Cowra Breakout, The

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The Cowra Breakout (1984)

The following weapons were used in the Australian Television Mini-series, The Cowra Breakout:

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Allied Weapons

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III*

The Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III* is used by Australian soldiers in New Guinea, including Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee), Mick Murphy (Dennis Miller) and Nobby (Alex Broun). Most of the guards at the Cowra POW camp use it as well.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
Mick Murphy (Dennis Miller) crawls into a swamp with his Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III*.
Nobby (Alex Brown) with his Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III*.
Mick at the Catholic Mission with his Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III*.
Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee) tries to snipe Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida ) with Mick's Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III*. He misses.
Guards at the Cowra POW camp drill with their Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk III* rifles.
Several Guards secure Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida ) and Naka (Rick Tanaka) with their rifles.
The Camp Guards fire warning shots over the heads of resisting prisoners.
The Guards firing their rifles at escaping prisoners.

M1 Garand

An American GI can be briefly seen with an M1 Garand in New Guinea.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
An American GI runs with his M1 Garand.

Owen Submachine Gun

The Owen Submachine Gun is used by Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee) and Sergeant Best (Tony Barry) in New Guinea. Several guards at the Cowra POW camp use it as well.

Owen Submachine Gun Mk 1 - 9x19mm
Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee) with his Owen Submachine Gun aboard the aircraft carrying his platoon to New Guinea.
Sergeant Best (Tony Barry) with his Owen Submachine Gun.
Stan on patrol with his Owen Submachine Gun.
Stan, Sergeant Best and Lieutenant MacDonald (Andrew Lloyde) with their Owen Submachine Guns.
Stan fires his Owen Submachine Gun at a Japanese bunker.
Stan with his Owen Submachine Gun.
Stricken with grief and fear, Stan unloads his Owen Submachine Gun at a cross in the mission.
An Australian Guard with his Owen Submachine Gun.

M1928A1 Thompson

An African-American GI (Lee Rice) carries an M1928A1 Thompson in New Guinea.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The African-American GI (Lee Rice) with an M1928A1 Thompson.

M1A1 Thompson

Another African-American GI can be seen with an M1A1 Thompson in New Guinea.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine .45 ACP
An African-American GI at the Catholic Mission in New Guinea stands guard with an M1A1 Thompson.

Bren Gun

Australian soldiers in New Guinea use the Bren Gun in the Anti-Aircraft role. Guards at the Cowra POW camp use it during the Japanese breakout.

Bren Mk1 - .303 caliber
Australian soldiers with the Bren Gun, mounted in an Anti-Aircraft position.
A Camp Guard fires the Bren Gun from a watchtower at escaping Japanese POW's.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun

Corporal Doyle (Laurie Moran) and Private Hook (Max Cullen) man a Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun mounted on a truck during the breakout. After being overrun, Hook manages to dismantle the gun to prevent its use by the Japanese.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British
Corporal Doyle (Laurie Moran) and Private Hook (Max Cullen) fire the Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun at escaping Japanese POW's.
Oishi (Fumihiko Ikeda) deflects the Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun upwards, shooting out the watchtower light.
Hook dismantles the Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun to prevent its use by the Japanese before he is overrun.
Oishi struggles to fire the Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun, unaware that it is inoperable.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun

Sally Murphy (Tracy Mann) can be seen with a Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun after the Japanese POW breakout. A Farmer (Bill Brady) tries to capture Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida) and Komatsu (Kazuhiro Muroyama) with one, fatally shooting Komatsu during the process.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge. The Parker Gun Company was absorbed into Remington in 1934
Sally Murphy (Tracy Mann) cleans her Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun.
Sally checks the sights of her Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun.
A panicked Sally aims her Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun at Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee)
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The Farmer (Bill Brady) aims his Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun.

Mills Bomb

Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee) pulls the pin on a Mills Bomb to scare Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida) in the New Guinea mission. Hayashi manages to grab it during hand-to-hand combat with Stan, but Stan manages to throw it away from the both of them.

Mills Bomb High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee) pulls the pin on a Mills Bomb.
The Mills Bomb lying in the foxhole, miraculously intact despite being armed for some time.

Japanese Weapons

Arisaka Type 38

Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida) uses an Arisaka Type 38 in New Guinea. After a failed banzai charge, Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee) bayonets him in the chest but fails to kill him.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida) with an Arisaka Type 38.
Hayashi chambers his Arisaka Type 38.
The Arisaka Type 38, fitted with bayonet, dug into the soil next to the foxhole as Hayashi and Stan Davidson (Alan David Lee) struggle.
Stan with the Arisaka Type 38 after bayoneting Hayashi.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun

A Japanese machine gun crew use a Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun against Australian soldiers in the swamp, killing Nobby (Alex Brown). Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida) uses a Type 92 from the bunker at the Catholic Mission.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm SR
A Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun firing across the swamp.
Junji Hayashi (Junichi Ishida) fires a Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun at the Catholic Mission.
Hayashi unloads the 30-round stripper clip from the Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun.
Hayashi next to the Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun.



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