Grey Zone, The
The following guns were used in the movie The Grey Zone
PPS-43 Submachine Gun
Used during the revolt, the recognizable folding metal stock appears to have been repaired by sandwiching the bars with wooden pieces, thus making it a 'hybrid' metal/wooden stock weapon. Since the PPS-43 submachine gun was not issued in the numbers of the PPSh-41, one wonders where the Jewish prisoners took this weapon. However, German troops captured a number of PPS-43, which are mainly used by SS subdivisions. So the presence of PPS in Auschwitz may well be justified historically.
Maxim MG-08 Machine Gun
Rather unusual choice for a belt fed in this time period, German soldiers bring up several Maxim MG08 guns to fight the rebellion at the death camp.
Some of the SS guards can be seen having Karabiner 98k during the revolt in the camp.
Some of the NCOs are seen carrying and firing the MP38 in the film.
Some of the SS guards can be seen having MP40s during the revolt in the camp.
Walther P38 Non-gun
Also referred to as a 'flash paper gun' these blank fire only weapons are used when in close proximity to an actor. Seen in this film in the several scenes where SS guards are executing prisoners. Usually the camera films them from a distance or odd angles to disguise the gun flash's different appearance from a real gun firing blanks.
All German officers and NCOs are equipped with Walther P38s. Actually an inaccuracy in the film is that the P38 is really common, even in the hands of enlisted men, which is completely incorrect.
In a somewhat weird sequence, SS-Oberscharfuhrer Eric Muhsfeldt (Harvey Keitel) can be seen using a Walther P38 to kill a girl at the end of the movie as other SS guards stand by and looked perplexed.
Despite harrowing scenes and good acting, the costuming left something to be desired. The German uniforms were surprising bad in this modern WW2 themed movie. The Helmets were Spanish army and were for the most part way too small. The uniforms were brown (probably unmodified Swedish uniforms), not feldgrau (Field gray) which is actually a greenish grey which would have been correct. The SS officers uniforms were really bizarre, (looking a lot like unmodified Swiss uniforms), they looked more like something out of Starship Troopers than a World War 2 movie. Also the soldiers were wearing the wrong gear, but this mistake is common amongst War movies about Nazi Germany. Only films like Saving Private Ryan try to get things right with the wardrobe. ~ MPM2008