Lighthorsemen, The

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The Lighthorsemen
Film poster
Country AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Simon Wincer
Release Date 1987
Studio The Australian Film Commission
Film Victoria
International Film Management
Picture Show
RKO Pictures
Distributor Cinecom Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dave Mitchell Peter Phelps
Major Richard Meinertzhagen Anthony Andrews
Colonel Murray Bourchier Tony Bonner
Scotty Jon Blake
Frank Gary Sweet

The Lighthorsemen is a 1987 Australian World War I film directed by Simon Wincer. The film tells about the men of the Australian Light Horse who were involved in the 1917 Battle of Beersheeba.

Several pieces of footage from the film were re-used for the episode "Palestine 1917" of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (re-released on video and DVD under the title "Daredevils of the Desert"), which Wincer also directed.

The following weapons are featured in the film The Lighthorsemen:



Webley Mk VI Revolver

Webley Mk VI Revolver - .455 Webley
Major Richard Meinertzhagen (Anthony Andrews) gives his Webley Mk VI to Colonel Murray Bourchier (Tony Bonner).
Australian Sergeant fires his Webley Mk VI at Turkish troops

Mauser C96 "Broomhandle"

Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
Turkish soldier fires his Mauser C96
Scotty (Jon Blake) holds captured Mauser C96


Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII Rifle

Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII Rifles are the mainstay weapon of the Australian and British troops

No.1 MkIII Enfield Rifle - .303 British
Frank (Gary Sweet) preparing to mercy kill his wounded horse
Dave Mitchell (Peter Phelps) holds his SMLE rifle
Closeup of SMLE. The bolt open
Australian light horsemen fire their SMLE rifles with bayonets

Turkish 1903 Mauser Rifle

Mauser 1903 Rifles are the mainstay weapon of the Turkish troops.

Turkish 1903 Mauser Rifle - 7.92 x 57mm
Bedouin fires his Mauser rifle at Frank
Turkish soldiers fire their Mauser rifles at Australian troops
Closeup of Turkish 1903 Mauser rifle rear sights
Another view

Machine Guns

Lewis Machine Gun

Lewis Gun - .303 British
Australian soldier holds the Lewis Machine Gun

Vickers MK1

Vickers Mark 1 Machine Gun with ribbed water jacket - .303 British
The horse carries Vickers MK1 machine gun

Maxim MG08

Maxim MG08 Machine Gun - 7.92 x 57mm
Turkish soldiers use the Maxim MG08 machine gun during the attack of Australian light horse troops

Maxim MG08/15

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German reconnaissance aircraft fires MG-08/15 fixed machine gun

Parabellum MG17

Parabellum MG17 aircraft machine Gun - 7.92 x 57mm
German reconnaissance aircraft armed with the Parabellum MG17 in observer's cockpit

Hand Grenades

Model 17 Stielhandgranate

Model 17 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Wounded Turkish soldier holds an earlier version of Model 17 Stielhandgranate. Note the belt clip


7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.

Turkish troops use German 7,7 cm Feldkanone 96 n. A. field guns. Australian troops use these guns also.

7,7 cm Feldkanone 96 n. A.
Turkish gunners firing the 7.7 cm FK 96 field guns
Lighthorsemen-FK 96-2.jpg
Australian gunners
Close up of the 7.7 cm FK 96 n.A. breech

Aerial bomb

German reconnaissance aircraft carries small aerial bombs.


Mark IV tank

British troops use tanks during the Second Battle of Gaza



Australian troops used explosives to destroy the Turkish railway


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