Gallipoli (1981)

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Movie poster
Country AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Peter Weir
Release Date 1981
Language English
Studio The Australian Film Commission
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Archy Hamilton Mark Lee
Frank Dunne Mel Gibson
Les McCann Harold Hopkins
Major Barton Bill Hunter
Col. Robinson John Morris

Gallipoli is the 1981 Australian World War I film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mark Lee and Mel Gibson as two young men who meet at a race and become friends who put aside their dreams to join the war effort. Their friendship grows as they go to Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey to fight with the rest of the Australian Light Horse troops. They endure the hardships and boredom of the trench warfare at Gallipoli. Their unit is then ordered to charge Turkish lines as a diversion for the British landings. The Light Horse charges toward enemy lines with devastating effects on the ANZAC troops. The cast included Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, and Charles Lathalu Yunipingli.

The following weapons were used in the film Gallipoli (1981):



Luger P08

A captured Luger P08 pistol is glimpsed resting on a table. Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) briefly holds it.

Luger P08 Pistol - 9mm
A captured Luger P08 pistol sitting on a table.
The pistol in Frank's hand.

Webley Mk VI

A Webley Mk VI Revolver is drawn from a holster by Major Barton (Bill Hunter) as he readies the ANZAC troops for the charge. It's also used by a referee during the first race of Archy and Frank at the beginning.

Webley Mk VI Revolver - .455 Webley
After loading a single round the referee closes the revolver.
He gives the signal to start the race.
A Webley Mk VI being raised by Major Barton (Bill Hunter) to ready the charge.


Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III

ANZAC soldiers including Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) are seen with Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III rifles. Recognizable by the magazine cutoff.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III - .303 British
ANZAC soldiers during the training. The second is an Mk.III.
Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) holds the SMLE during the training.
Archy and his comrade with the rifles before the last assault.
Archy prepares to charge with his MkIII rifle.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*

The Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* is also carried by ANZAC Light Horse troops including Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) and Les McCann (Harold Hopkins).

SMLE Mk.III* / Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* with Pattern 1907 Bayonet - .303 British.
Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson) trains with the Lee-Enfield with the rest of the ANZAC troops.
ANZAC Light Horse troops training with Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*s.
ANZAC soldiers fixing their bayonets.
Australians holding their SMLEs before the first assault.
An ANZAC fires his SMLE at a Turk while covering his mate who repairs a telephone wire.

Turkish 1903 Mauser

Turkish troops are seen firing Mauser 1903 Rifles at ANZAC troops.

Turkish 1903 Mauser Rifle - 7.92 x 57mm
Turkish troops firing Mauser 1903 Rifles at ANZAC troops
Closer view of the Turkish Mausers.

Sharps Rifle

The Sharps rifle is briefly glimpsed when the men are seen enlisting.

The Sharps rifle is seen.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG08

The Maxim MG08 is used to devastating effect against the ANZAC troops.

Maxim MG08 Machine Gun - 7.92 x 57mm
A Maxim MG08 Machine Gun firing from a bunker
A Maxim MG08 Machine Gun firing at charging ANZAC troops

Hand Grenades

Jam Tin Grenade

ANZAC soldiers use Jam Tin Grenades.

Jam Tin Grenade
An ANZAC ignites a Jam Tin with his cigarette and greets the Turks with "Morning Abdul!".
Jam Tin Grenade being prepared by Australians.
Several more grenades.


10.5 cm leFH 16

ANZAC soldiers fire a anachronistic German 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 16 before the first assault.

10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 16.
The Feldhaubitze on the right.

Ordnance QF 18-pounder Field Gun

A British Ordnance QF 18-pounder Mk. II Field Gun can be seen next to the Feldhaubitze.

Ordnance QF 18-pounder Field Gun Mk II, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The 18-pounder on the left. Note the folded shield.
Rear view of the receiver and the now-folded up shield.


The Bayonets of the SMLEs are Pattern 1907 of a mix of early hooked Quillon and later common variant without the hook. The Turkish Mausers are fitted with Model 1890 Mauser Bayonets.

Pattern 1907 sword hooked Quillon bayonet.
ANZACs fixing their sword bayonets.
Archy's hooked Quillon P07 in a close-up.
SMLE Mk.III* / Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* with Pattern 1907 Bayonet - .303 British.
SMLEs with fixed P07s without the hooks.
Closer view of a Turkish Mauser bayonet.

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