All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
All Quiet on the Western Front is the 1930 feature film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's antiwar novel of the same name. The World War I film stars Lew Ayres as Paul Baumer, an idealistic young schoolboy who goes to war with the rest of his class on the urging of a patriotic teacher. In the trenches, however, they are quickly disillusioned when confronted with the horrors of war. The novel was adapted again as a 1979 television film.
The following weapons were used in the film All Quiet on the Western Front (1930):
Mauser Gewehr 1898
The German soldiers in the film, most noticeably Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres), use the Mauser Gewehr 1898, the standard-issue firearm for German forces in World War One. It is good to see authentic Gewehr 1898 rifles in a World War One film, rather then the Turkish or Czech Mausers that often stand in for them. This is likely due to production taking place shortly after the war itself.
Berthier Model 1907-15
French soldiers use the Berthier Model 1907-15 rifle, fitted with bayonets.
Oberndorf Mauser Sporter
A French sniper uses a Oberndorf Mauser Sporter with a scope at the end of the movie.
The Maxim MG08 is used by German soldiers in defense of the trenches during the French assault. It is seen manned by three crewman - the gunner and two assistants whom "feed" the belt.
French soldiers repelling the German counterattack use a Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun before being killed by a grenade. It is interesting to see French soldiers using the Vickers, rather then the standard issue Hotchkiss M1914, but it is not impossible given the French - British alliance.
The Luger P08 is seen briefly used by a German officer during the French attack.