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Von Ryan's Express

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Von Ryan's Express (1965)

The following weapons were used in the film Von Ryan's Express:


Luger P08

Numerous German officers including Colonel Gortz (John van Dreelen) carry the Luger P08. The pistol is seen in the hands of Col. Joseph L. Ryan (Frank Sinatra) and Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard) as well.

Luger P08 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
Ryan (in the center) holds the Luger.
Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard) holds the Luger in his right hand.
Colonel Gortz (John van Dreelen) and his aide (Jacques Stany) are armed with Lugers.
Colonel Gortz (John van Dreelen) holds his Luger as he turns to grab an MP40 from one of his men. His aide (Jacques Stany) also holds his Luger.

Beretta M1934

Battaglia (Adolfo Celi) and Captain Oriani (Sergio Fantoni) are shown with very smallish holstered sidearms which (judging from the curved tip at the end of the magazine) appear to be the Beretta Model 1934.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Oriani introduces Ryan (Frank Sinatra) to Major Battaglia (Adolfo Celi). Both Italians have holstered sidearms.
Another shot of the two officers' holsters as Battaglia and Oriani look out the window.
While disguised as a German officer, Captain Costanzo (Edward Mulhare) also carries the pistol in his holster (Note the curved tip).

Submachine Guns

Beretta Model 38

Some of the German soldiers appear to be armed with Beretta Model 38/42 submachine guns. These weapons are also used by the POW's.

Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
A POW opens fire at a German plane with the Beretta Model 38.
A fallen German soldier on the left with the Beretta Model 38.


The MP40 is used by both German and Italian forces as well as by various POW's when they are disguised as German guards including Col. Joseph L. Ryan (Frank Sinatra), Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard), and Sgt. Bostick (Brad Dexter).

MP40 - 9mm
Italian guards with Gewehr 98s and MP40s.
Col. Joseph L. Ryan (Frank Sinatra) holds the MP40.
Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard) fires the MP40.
Sergeant Bostick (Brad Dexter) is armed with the MP40.
The POWs including Private Ames (James Brolin) open fire on a German plane with their MP40's.
An American POW (James B. Sikking) with the MP40.
Col. Ryan and Sergeant Bostick (Brad Dexter) fire their MP40's while on the train.
Colonel Gortz (John van Dreelen) fires the MP40.

Machine Guns

Schwarzlose Machine Gun Model 07/12

The Schwarzlose Machine Gun Model 07/12 is seen in machine gun nests at various German checkpoints.

On the left, the machine gun is visible.
At the top, the machine gun is visible.
On the left, the machine gun is visible.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

Both German and Italian troops are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser g98.jpg
Guard has the rifle slung.
Italian guards with Gewehr 98s and MP40s.


Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Col. Ryan, Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard), and Sgt. Bostick (Brad Dexter) use the Model 24 Stielhandgranate taken off fallen German soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Both Col. Ryan and Sgt. Bostick (Brad Dexter) hold the Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

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