Lost Command is a 1966 film shot in Spain and based on the book Les centurions by Jean Lartéguy. The plot concerns the French war in Algeria (although the film begins with the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in Indochina). The film is often erroneously reviewed as depicting French Foreign Legionnaires when they are actually French Colonial Paratroops (and referred to as such in the film).
In the film the unit that is formed in Algeria that the film revolves around is the fictional 10ème Regiment de Parachutiste Coloniaux which, in the French military tradition, would be abbreviated 10e RPC. Of course, translated, it is the 10th Colonial Parachute Regiment. At the first of the film, during the attack at Dien Bien Phu, the unit that the characters belong to is not named.
The following weapons were used in the film Lost Command:
Astra Modelo 600
The character of Capitaine Phillipe Esclavier (Alain Delon) is seen using an Astra Modelo 600 pistol in numerous scenes in the film. While not a standard issue French pistol, the major filming location was in Spain, hence the appearance of a Spanish made pistol in the film. This is also true of the dozens of Spanish Mauser rifles and Star submachine guns seen throughout the film. More than likely the film's production crew had easier access to Spanish made firearms than the correct French military issue firearms.
The character of Capitaine Julien Boisfeuras (Maurice Ronet) is seen using a M1911A1 pistol throughout the film. The pistol is also seen in the hands of a number of other French paratroops as well as being used by Mahidi (George Segal). The use of the M1911A1 pistol by the French is not inaccurate as thousands were provided to the French military by the United States after the end of the Second World War. The pistol was used by the French in both Indochina and Algeria to supplement French manufactured (and issued) pistols.
MAT modèle 49
The French MAT modèle 49 submachine gun is utilized by the French paratroops throughout the film. In some scenes the Viet Minh, as well as the Algerians, can be seen using this submachine gun.
Star Modelo Z-45
During different scenes throughout the film a number of Spanish Star Modelo Z-45 submachine guns (with folding stocks) are utilized. As with the Astra Modelo 600 pistol, the use of the Star Modelo Z-45 is probably attributed to them being easy to obtain by the production crew since filming was conducted in Spain.
Korean War vintage (with bayonet lug) M1 Carbines are seen being carried by French paratroops in a few scenes as well as being used by Mahidi (George Segal). Like the M1911A1 the appearance of this firearm in the film is not inaccurate. Thousands were supplied to the French by the United States after the end of the Second World War and used by the French in Indochina and Algeria to supplement French issued rifles. These carbines (along with the folding stock M1A1 variant) were, historically, ordered to be issued to the Colonial and Foreign Legion paratroops and proved to be extremely popular with them.
Mauser Modelo 1916
The Spanish made Mauser Modelo 1916 rifle is seen being utilized by not only the French paratroops (erroneously) but also the Viet Minh troops at the first of the film and by the Algerians throughout the rest of the film. Like other Spanish firearms in the film these were probably easy to procure by the production crew due to filming in Spain.
Mauser Modelo 98/43
The Spanish made Mauser Modelo 98/43 rifle is seen being utilized by not only the French paratroops (erroneously) but also the Viet Minh troops at the first of the film and by the Algerians throughout the rest of the film. Like other Spanish firearms in the film these were probably easy to procure by the production crew due to filming in Spain.
Hotchkiss modèle 1914
In a brief cut during the attack on Dien Bien Phu scenes a French Hotchkiss modèle 1914 machine gun can be seen in a sandbagged emplacement.
Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun
The American Browning M1919A4 machine gun is utilized by the French paratroops during the Dien Bien Phu and Algerian scenes. The Algerian terrorists are also seen using the machine gun, one of which is captured, and is part of a sub-plot.
Browning M1919A6 Machine Gun
The American Browning M1919A6 machine gun is seen being utilized by French paratroops mounted on a jeep.
OF 37 Hand Grenade
OF 37 hand grenades are used by French paratroopers during the battle at Dien Bien Phu.
M-65 Rocket Launcher
81mm Valero Modelo 1933 Mortar
Mortars are seen being used by both the Algerians and French paratroops during the final assault in the Aures Mountains. These are Spanish 81mm Valero M1933 Mortars.