Khartoum

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Khartoum
Khartoum Poster.jpg
Original Cinema Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Basil Dearden
Release Date 1966
Studio Julian Blaustein Productions Ltd.
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
General Charles Gordon Charlton Heston
Mahdi Laurence Olivier
Colonel Stewart Richard Johnson
Major Kitchener Peter Arne
Prime Minister Gladstone Ralph Richardson
Lord Granville Michael Hordern
Sir Evelyn Baring Alexander Knox
General Wolseley Nigel Green
Awaan Alan Tilvern


Khartoum is a 1966 movie by Basil Dearden starring Charlton Heston as General Charles Gordon and Laurence Olivier as the Mahdi (Muhammad Ahmed). The story is based on the siege of Khartoum during the Mahdist war in 1883-1885.


The following weapons were used in the film Khartoum:

Contents


Handguns

Enfield Mk II Revolver

Enfield Mk II revolvers are used by British and Egyptian officers including General Gordon (Charlton Heston).

Enfield Mk II revolver - .476 Enfield
General Gordon holds his Enfield Mk II in front of his troops.
Khartoum Enfield MkII 02.jpg
General Gordon with Enfield Mk II after the battle.
Egyptian officer with Enfield Mk II during the final battle.

Webley .455 Mk VI Revolver

The Webley .455 Mk VI holds a British officer in battle. This revolver is also used to ignite the fuse of the mine. It's completely anachronistic because Mk VI was adopted in 1915.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
A British officer holds his Webley .455 Mk VI in battle with Mahdists.
Khartoum WMkR-01.jpg
The part of the revolver is seen outside the box.

Oriental flintlock pistol

A pair of Oriental flintlock pistols are seen in the collection of antique weapons in General Gordon's apartments.

Turkish Flintlock Pistol.
Muskets, flintlock pistols (top left), sabres and daggers.
Khartoum Cold arms 02.jpg

Rifles

Martini-Henry Rifle

Martini-Henry rifles are the main weapon of British and Egyptian soldiers and the Mahdists. It is hard to identify the model used but they are most likely the MkIII.

Martini-Henry Mk. III (1881-1888) .577-.450 caliber.
A Egyptian soldier holds a Martini-Henry rifle with sword bayonet.
Khartoum Martini-Henry 02.jpg
Egyptian soldiers with Martini-Henry rifles.
Mahdists fired Martini-Henry rifles.
Mahdists with rifles on a boat.
Civilians evacuees from Khartoum fire Martini-Henrys at Mahdists from the river steamer.
A mortally wounded man with Martini-Henry on the steamer.
The firing squad of Egyptian soldiers with Martini-Henry rifles.
British soldiers with Martini-Henry rifles.

Remington Rolling Block Rifle

Some of the British soldiers are armed with Remington Rolling Block rifles.

Remington Rolling Block Militarized - .45 caliber.
A British soldier with Remington Rolling Block rifle.
A Egyptian soldier fires a Remington Rolling Block rifle.

M1917 Enfield

In at least one scene British soldiers carry rifles that appear to be M1917 Enfield, visually modified by removing bolt handles and rear and front sights and adding fake rolling block breechblocks.

M1917 Enfield - .30-06 Springfield
The shape of stocks allows to identify M1917 Enfield rifles.

Oriental Musket

Jezail and Ottoman muskets are seen in the collection of Eastern weapons in General Gordon's apartments.

Jezail musket
Ottoman musket
Muskets, pistols, sabres and daggers.
Two muskets, shield and spears.
A good view on the lock of the musket.
A different version of Jezail is seen on the wall. It if fitted with a percussion cap lock rather than a flintlock.

Machine guns

Nordenfelt Gun

One of the weapons mounted on the river steamer which sailed from Khartoum is a Nordenfelt gun. It is supposedly 5-barrel rifle-calibre model. In the final scene Nordenfelt gun is used by Egyptian soldiers during the defence of the Khartoum palace.

Enfield No 26 Mark II Nordenfelt Gun - .45
Khartoum Nordenfelt 01.jpg
Egyptian soldiers are firing Nordenfelt gun mounted on board of the river steamer.
The Nordenfelt gun is seen on the balcony.

Other

Fuse Bomb

Mahdists and Egyptian soldiers use home made fuse bombs, attached to spears or on cords.

Khartoum fuseB-01.jpg
Khartoum fuseB-02.jpg
Khartoum fuseB-03.jpg

British Armstrong Field guns

Numerous field guns are seen in the movie. All of them are breech-loading, but strangely enough, the shot is made by a burning torch.

The Egyptian artillery on the march.
The Egyptian cannons outside the walls of Khartoum.
Cannons aboard of the British steamer.
Colonel J.D.H. Stewart (Richard Johnson) fires a cannon.
The former Egyptian gun is captured by the Mahdists ...
.... and in the battle of Khartoum.



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