Dunkirk (1958)

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Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Leslie Norman
Release Date March 20th, 1958
Language English
Main Cast
Character Actor
Corporal "Tubby" Binns John Mills
Private Mike Robert Urquhart
Private Barlow Ray Jackson
Private Dave Bellman Meredith Edwards
Charles Foreman Bernard Lee
John Holden Richard Attenborough

Dunkirk is a 1958 British war film directed by Leslie Norman and was based on two novels: Elleston Trevor's The Big Pick-Up and Lt. Col. Ewan Hunter and Maj. J. S. Bradford's Dunkirk. The movie tells the events of the evacuation of surrounded British and French troops from Dunkirk in 1940 (Operation Dynamo). Director Christopher Nolan would also tell the story of Operation Dynamo in the similarly named 2017 film Dunkirk.

The following weapons were used in the film Dunkirk (1958):



Webley MK VI

An English soldier fires a Webley MK VI revolver. Many other Webley MK VIs are seen holstered.

Webley Mk IV - .455 Webley
The soldier on the right.


Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

The Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* is the correct rifle for the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. Cpl. Binns (John Mills) and his platoon carry this rifle.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British.
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Cpl. Binns (John Mills) fires the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*
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Karabiner 98k

German soldiers use Karabiner 98ks in the movie. Most of this K98ks have "Lange Visier" rear sights from Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles like in the 1977 World War II film A Bridge Too Far.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Mauser Gewehr 1898

A German soldier is brielfy seen carry a Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifle at the beginning of the movie.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Longer barrel and straight bolt handle


When Cpl. Binns' (John Mills) platoon arrived at Dunkirk French soldiers can be seen with MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
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Submachine Guns


A MP40 is carried by a German soldier.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
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Machine Guns

Bren Mk1

Several Bren Mk1s are used by British soldiers.

Bren Mk1 - .303 caliber
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A Bren Mk1 on a Destroyer.

MG 34

German soldiers place a MG34 on a bridge.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Vickers Mk I

A Vickers Mk I is seen in a defense position. Note that the cartridges are still in the belt coming out of the gun.

Vickers gun with ribbed water jacket
A close look at the barrel.
The Vickers in action.
The bullets are still in the belt.

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is seen in a British position and later a troop ship is also armed with one of it.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
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Two Blunderbuss flintlock shotguns hanging in a pub in England.

Modern replica of English 1766 Blunderbuss Flintlock
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Unknown shotguns

Two different types of shotguns also hanging on a wall in the same pub.

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Mills Bomb

Mills Bombs are rarely seen in the movie.

No. 36M Mk.I "Mills Bomb" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
A few grenades behind Cpl. Binns (John Mills).

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A Model 24 Stielhandgranate is thrown by a German soldier.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
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Ordnance QF 25-pounder

British soldiers use Ordnance QF 25-pounder Howitzes.

Royal Ordnance QF 25 pounder gun - 87.6mm
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QF 8" Howitzer Mk.VIII Howitzer

A QF 8" Howitzer Mk.VIII Howitzer is briefly seen used by British soldiers.

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Bofors 40mm

A Bofors 40mm AA-Gun is seen used by British soldiers.

Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a wheeled trailer mounting - 40x311mmR
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