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The Battleflag
Die Standarte
Movie Poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria

GER.jpg West Germany
ESP 77-81.jpg Spain

Directed by Ottokar Runze
Release Date November 25, 1977
Language English
Distributor Gunther Wessel Filmverleih
Main Cast
Character Actor
Herbert Menis Simon Ward
Bottenlauben Siegfried Rauch
Louise Lang Verónica Forqué
Anton Viktor Staal
Anschütz Gerd Böckmann
Cook Klein Robert Hoffmann
Colonel Wolfgang Preiss

The Battleflag (Die Standarte) is a 1977 Austrian-German-Spanish movie directed by Ottokar Runze. Last year of war in October 1918. The end of the war is looming. The young sergeant Herbert Menis experiences his first love with the young lady-in-waiting Resa Lang and must watch a little later, as his ideals are broken into pieces: a whole regiment of Ruthenian, Polish and Galician soldiers begin to mutiny against the military superiors and thus to rebel against the imperial family. Menis receives from the hand of a dying comrade the regimental standard, the symbol of the decaying Habsburg Empire. With the preservation of the standard, the ensign is now more concerned about life and death: It is about the honor - his and those of the fatherland.

The following weapons were used in the film Battleflag, The:



Colt M1911

The Colt M1911 is used by Austro-Hungarian officers including Herbert Menis (Simon Ward), standing for correct Steyr M1912 pistols.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP.
Herbert Menis holds the pistol at the British officer.
Another view of the pistol.
Herbert threatens engine drivers.
Another view of the scene.

Savage 1907

Count Bottenlauben (Siegfried Rauch) uses a Savage 1907 pistol as his personal firearm.

Savage 1907 .32 ACP.
He holds the pistol.
Another view.
He fires at his soldiers.
He holds the pistol at the British officer.

Unknown Revolver

The British officer (David Robb) draws an unknown revolver that seems like a Spanish copy of a Colt or Smith & Wesson variant.

For comparison: Trocaola Aranzabal Y Cia revolver - 8x27mm French M1892. An example of Spanish version of S&W revolver.
The revolver in his hand.


Spanish Mauser 1893

Austro-Hungarian soldiers use 1893 Spanish Mauser rifles standing for correct Steyr Mannlicher M1895 rifles.

1893 Spanish Mauser - 7x57mm Mauser
Soldiers of the the régiment royal Allemand aim their rifle.
The rifle over a soldier's back.
A Soldier takes aim.
The régiment fire their Mausers.
A soldier holds his Mauser at his officer.
Closer view on the barrel and muzzle.

Spanish Mauser 1895 carbine

The Carbine of the 1893 Spanish Mauser is also used standing for Steyr Repertier-Stutzen M1895 carbines. British soldiers are also seen with this carbine standing for Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*.

1895 Spanish Mauser Carbine - 7x57mm Mauser. This looks similar to the Turkish 1905 Mauser Carbine.
The carbine slinged.
A soldier aims his carbine.
British soldiers enter the room of his officer.

Spanish Mauser M43

Some anachronistic M43 Spanish Mausers are also seen.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rifle seen over a soldier's back.
A soldier holds his Mauser while he's under fire.

Machine Guns

Vickers Mk I

The régiment royal Allemand use British Vickers Mk I machine guns standing for Schwarzlose Machine Gun Model 07/12.

Vickers gun with ribbed water jacket
A soldier mans the Vickers.
The Vickers being reload.
The soldier fires the gun.

Maxim MG 08

A Maxim MG 08 is alo used by the regiment.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Maxim carried by the soldier.
The abandoned Maxim.

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