Dunkirk (1958)

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Dunkirk
Dunkirk1958.jpg
Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Leslie Norman
Release Date March 20, 1958
Language English
French
German
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). As her officer dies, Corporal "Tubby" Binns has the task of bringing his fighting men out of France and into Britain. Meanwhile, the British civilian population including Charles Foreman and John Holden crossing the English Channel by boat will be included in Operation Dynamo to rescue English and French soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk from the advancing German Wehrmacht. 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:

Contents


Revolvers

Webley Mk. VI

British soldiers and MPs are seen with holstered Webley MK VI revolvers. An English is later seen firing a Webley at incoming Germans.

Webley Mk IV - .455 Webley
An MP officer with his holstered Webley.
The soldier on the right holds his revolver.

Rifles

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

The Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* is the correct rifle for the British Expeditionary Force in 1940 including Cpl. Binns (John Mills) and his platoon members Pvt. Mike (Robert Urquhart), Pvt. Bellman (Meredith Edwards), Pvt. Harper (Roland Curram) and Pvt. Balow (Ray Jackson). The matching Pattern 1907 sword bayonets are seen holstered.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British.
"Pardon, où sont les anglais?"
"Dead stupid. Don't understand their own language."
Cpl. Binns carries his SMLE on his shoulder while he encounters French refugees.
Close up of the muzzle.
Cpl. Binns searches a farmhouse with his SMLE at the ready.
Later, he fires the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* at German soldiers.
As the platoon arrives at Dunkirk they fire their rifles at some Stukas.
Binns and other Brits hold their shouldered rifles.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III

Some early Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles with magazine cutoffs are also used by British soldiers.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III - .303 British. Introduced in 1907, this was the official battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.
A Sergeant (Christopher Rhodes) holds his SMLE. Note the rounded striker and the magazine cutoff.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers use Karabiner 98k with "Lange Visier" rear sights from Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles like in Richard Attenborough's 1977 World War II film A Bridge Too Far.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German runs with his Kar98k in his right hand.
German soldiers fire their carbines.
A German encounters Dave. This K98k has a straight bolt handle.
Several Kar98ks on the left.

MAS-36

When Cpl. Binns' platoon has arrived at Dunkirk French soldiers can be seen with MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
A column of British and French soldiers marches to the beach.

Submachine Guns

MP40

Some MP40s are carried and fired by German soldiers.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A soldier fires his MP at the retreating Binns.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk. 1

Several Bren Mk1s are used by British soldiers including Pvt. Miles (Ronald Hines). Pvt. Harper is seen carrying his Bren while withdrawing.

Bren Mk1 - .303 caliber
Pvt. Miles suppresses some Germans with his Bren.
After they pulled back a little he awaits some bouches.
He carries the Bren during the night through the German camp.
While in Dunkirk he fires at some archival footage Stuka Ju 87.
A Bren Mk1 rests on a Destroyer.

MG 34

German soldiers place a MG34 on a bridge.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Soldiers under pressure try to set up the MG34.

Vickers Mk. I

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

Vickers Mk. I with ribbed water jacket - .303 British
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 troopship is also armed with one of it. During the newsreel at the beginning, two Lewis Mk II Aircraft MG equipped with 97-round magazines are seen mounted in an AA position.

For comparison: Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British
The twin Lewis guns are seen in the newsreel.
Lewis Gun - .303 British
An infantry version Lewis guns seen on the left.
The mounted Lewis gun on the ship.

Shotguns

Blunderbuss

Two Blunderbuss flintlock shotguns are seen hanging in a pub in England.

Modern replica of English 1766 Blunderbuss Flintlock
A Blunderbuss above John Holden.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Two different types of 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun also hanging on a wall in the same pub.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 Gauge
The shotguns behind Merchant Seaman (Victor Maddern) on the wall.

Handgrenades

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 while the order is given to withdraw.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A Model 24 Stielhandgranate is thrown by a German soldier.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
The stick grenade on the ground.

Other

Ordnance QF 25-pounder

British soldiers under the command of Battery Sergeant Major (Warwick Ashton) 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.

Dun howitzer 1.jpg

Bofors 40mm

Two Bofors 40mm AA guns are seen used by British soldiers.

Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a wheeled trailer mounting - 40x311mmR
Dun bofors.jpg


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