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Downfall
Der Untergang
Downfall.jpg
Movie poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria

GER.jpg Germany
ITA.jpg Italy
RUS.jpg Russia

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
Release Date September 16, 2004
Language German
Russian
Distributor Constantin Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Adolf Hitler Bruno Ganz
Traudl Junge Alexandra Maria Lara
Joseph Goebbels Ulrich Matthes
Walther Hewel Gerald Alexander Held
Otto Günsche Götz Otto
Hermann Fegelein Thomas Kretschmann
Werner Haase Matthias Habich
Albert Speer Heino Ferch
General Mohnke André Hennicke
General Weidling Michael Mendl


Downfall (German language/International title: Der Untergang) is a 2004 historical war drama chronicling the last ten days of Adolf Hitler's life during the Battle of Berlin. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the film is based on numerous primary and secondary accounts of the final days of Adolf Hitler, set in and around Hitler's Führerbunker. The film stars Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler. Filming took place in Berlin, Munich, and Saint Petersburg.

The following firearms were used in Downfall:

Note: Spoilers are present in some image descriptions

Contents


Pistols

Walther PP

General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling (Michael Mendl) and SS-Oberscharführer Rochus Misch (Heinrich Schmieder) carry Walther PP pistols as their sidearm. Weilding's pistol is seen briefly when he turns it over before entering the bunker. Misch is seen gazing at his Walther PP pistol while manning the radio.

War Time Walther PP - .32 ACP
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling turns over his Walther PP sidearm before seeing Hitler.
SS-Oberscharführer Rochus Misch contemplates suicide with his Walther PP pistol.

Walther PPK

Adolf Hitler's (Bruno Ganz) Walther PPK is seen lying on the floor of his study after he commits suicide. General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf (Justus von Dohnányi) carries a PPK as do other officers, and Nazi diplomats such as Walther Hewel.

Early Walther PPK in 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Hitler's Walther PPK lies on the floor of his study following his suicide.
Wilhelm Burgdorf (Justus von Dohnányi) uses his PPK to threaten to shoot Nazi Official Hans Fritzsche for wanting to surrender unconditionally to the Red Army.
SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Schädle (Igor Bubenchikov) decides to commit suicide rather than leave with SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke during the breakout.
Nazi Party Diplomat Walther Hewel (Gerald Alexander Held) keeps his promise to Hitler and commits suicide before the Russians can capture him.

Walther Model 8

After Hitler (Bruno Ganz) commits suicide, a Walther Model 8 pistol is seen lying on his coffee table. This is historically accurate according to Hitler's personal valet Heinz Linge, and his adjutant Otto Günsche, who testified that upon Hitler's suicide they discovered him with two pistols: a 6.35 mm Walther Model 8, which Linge claimed Hitler often carried in a concealed pocket, and a 7.65mm Walther PP or PPK pistol. Günsche unloaded the weapons and noted that the PP or PPK (he couldn't recall the exact model) had been fired, while the Model 8 had not.

Walther Model 8 - 6.35mm (.25 ACP)
Hitler's Walther Model 8 pistol - 6.35mm.

Walther P38

Most of the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, and Hitler Youth soldiers are seen with a Walther P38 pistol as their sidearm. SS-Sturmbannführer Otto Günsche (Götz Otto) also carries a Walther P38. Joseph Goebbels (Ulrich Matthes) also uses a P38 to commit suicide with his wife, Magda (Corinna Harfouch).

World War Two era P38 Pistol - 9x19mm
Hitler Youth soldier Inge (Yelena Zelenskaya) hands a P38 to a fellow Hitler Youth soldier to kill her with rather than be captured by the Red Army.
In the extended cut, Hitlerjunge Peter Kranz obtains the P38 used to kill Inge and ends up shooting a Red Army officer.
Joseph Goebbels (Ulrich Matthes) stands with his Walther P38 as he and his wife prepare to commit suicide.
Obersturmbannführer Stehr (Fabian Busch) rests with his P38 in hand.
SS-Sturmbannführer Otto Günsche (Götz Otto, left) prepares for the Red Army with his Walther P38 pistol, while SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke (André Hennicke) aims his Luger P08.

