Shock Troops (Un homme de trop)

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Shock Troops
(Un homme de trop)
Un homme de trop Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Release Date 1967
Language French
Studio Les Productions Artistes Associés
Terra Film
Sol Produzione
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Cazal Bruno Cremer
Jean Jean-Claude Brialy
Thomas Gérard Blain
The Extra Man Michel Piccoli
Kerk Jacques Perrin
Groubac Claude Brasseur
Passevin Charles Vanel
Solin Michel Creton


Shock Troops (Un homme de trop ("One man too many" or "The Extra Man")) is a 1967 French-Italian war drama directed by Costa-Gavras. In Summer 1943 in the Southern France a group of Maquisards (Resistance fighters) attack the prison where Nazi hold the arrested Resistance leaders. Suddenly it appears that there is the extra man (Michel Piccoli) among the liberated people. Is he a German spy, intentionally put in prison cell, or just a victim of circumstances? The commander of the Resistance group Cazal (Bruno Cremer) doesn't want to sentence the innocent to death, but his second-in-command Jean (Jean-Claude Brialy) is sure that the man is the agent and demands the execution.


The following weapons were used in the film Shock Troops (Un homme de trop):

Contents


Handguns

Mle 1892 Revolver

Some Maquisards, notably Jean (Jean-Claude Brialy) and Kerk (Jacques Perrin), carry Mle 1892 Revolvers.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
The grip of Jean's revolver is seen in holster on the wall.
Solin (Michel Creton) holds the revolver at hand even when sleeping.
Julien (Dominique Viriot) examines the revolver.
Kerk executes the French Nazi Lucian (Pierre Clémenti).
Kerk holds his revolver at the left.
A Maquisard fires the revolver (next to the machine gun).

M1911A1

Cazal's (Bruno Cremer) personal handgun is the M1911A1 pistol. In one scene he gives it to Thomas (Gérard Blain).

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Cazal's pistol in holster.
The Extra Man (Michel Piccoli) holds Cazal's pistol. He intentionally holds it in harmless way.
Thomas holds the pistol.
A closeup.
Thomas cocks the pistol.
Cazal draws the pistol in the final scene.

Luger P08

In the final scene several German officers carry Luger P08 pistols. A Luger is also seen in hands of Felix (Serge Sauvion).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
An SS NCO threatens The Extra Man (Michel Piccoli) with the Luger.
Another SS officer or NCO aims the Luger at Cazal (Bruno Cremer).
Felix holds the Luger (at the right) in the final scene.

Beretta M1934

What appears to be the Beretta M1934 is briefly seen when Groubec (Claude Brasseur) disarms the French gendarme.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Groubec threatens the gendarme with his own pistol.

Unidentified pistol

An unidentified pistol is hold by a French gendarme when Maquisards attack the police precinct in Pradelles.

The gendarme tries to surprise the Maquisards, hiding behind the door.

Submachine Guns

MP40

MP40 SMGs are used by both Maquisards, notably Cazal (Bruno Cremer) and Paco (Nino Segurini), and German troops.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier holds the MP40 during the attack on the prison.
Paco carries the MP40.
Paco with the MP40.
Cazal holds his MP40 during the operation in Pradelles.
Felix (Serge Sauvion) holds the MP40 during the shootout on Pradelles square.
Florent (Med Hondo) adds the MP40 to his MAS-36 rifle.

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II SMGs are used by Maquisards, notably Jean (Jean-Claude Brialy), Groubec (Claude Brasseur) and Philippe (Paolo Fratini).

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Philippe (Paolo Fratini) with Sten Mk II and a German soldier with Karabiner 98k rifle in standoff, both in fright.
Jean holds the Sten.
Groubec holds the Sten.
Lecocq (Patrick Préjean) holds the Sten.
A Maquisard at the background holds the Sten during the operation in Pradelles.
Jean holds a group of gendarmes at gunpoint with his Sten.
A Maquisard in center holds the Sten.

Shotguns

Ithaca 37

In the opening scene Paco (Nino Segurini) is armed with a pump action shotgun with sawed-off barrel and stock that appears to be Ithaca 37.

Airsoft Ithaca 37 with sawed-off stock and barrel - (fake) 12 gauge. The screen gun has similar lenght.
Paco holds his shotgun.
The barrel is seen.
The sawed-off buttstock is seen.
Paco's shotgun is seen at the left.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Some Maquisards are armed with double barreled shotguns with both standard and sawed-off barrels.

Maquisards break the door of the prison cell. The double barreled shotgun is seen at the left.
The shotgun fires.
Kerk (Jacques Perrin) experiments with makeshift "rifle grenade": the bottle with petrol, fitted to the stick and fired from the shotgun.
Ouf (Claude Brosset) holds the sawed-off shotgun (at the left).
A Maquisard holds the shotgun with full-lenght barrels.

Rifles

MAS-36

MAS-36 rifles are widely used by Maquisards, notably Thomas (Gérard Blain) and Florent (Med Hondo).

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
Thomas holds the MAS-36 in the opening scene.
Florent with MAS-36.
Jean (Jean-Claude Brialy) and his comrade-in-arms take MAS-36 rifles in the gendarmes precinct.
A Maquisard holds the MAS-36 during the operation in Pradelles.
Closeup of reloading of MAS-36.
Thomas with MAS-36 and Cazal (Bruno Cremer) with MP40.
Ouf (Claude Brosset) fires the MAS-36 in the final scene.

MAS-49

Kerk's (Jacques Perrin) main weapon is the anachronistic MAS-49 semi-auto rifle. Sometimes he uses the rifle with APX L806 sniper scope. Note: two years earlier Jacques Perrin used MAS-49 with L806 scope in The 317th Platoon.

