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Tobruk (1967)

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Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Release Date 1967
Studio Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. Donald Craig Rock Hudson
Capt. Bergman George Peppard
Col. Harker Nigel Green
Lt. Mohnfeld Guy Stockwell
Sgt. Major Jack Tyne Jack Watson

Tobruk is a 1967 World War II adventure film directed by Arthur Hiller and written by Leo Gordon. The movie stars Rock Hudson, George Peppard and Nigel Green. The film focuses on a joint British/SIG (Special Interrogation Group) raid on the fuel dumps at the German-controlled port city of Tobruk. The raid is led by British Colonel Harker (Nigel Green) with a core of British troops supported by the SIG team, led by Captain Bergman (George Peppard). Joining the team is Major Donald Craig (Rock Hudson), a Canadian who was pressed into service by Harker.

The film is a fictionalized account of the actual raids conducted during the war. In reality, the historical SIG was a group of German Jews recruited from the then-British territory of Palestine to fight the Nazis in various ways, including sabotage, infiltration, espionage behind the lines, and interrogation of German prisoners. They operated mainly during the African campaign and was disbanded in late 1942.

The following weapons were used in the film Tobruk:



Beretta M1934

An Italian officer is seen with a Beretta M1934.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Lt. Agostino (Lawrence Montaigne) with a Beretta M1934.

Luger P08

During the opening scenes, a group of German commandos attacks a Vichy French cargo ship holding newly transferred prisoners of war, including a Canadian Major named Donald Craig (Rock Hudson). The commandos use suppressed Luger P08s, though the suppressor is most likely a prop.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
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Capt. Bergman (George Peppard) (left) with a Luger.
Maj. Donald Craig (Rock Hudson) is threatened with a Luger.
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Webley "WG" Army Model

British anti-royalist spies encountered by the SIG group are armed with the Webley "WG" Army Model.

Webley "WG" Army Model - .455 Webley
Anti-royalist Henry Portman (Liam Redmond) is threatened by a SIG traitor. The front sight is a giveaway that the gun is a Webley Army as opposed to a Mk VI.
A dying Sgt. Major Jack Tyne (Jack Watson). Note the curved grip which sets it apart from a contemporary Webley Mk VI.
Lt. Agostino (Lawrence Montaigne) inspects the Webley "WG" taken from the British traitor.

Webley Mk VI

A French crewmember is seen with a holstered Webley Mk VI.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
A Vichy French sentry is taken out by a SIG soldier. Note the Mk VI in his holster.

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson is carried by the Allied troops. It is identifiable by the protective "wings" around the rear sight.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
The tube he is holding is a rangefinder.
Sgt. Major Jack Tyne (left) in German uniform carrying an M1A1 Thompson.
Col. Harker (Nigel Green on the left) with an M1A1.
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Dolan (Percy Herbert) on the right with his Thompson.

Madsen M50

Vichy French guards carry the anachronistic Madsen M50.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
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MP 40

The MP 40 is seen in the hands of German and Allied soldiers throughout the movie.

MP 40 - 9x19mm
A (genuine) German sentry with his MP 40
A SIG soldier preparing his MP 40.


An Italian patrol is armed with the PPD-40. This gun, and the PPSh-41, is probably meant to be a stand-in for the Italian Beretta Model 38 submachine gun which was produced for the Italian Armed Forces during World War II. Since the PPD-40 did not have box magazines, this is either a 9mm conversion (with MP 40 magazines) like the PPSh-41 below, or just a mock-up.

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The troops are using stick magazines instead of a drum.
The middle soldier reveals further details of his weapon including the charging handle, forward wooden grip, and the distinct cut of the barrel jacket
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MP 41(r)

In a very brief shot one of the Italian soldiers is revealed to be using a MP 41(r) as opposed to the PPD 40s carried by his comrades

MP 41(r) - 9x19mm
The top left soldier with an MP 41(r). Note the straight magazine and position of the forward sight.
The top left soldier's weapon shows a rounded forward sight of a PPSh.
The left most soldier with his converted PPSh. There are obvious differences between the weapon muzzles, the left is a PPSh-41 and the two on the right PPD-40s.


Krag-Jørgensen (US)

One of the Tuareg mercenaries carries a Krag-Jørgensen rifle. It is most likely a US model as opposed to a Norwegian original.

US Property Marked Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 Rifle - .30-40 Krag
Maj. Donald Craig (Rock Hudson) in the guise of a German officer negotiating with an Tuareg chieftain (played by Yugoslavian-born actor Peter Coe).

M1 Carbine

During the initial commando mission, a pair of pistol-gripped M1 Carbines are used against the Vichy French forces.

M1 Carbine (Post-World War II) - .30 Carbine
Note the anachronistic bayonet lug which were not added to any M1 Carbine model until after WWII.
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Mauser Gewehr 1898

The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is seen in the hands of the Vichy French, Italian, and later German soldiers. The weapon is easily identifiable by the rear sight and straight bolt handle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Vichy French soldier escorting Italian deserters. He is armed with a Gewehr 1898.
An Italian sentry with the same rifle.
A German soldier.
Lots of German soldiers with the 1898.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk1

British forces use a Bren Mk1.

Bren Mk1 - .303 caliber
A British Bren Gun team taking aim.

Browning M2 Aircraft

Tanks and armored vehicles on both sides are mounted with the Browning M2 Aircraft model, identifiable by its "hooded" barrel.

Browning M2 Aircraft, Flexible - .50 BMG
Capt. Bergman (George Peppard) mans a Browning M2 Aircraft.
Maj. Donald Craig (Rock Hudson) in a vehicle mounted with two M2 Aircraft MGs.
"Italian" M48 Patton tanks with a turret mounted M2 Aircraft.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HBs in an anti-aircraft M45 Quadmount, are seen towed by the Axis forces (though never used). This system was, of course, never used by Axis forces and is likely standing-in for various Axis anti-air systems of the period.

Browning M2HBs in M45 Quadmount mounted on M51 Multiple Machine Gun Carriage - .50 BMG
An M45 Quadmount with four Browning M2HBs is are towed by the Axis forces. The Italian tank seen here is actually an anachronistic American-made M48 that was in the inventory of the Spanish army and often was utilized by films produced in Spain in the late 1960s such as Patton.
A quad-50 is seen on the left.

MG 34

Both Allied and German troops use the MG 34.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
SIG and British troops with the MG 34.
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M2-2 Flamethrower

At the climax of the movie, SIG Captain Bergman (George Peppard) uses a M2-2 Flamethrower against the "German" tanks.

M2-2 Flamethrower
Captain Bergman firing the flamethrower.
Bergman showing the left canister of the M2-2 Flamethrower.
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M8 Flare Pistol

Col. Harker (Nigel Green) fires an M8 Flare Pistol into a bunker during the last battle.

M8 Flare Pistol - 37mm

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