King's Choice, The

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The King's Choice
Kongens Nei
Kings choice.jpg
Movie Poster
Country DEN.jpg Denmark
IRL.jpg Ireland
NOR.jpg Norway
SWE.jpg Sweden
Directed by Erik Poppe
Release Date September 23, 2016
Language Danish
English
German
Norwegian
Swedish
Studio Paradox
Copenhagen Film Fund
Distributor Norsk Filmdistribusjon
Main Cast
Character Actor
King Haakon VII Jesper Christensen
Crown Prince Olav Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Kurt Bräuer Karl Markovics
Brznjar Hammer Rolf Kristian Larsen
Anna Elisabeth (Anneliese) Bräuer Katharina Schüttler


The King's Choice is a 2016 Norwegian war drama directed by Erik Poppe that tells the events of the German invasion of Norway in April 1940. On the night of April 9, 1940, the German Kriegsschiffgruppe 5 enters Norwegian waters. The invasion of Norway has begun - their target: King Haakon VII. When Oslo is attacked, Haakon VII flees and is pursued by German paratroopers. Meanwhile, the German envoy Curt Bräuer desperately tries to reach an armistice.

The 2015 movie April 9th describes the events of the Danish occupation.


The following weapons were used in the film King's Choice, The:

Contents


Pistols

Kongsberg 1911

Crown Prince Olav (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) is seen carrying a holstered Kongsberg M1914, the Norwegian copy of the Colt M1911.

Kongsberg M1914 - .45 ACP
A promotional picture showing the Kongsberg's bottom grip of Crown Prince Olav.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is wielded by a German Feldwebel (seargent) of the Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) after the Battle of Midtskogen.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
While kneeling and interrogating Seeberg the Feldwebel draws the Luger...
... and holds it over the wounded Norwegian soldier.

Submachine Guns

MP40

Some German soldiers are armed with MP40s.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
Two German soldiers in the background with their MP40s as they reached the Embassy.
The Fallschirmjägers behind the Feldwebel holding their submachine guns.

Rifles

Krag-Jørgensen Model 1894

Norwegian soldiers of the 1st Royal Guards Company including Fredrik Seeberg (Arthur Hakalahti) and Frode Vestli (Herbert Nordrum) use Krag-Jørgensen Model 1894 rifles.

Gevær M/1894 (Lang-Krag) - 6.5x55mm SE
Fredrik Seeberg with his full length Krag-Jørgensen slung over his back during the briefing.
A distant view of his rifle as he salutes to the King's car.
A Norwegian soldier picks his target at the beginning of the Battle of Midtskogen.
Stressed Seeberg reloads his rifle which offers a view of the opened loading gate.
Shortly after he fires in the directions of advancing Germans.
Frode Vestli yells to Seeberg that he has to retreat.

Krag-Jørgensen M1904 Carbine

At least one Norwegian soldier can briefly be seen with a Krag-Jørgensen Model 1904 Carbine.

Krag-Jørgensen M/1912 Karabin - 6.5x55mm SE; the M1904 is identical in appearance and length but the muzzle is different.
The soldier to the left shoulders his carbine.

Karabiner 98k

German Fallschirmjägers and soldiers carry Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier guarding the German Embassy in Oslo.
Two Fallschirmjägers with their K98s encounter Seeberg and a civilian.
Another angle of the paratroopers. Note the hooded front sight on the left carbine.

Machine Guns

Kongsberg M/29

Two Kongsberg M/29 machine guns (Norwegian copy of the Colt 1917 variant) are fired by Norwegian soldiers.

Kongsberg M/29 - 7.92×57mm Mauser.
A blurry view of the water cooling jacket of one Norwegian soldier's MG while awaiting the attack.
The same soldier returns fire.
The second M/29 jammed during the firefight.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A Model 24 Stielhandgranate is thrown by a Fallschirmjäger in front of Seeberg.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
The Stielhandgranate lies on the ground.

Other

28 cm Krupp Coastal Gun

The Oscarsborg Fortress is armed with 28 cm Krupp Coastal Guns. The guns seen in the movie are genuine. Two of these guns, with personal names Moses and Aron, heavily contributed in sinking the Kriegsmarine heavy cruiser Blücher on April 9, 1940.

One of the three 28cm Krupp guns at Oscarsborg Fortress.
Col. Eriksen (Erik Hivju), commander of the Oscarsborg Fortress, approaches the gun.
The 28 cm shell being loaded by the crew.
The crew withdrawing from the battery as the Blücher desperately returns fire.


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