Shock Troop

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Shock Troop
Stoßtrupp 1917
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Movie Poster
Country Flag Of German Empire.JPG Germany
Directed by Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Hans Zöberlein
Release Date 1934
Language English
Main Cast
Character Actor
Hans Steinbauer Ludwig Schmid-Wildy
Girgl Beppo Brem
Heiner Max Zankl
Anderl Hans Pössenbacher
Martl Karl Hanft

Shock Troop (Stoßtrupp 1917) is a 1934 German war movie and was based on the novel Der Glaube an Deutschland by Hans Zöberlein. This movie shows the everyday life of a small Stoßtrupp squad during trench warfare in World War One and of their deprivation and the bloody, costly fights against the French and English. Despite all the hardships and grief for their fallen comrades, the protagonists never lose their courage.

The following weapons were used in the film Shock Troop:



Unknown Pistol

During a briefing a unknown pistol is lying on the card table. According to the size it could be a Mauser Pocket Pistol.

The pistol in front of the general.


Mauser 98AZ Carbine

Most soldiers of the squad use Mauser 98AZ Carbines. It was the primary rifle for the German Shock Troops in World War One. Some English soldiers can also seen with this rifle.

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine - 7.92x57mm.
The leader of the squad with the rifle on the back.
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An English soldier holds the rifle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Regular German infantry is fighting with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Some British soldiers use also this rifle with Post WW1 Reichswehr tangent-leaf rear sights.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Several Gewehr 1898 rifles in a bunker.
German soldier on the left with his Mauser.

Lebel 1886

The majority of French soldiers use Lebel 1886 rifles during the trench raid.

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
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Berthier Fusil Mle 1902

A French soldier is brielfy seen with a Fusil Modèle 1902 Rifle.

Berthier Model 1902 Rifle
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Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

In the second half of the movie the squad fighting in Flanders and Cambrai against British forces. The majority of these British forces are armed with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles but some British soldiers are also armed with Mauser 98AZ Carbines.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.
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Two SMLEs on the right.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

A Maxim MG08 is briefly seen in a German trench.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Bottom left

Maxim MG 08/15

A Shock Troop member uses a light Maxim MG08/15.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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St. Étienne Mle 1907

French soldiers trying to put up a St. Étienne Mle 1907.

St. Étienne Mle 1907 - 8x50mmR Lebel
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Vickers MK1

The Vickers MK1 Machine Gun is used by British forces.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British
English soldiers transport the Vickers. Note on the left the Gewehr 98 with tangent-leaf rear sights.
The Vickers MK1 in a bunker.

Lewis Gun

An English soldier is very briefly seen with a Lewis Gun.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
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Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers are equipped with anachronistic Model 24 Stielhandgranates. A Model 15, Model 16 or a Model 17 Stielhandgranate were accurate in this time period.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
German soldier about to throw a grenade.
Dead German soldier with Model 24 Stielhandgranate.

F1 hand grenade

French soldiers use correct F1 hand grenades

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1916 Billant fuse..
Two grenades above the entrance of the shelter.

Mills Bomb

British soldiers and the German Shock Troop use Mills Bombs. The Shock Troop build a provisional Geballte Ladung to take out a British Mark IV Tank.

No. 36M Mk.I "Mills Bomb" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
German soldiers inspect a box of several Mills Bombs.
The soldiers build a Geballte Ladung.


Hebel Flare Pistol Model 1894

What appears to be a Hebel Flare Gun is used by German soldiers.

Hebel Flare Pistol M1894 - 26.5mm
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10.5 cm leFH 16

The Shock Troop is supported by various Krupp 10.5 cm leFH 16 Howitzers.

10.5 cm leFH 16.
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7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n.A.

An abandoned 77mm Feldkanone 96 n.A Field Gun is seen as British troops advance to German lines

7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n.A..
The Feldkanone in the background.

Mark IV Tank

In the famous Battle of Cambrai British troops are supported by various Mark IV "Male" and Mark IV "Female" Tanks.

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