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The Water Diviner

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The Water Diviner
Original Movie poster
Country AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Russell Crowe
Release Date December 26, 2014
Language English
Studio RatPac Entertainment
Seven Network Australia
Distributor Entertainment One Films (Australia)
Universal Pictures Australia (Australia)
Warner Bros. Pictures (United States)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joshua Connor Russell Crowe
Ayshe Olga Kurylenko
Lt-Col Cyril Hughes Jai Courtney
Natalia Isabel Lucas
Father McIntyre Damon Herriman
Colonel Demergelis Robert Mammone

The Water Diviner is a 2014 Australian historical drama that marked the feature film directorial debut of Russell Crowe. The film's setting takes place in 1919, as Joshua Connor (portrayed by Crowe), an Australian farmer, begins a search for his three sons, all of whom went missing following the horrific battle at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915. As the story progresses, Crowe gets involved with the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1922. The film's cast also includes Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yilmaz, and Yilmaz Erdogan.

The following weapons were used in the film The Water Diviner:



Mauser C96

Major Hasan carries a Mauser C96 "Red 9" and is briefly seen shooting it. Later a Greek soldier captures it and is about to use it on Hasan himself.

Mauser C96 "Red 9" - 9x19mm Parabellum
Hasan firing during the train ambush.
A Greek soldier gloatingly loads Hasan's C96 in front of him as he prepares to execute Hasan. The cartridges appear to be 9mm Parabellum instead of the bottlenecked 7.63mm Mauser

MAS Mle. 1892

The leader of the Greek ambush party carries a Mle 1892 Revolver.

Revolver d'ordonnance modèle 1892 - 8x27mmSR
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Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III

The Australians are seen with the contemporary Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III - .303 British
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
Sergeant Jemal (Cem Yilmaz) inspects a boobytrap SMLE left behind by the Anzac after they retreated from Gallipoli. The striking magazine cut-off is visible.
The Connor brothers in action at Gallipoli with their Mk.III's in a flashback.
An Anzac soldier shooting Turkish wounded after capturing a trench.
Sgt. Tucker (Christopher Sommers) and Lt.Col Cyril Hughes (Jai Courtney)
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Mockup SMLE

The Commonwealth troops in Istanbul carry mockup Mk. IIIs. They are easily spotted due to the bolt handle being too far forward and the generally bulky appearance of the weapon.

Note the bolt handle's incorrect position on the weapon on the left. The magazine also seems to be too large compared to the Mk.III further indicating a mockup.
Note the overall incorrect appearance of the weapon on the right.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

In a brief shot, the anachronistic SMLE No.4 is shown during the Gallipoli battle.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
The protruding barrel gives away that it is a No.4 as opposed to the historically correct Mk.III.

Mauser Model 1903/30

The Turks are almost equipped with post-WWI updated Mauser 1903/30 Rifles, both during the Gallipoli battle flashback and later.

Mauser Model 1903/30 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Turkish soldiers preparing to assault at Gallipoli. Note the M1903 large stripper clip bridges and the notch, for 7.92x57mm rounds, on top the receiver.
The soldiers discovers the Anzac soldiers have already departed with the trenches now standing empty. The bayonets seem to be correct M1890 sword bayonets.
Major Hasan's soldiers uncover their rifles during the train ride.
Two Turkish Mauser aimed by soldiers on the train. Note the different types of stripper clip bridges.

Mauser Model 1938

Some Turkish Model 1938 rifles can be seen among the Mausers.

Mauser Model 1938 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier in center readies his Mauser. Note the smaller stripper clip bridges and the lack of the notch.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

One of Major Hasan's (Yilmaz Erdogan) soldiers is armed with a Gewehr 1898 during the train scene.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note the distinct rear sight.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ

A Turkish soldier uses a Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine during the train ambush.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note the hooded sight and the stacking hook just underneath the muzzle.

Berthier Mle. 1907/15 M16

One of the Greek soldiers uses a Berthier Mle 1907-16 during the train ambush.

Berthier Fusil Modèle 1907/15 M16 - 8x50mmR Lebel
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Turkish Berthier Carbine

A Turkish Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine is used by one of the Greek raiders during the train ambush.

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine. This model differs some from the Turkish version but is essentially the same
Sergeant Jemal threatened by the Greek carrying a carbine.
Front sight of carbine.
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Other bolt action rifles

The Greek raiding party all carry bolt action rifles of an unknown sort. Some are possibly a mockup SMLE Mk.III.

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Small caliber bolt action rifle

In a flashback, Connor recalls his sons after a successful hunt. The eldest is carrying a small bolt action rifle.

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Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP18

A Greek soldier is seen with a Bergmann MP18 during the train ambush.

Bergmann MP18 with 32 round Drum - 9x19mm
The soldier mows down some Turks inside the wagon.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

The Turkish and later Greek soldiers are armed with a Maxim MG08 fitted with a Z.F.12 scope mounted on a 'sledge' mount.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Maxim used during the Gallipoli battle.
Used again at the train ambush by Greek soldiers. This is most likely the same MG as used in the Gallipoli scene.


Jam Tin Grenade

A Jam Tin Grenade is installed as a booby trap in No Man's Land.

Improvise "Jam Tin Grenade"

Single and Double-barrelled shotgun

At least one Turkish civilian is armed with a double-barrelled shotgun and another with what looks like a single barrel.

Note the exposed hammers.
Civilian on the left with what looks like a single barrel shotgun. (subtitles are hardcoded)

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