Black Battalion, The (Cerný prapor)

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The Black Battalion (Cerný prapor) (1958)

The Black Battalion (Cerný prapor) is a 1958 Czechoslovakian film about Czech members of the French Foreign Legion fighting in the French Indo-China War.

The following guns were used in the 1958 Czechoslovak film The Black Battalion (Cerný prapor):


Submachine Guns


Both main characters are seen with a French MAS-38 submachine gun.

MAS-38 Submachine gun - 7.65mm.
Václav (Jaroslav Mareš) handed ​​a weapon to Commander Wolf.
New commander Wolf (Hannjo Hasse) holds his MAS-38.


The French Foreign Legion uses MP40 submachine gun.

MP40 - 9mm.
A Legionnaire fires his MP40 at Vietnamese villagers.
Legionnaire Peter (František Peterka) fires his MP40 during a firefight.
Sgt. Storch (Kurt Oligmüller) and another Legionnaire carry MP40s.

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II guns are used by both sides during the Indochina War.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm.
The commander Ketham (Zdenek Kryzánek) carriers his Sten.
A VPN guerrilla fighter hiding in the bushes mowns down French troops with his Sten
Legionaries carry Sten and MP40 submachineguns as they move through the jungle.


M1 Carbine

The legionaires also use M1 Carbines of various types.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
A legionnaire hastily leaves the battlefield with a slung M1 carbine.
M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
Václav Malý (Jaroslav Mareš) carries an M1A1 Carbine in the jungle.
An M1A1 carbine hangs from a bed.

M1 Garand

M1 Garand rifles are also seen.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A Garand is seen at the left.

Machine Guns


MG34 machine guns are used by legionnaires.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 is mounted on a car.
Legionnaires with MG34.


DShK heavy machine gun is also seen.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
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Other Weapons

Hand Grenade

The legionnaires carry "pineapple" hand grenades (see Discusson Page for a version).

A Legionnaire carries “Pineapple” grenades on his belt.
VPN troops carry the same grenade.
Legionnaire Petr (František Peterka) carries a pair of grenades.

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