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Deathwatch (2002)

Deathwatch is a 2002 British horror film that involves the survivors of a British unit, Y Company, who are separated from their regiment during the brutal trench fighting of the First World War. Attempting to return to their lines, the British soldiers discover what appears to be a bombed-out German trench, abandoned except for three German soldiers. After killing most of the Germans, and taking one prisoner, the British company fortifies to hold the trench until reinforcements can arrive. Soon, however, strange things being to happen as a sense of evil descends upon the trench and the British begin to turn on each other.

The following weapons are seen in the movie Deathwatch:




Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

Used by almost all of the British soldiers of Y company including Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell), Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer), Pte. Jack Hawkstone (Hans Matheson), Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) and Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor) is the Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I, which is anachronistic for the year (1917) the film is set in, the cast should be using the No.1 Mk.III* Pte. Barry Starinski (Kris Marshall) has a telescopic sight fitted to his.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during World War Two, however, it was supplemented heavily with the older Lee Enfield No.1 MK.III. First placed in service with the British military in 1941
Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) aims his Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I at the German soldiers in the trench.
Pvt. Jack Hawkstone (Hans Matheson) with his Lee-Enfield.
Hawkstone chambering a round in his Lee-Enfield.
Hawkstone slams the bolt home.
Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor) on watch with his Lee-Enfield.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) searching the trenches with his Lee-Enfield.
Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer) cleans his Lee-Enfield as he talks with Pte. Shakespeare.
Sgt. Tate aims his Lee-Enfield.
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I(T) with magazine and scope - .303 British
Pte. Barry Starinski (Kris Marshall) aims his Scoped Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I(T).
Pte. Starinski sweeps through the trenches with his Scoped Lee-Enfield.

Karabiner 98k

Most of the German rifles seen in the trench are the anachronistic, WW2 model Karabiner 98k. They are used by Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) and Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys). Shakespeare also gives one to German prisoner Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) to defend himself.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys) aims his Karabiner 98k.
'Doc' Fairweather with the 98k slung around his back.
'Doc' Fairweather aims his 98k into No-Man's Land.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) hands a 98k to Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) so he can protect himself.
Shakespeare searches for 'Doc' Fairweather with a 98k.
Shakespeare fires his 98k, now fitted with bayonet.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The German soldier Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) uses a Mauser Gewehr 1898 to hold Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) at gunpoint at the end of the film. The historically accurate Gewehr 1898 is only used in this part and at the beginning; the rest of the Mauser rifles are the historically anachronistic Karabiner 98k.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 Rifle - 7.92mm
Friedrich (Torben Liebrecht) aims a Mauser Gewehr 1898 at Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell).
Close-up of the Gewehr 1898.

Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP18

A Bergmann MP18 is wielded by Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) at one point in the film. It is a common misconception that the MP18 wasn't introduced until 1918 with the Ludendorff offensive. However, this is not the case as there are reports that it arrived on the battlefield (albeit in small numbers) as early as 1916. It would, however, have more likely used a "snail drum" magazine as opposed to the 20 round box one used in the film.

Bergmann MP18 Sub Machine Gun with Box Mag - 9mm
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) aims a Bergmann MP18 at Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis). Note the 20 round box magazine.
Shakespeare fires the MP18.

Machine Guns

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun

Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) uses a Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun in the opening sequence.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British
Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) opens up with the Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun.
McNess firing the Vickers.

Maxim MG08

A Maxim MG08 is used by German machine gunners in the opening sequence.

German Maxim MG08 on sled mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers fire a Maxim MG08 from a defensive position.
A German gunner is shot off his Maxim.


Luger P08

A Luger P08 is used by Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox) when he threatens Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly) to stop him going over the top.

Luger P08 - 9mm
Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox) aims his Luger P08 at Pte. Willie McNess (Dean Lennox Kelly).
The same scene from a different angle.

Webley Mk IV

The revolver used by the British troops of Y Company including Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell), Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox), Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer), Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis), Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor) and Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys) is the Webley Mk IV. This choice of revolver is anachronistic with the .38 Mk IV not entering service until 1929. The correct revolver would be the larger .455 Webley Mk VI. Note that Quinn has a bayonet attachment fitted to his; whilst the bayonet had never been used officially by the British Army since 1915, it is still possible that Quinn got his hands on one.

Webley Mk.IV WW2 British Army version chambered for .38 S&W
Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer) breaks open his Webley Mk IV to ensure that it is loaded.
Capt. Bramwell Jennings (Laurence Fox) accidentally shoots Pte. Jack Hawkstone (Hans Matheson) with his Webley.
Cpl. 'Doc' Fairweather (Matthew Rhys) with his Webley.
Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis) on watch with his Webley. You can just make out the bayonet attachment.
Capt. Jennings holds his Webley on Sgt. Tate.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell) takes a Webley from a case. The revolver is obviously a much smaller Webley Mk IV, not a much larger Webley-Fosbery Automatic revolver.
Pte. Charlie Shakespeare tries to quiet a hysterical, wounded Pte. Colin Chevasse (Ruaidhri Conroy) with his Webley.
Pte. Anthony Bradford (Hugh O'Conor) aims his Webley at a tied-up 'Doc' Fairweather.


Mills Bomb

A Mills Bomb is carried by Jamie Bell as Pte. Charlie Shakespeare when he compares it with the Model 24 Stielhandgranate, it is incorrectly identified as a 'Pineapple' by Sgt. David Tate (Hugo Speer).

Mills Bomb - High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Close-up of a Mills Bomb in the hands of Pte. Charlie Shakespeare (Jamie Bell).
Shakespeare holds a Mills Bomb in one hand and a Model 24 Stielhandgranate in the other as he compares the two.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Y Company soldiers Sgt. David Tate (Hugh O'Conor) and Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis), along with several others, use captured Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades to clear out German dugouts. Based on their shape, they appear to antipersonnel fragmentation models.

Antipersonnel fragmentation M24 hand grenade
Several Model 24 Stielhandgranate's lie in an open crate. One can be seen held by Sgt. David Tate (Hugh O'Conor).
Pte. Thomas Quinn (Andy Serkis) removes two Model 24's from the open crate.

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