Somewhere in France

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Somewhere in France
Film poster'
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Charles Frend
Release Date 1942
Language English
Studio Ealing Studios
Distributor Ealing Studios,
Main Cast
Character Actor
Fred Carrick Clifford Evans
Anne Stafford Constance Cummings
Tommy Hoskins Tommy Trinder
Alastair 'Jock' MacFarlan Gordon Jackson

Somewhere in France AKA “’The Foreman went to France’” is a 1942 British film which follows the adventures of Fred Carrick (Clifford Evans) a munitions worker who travels to France during the German invasion of 1940 to retrieve vital industrial machinery before the Germans capture it. Fred is aided in his mission by Anne Stafford (Constance Cummings) and British soldiers Tommy Hoskins (comedian Tommy Trinder) and ‘Jock’ MacFarlan (Gordon Jackson, in his first film role). Together they must overcome official bureaucracy, fifth columnists and the German Army to reach safety. The film is based upon the true story of Welshman Melbourne Johns an aviation factory foreman.

The following weapons were used in the film Somewhere in France:



Colt New Service

Several characters use Colt New Service revolvers.

Colt New Service - .45 Caliber
Fred with his Colt New Service.
Another view of Fred’s Colt New Service.
A fifth columnist aims his Colt New Service.

Webley Mk VI

Fifth columnists also use Webley Mk VI revolvers.
Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
Tommy demonstrates his lightning reactions as he disarms a fith columnist with a Webley.
fifth columnist fires his Webley (this is a continuity error as seconds before he carried a Colt New Service).

Submachine Guns

M1921A Thompson

A M1921A Thompson is used by the fifth columnists, but is captured and used by both Tommy and Alastair. It is fitted with a 50-round drum magazine (The Weapon also carries a strange muzzle attachment, more on discussion page).

Colt M1921A Thompson - .45 ACP
Alastair using the Thompson.
Tommy with the Thompson.
Another view of Tommy with theThompson.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

German soldiers are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser


French soldiers carry MAS-36 rilfes.

MAS-36 7.5x54mm French
A good view of a French soldier firing his MAS-36 rifle.
The distinctive top of the MAS-36 is apparent in this picture.


SMLE No.1 Mk.IIIs are seen mounted on the truck, but are never used.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*.
The two SMLE can be seen behind Fred.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk1

A Bren Mk1 is mounted on the British Army truck for air defence.

Bren Mk1 - .303 British
The Bren in action.
Another view of the Bren in action.
Detail of the rear of the Bren.


Albion Lorry

The lorry that plays a central role in the film is an Albion BY3N.

The truck at the beginning of the adventure.

Bren gun carriers

Both the French and German tanks are mock-ups based on Bren gun carriers.

The frontal superstructure of the Bren gun carrier is evident in this picture.
Though indistinct it is evident from their shape and how they move that the ‘Panzers’ are Bren gun carriers.


Given when the film was made (1942), surprisingly accurate models of German aircraft are used.

A Messerschmitt Bf-109e.
A Junkers Ju87 Stuka.

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