Seventh Company Outdoors (La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune), The

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The Seventh Company Outdoors
(La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune)
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Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Robert Lamoureux
Release Date 1977
Language French
Studio Productions 2000
Gaumont
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pitivier Jean Lefebvre
Chaudard Pierre Mondy
Tassin Henri Guybet
Suzanne Chaudard Patricia Karim
Maj. Gilles Gérard Hérold
Gaston Gorgeton Gérard Jugnot
Lambert André Pousse
Albert Jean Carmet
SS Colonel Konrad von Bork


The Seventh Company Outdoors (La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune; literally "The Seventh Company in moonlight") is a 1977 French war comedy directed by Robert Lamoureux. The movie is the third and last part of The Seventh Company, following Now Where Did the 7th Company Get To? (Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie?) (1973) and The Seventh Company Has Been Found (On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie!). The story is set in 1942 in Nazi-occupied France. Chaudard (Pierre Mondy) returns to his native town and after some time is visited by his former comrades-in-arms, Pitivier (Jean Lefebvre) and Tassin (Henri Guybet). The trio, together with Chaudard's wife Suzanne (Patricia Karim) and her brother Gaston Gorgeton (Gerard Jugnot), find themselves involved in activities of local Resistance, headed by Maj. Gilles (Gerard Herold).


The following weapons were used in the film The Seventh Company Outdoors (La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune):

Contents


Revolvers

MAS Mle 1892

Mle 1892 Revolver is seen in hands of Lambert's agent Francis (Jean-François Dérec) during the raid on haberdashery shop, the owner of which is suspected in connection with the Resistance.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
Francis holds a revolver

Unidentified revolver

A revolver is seen in hands of another Lambert's agent in abovementioned scene. This gun looks somewhat similar to Smith & Wesson models with barrel about 3" but the ejector rod is definitly free-standing, without the under-barrel latch. Such feature is common for pre-1902 1st model of Military & Police and some of its Spanish clones (Spanish produced version of M&P in French 8mm caliber were purchased by France during WW1).

For comparison: Smith & Wesson Model of 1899 M&P (1899-1902) - .38 Special. The screen gun has similar free-standing ejector rod and front sight but the barrel is about 3"
An agent at the background holds an unidentified revolver.
He breaks in a room during the search.
Another view of the revolver.

Pistols

Walther P38

Lambert (André Pousse), the head of local Milice (paramilitary organization of the Vichy regime), and several of his men carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
An agent holds a P38 during the raid on haberdashery shop.
Lambert fires his Walther during the chase after Chaudard's car.
Lambert holds his Walther in the scene in port.
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Another view of the scene.

Unique Model 17

In the scene in abandoned chapel Henri (Francis Lemaire), a participant of Resistance, draws a pistol. The gun is seen too blurry due to fast motion but a Unique Model 17 seems to be a decent guess.

Unique Model 17 - 7.65x17mm
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Henri draws his pistol. It appears to be hammerless, that matches Model 17.
Henri holds his pistol at the right. Two British pilots hold Fairbairn-Sykes battle knives.

Submachine Guns

MP40

Some German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier holds an MP40 during the night ambush. Note the unhooded front sight that isn't common for MP38/M40s. Possibly this part was simply broken on this particular gun.
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German soldiers with MP40s during the night ambush.
An SS Scharführer the right fires an MP40.
Soldiers in truck hold MP40 SMGs and Mauser rifles.
An SS Scharführer at the background holds an MP40 during the chase in port.

Erma EMP

What appears to be a Erma EMP is seen in hands of a German soldier during the night ambush.

Erma EMP - 9x19mm. This is an earlier model, sometimes named Erma MP34. Note the tangent rear sight and lack of a safety latch.
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A soldier at the left holds an Emra SMG. The foregrip and side mounted magazine are seen.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II

What appear to be an MP28 is seen in hands of a German soldier during the night ambush.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
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A soldier at the left holds an MP28. The side mounted magazine and perforated barrel cover are seen.

Sten Mk II

A pilot (Michel Berto) of British liaison aircraft holds a Sten Mk II after the landing.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
The pilot with Sten.
The pilot takes the trio for men of Resistance whom he need to transport to Britain.
The pilot fires at approaching German soldiers.
The Canadian version buttstock is seen.
The Sten is seen next to slain pilot.

Rifles

Karabiner 98k

Many German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier at the background holds a Karabiner 98k.
A soldier in center fires...
...and reloads.
Soldiers with MP40 SMGs and rifles in a truck.
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Soldiers on partol in the port.

Karabiner 98b

Mauser rifles that appear to be Karabiner 98b are also seen.

Karabiner 98b - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
A soldier at the right holds a Karabiner 98b (longer than Karabiner 98k).
A soldier in center holds a Mauser rifle. Its length and grooves on stock match Kar 98b.
Soldiers with Karabiner 98b (it appears to be longer that Karabiner 98k) and MP40 stumble over a wire set as a snare on hares.
A Kar 98b is seen in hands of a soldier in center.
A soldier holds a Mauser rifle in the scene in the port. Its length and grooves on stock match Kar 98b.
Same soldier with his rifle is seen at the left. A soldier at the right holds same looking rifle.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

A Chatellerault M1924/29 is seen in the footage from the second film.

Chatellerault Mle 1924 M29 Light Machine Gun - 7.5x54mm
Tassin (Henri Guybet) carries the machine gun.
Chaudard (Pierre Mondy) with the machine gun.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

What appears to be a M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle is mounted on a German truck. M1918 machine guns were uncommon in Wehrmacht inventory but this gun may stand for Belgian FN Mle 1930 or Polish Browning wz. 1928, licensed copies of Colt Automatic Machine Rifle, that were captured and used by German troops.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle without carry handle - .30-06
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A BAR is seen over the truck cab.
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A closer view of the machine gun.

Bofors 40mm L/70

A post-war Bofors 40mm L/70 autocannon is mounted on a German patrol boat.

Bofors 40mm L/70 - 40x365R mm
The Bofors on the stern of the patrol boat.
The side view of the autocannon.

Other Weapons

F1 Hand Grenade

A pilot (Michel Berto) of British liaison aircraft uses an F1 hand grenade during the shootout with German soldiers. It appears to be a WW1 version with Mle 1916 fuse.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1916 Billant fuse.
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3.7 cm Pak 35/36

A 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 cannon, mounted on the M3 Halftrack, is seen in the footage from the second film.

3.7 cm Pak 35/36 anti-tank gun - 37x249 mm R
A 3.7cm Pak is mounted on M3 Halftrack, standing for German Sd.Kfz. 250/251.

Trivia

Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

British pilots of downed plane carry Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knifes.

Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife
A pilot reaches his knife, hold in boot.
He draws the knife.

M3 Halftrack

An M3 Halftrack APC, fitted with a 3.7cm AT gun, is seen in the footage from the second film.

A 3.7cm Pak is mounted on M3 Halftrack, standing for German Sd.Kfz. 250/251.

Naval Mine

During the escape of the main characters on a fishering boat, the fishing net caughts a naval mine. It appears to be a mockup that bears general resemblance with iconic contact mines of WW1 and WW2 era.

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Patrol Boat

In the final scene a German patrol boat pursues the fishering boat with three main characters on board.

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