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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 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 (1967):
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
An Italian officer is seen with a Beretta M1934.
During the opening scenes, a group of German commandos attack a Vichy French cargo ship holding newly transferred prisoners of war, including a Canadian Major named Donald Craig (Rock Hudson). The commandos use a silenced Luger P08, though the suppressor is most likely a prop.
Webley "WG" Army Model
The SIG/British group pick up a couple of British subjects during their march towards Tobruk. They are in fact spies with an anti-royalist agenda and ask the German troops (not knowing they are SIG) to assist them in contacting the German High Command.
Webley Mk. VI
A French crewmember is seen with a Webley .455 Mk VI in his belt.
The M1A1 Thompson is carried by the Allied troops. It is identifiable by its hooded rear sight.
Vichy French guards carry the anachronistic Madsen M50 SMG.
The German MP40 is seen in the hands of German and Allied soldiers throughout the movie.
An Italian patrol is armed with the PPD-40 submachine gun. 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 (though it was used in limited numbers) during world war 2. Since the PPD-40 did not have box magazines, this is either a conversion under 9mm (with MP-40 magazines) like the PPSh-41 below, or just a mock-up.
In a very brief shot one of the Italian soldiers is revealed to be using a PPSh-41 as opposed to the PPD 40's carried by his comrades
One of the Arab mercenaries, (of the Tuareg people), carry a Krag-Jørgensen rifle. It is most likely a US model as opposed to a Norweigan original. (The US adopted the Krag-Jørgensen as their main rifle before they adopted the Springfield 1903).
During the initial commando mission, a pair of pistol-gripped M1 carbines are used against the Vichy French forces.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is seen in the hands of the Vichy French, Italian and later with the German soldiers. The weapon is easily identifiable by the rear sight and straight bolt handle.
The British are (correctly) using a Bren gun.
Browning M2 Aircraft
Tanks and armored veichles on both sides are mounted with the Browning M2 Aircraft model, identifiable by it's "hooded" barrel.
Browning M2HB's in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG
An anti-aircraft quad mounted system, "Browning M2HB's in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG", are seen towed by the Axis forces (though never used). The M51 system as depicted in the hands of the Italians is not historically accurate due to production limitations.
Both Allied and Germans troops use the MG34.
At the climax of the movie, SIG Captain Bergman (George Peppard) uses a M2 Flamethrower against the "German" tanks.
M8 Flare pistol
Col. Harker (Nigel Green) fires a M8 flare pistol into the bunker during the last battle.