Before the Fall

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Before the Fall
Napola - Elite für den Führer
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Dennis Gansel
Release Date July 4, 2004 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festiva)
January 13, 2005 (Germany)
Language German
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Friedrich Weimer Max Riemelt
Albrecht Stein Tom Schilling
Heinrich Vogler Devid Striesow
Dr. Karl Klein Joachim Bißmeier
Heinrich Stein Justus von Dohnányi
Friedrich's Father Gerald Alexander Held
Josef Peiner Michael Schenk

Before the Fall (German title: Napola - Elite für den Führer) is a 2004 German drama film directed by Dennis Gansel. Germany 1942: The 17-year-old Friedrich Weimer from the Berlin working-class district of Wedding is a gifted boxer. His talent opens the doors to NAPOLA Allenstein, where the future elite of the empire is to be called. Friedrich sees the opportunity of his life, to free himself from his class barriers and logs against the will of his parents there. In the unfamiliar world, he experiences fierce competition and unexpected camaraderie ...

The following weapons were used in the film Before the Fall:


Karabiner 98k

NaPolA (abbreviation for Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten; National Political Institutes of Education) students including Friedrich Weimer (Max Riemelt) and Albrecht Stein (Tom Schilling) are seen with Karabiner 98ks. The teacher Josef Peiner (Michael Schenk) distributes Kar98ks to the students.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Albrecht cleans a Kar98k during the lesson.
NaPolA students practice with Karabiners.
Albrecht looks at 7.92x57mm Mauser stripper clips before the search for the PoWs.
The students fire at the fleeing prisoners.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by the students during the grenade exercise of the teacher Josef Peiner who uses a training grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
A diagram of a Stielhandgranate while the teacher explains "The hand grenade reaches a main splinter effect in the perimeter up to 15 meters. However, individual splinters can fly considerably further."
"Let's summarize: Unscrew cap, pull string and the thing is ready. Now take a long swing and take cover immediately. Note: After pulling the swing you have exactly 4.5 seconds to detonation.".
The teacher opens a box full of grenades.
He gives one of them to Christoph (Jonas Jägermeyr).
Wilhelm (Thomas Drechsel) about to throw a grenade.
Martin's grenade on the ground.


SS soldiers are seen with MP40s during the search for the escaped Soviet PoWs.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A SS soldier on the left stands guard with his MP.
SS soldier (Radek Zima) holds an MP40.

Walther PPK

Heinrich Stein (Justus von Dohnányi) uses a Walther PPK to shoot a wounded Soviet PoW.

Early Walther PPK in 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
A blurred view of his Walther due to the fast motion.

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