Joyeux Noël

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Joyeux Noël
Merry Christmas
Joyeux noel cover.jpg
Movie Poster
Country BEL.jpg Belgium

FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg Germany
ROM.jpg Romania
UKD.jpg United Kingdom

Directed by Christian Carion
Release Date November 9th, 2005
Language English


Distributor UGC Fox Distribution (France)

Sony Pictures Classics (U.S.A.)

Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikolaus Sprink Benno Fürmann
Lieutenant Audebert Guillaume Canet
Private Ponchel Dany Boon
Leutnant (Lieutenant) Horstmayer Daniel Brühl
Anna Sörensen Diane Kruger
Leftenant Gordon Alex Ferns

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) is a 2005 anti-war film directed by Christian Carion.The plot of the film focuses on the Christmas Truce of 1914 between French, German and Scottish soldiers. This fictionalized account based on true events of this time period. Most of the plot is inspired by event of the German tenor Walter Kirchhoff.

The singing voices for Benno Fürmann and Diane Kruger are Rolando Villazón and Natalie Dessay.

The following weapons were used in the film Joyeux Noël:



Mle 1892 Revolver

French Lieutenant Audebert (Guillaume Canet) uses a Mle 1892 Revolver during the attack on German lines.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver
French Lieutenant Audebert (Guillaume Canet) makes an ammo check, before the assault.
Audebert (Guillaume Canet) in the German trench.

Luger P08

Two Luger P08s can briefly seen as Leutnant Horstmayer (Daniel Brühl) dischargeds arms.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The two Lugers are in front of Leutnant Horstmayer (Daniel Brühl).


Fusil Modèle 1907-15

French soldiers use Fusil Modèle 1907-15 Rifles. It's right for the French using this rifle but the Fusil Mle 1907/15 was established in early 1915. So the French should use Lebel 1886 rifles.

Fusil Modèle 1907-15 - 8x50mm R
Ponchel (Dany Boon) with his rifle.
French soldiers going over the top.
A French soldier dies with Fusil Modèle 1907-15 Rifle in hands.
Le couturier (Mickey Dedaj) on the right holds his Berthier.
Gueusselin (Lucas Belvaux) holds the Bethier. Note the hole in the bottom.

Lee-Enfield No. I Mk III*

Scottish soldiers use Lee-Enfield No. I Mk III* rifles. Note that the Mk III* was established in 1915 so the Mk III with the magazine cutoff is more accurate.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* SMLE - .303.
Scottish soldier shoots in the air.
Scottish soldiers with their SMLEs over their backs.
Soldiers aiming their SMLEs.
Jonathan (Steven Robertson) chambers his SMLE.

Czech Mauser 98/22

Some German soldiers can be seen with VZ-98/22 Czech Mausers. They are Identifiable because they have flat tangent sights instead of "Lange Visiers".

BRNO Vz.98/22 Czech Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldier watches the battlefield.
A Czech Mauser next to Jörg (Frank Witter).
Jörg with a Czech Mauser over his back.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

German Soldiers including Nikolaus Sprink (Benno Fürmann) also use Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Leutnant Horstmayer (Daniel Brühl) discharges various Gewehr 98s during the burying of the dead.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Nikolaus Sprink (Benno Fürmann) has a Mauser Gewehr 1898 over his shoulder.
Oberleutnant Horstmeyer (Daniel Brühl) works the bolt.
Detailed view on the "Lange Visier".
Sprink with his Gewehr over his back.

Machine Guns


A FN MAG 58 mocked up as a MG08/15 is used by German soldiers. Identifiable that the barrel is at the center of the water jacket and that the bullets be introduced from the left.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
German soldiers fire the FN MAG 58.
The MAG in the trench.

Hotchkiss M1914

French soldiers are briefly seen transporting a Hotchkiss M1914.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel / 7.92x57mm Mauser / 11mm Gras
French soldier transports the Hotchkiss. The handguard is seen.
Le couturier holds the barrel.


Citron Foug modèle 1916

French soldier Gueusselin (Lucas Belvaux) takes two Citron Foug modèle 1916 grenades before he goes over the top. It's an anachronism, because the grenade was introduced 2 years later.

Citron Foug modèle 1916 with 2nd Model cap.
Gueusselin (Lucas Belvaux) holds the grenade.
He takes the grenades.

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