Hornets' Nest

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A World War II thriller about a group of Italian children who enlist the assistance of a wounded American officer to help them get revenge against the SS for the massacre of their hometown.

Hornets' Nest (1970)

The following guns were used in the film Hornets' Nest:


Mauser Karabiner 98k

Some of the Germans as well as the Italian partisans use Mauser Karabiner 98k's.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
SS soldiers with Mausers as they round up the townspeople.
Scarpi (Jean Valmont) uses his scoped Mauser to shoot a captured partisan who betrayed the resistance.
Two German sentries with slung Mausers.
A soldier is killed during the attack on the SS' headquarters while trying to fire his Mauser.
Captain von Hecht (Sergio Fantoni) stalks through the forest with his Mauser.


The MP40 is used frequently throughout the film by many characters.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
SS soldiers use their MP40's to massacre the people of Reonato.
Schwalberg (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) searches for the missing Captain Turner (Rock Hudson) with his MP40.
"This is not a toy. This kills." Captain Turner (Rock Hudson) shows the boys an MP40.
Turner demonstrates the proper way of holding the MP40.
The boys with their MP40's.
The boys fire their MP40's from the back of the truck during their attack on the SS' headquarters.
German doctor Bianca (Sylva Koscina) wields an MP40 against attacking soldiers.

Beretta Model 38

The Italian Partisans are armed with Beretta Model 38's.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm
The Partisan on the right is armed with a Beretta Model 38.
Partisans armed with Beretta Model 38's.

M3 "Grease Gun"

Although seen only fleetingly, the US paratroopers led by Captain Turner (Rock Hudson) are armed with M3 "Grease Guns." After the Americans are killed, the Germans collect their guns.

M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
The "Grease Guns" in a bag in von Hecht's office.

Luger P08

Captain von Hecht (Sergio Fantoni) carries a Luger P08 as his personal sidearm, which he uses to shoot the cruel SS officer Major Taussig. Aldo (Mark Colleano) also uses one at the end of the film.

Luger P08 9mm
"Taussig!" Von Hecht (Sergio Fantoni) pulls his Luger on Taussig.
A crazed Aldo (Mark Colleano) with a Luger prepares to shoot von Hecht.
Aldo with his Luger, having wounded von Hecht.

Pistolet wz. 35 VIS

Captain Turner (Rock Hudson) has a suppressed Pistolet wz. 35 VIS as his primary sidearm.

Pistolet wz. 35 VIS - 9x19mm
Turner with his suppressed VIS in the German field headquaters. Note the presence of a decocking lever on the slide.
Turner exchanges fire with German soldiers in von Hecht's office.
Turner crouches in the bushes with his VIS.

Walther P38

An SS corporal is seen with a Walther P38 briefly.

Walther P38 pistol World War II date of production
The corporal draws his P38 as he prepares to enter the German headquarters.
Turner knocks the P38 out of the corporal's hand as he enters von Hecht's office.

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