War of the Worlds, The (2019)
The War of the Worlds is a 2019 British miniseries directed by Craig Viveiros and is based on the homonymous novel by H.G. Wells. Before premiering on BBC One in November 2019, it was already available on Canadian pay-TV channel T+E from October 6, 2019. For a long time, an alien civilization has been preparing in secret for this very moment - the invasion of Earth. From Mars, the aliens send sophisticated fighting machines to wipe out humanity. At first, it was thought that the crashed objects were meteorites. But it soon becomes clear: there is an alien force at work here that will change the Blue Planet forever. As the world comes closer than ever to its demise, journalist George and his girlfriend Amy fight for bare survival in early 20th century London.
The following weapons were used in the television series The War of the Worlds:
Lee-Enfield Mk. I
British soldiers including the Artilleryman (Harry Melling) and Sergeant Major (Milo Twomey) are armed with Lee-Enfield Mk. I rifles which were the standard weapon for British forces in Edwardian England. The year can also be precisely determined: 1904. More precisely, at the end of October, shortly after the infamous Dogger Bank incident.
Martini-Henry Mk. III Artillery Carbine
At the army assembly point, the Sergeant Major uses a Martini-Henry Artillery Carbine Mk. III to prevent George from looking for his wife. The exact reason is not explained why he has this outdated carbine. Perhaps from a local citizen who had been equipped with it in a previous war and who made it available to him. Only a few scenes later, he is also seen carrying an Enfield rifle. The Artilleryman is also seen with this carbine but only on a promotional picture.
Webley Mk. VI
A Royal Navy Lieutenant (Christopher Hatherall) is briefly seen brandishing an anachronistic Webley Mk VI during the Naval evacuation towards Dunkirk. Two other officers (Cokey Falkow and Kieron Bimpson) have the Mk. VI holster attached to their belts. A Webley .455 Mk IV would be more accurate for that time period.
BL 12-pounder 6 cwt gun
A BL 12-pounder gun is operated by the Artilleryman and George. It is simply called a "12-pounder" by some characters.
Model 1874 Gatling Gun
A Model 1874 Gatling Gun fitted with a Broadwell drum is used by a soldier. This appears to be a deviation from the original novel, which instead specifically names and describes the use of "Maxim guns".
Various types of warships are seen at the beach evacuation of the Royal Navy which are CGI models.