Above Us the Waves

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Above us the waves
Aboveusthewavesposter.jpg
Film poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Release Date 1955
Language English
Distributor General Film Distributors
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commander Fraser John Mills
Lieutenant Alec Duffy John Gregson
Lieutenant Tom Corbett Donald Sinden
Admiral Ryder James Robertson Justice


Above us the waves is a 1955 war film dramatisation of the British Navy’s attempts to sink or disable the German Battleship Tirpitz using midget submarines.
The following weapons were used in the film Above Us the Waves:

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Submachine Guns

Lanchester Mk.I submachine gun

Lanchester Mk.I submachine guns are carried by German sailors, standing for Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II. These weapons were still standard equipment in the Royal Navy at the time (the production was assisted by the Royal Navy, who provided technical assistance and ships).

Lanchester Mk.I, 9x19mm
A good view of the Lanchester. The bayonet lug and distinctive rear sight make this a Mark 1*.
More German sailors armed with Lanchesters.

M1 Thompson

In a continuity error one of the guards Lanchesters becomes an M1 Thompson in the final scene (This sequence is obviously studio based so the location props were unavailable).

M1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP
Only the muzzle of the Thompson is only ever seen so exact identification is impossible.

MP40

In a continuity error one of the guards Lanchesters becomes an MP40 in the final scene (This sequence is obviously studio based so the location props were unavailable).

MP40 - 9mm.
The extra appears to be holding the MP40 sideways, perhaps to make it look more like a Lanchester.

Rifles

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is seen being used by both German soldiers and sailors in the film.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm
A German soldier with a Karabiner 98k
German sailor (Walter Gotell in an uncredited role) with Karabiner 98k
German sailor with Karabiner 98k

Machine Guns

MG17 machine gun

KMS Tirpitz is equipped with these weapons, which are conversions of aircraft machine guns for ground use. The guns are also fitted with fake side mounted magazines. Their use in this context by the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) may be incorrect (see the discussion page for further details).

MG17 machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The guns in action, also k98's in the background.
A better view of the gun showing the fake magazine.
Detail of the rear of the gun is clear in this image, including the unusual extra hand grip.

Heavy Weapons

Oerlikon 20mm Cannon

The German Patrol boat is briefly seen armed with a Oerlikon 20mm Cannon.

Oerlikon Cannon - 20 x 110mm RB Oerlikon
The gun seen mounted on the patrol boat.



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