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Country FRA.jpg France

GER.jpg Germany

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
Release Date February 12, 2014
Language French
Distributor Gaumont (France)
Koch Media (Germany)
Main Cast
Character Actor
General von Choltitz Niels Arestrup
Raoul Nordling André Dussollier
Hauptmann Werner Ebernach Burghart Klaußner
Leutnant Bressensdorf Robert Stadlober
Concierge Charlie Nelson

Diplomacy is a 2014 Franco-German movie directed by Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum). On August 25, 1944, the battle for France seemed over. The French Second Armored Division is at the gates of Paris and it can only be a matter of time before the Allies free the French capital from the clutches of the Nazis. But the German city commander Dietrich von Choltitz is not thinking of letting the artistic and architectural treasures of Paris fall into the hands of the Allies. He is determined to carry out Hitler's orders and blow up half the city with all its wonders. The only chance for Paris is the Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling, who tries with all diplomatic and rhetorical means to save the city from destruction. He visits von Cholitz for an all-important conversation.

The 1966 French movie Is Paris Burning? tells a similar representation, starring Gert Fröbe as Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz.

The following weapons were used in the film Diplomacy:



Walther PP

A Walther PP pistol is the personal firearm of General von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup).

Post war Walther PP Pistol - .32 ACP.
Von Choltitz moves the slide of his pistol...
... and puts it into the drawer.
The pistol in the opened drawer.
He takes the pistol to his desk.

Walther PPK

Leutnant Bressensdorf (Robert Stadlober) makes his way through the Paris Metro with a Walther PPK.

Walther PPK - .32 ACP
He takes cover with his Walther.
A shocked Bressensdorf holds his pistol.

Mle 1892 Revolver

A Free French Army officer (maybe Henri Karcher) takes General von Choltitz prisoner with an Mle 1892 Revolver.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver
The officer shows von Choltitz the way with his revolver.


Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is widely used by German soldiers, but also by Americans and French Resistance fighters.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier (Johannes Klaußner) speaks with Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) while keeping an eye on him.
Two soldiers behind sandbags hold their carbines.
A full left side view of one Kar98k next to von Choltitz.
Another view of the same Karabiner.
Jacques Lanvin (Jean-Marc Roulot) with a carbine at the crucial moment.
A Résistance fighter seen with a German rifle.

M1 Garand

Some US troops carry M1 Garands at the end of the film.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle - .30-06
A GI watches German P.o.W.s in the background in front of Hôtel Le Meurice.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine with late WW2 bayonet lug is also used by two U.S. soldiers.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine.
Bottom left; a GI without a helmet holds the M1 Carbine.
The bayonet lug can be seen on the right.

Submachine Guns


German soldiers are also armed with MP40s. In the end, some Free French Army soldiers and Resistance fighters are seen with these submachine guns.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
Lt. Bressensdorf's soldier escorts him with an MP40.
The Landser (left) listening to his General stands with his SMG.

M1A1 Thompson

What seems to be an M1A1 Thompson is briefly seen carried by one US soldier.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The soldier at the truck near the pillar.

Machine Guns


MG42s are seen in defense positions in Paris like on the rooftop of von Choltitz's HQ.

MG42 Light Machine Gun 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier checks his MG42 on the rooftop.
The same MG in the background.

Browning M2HB

An American M3 half-track transport vehicle is equipped with a Browning M2HB.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
The Browning seen on the right.
A slightly different view shows the barrel.

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