March of Millions

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Die Flucht
March of Millions
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
Language French
Channel ARD
Genre War Drama
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 2
Main Cast
Character Actor
Magdalena von Mahlenberg Maria Furtwängler
Berthold von Mahlenberg Jürgen Hentsch
François Beauvais Jean-Yves Berteloot
Louis Frédéric Vonhof
Heinrich Graf von Gernstorff Tonio Arango
Rüdiger Graf von Gernstorff Hanns Zischler

March of Millions is a 2007 German two-part film drama directed by Kai Wessel. Summer of 1944, Lena Countess von Mahlenberg returns from Berlin to her East Prussian homeland. Once there, the self-confident young woman is confronted not only with her family's past but also with the desolate situation of the civilian population. In the chaos of war, Lena revolted against senseless orders from the Wehrmacht and campaigned for the rights of forced laborers. In doing so, she develops a special relationship with the French prisoner François. As the Eastern Front approaches, a huge flow of refugees begins

The following weapons were used in the film March of Millions:



Walther P38

An SS soldier is briefly seen with a Walther P38 during the removal of forced laborers from the estate of the Mahlenbergs.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
The SS soldier brandishes his Walther.
Same soldier points the pistol at François Beauvais.

Walther PPK

Ferdinand von Gernstorff (Max von Thun) owns a Walther PPK.

Early Waffenamt marked Walther PPK.
Ferdinand takes the PPK from the drawer during the dispute with his brother.

FN Model 1922

As Soviet soldiers have arrived at his villa Berthold von Mahlenberg (Jürgen Hentsch) takes an FN Model 1922 pistol.

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
The Model 1922 in his left hand while taking the loose rounds with the other hand.
After inserting some rounds into the magazine he prepares to load the pistol.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is briefly used by Heinrich von Gernstorff (Tonio Arango) to put a wounded horse out of its misery in the second episode.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
Heinrich holds the Luger at the wounded horse. Note the position of the toggle-action; in the next scene it moves into a firing position without being touched.

Submachine Guns


Wehrmacht, SS soldiers and Feldgendarmerie (Military Police) are armed with MP40s. The leader of the Soviet squad (Sakalas Uzdavinys) at the end of Episode 1 is also armed with this submachine gun.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
An SS soldier escorts forced laborers including Mikolai (Michael Ginsburg) to their execution.
The same SS member opens fire at a fleeing laborer.
A captured trophy MP40 in the hands of the Soviet leader.
German MPs firing their submachine guns.
A single Feldjäger searches a waggon with his MP40 at the ready.


Some German soldiers make also use of MP38s.

Maschinenpistole 38 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Close-up of a firing MP38. Note the larger charging handle.


PPSh-41 submachine guns are used by some Soviet soldiers.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Two soldiers smash their PPSh against a door.
One Soviet shoots his SMG at Dietrich, the Butler (Winfried Glatzeder).
Russians storming a small farm hut.


Some Soviets are also armed with PPS-43 submachine guns.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Russian threatens Babette (Gabriela Maria Schmeide).
His officer grabs the PPS' barrel and says what to do with it instead.
Another angry soldier sprays his PPS into the air because he didn't get what he wanted.


Karabiner 98k

German soldiers, SS and Volkssturm can be seen with Karabiner 98ks. Ferdinand and later Fritz are seen with these carbines, too.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers at a railway station in East-Prussia with their carbines slung.
Ferdinand carries his Kar98k in his right hand.
A detailed view of a carbine. Note the late war welded barrel band.
Running Soviet soldier with a German carbine.
Fritz's Karabiner over his back.
Three members of a firing squad working the bolt handles.

Mauser M1908

Fritz (Josef Mattes) can be seen with a full-length Mauser rifle, which seems to be a Brazilian Mauser.

Mauser 1908 - 7x57mm Mauser
The Mauser over his back.
Closer view of the front sight. Note the parade hook which is more common on the Brazilian variant than the VZ-98/22 Czech Mauser.
A different view which offers a view of simple tangent-leaf sight.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Soviet soldiers are mainly armed with Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles. At the German checkpoint, German soldiers and Volkssturm members can also be seen Mosin-Nagants.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Soviet soldier holds his rifle while riding on a tank.
Shoulder view of another soldier. This Mosin-Nagant has a curved bolt-handle what was actually common on scoped variants.
An old Volkssturm member talking to Heinrich with a Mosin-Nagant over his back.
Another view of the same rifle. The striker can be seen.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

Some Mosin Nagant M44 Carbines are also used by Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
A Soviet soldier jumps off a tank with his M44 carbine.
The same soldier make his way to the villa.

Mauser Standard Modell

A single Standard Modell rifle is briefly seen in the hands of a Feldgendarmerie.

Mauser Standard Modell - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier on the left holds his Mauser. Note the under-barrel sling swivel.
The straight bolt handle is seen.

Pattern 1914 Enfield

A German soldier can be seen with a British Pattern 1914 Enfield rifle at the checkpoint.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
A soldier walks with the P14. Note the front sight with large "ears".
The same soldier draws a ZIS gun which offers another view of the rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon

What appears to be a Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifle is carried by a German soldier at the same checkpoint.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
German soldier in the left background with the rifle slung.
Another view of the same soldier and rifle.

Machine Guns


An MG42 is briefly seen in front of the SS headquarters.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Two forced laborers prepare the MG42 on the left side of the entrance.


Two MG34s are mounted on a motorcycle and a post-war OT-810 half-track standing for a Sd.Kfz. 251.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MP patrol's first motorcycle armed with the MG34.
Another view of the passing motorcycle.
The top-mounted MG34 on the half-track.

Hand Grenades

F-1 hand grenade

A Soviet soldier places an F-1 hand grenade in front of the door in the first episode. In the second, a Soviet officer throws one into a hut.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
The rolling grenade in front of the door.
Soviet officer about to throw a grenade into the hut.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Several old Volkssturm members can briefly seen with 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge.
The members marching with their slun shotguns.
A shotgun on the right.


A full view of a T-34/85 without the hull-mounted Degtyaryov DT machine gun.


A Feldgendarmerie officer uses a Leuchtpistole in Episode 2.

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
One of his soldiers hands over the flare gun.
The officer holds the Leuchtpistole before firing.

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun can be seen used by German soldiers.

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun - 76mm
German soldiers move the Divisional Gun in prepare to go over the frozen Frisches Haff (Vistula Lagoon).

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