To Hell and Back

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To Hell and Back (1955)

To Hell and Back is the 1955 biopic focusing on the early life and wartime exploits of Audie Murphy, the most decorated US soldier of World War II. The film begins with his childhood in Texas, where he became the head of his family at a young age, then follows his enrollment in the Army where he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. He fought in North Africa, Sicily and Italy before landing in southern France and eventually fighting in Germany. In addition to being a Medal of Honor recipient, he also received battle honors from the French and Belgian government. For the scenes set in World War II, Audie Murphy portrays himself.

  • Director: Jesse Hibbs


The following weapons were used in the film To Hell and Back:

Contents


Rifles & Carbines

Stevens Crackshot 22 Rifle

A young Audie Murphy uses a Stevens Crackshot .22 rifle while hunting in Texas.

Stevens Crackshot Rifle - .22LR
A young Audie Murphy (Gordon Gebert) with a Stevens Crackshot 22 Rifle.
A young Audie Murphy (Gordon Gebert) with a Stevens Crackshot 22 Rifle.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is seen used by most of the US Soldiers in the film, including Audie Murphy.

M1 Garand Rifle - .30-06.
Audie Murphy inspects Pvt.Brandon (Charles Drake) M1 Garand.
Pvt. Johnson (Marshall Thompson) holds an M1 Garand on Pvt. Kerrigan (Jack Kelly)
Pvt.Brandon (Charles Drake) and Pvt. Johnson (Marshall Thompson) fire their M1 Garands.
Sgt. Audie Murphy firing a M1 Garand.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is seen in the hands of officers, and later Audie Murphy. Note how Murphy has two magazines taped together for faster reload.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine.
M1 Carbine carried by Lieutenant.
US soldiers fire their M1 Carbines at enemy troops.
Lt. Audie Murphy fires his M1 Carbine.
Lt. Audie Murphy fires his M1 Carbine at advancing enemy troops.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers can be seen using the Karabiner 98k in the film.

Mauser 98k Rifle - 7.92x57mm.
German troops advance with K98k rifles.
German troops advance with K98k rifles.
Advancing German troops are cut down with their K98k's.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Audie Murphy can be seen using the M1928A1 Thompson. Note how, like with his M1 Carbine, he has two magazines taped together.

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP.
Audie Murphy with his M1928A1 Thompson.
Murphy fires his M1928A1 Thompson.
Firing his M1928A1 Thompson at panzer troops.
Murphy in a foxhole with his M1928A1 Thompson.

MP40

The MP40 is seen in the hands of German soldiers.

German MP40 SMG - 9mm.
A German soldier with his MP40.
The German fires his MP40.

Machine Guns and Automatic Rifles

Browning Automatic Rifle

One of the US soldiers uses a Browning Automatic Rifle.

Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06.
Audie Murphy inspects Pvt. Kerrigan's (Jack Kelly) Browning Automatic Rifle.
A US soldier fires a mounted Browning Automatic Rifle.
A US soldier with his Browning Automatic Rifle.

Browning M1919A4

US soldiers can be seen using the Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun, fitted with bolt latch - .30-06.
US soldiers with a mounted Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun.
The same soldiers firing their M1919A4.
US soldiers firing an M1919A4.

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB is seen mounted on Sherman tanks. Audie Murphy uses one to defeat an enemy infantry attack, earning him the Medal of Honor. In the actual battle Audie Murphy fired the Browning M2 from an M10 Tank Destroyer.

Browning M2 Heavy Barrel - .50 cal.
A Browning M2HB mounted on a tank.
Audie Murphy fires the Browning M2HB.
Audie Murphy fires the Browning M2HB.
A side shot of Murphy firing the M2HB.

MG42

The MG42 is used heavily by the German soldiers in the film. Audie Murphy also uses one in a scene.

German MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm.
German soldiers firing an MG42 from a window.
German soldiers firing from a bunker.
German soldiers firing from a bunker. They're helmets are out of date WWI M16 helmets instead of M38 helmets.
Audie Murphy picks up an MG42 from the dead German soldiers.
Murphy with the MG42.

Anti-Tank Weapons

M20B1 "Super Bazooka"

The M20B1 "Super Bazooka" is used by US soldiers to take out a German tank (actually a dressed-up US M47 Patton) in Italy.

M20B1 "Super Bazooka" - 3.5 Inch.
A US soldiers carries the M20B1 Rocket Launcher.
A soldier loads the M20B1 Rocket Launcher.
US soldiers fire the M20B1 at a German Panzer.

Grenades

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Mk 2 Hand Grenade.
US soldiers prepare to throw Mk 2 Hand Grenades at a German Machine Gun nest. The smoke is the burning delay fuze.
Two Mk 2 Hand Grenades.

Notes

The battle scenes were reused in Universal's The Young Warriors based on a novel by Richard Matheson, who served as an infantryman in World War II.



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