Luger P08

SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke (André Hennicke) carries a Luger P08 pistol as his sidearm. He is seen with it when the last remaining German officers prepare for the Red Army.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm.
SS-Brigadeführer Mohnke, to the left, aiming his Luger P08 in preparation for the Red Army.

Submachine Guns

MP38

The MP38 submachine gun is seen in use by Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS troops. SS-Standartenführer Ernst-Günther Schenck's adjutant Max Müller (Mikhail Tryasorukov) carries one as well.

Maschinenpistole 38 - 9x19mm.
Schenck's adjutant grabs his MP38 when going with Schenck to confront the SS troopers.
SS-Scharführer aims his MP38 at Schenck and Müller.
Müller (Mikhail Tryasorukov) tells the SS troopers to stop.
A German NCO with a rusted MP38 escorts Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) and Gerda Christian (Birgit Minichmayr) (disguised as male German soldiers) in an attempt to sneak across enemy lines.

MP40

Several members of the Waffen SS are seen armed with MP40 submachine guns, most notably when preparing to cremate the Goebbels remains. SS officer Peter Högl uses an MP40 to execute Hermann Fegelein. General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling's adjutant also carries an MP40, which he turns in before entering the bunker.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
Guards armed with MP40 submachine guns at an entrance to the bunker.
Weidling's adjutant hands over his MP40 submachine gun.
Two SS-unterscharführers prepare petrol for the cremation of the Goebbels' remains, MP40 submachine guns slung on their backs.
SS approach the Goebbels' remains.
Soldier seen with MP40 after the breakout from Berlin.

PPSh-41

The PPSh-41 submachine gun is seen throughout the movie. Massive amounts are seen at the end of the movie used by Soviet soldiers, when the Red Army arrives to inspect the surrendered German forces. Normally, the PPSh-41 was not issued in such quantity, but the Red Army, upon entering Berlin, had issued nearly every soldier with a PPSh-41 in anticipation of the street fighting that ensued. So this abundance of PPSh-41s is in fact, historically correct.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Red Army soldier checks German prisoners with his PPSh-41.
PPSh-41 submachine guns in the hands of waiting Red Army soldiers
The Red Army soldiers standing behind them are also carrying PPSh-41 submachine guns.
Still even more PPSh-41 submachine guns.

Rifles

Karabiner 98k

The standard battle weapon of the German Army during WW2, the Karabiner 98k can be seen throughout the film. Many are seen during an interior scene where weapons are being handed out (though the vast majority of weapons in the scene are StG-44 assault rifles). At the end of the film, surrendering German soldiers can be seen smashing their Karabiner 98k rifles prior to the arrival of the Red Army.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm
A sentry at Hitler's Wolf's Lair armed with Karabiner 98k rifle in 1942.
Soldiers seen armed with Karabiner 98k rifles above the Führerbunker.
A soldier with a slung Karabiner 98k restrains a civilian trying to intervene in a lynching.
Soldier to the right seen holding his Karabiner 98k.
Several dozen soldiers armed with Karabiner 98k after the breakout from Berlin.
Karabiner 98k rifles seen "stacked" while soldiers wait for advancing Red Army.

Karabiner 98AZ

Some of the soldiers are also armed with Karabiner 98AZ carbines. It can be identified by the short barrel and the metal hook under the front barrel band which was used to facilitate stacking the rifles in a pyramid.

Karabiner 98AZ - 7.92x57mm
The rifle furthest on the right in this image is the K98AZ.
A Kar98AZ carried by the soldier to the left of the group.
The closest view of one of these carbines behind Gerda.

Mauser Standard Modell

At least, one German soldier can briefly be seen with a Standard Modell rifle.

