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The Captain
Der Hauptmann
Country FRA.jpg France

GER.jpg Germany
POL.jpg Poland

Directed by Robert Schwentke
Release Date September 7, 2017
Language German
Main Cast
Character Actor
Willi Herold Max Hubacher
Pvt. Walter Freytag Milan Peschel
Pvt. Kipinski Frederick Lau
Camp Commander Hansen Waldemar Kobus
Captain Junker Alexander Fehling
Roger Samuel Finzi

The Captain is a 2017 World War II German-language drama directed by Robert Schwentke (Red, Flightplan). The film is set in 1945 at the end of the Second World War, as Corporal Willi Herold is hunted down by the merciless Captain Junker, who considers him a deserter. But shortly before his expected death, Willi discovers a car at the roadside containing a medal-captained uniform of the Luftwaffe, which he simply brushes over. After donning the new uniform, he quickly slips into the role of a German officer and soon scattered German soldiers begin to follow his orders, no matter how ridiculous. Willi tests his newly-gained power of disposition with tragic results for numerous prisoners of war. The film was loosely based on actual events.

The following weapons were used in the film The Captain:



Walther P38

Hauptmann Junker (Alexander Fehling) is seen firing a Walther P38 at the beginning of the film. The Walther is also used by Gefreiter Kipinski (Frederick Lau), Karl Schütte (Bernd Hölscher), Gerda Schütte (Britta Hammelstein) and Brockhoff (Marko Dyrlich).

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
Junker tries to shoot running Herold with the P38 while chasing him throughout the landscape.
Inspired by her husband, Gerda takes aim with Karl's Walther to shoot at prisoners.
After failing to hit them, Karl helps to stabilize her aim.

Walther PP

A Walther PP is aquired by Hauptmann Willi Herold (Max Hubacher) from the left-behind stuff of the Luftwaffe. During the execution of P.o.W.s, he hands it to Roger (Samuel Finzi).

War Time Walther PP - .32 ACP
Hauptmann Willi Herold (Max Hubacher) is about to shoot his PP at a deserter "to earn roast" from the host.
After Kipinski lost his mind, Willi fires the pistol next to his ear to keep him quiet.
Herold offers his pistol to Roger to finish the dirty work.
Roger picks up the pistol dripped by his friend.


Mauser 98 Sporter

Capt. Junker owns a scoped Mauser 98 Sporter rifle as his personal firearm to hunt deserters.

Mauser 98 Sporter rifle by Emil Kerner & Sohn. Actual Hero Mauser used by Christian Bale in Public Enemies. 9.3x57mm. Courtesy of NRA National Firearms Museum.
This promotional image shows a detailed view of the rifle, as it is only seen in short, fast scenes.
Junker aims the Sporter at the fleeing Herold who ran into the woods.
A hidden Willi looks at Junker standing right above him.
Later at the entrance of the prison camp, Junker approaches Herold which gives the best view of the rifle.

Karabiner 98k

German Feldgendarmerie and regular soldiers including Gefreiter Freytag are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. Willi Herold is also seen with Freytag's Kar98k and some members of the Volkssturm carry this carbine as well.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Willi looks at Freytag's Karabiner leaned against the abandoned car.
A German MP aims his carbine, equipped with a hooded front sight, at Herold.
The Volkssturm unit on bicycles returning to report to Capt. Herold.

Mauser Vz. 24

Some German soldiers can be seen with vz. 24 Czech Mauser rifles.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German MP at a checkpoint with his rifle over his back.

Submachine Guns


Gefreiter Kipinski and various other German soldiers wield MP40s.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
Having doubt with Herold's orders, Kipinski points his MP40 at him.
Kipinski orders the prisoners out of the barrack while holding the submachine gun.


Two MP41s are wielded by German paratroopers who united with Herold's group.

Maschinenpistole 41 - 9x19mm
One of the Fallschirmjäger with the MP41 (left) and Kipinski (center) aim at two Landsers pulling a FlaK.
Front view of the two paratroopers aiming their MP41s.
As a Feldgendarmerie unit approaches, the shouldered MP41s are seen.
A camp guard runs with his MP41; the fire selector is visible on the stock.

Machine Guns


An MG42 is briefly seen held by Roger in Herold's Mercedes-Benz G3.

Maschinengewehr 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
"Quick tribunal Herold"
The MG42 seen on the right touched by Roger's right hand.


2 cm FlaK 38

Two scattered German soldiers with a 2cm FlaK 38 AA-gun join Herold's group. This FlaK is used to murder several prisoners what actually also happened in reality.

2 cm Flak 38 in single mounting - 20x138mm B
The FlaK being fired at an incoming British plane.
A close-up of the gun as it is put in position.
The gunner takes aim at PoWs crammed together in a trench.

Double Barreled Shotgun

A Villager is briefly seen holding a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) - 12 Gauge
The shotgun held by the left Villager in the background.
Closer view of the rear part.

Panzerfaust 30

A Panzerfaust 30 is seen mounted on a bicycle.

Panzerfaust 30 - 44mm with 140mm warhead
The last cyclist to the left has the mounted Panzerfaust.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

At least two of Herold's men are seen with Model 24 Stielhandgranates on their belts.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
The two soldiers on the left next to Herold have the grenades.

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