Longest Day, The
The Longest Day is the 1962 World War II film based on the non fiction novel of the same name written by Cornelius Ryan that chronicles the Allied invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The 3-hour epic was overseen by 4 directors (Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, and Darryl F. Zanuck) and featured an international cast of 42 prominent actors including Kenneth More, Richard Todd, Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Red Buttons, Leo Genn, Peter Lawford, John Wayne, Irina Demick, Paul Anka, Eddie Albert, Steve Forrest, Jeffrey Hunter, Sal Mineo, Edmond O'Brien, George Segal, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner and Stuart Whitman. The film would also feature early roles for a future James Bond (Sean Connery) as well as two future Bond villains (Gert Fröbe) and (Curd Jürgens). The Longest Day held the record for the most expensive black and white picture made until the release of Schindler's List in 1993.
The following weapons were used in the film The Longest Day:
Luger P08 Pistol
Webley Mk VI Revolver
The M1911A1 is briefly seen in the holsters of numerous US Army officers in the film, including Brig. Gen. Norman Cota (Robert Mitchum), Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin H. Vandervoort (John Wayne) and Col. Thompson (Eddie Albert).
The M1A1 Thompson is also seen carried by US Army forces, notably US Army Rangers who are seen in the assault of Pointe-du-Hoc at Normandy.
M3 "Grease Gun"
The M3 "Grease Gun" is briefly seen in the hands of a member of the Canadian Scottish Brigade that lands on Sword Beach.
Sten MkII SMG
The Sten Mk II is seen carried by British Airborne troops, Free French Commandos, and Allied troops during the landings.
MP40s are carried by German forces throughout the film.
M1 Garand Rifle
M1 Garands are seen carried by Airborne troops as well as Allied forces during the D-Day landings.
The M1 Carbine is carried by Airborne troops, French Resistance, and Allied forces during the landings. All the models seen are seen with the inaccurate bayonet lug and none are the paratrooper versions.
Brigadier Lord Lovat (Peter Lawford) carries a Steyr Mannlicher-Schoenauer Carbine while leading his men onto Sword Beach. However, according to Bill Millet, the piper whom Lovat famously ordered to pipe the men ashore in defiance of regulations, Lord Lovat carried an M1 Garand on D-Day, not a Mannlicher or his famous "old Winchester lever gun" he reputedly carried ashore at Dieppe.
Lee-Enfield No.4 MkI
Seen in the hands of British soldiers and Commandos.
Most of the German soldiers are equipped with Mauser K98 Rifle. In one scene, an Airborne trooper mistakes the sound of the Karabiner's bolt action for the sound of the "Cricket" clicker.
Chatellerault M1924/29 Light Machine Gun
A captured Chatellerault M1924/29 machine gun is wielded by a German Soldier. This is historically accurate as alot of captured French, Czech, Dutch (etc) weapons were issued to second line troops such as the garrison forces in France at the time.
Bren Mark 1 Light Machine Gun
Browning Automatic Rifle
The Browning Automatic Rifle, or "B.A.R." is used by Allied forces during the D-Day landings, notably by US Army Rangers during the assault on Pointe-du-Hoc.
MG42 Light Machine Gun
The MG42 Light Machine Gun is the most frequently seen machine gun used by the German Army in the film.
Browning M2 Heavy Barrel
Browning M2 Quad Mount
When the Airborne troops begin parachuting into Normandy, a German defensive position is seen using what appears to be a Browning M2's in a Quad Mount in place of the Quad Flak 38.
German forces are seen using the Maxim MG08 Machine Gun while battling British Airborne and Free French forces.
M20B1 "Super Bazooka"
An anachronistic M20B1 "Super Bazooka" is seen carried by a US Army soldier during the landing on Omaha Beach.
Free French Forces are seen firing a PIAT at a German position.
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon is seen used by German forces.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by German forces while defending Pointe-du-Hoc.
Mk II Hand Grenade
The Mk II Hand Grenade is used by US Army Rangers in the cliff assault.
US Army engineers led by Sgt (then Lt.) John H. Fuller (Jeffrey Hunter) are seen using Bangalore torpedoes to blow an opening in the German defenses on Omaha Beach.