|| United States|
||August 11, 1942
Wake Island is a 1942 American movie directed by John Farrow, loosely based on the Battle of Wake Island in 1941.
The following weapons were used in the film Wake Island:
Nearly all U.S. officers and soldiers like Major Geoffrey Caton (Brian Donlevy), Lieutenant Bruce Cameron (Macdonald Carey), Captain Pete Lewis (Rod Cameron), and Sergeant Higbee (Bill Goodwin) have holstered Colt M1911 pistols.
Lieutenant Bruce Cameron with his holstered Colt before taking off with his plane.
Another American soldier with a holstered Colt.
Pvt. Aloysius K. Randall (William Bendix
) engages Japanese soldiers with his pistol.
A Japanese officer at the end uses a Colt New Army & Navy revolver.
Colt New Army Model of 1903 - .38 Colt
The officer enters the radio room with the revolver.
He shoots the revolver at the radio operator because he kept transmitting.
A few Japanese soldiers are armed with automatic weapons that appear to be M1928A1 Thompson visually mocked-up to resemble German MP40s. During the time of the Battle of Wake Island in 1941, the Japanese were not producing or issuing any submachine guns at all, and the Type 100 submachine gun would only begin to be issued in late 1942. An unmodified Thompson can be briefly seen fired by an American soldier.
M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
A Japanese soldier clears a foxhole with his submachine gun.
An American soldier fires an unmodified Thompson.
On the left, a Thompson is held by another Japanese soldier. Note the hooded front sight.
U.S. troops carry M1 Garands at the beginning of the movie.
M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle - .30-06
Troops exercising with the Garands.
Both factions can be seen with M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifles.
Springfield M1903 Transitional (pre-WW2) issue .30-06
A soldier in the background carries the rifle fitted with an M1905 bayonet over his back.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
Some Japanese soldiers appear to be using German Mauser Gewehr 1898, standing in for correct Arisaka Type 38 rifles.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A shot Japanese soldier drops his rifle.
Browning M2 Water Cooled
Private Joe Doyle (Robert Preston), Private Aloysius K. Randall (William Bendix), and other U.S. soldiers on Wake island use the water-cooled version of the Browning M2HB machine gun.
Browning M2 Water Cooled - .50 BMG
The machine gun seen on the left as the fighter aircraft take off.
The foxhole of Doyle and Randall with the machine gun.
The MG being fired at Japanese planes.
Browning M2 Aircraft
Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine guns are mounted in the wings of Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter aircraft.
Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine gun .50 BMG
A wing-mounted M2 being fired.
The garrison of the island is equipped with several Browning M1917A1 machine guns. Major Geoffrey Caton (Brian Donlevy) and Cpl. Gus Goebbels (Philip Van Zandt) man one at the climax.
Browning M1917 machine gun with tripod and ammo box - .30-06
An American soldiers carries the Browning during the first air attack.
Rear view of Doyle and Randall's Browning.
Cpl. Gus Goebbels opens the top cover.
Some British Vickers machine guns are also used by the U.S. troops.
Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British
A Vickers MG position under attack.
M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle
At least one American soldier can be seen firing an early M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle.
M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
The Lewis Gun can be briefly seen twice during the defense of the island.
A Lewis Gun lies next to his dead user.
Grumman F4F Wildcat
5"/51 (12.7 cm) Coastal Gun series
Model 16 Stielhandgranate
The Model 16 Stielhandgranate is used by Japanese soldiers.
Model 16 Stielhandgranate
A Japanese soldiers primes a stick grenade.