Mauser Standard Modell - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier on the left with a Standard Modell with straight bolt handle over his shoulder while carrying a wounded fellow.
Another view of the rifle reveals the grasping groove.

Sturmgewehr 44

Arguably the most Sturmgewehr 44s ever seen in one movie. The StG-44 is more seen than all other German weapons. As confirmed by a WW2 historian, the German army held back issuing their StG-44s to elite units, but towards the end of the war, starting handing them out in large numbers, figuring that they were running out of troops to arm.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
SS soldiers stand guard at one of the bunkers entrances with their StG-44.
A soldier jumps from the sidecar to seek cover carrying his StG-44. It looks as if it has a log of AK, but in fact, it is not. Note in the background, the post-war Tatra - OT-810 Halftrack.
Waffen SS fights with StG-44 in the streets of Berlin.
Soldier carrying his StG-44 emerges from the ruins of Berlin upon hearing they have surrendered to the Russians.
Lots of Waffen SS line up with StG-44s and one MP-40. Note how the one in the middle appears to be equipped with a 20 round magazine.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

Lots of Mosin Nagant M38 Carbines are seen in the hands of Red Army soldiers. Oddly, the standard Red Army infantry rifle, the full-sized Mosin Nagant M91/30, is rarely seen (the M38 Carbine was normally issued to truck drivers and secondary members of crew-served weapons); as in the case of the PPSh-41, M38 carbines were issued in anticipation of the heavy street fighting, so the mix of PPSh-41s and M38s is historically correct.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Red Army soldiers with M38 Carbines & PPSh-41 submachine guns.
A Red Army soldier stands with his M38 Carbine.
Red Army soldiers seen with their M38 Carbines.

Machine Guns

Visually Modified PK

During the Red Army’s assault on the city, German soldiers are seen laying down suppressing fire with PK Machine Guns visually modified to resemble the MG34.

A comparison between a mocked-up PK and a real MG34.
German soldiers fight off the Russians with an MG34. Notice that the belt feeds from the right side, instead of the left.

Degtyarev DP-28

Only seen for a few seconds on screen, a Degtyarev DP light machine gun is seen being fired by German soldiers.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
German soldiers fire a Degtyarev DP-28.

Miscellaneous Weaponry

Panzerfaust

German soldiers and Volkssturm militia (including Hitler Youth child soldiers) are seen armed with Panzerfaust to defend Berlin against Red Army tanks. Hitler Youth child soldier Peter Kranz (Donevan Gunia) is seen with one.

Panzerfaust 44mm with 149mm projectile
Hitlerjugend Peter Kranz awaits the Red Army with his Panzerfaust.
Volkssturm troops armed with Panzerfausts.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates can be seen being passed out to Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS soldiers as they prepare to defend the Reichstag.

Antipersonnel fragmentation M24 hand grenade.
Soldiers seen with M24 hand grenades.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

SS-Reichsarzt Ernst-Robert Grawitz (Christian Hoening) uses two Model 39 Eihandgranates to commit suicide.

Model 39 Eihandgranate High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
SS-Reichsarzt Ernst-Robert Grawitz prepares two Model 39 Eihandgranates.
Grawitz ready to set off his Model 39 Eihandgranates.

F-1 Hand Grenade

What appears to be an F-1 Hand Grenade is used by one Soviet soldier.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
The first Russian throws a grenade into the corridor.

Heavy Weapons

3.7 cm Pak 35/36

An abandoned 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 can be seen in the streets of Berlin.

3.7 cm Pak 35/36 anti-tank gun - 37×249 mm R
The 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 in the streets of Berlin.

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun - 76mm
Downfall-Zis.jpg

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K)

A 85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) is used by Hitler Youth members in the streets of Berlin.

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) - 85×629mm R
The Hitler Youth unit prepare the M1939.
A view of the receiver.

Tanks

T-34/85

Downfall-T34.jpg

Fake Tiger I

Downfall-FakeTiger.jpg


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