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):



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 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.


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.

Training Grenade

The legionnaires use what look like modified Great War Italian Pineapple grenades.

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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