Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical war movie directed by Howard Hawks that chronicles the life of Sergeant Alvin York from 1915 to 1919. In the film, York (portrayed by Gary Cooper) struggles between his religious convictions and fighting for his country. York is a simple backwoods farm boy from Pall Mall, Tennessee, when he is thrown into the First World War. Taking the bull by the horns, he leads his men during a battle in which he captures 132 German soldiers during the Battle of Argonne and his actions would lead him to become a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
The following weapons were used in the film Sergeant York:
Colt Single Action Army 7 1/2" Barrel Revolver
During his early years, York is seen firing a Colt Single Action Army.
Colt 1911 Pistol
Luger P08 Pistol
Originally, Sgt. Alvin York used his M1911 sidearm while taking cover in a crater, gunned down six Germans with his M1911 pistol, firing back to front like he hunted turkeys but M1911 Pistols were difficult to covert to blanks at the time of filming so they simply had Cooper liberate Luger P08 off of a dead German soldier. Cooper having met York initially refused to shoot the scene with the Luger, but was told because of timing they needed to shoot the scene with the weapon, and was promised they'd re-shoot the scene with the M1911, but this never happened.
1873 Trapdoor Springfield
1903 Springfield RifleThroughout the film, York is seen using the M1903 Springfield, which was the standard issue rifle of US forces during WWI. However, in reality, York was issued a 1917 Enfield rifle.
Lebel Model 1886 Rifle
French troops with Lebel Model 1886 Rifles.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 Rifle
German soldiers also carry Mauser Gew 98 Rifles.
Various percussion muskets
During the shooting competition a number of muskets are seen.
Maxim MG08 Machine Gun
German forces are armed with the Maxim MG08 machine gun.
The Vickers machine gun is seen used by US forces.