Hornets' Nest

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Hornets' Nest (1970)

Hornets' Nest is a 1970 World War II thriller that stars Rock Hudson as a wounded American officer who is enlisted by a group of Italian children to help them get revenge against the SS for the massacre of their hometown.

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



The MG42 machine gun is seen a few times in the film, notably by Captain Turner (Rock Hudson) to shoot a Kübelwagen, and later by Aldo (Mark Colleano) at the dam.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An SS soldier riding in a sidecar with an MG42.
An MG42 on the dam.
"Come on, you bastards! All of you!" Aldo (Mark Colleano), crazed with bloodlust, commandeers the unattended MG42 and begins mowing down German soldiers.

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 kill 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.

Double Barreled Shotgun

This Double Barreled Shotgun originally belonged to Captain von Hecht, but Aldo (Mark Colleano) stole it from his office. It is carried around by him and sometimes his second in command Dino (John Fordyce), but never fired.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Aldo with the shotgun slung over his shoulder.
Aldo points the shotgun at Turner when the American initially refuses to help them.
Aldo with the shotgun.

Vis wz. 35 Radom pistol

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

Vis wz. 35 - 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

Gunther (Hardy Stuart) is seen with a Walther P38 briefly.

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

Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Gun

A Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Gun with a fake elongated barrel and belt-fed ammunition is seen in a machine gun nest near the dam. Turner kills the men manning it. It's used as an anchor for a rope so he and the boys can climb down the cliff and into the water.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with Tripod
The Hotchkiss M1914.
Closer view of the Hotchkiss M1914 gun as Turner kills one of the gunners.
Turner examines the Hotchkiss M1914.

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