MAS-49 - 7.5x54mm French
Kerk carries his rifle on sling during the attack on German prison.
Kerk readies the rifle.
Thomas (Gérard Blain) with the Chatellerault M1924/29 machine gun and Kerk with MAS-49.
Close view of the Chatellerault M1924/29 and the MAS-49.
Kerk runs with the MAS-49 in the final scene.

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are used by both Maquisards and German troops.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier with 98k rifle and Philippe (Paolo Fratini) with Sten Mk II in standoff, both in fright.
A young Maquisard cleans the rifle.
Tepart (Philippe Forquet) holds the 98k during the attack on gendarmes precinct in Pradelles.
A closer view of Tepart's rifle. It looks like the Kriegsmodell which is anachronistic for 1943.
Ouf (Claude Brosset) (in blue coat) holds the 98k rifle.
German soldiers in Sd.Kfz. 251 APC hold 98k rifles. The one at the left appears to be the Kriegsmodell.
German soldiers escort arrested Maquisards.

Berthier Mle 1907-15

Berthier Mle 1907-15 rifles are also used by Maquisards, notably Passevin (Charles Vanel).

Berthier Model 1907-15 Rifle - 8x50mm R
A Maquisard in Adrian helmet carries the Berthier Mle 07-15 rifle.
The same man in center and another one at the right carry Berthier rifles.
Passevin fires at the German plane.
Passevin holds the Berthier rifle.

Lebel Mle 1886

Some Lebel Mle 1886 rifles are also seen.

Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR
The man at the right holds the Lebel rifle.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

The Maquisards group has a single Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun. It is mostly used by Groubec (Claude Brasseur) but in several scenes it is manned by Thomas (Gérard Blain), Florent (Med Hondo) and Cazal (Bruno Cremer).

Chatellerault M1924/29 Light Machine Gun - 7.5x54mm
Groubec carries the machine gun.
The machine gun on the wall.
Groubec loads the machine gun at the right.
Thomas with the machine gun and Kerk (Jacques Perrin) with MAS-49 rifle.
Close view of the Chatellerault M1924/29 and the MAS-49.
Florent fires the machine gun.

Maxim MG08

The group also has a single Maxim MG08 heavy machine gun. It is mounted on makeshift carriage. During the final battle the MG08 is manned by Lecocq (Patrick Préjean) and Passevin (Charles Vanel).

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG08 is loaded on a horse.
Passevin carries the MG08.
The MG08 on position.
Lecocq and Passevin man the MG08. The "carriage" is made of a folding chair.
Closeup of the barrel.

MG42

German troops use MG42 machine guns in several scenes. During the final battle the MG42 is top-mounted on the turret of M24 Chaffee, standing for German tank, and on Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track APC.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers fire the MG42 in the night scene.
The MG42 is mounted on the Sd.Kfz. 251.
The barrel of the MG42.
The MG42 is mounted on the turret of M24 Chaffee tank.
Another view of the MG42 on pivot.

2cm FlaK 30

What appears to be the 2cm FlaK 30 is used by German troops during the anti-guerilla operation.

2 cm FlaK 30 - 20x138mm B
The Flak is used as the support weapon when the German soldiers attack the positions of Maquisards.

Other Weapons

M9 "Bazooka"

The group has the M9 "Bazooka" (M1 "Bazooka" would fit better for Summer 1943). During the final battle it is used by Groubec (Claude Brasseur).

M9 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
Maquisards inspect the Bazooka, recently dropped from a British plane.
The missiles for Bazooka are seen.
Groubec fires the Bazooka.
Groubec runs with the Bazooka.
He prepares the three last missiles.

F1 Hand Grenade

F1 hand grenades are widely used by Maquisards. The grenades are painted red which indicates them as throwing dummies.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1935 fuse.
Kerk (Jacques Perrin) makes a booby trap of F1 grenade and a glass.
Kerk carries two more F1 grenades.
Paco (Nino Segurini) carries the F1 grenade on his belt.
Felix (Serge Sauvion) (at the left) plays with a grenade (which is not too wise!)

DF 37/46 Hand Grenade

What appears to be DF 37/46 hand grenade is carried by a Maquisard.

DF 37/46 hand grenade with Mle 1935 fuse.
The light grey color matches one of inert versions.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German Model 24 Stielhandgranate grenades are also used by Maquisards.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Lecocq (Patrick Préjean) carries a pair of Stielhandgranates (at the right).
Paco (Nino Segurini) carries several Stielhandgranates at his belt.

Mortier de 81 mm Mle 27/31

During the final battle German troops use several mortars. The larger one appears to be the French Mortier de 81 mm Mle 27/31.

Mortier de 81 mm Mle 27/31
The mortar on position.
Loading.
Another view of loading.
Fire!

Unidentified Mortar

Another mortar, used by German troops, looks smaller and lacks bipod so it is hold by the crewmember. Such feature is typical for light mortars, like British 2-inch, but this one looks too large for 2-inch caliber.

German soldiers load the mortar.
The mortar fires.

7.5 cm Pak 40

German troops use the 7.5 cm Pak 40 against the Maquisards.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
Pak 40 on position.

Trivia

M24 Chaffee

M24 Chaffee tank stands for German tank. It isn't visually modified but fitted with MG42 machine gun instead of Browning M2HB.

The tank supports the attack.
The tank in attack in the final scene.

Sd.Kfz. 251

Half-track APC Sd.Kfz. 251 is used by German troops.

Un homme de trop-Halftrack-1.jpg

English Release Poster

Shock Troops Poster.jpg



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