Sergeant York

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Sergeant York (1941)

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:

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Colt Single Action Army 7 1/2" Barrel Revolver

During his early years, York is seen firing a Colt Single Action Army.

Colt Single Action Army 7 1/2" Barrel - .45 LC
Alvin York (Gary Cooper) firing a Colt Single Action Army.

Kentucky Rifle

George York (Dickie Moore) carrying a Kentucky Rifle during Alvin's early years.

Kentucky Rifle
George York (Dickie Moore) carrying a Kentucky Rifle.

1873 Trapdoor Springfield

1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle mocked up to resemble a Kentucky Rifle is also seen.

1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle - .45-70
1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle mocked up to look like a Kentucky Rifle

1903 Springfield Rifle

Throughout 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 an 1917 Enfield rifle.
1903 Springfield Rifle - .30-06
New 1903 Springfield Rifle covered in Cosmoline being issued.
Sgt. Alvin York (Gary Cooper) receiving a new 1903 Springfield Rifle covered in Cosmoline
Sgt. York cleaning his 1903 Springfield Rifle
York qualifying with a 1903 Springfield Rifle
US soldiers charging from the trenches with 1903 Springfield Rifle.
Sgt. York firing a 1903 Springfield Rifle.

Maxim MG08 Machine Gun

German forces are armed with the Maxim MG08 machine gun.

Maxim MG08 Machine Gun - 7.92 x 57mm
German soldier behind a pair of Maxim MG08 Machine Guns.
German soldiers firing a pair of Maxim MG08 Machine Guns from bunker.
German soldiers firing Maxim MG08 Machine Gun from trench.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 Rifle

German soldiers also carry Mauser Gew 98 Rifles.

Mauser Gewhr 1898 Rifle - 7.92 x 57mm
German soldiers carrying Mauser Gew 98 Rifles
German soldiers firing Mauser Gew 98 Rifles from trench
German soldiers firing Mauser Gew 98 Rifles from trench

Colt 1911 Pistol

The Colt M1911 is carried by by Sergeant Early (Joe Sawyer) and Sgt Harry Parsons (Pat Flaherty)

Colt 1911 Pistol - .45 ACP
Sergeant Early (Joe Sawyer) and Sgt Harry Parsons (Pat Flaherty) both holding Colt 1911 Pistols.

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.

Luger P08 Pistol - 9mm
Sergeant Alvin York (Gary Cooper) holding a Luger P08 Pistol on the German lieutenant.
'Pusher' Ross (George Tobias) holding a Luger P08 Pistol on the German major (Carl Esmond).
Sergeant Alvin York (Gary Cooper) holding a Luger P08 Pistol

Vickers MkI

The Vickers machine gun is seen used by US forces.

Vickers MkI Machine Gun - .303 British
US soldiers manning a Vickers MkI Machine Gun

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle

French troops with Lebel Model 1886 Rifles.

French Lebel M1886 Rifle - 8 x 50mm Lebel
French troops with Lebel Model 1886 Rifles at attention.


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