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Verdun: Descent into Hell

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Verdun: Descent Into Hell
Verdun - aux portes de l' enfer
Die Hölle von Verdun
German DVD poster
Country FRA.jpg France

GER.jpg Germany

Directed by Stefan Brauburger,
Oliver Halmburger
Release Date August 30, 2006
Language French
Main Cast
Character Actor
Karl Rosner Markus Baumeister
Charles Delvert Johannes Oliver Hamm
Anatole Castex Peter Stock
Eugène Raynal Edward Kalisz
General Henri Philippe Pétain Marian Kolon
Dr. Moses Strauss Jaroslaw Kostrzewa

Verdun: Descent Into Hell is a 2006 French-German produced Documentary about the Battle of Verdun in 1916 and was broadcast for the 90th anniversary of the battle. The docudrama focuses on the everyday life of simple soldiers and officers during the battle. Many archival footages are taken from the 1930 The Somme and 1931 Douaumont movies.

The following weapons were used in the film Verdun: Descent into Hell:


Mauser C96

German lieutenant Werner Müller (uncredited) uses a Mauser C96 pistol.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
Lieutenant Müller before going over the top holds his Mauser.
He releases the slide.

Mle 1892 Revolver

Charles Delvert (Johannes Oliver Hamm) uses a Mle 1892 Revolver.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver
He holds revolver while shouting to his men.
He looks at his dead comrade.

Luger P08

German officer Karl von Andrian (uncredited) is seen with a Luger P08 in No Man's Land.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
He advances to a French MG position.
Another view.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is used by German soldiers. Some French soldiers also seen with this rifle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers inside Fort Vaux hold their Mausers.
French soldier with a G98 over his back.
German soldiers fix their bayonets. Note the anachronistic Buntfarbenanstrich camouflage on the fifth helmet that was introduced in early 1918.
German soldiers salute the defenders of Fort de Vaux with their rifles.

M48 Yugoslavian Mauser

Some German soldiers use anachronistic M48 Yugoslavian Mausers standing for Mauser 98AZ Carbines.

Yugoslavian M48 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier chambers his Mauser. Note the sound effects are taken from Call of Duty 2 for the Karabiner 98k.
A view of the bolt handle.

Karabiner 98k

Some anachronistic Karabiner 98ks are also used by German soldiers. A German sniper is also seen with a scoped rifle.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers fire their Karabiners inside Fort Vaux.
Karabiner 98k Sniper with Zeiss ZF42 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A view throuh the scope.
The sniper aims his rifle.
Close up on the trigger...
...and the scope.

Lebel 1886 M93

The Lebel 1886 is the standard rifle for the French. Anatole Castex (Peter Stock) is seen with this rifle.

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
A soldier of Charles Delvert's squad runs with his Lebel.
Another French soldier with the Lebel.
Anatole aims his rifle.

Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine

The Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine is also used by French soldiers including Charles Delvert .

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine - 8x50mm R
A French soldier aims his rifle.
Charles Delvert fires his Berthier taken from his comrade.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

Maxim MG08s are used by French and German soldiers.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers transport the Maxim.
French soldier fires the Maxim.

Degtyaryov DS-39

The anachronistic Degtyaryov DS-39 machine gun is used by French soldiers standing for Hotchkiss M1914. Note the sound effects of the DS-39 are taken from Call of Duty 2 for the Bren Mk2.

Degtyaryov DS-39 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Promotional Picture.
A French soldier fires the DS-39.
Close up on the muzzle.
The soldier reloads his machine next to Commandant Sylvain Eugène Raynal (uncredited).
The abandoned DS on the battlefield.

Hand Grenades

Model 16 Stielhandgranate

Accurate Model 16 Stielhandgranates are used by German soldiers including Lt. Müller.

Model 16 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher".
Close up on the warhead.
A Model 16 next to Lt. Müller.
Full view of a stick grenade hanging on a belt.


OSP-30 Flare Pistol

A French soldier fires an anachronistic Soviet OSP-30 Flare Pistol.

Russian OSP-30 Flare Pistol 26.5mm
The soldier insters a casing.
He closes the gun.

Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897

A French Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 is seen used by German soldiers standing for a 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n. A.

Canon 75mm Mle 1897.
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Flammenwerfer 41

A German soldier uses an anachronistic Flammenwerfer 41, standing for the more accurate Kleif. M16, in the corridors of Fort Vaux.

Flammenwerfer mit Strahlpatrone 41.
Promotional Picture.
The soldier fires the flamethrower.
Another view.

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