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The Seventh Company Has Been Found
(On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie!)
On a retrouve la 7eme compagnie Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Robert Lamoureux
Release Date 1975
Language French
Studio Gaumont International
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pvt. Pitivier Jean Lefebvre
Sergent-chef (Staff Sergeant) Chaudard Pierre Mondy
Pvt. Tassin Henri Guybet
Colonel Voisin Bernard Dhéran
Capt. Dumont Pierre Tornade
Lt. Duvauchel Erik Colin
Panadon Jacques Monod
Aunt Crouzy Jackie Sardou


The Seventh Company Has Been Found (On a retrouve la 7eme compagnie!) is a 1975 French war comedy directed by Robert Lamoureux. The movie follows the events of Now Where Did the 7th Company Get To? (Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie?) (1973). After successful escape from Germans, Chaudard, Pitivier and Tassin dress in uniforms of French officers abandoned by their holders during the debacle. When the trio is at last captured, they are taken to a castle where French high rank officers are hold. Here the main characters continue their attempts to escape.

In this movie Aldo Maccione was replaced by Henri Guybet in the role of Tassin, so some scenes, depicting the events of the first film, were shot again.

One more sequel, The Seventh Company Outdoors (La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune), followed in 1977.


The following weapons were used in the film The Seventh Company Has Been Found (On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie!):

Contents


Pistols

Luger P08

Most German officers and NCOs carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer holds a Luger.
A German officer at the background holds a Luger.
A German NCO carries a Luger holster.
A guard in train is armed with an MP40, two grenades and a Luger in holster. A small part of the grip can be seen.

Walther P38

A Walther P38 is seen in hands of a German sergeant (Jean-Pierre Zola) in the castle where French officers are hold.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A sergeant carries a universal holster for P08 and P38.
He draws a P38 when Chaudard, Pitivier and Tassin don't comply with his order.
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Another view of the Walther.

Unidentified pistol

A German officer (Jean-Jacques Moreau) carries a pistol in holster. A small part of the grip can be seen.

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Submachine Guns

MP40

Many German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs. In the final scene Tassin (Henri Guybet) takes an MP40 of a guard on train.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier with MP40 guards captured French officers.
German soldiers guard French POWs.
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German soldiers guard captured French officers.
Feldgendarmerie patrol fires after Chaudard, Pitivier and Tassin who escape on hijacked motorcycle.
German soldiers escort three main characters after another unsuccessful attempt to escape.
Soldiers with MP40 and Karabiner 98k guard French POWs, repairing the railway.
A guard in the train is armed with a MP40, two grenades and a Luger P08 in holster.
The soldier puts his MP40.
Tassin aims the MP40 at locomotive engineer.

Rifles

MAS-36

MAS-36 rifles are seen in the opening scene that depict the events of the first movie.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
MAS-36 rifles are seen at the left and at the right.
A close view of the barrel.

Karabiner 98k

Some German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. In one scene Pitivier (Jean Lefebvre) gets a rifle from a German convoy guard (Michel Modo).

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier with Karabiner 98k guards French POWs.
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A Karabiner 98k in hands of a German guard (Michel Modo).
The bolt is seen.
The barrel is seen.
Pitivier (in Major uniform) holds the guard's rifle.
"We have Lebel rifles, and this one is rather different!", excuses Pitivier when the rifle accidentally fires, killing a cow.
A German soldier guards French POWs, repairing the railroad.
A close view of the bolt.
A soldier aims his rifle at Pitivier who simulates an attack of illness.

Belgian Mauser Model 1935

At least one German soldier carries a Belgian Mauser Model 1935 rifle (Gewehr 262(b) on German service).

Belgian Mauser Model 1935 - 7.65x53mm
A German soldier at the background holds a Belgian Mauser Model 1935.
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A close view of the barrel. Note the typical "ear" protectors of the front sight.
A general view of the rifle.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

As in the first movie, Pvt. Tassin (Henri Guybet) carries a Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun, but this is a different prop, as it lacks the monopod on the buttstock. In one scene Sgt. Chaudard (Pierre Mondy) takes the machine gun.

Chatellerault Mle 1924 M29 Light Machine Gun - 7.5x54mm
Tassin carries the machine gun.
Chaudard takes the machine gun when he sends Pitivier and Tassin to swim across the river.
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Chaudard with the machine gun.

Browning M1919A4E1

Browning M1919A4E1 machine guns are front-mounted on M24 Chaffee tanks that stand for German Panzer III.

Browning M1919A4E1 - .30-06 Springfield
The barrel of frontal machine gun is seen.

MG34

What appears to be an MG34 is briefly seen mounted on a German motorcycle.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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MG42

Two MG42, out of time for 1940, are seen in the final scene on a train.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Two MG42 are seen on the flatcar.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A German soldier on a train carries a pair of Model 24 Stielhandgranate.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A guard in the train is armed with a MP40, two grenades and a Luger P08 in holster.

3.7 cm Pak 35/36

In the beginning of the movie, Chaudard, Pitivier and Tassin continue to ride the M3 Halftrack, equipped with a 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 cannon. Unlike the gun, seen in the first movie, this one has a standard barrel.

3.7 cm Pak 35/36 anti-tank gun - 37x249 mm R
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37mm AT gun on M3 Halftrack.
A view of the breech.

2 Inch M3 Smoke Mortar

M24 Chaffee tanks, standing for German Panzer III, are equpped with 2 Inch M3 smoke mortar, mounted at the left of the main gun. This weapon is identical with the British Bomb Thrower, 2 inch, Mk I smoke mortar.

Bomb Thrower, 2 inch, Mk I (UK) / 2 inch Mortar M3 (US) - 50.8mm smoke bomb
The muzzle of Mortar M3 is seen in the gun mantlet.

Anti-aircraft cannon

An anti-aircraft cannon of unidentified model is seen mounted on a railway flatcar.

The barrel is seen over the flatcar at the background.
The barrel lacks any kind of muzzle brake or flash hider, common for small caliber autocannons, but it's not large enough for a heavy AA gun.
The mounting is partially seen at the background.

Trivia

Holsters

Colonel Blanchet (a cameo of film director Robert Lamoureux) carries a holster for Mle 1892 Revolver. The holster seems to be empty.
A German General (Jean Rougerie) carries a holster for compact pistol.

M3 Halftrack

In the beginning of the movie, Chaudard, Pitivier and Tassin continue to ride the M3 Halftrack technical support vehicle, equipped with a 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 cannon. It stands for German Sd.Kfz. 250 or 251.

On a retrouve la 7eme compagnie-Pak-3.jpg

M24 Chaffee

Several M24 Chaffee tanks, standing for German Panzer III tanks, are seen in the opening scene that depicts the events of the first movie.

On a retrouve la 7eme compagnie-Chaffee-1.jpg


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