Hart's War

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Hart's War
Harts war.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Gregory Hoblit
Release Date February 15, 2002
Language English
Studio Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer
Distributor MGM Distribution Co. (United States)

20th Century Fox (International)

Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Thomas W. Hart Colin Farrell
Col. William A. McNamara Bruce Willis
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott Terrence Howard
Staff Sgt. Vic W. Bedford Cole Hauser
Oberst Werner Visser Marcel Iures
Cpt. Peter A. Ross Linus Roache
Cpl. B.J. Guidry Sam Worthington

Hart's War is a 2002 World War II film that is an adaptation of a novel written by John Katzenbach. The film stars Colin Farrell as 1st Lt. Thomas Hart, a US Army lieutenant who is captured by German forces and sent to a POW camp, where he finds himself serving as defense lawyer to a "Red Tail" fighter pilot (Terrence Howard) who is accused of murdering a fellow American POW. Bruce Willis co-stars as Col. William McNamara, the POW Army Colonel who presides over the trial. The film also features early film roles for Sam Worthington and Linus Roache.

The following weapons were used in the film Hart's War:



Colt M1911A1

German Commandos (Christian Kahrmann and Jim Boeven), disguised as M.P.s (Military Police), carry Colt M1911A1 .45 caliber pistols as they take 1st Lt. Thomas Hart (Colin Farrell) prisoner. Capt. Robert M. Swann (Rocky Marshall) is briefly seen reaching for his Colt at the beginning of the movie.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP.
Closeup of the M1911A1 held by a German commando disguised as an American MP.

Walther P38

The personal sidearm of camp commandant Oberst Werner Visser (Marcel Iures) is a Walther P38 pistol. When he sees the weapon disassembled on the commandant's desk, Col. William McNamara (Bruce Willis) is seen assembling it and pointing it at Visser.

Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm
Visser's Walther lays disassembled on his desk.
Col. William McNamara (Bruce Willis) holds the Walther.
Oberst Werner Visser (Marcel Iures) with the Walther pointed at him.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

One of the German Commandos (Christian Kahrmann) carries an M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun over his shoulder.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A point of view of Lt. Hart reveals a view of the magazine's bottom.
The top-mounted charging handle can be seen while it swings forward.


The MP40 is carried by German soldiers and camp guards.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
A German guard holds an MP40 as a P-51 strafes the train yard.


At least, one of the guards can briefly be seen with an MP41.

Maschinenpistole 41 - 9x19mm
The German guard with dog on Hart's right holds an MP41.


M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is carried by a German Commando (Jim Boeven) disguised as an M.P. (Military Police), as well as by Captain Swann (Rocky Marshall) in the Jeep.

World War Two Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - correct for most of WWII, shown with khaki sling and oiler and a period Magazine pouch for buttstock
A disguised German commando has the M1 Carbine slung on his left side.

Karabiner 98k

The guards at the Stalag carry the Karabiner 98k rifle.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm
The German tower guard takes aim at Bedford with his Karabiner.
The guard prepares to take another shot.
German guards raise their Karabiners as they are ordered to execute some POW's.

Machine Guns


The MG34 is used by German guards when the P-51 is seen strafing the train yard. It's also seen in the Stalag guard towers.

Machinengewehr 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
A German soldier fires the MG34 (in its anti-aircraft configuration) at the attacking P-51. Note the tripod and large target sight.
The MG34 is seen in the guard tower on the left.

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