Paths of Glory

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Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory 1.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Release Date December 25, 1957
Language English
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Colonel Dax Kirk Douglas
Général de brigade Paul Mireau George Macready
Général de division Georges Broulard Adolphe Menjou
Caporal Philippe Paris Ralph Meeker
Lieutenant Roget Wayne Morris

Paths of Glory is a 1957 World War I film directed by Stanley Kubrick (The Killing, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, A Clockwork Orange) and stars Kirk Douglas as a French officer who defends three soldiers who are to be executed for cowardice as a result of a disastrous attempt to take a well-defended German position and a French general's desire to shift the blame.

The following weapons were used in the film Paths of Glory:



Mle 1892 Revolver

The Mle 1892 Revolver is carried by several French officers and soldiers including Lieutenant Roget (Wayne Morris), Cpl. Philippe Paris (Ralph Meeker) and Pvt. Lejeune (Kem Dibbs). Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) is briefly seen with this revolver, too, as he goes over the top but it then switches to a Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver. Major Saint-Auban (Richard Anderson) carries another Mle 1892 in holster.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27 mm SR.
Roget holds his revolver before he goes over the top for a reconnaissance mission.
Cpl. Paris carries a Mle 1892 Revolver into no man’s land.
Col. Dax draws his revolver before the charge.
He orders his men to come out of the trench by brandishing his revolver. In the next scene his revolver becomes an S&W M1917.

Smith & Wesson M1917

Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) carries what appears to be a Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver as his sidearm.

Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver (Military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP
Col. Dax carries a M1917 Revolver while leading in his men in a charge across no man's land.
While in a crater, he holds his revolver at the ready.
Dax: "Sergeant, where's B company?"


Lebel 1886

French soldiers are seen carrying Lebel 1886 rifles and firing them during the battle scenes. The three main defendants soldiers Corporal Philippe Paris (Ralph Meeker), Private Maurice Ferol (Timothy Carey) and Private Pierre Arnaud (Joe Turkel) can be seen with Lebel rifles during the inspection of Général Mireau (George Macready).

French Lebel M1886 Rifle - 8 x 50mm Lebel
A sentry salutes his Lebel to Col. Dax entering his HQ.
French soldiers marching in front of the prison.
Staff Sergeant Boulanger (Bert Freed) introduces the prison guards.
A soldier escorts injured Private Pierre Arnaud to the execution. Note the Bavarian Schleißheim Palace in the background.

Gras Model 1874

Some French soldiers are seen with Gras Model 1874 rifles.

Gras Mle 1874 - 11 x 59mm Gras.
A French soldier greets Général Mireau with his Gras.
The French soldier in the lower crater holds a Gras.

Wänzl 1854/67

The majority of French troops seem to be use Austrian Wänzl 1854/67s during the charge on Hill 19. Maybe that’s because the movie was shot in Bavaria that got many of these rifles form Austria-Hungary in the late 1800s.

Infanteriegewehr M 1854/67, System Wänzel - 14×33R.
Tense French soldiers armed with the Austrian rifles with fixed bayonets make room for Dax.
The French soldier in the middle holds the rifle which offers a view of the breech-loading.
More French soldiers on the left hold their rifles as Col Dax walks by.
Even more soldiers take cover with their Wänzls.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

French soldiers are also frequently seen using German Gewehr 98 Mauser rifles, probably due to the lack of available Lebel 1886 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A French soldier is obviously armed with a Gew. 98.
The French soldiers that comprise the execution detail are all armed with Gew. 98 rifles.

Gewehr 1888/05

What appears to be a German Gewehr 1888/05 is seen carried by French soldiers.

Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm.
The rifle lies on the ground.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Some French soldiers use Russian Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A French soldier (left corner) advances with his Mosin-Nagant.
The soldier on the right holds the rifle.

Dreyse Infanteriegewehr M1841

A Dreyse Infantry Rifle M1841 is briefly seen used by a French soldier in No Man's land.

Dreyse Infanteriegewehr M1841 - 15,4 mm
The soldier crawls with his rifle.

Unknown Rifles

Several French soldiers use unknown rifles.

The soldier on the left and the second from the right hold bolt action rifles.
A French soldier charges with a different type of rifle.
The same rifle lies on the ground after soldier was killed.
The soldier in the middle holds an unknown rifle.
A prison guard enters the room.
The guard holds his rifle.

Machine Guns

Vickers Mk 1

French soldiers use British Vickers machine guns in the trenches.

Vickers gun with ribbed water jacket - .303 British
A French soldier transports the Vickers.
Another soldier passes Dax, Major Saint-Auban and Général Mireau.
A MG position in the French trench.
The Vickers in the trench as Dax returns to when he wants to find out why the men have not advanced

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is briefly seen held by one French soldier at the beginning of the attack.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
The soldier second from the right holds a Lewis gun.

Browning M1919

An anachronistic Browning M1919 is seen on the ground of the French trench. Stanley Kubrick himself is seen next to the Browning on a Promotional Picture.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield.
The Browning lies on the ground.


Citron Foug modèle 1916

Lieutenant Roget throws a Citron Foug mle 1916 grenade and kills Pvt. Lejeune accidentally.

Citron Foug modèle 1916 with 1st Model cap.
Roget's grenade on the right.


Howitzers fire on the "Ant hill".
The howitzers behind the Battery Commander Capt. Rousseau (John Stein).

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