade adapter.

M7 rifle grenade launcher
Mk 2 training grenade fitted with M1A2 rifle grenade adapter
Kim prepares to fire his rifle grenade launcher.


Mortars are used by South Korean troops to repel an attack of Chinese forces.

South Korean troops fire the mortars in the rain.
A soldier reloads a mortar.

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