Steel Helmet, The
The Steel Helmet is the 1951 war film that was the first US feature film to portray the Korean War onscreen (the war had only begun a year earlier). This was also the breakout film for writer/director Samuel Fuller, who went on to direct such notable war films as Merrill's Marauders and The Big Red One. The Steel Helmet also marked the feature film acting debut of venerable character actor Gene Evans, who would proceed to have a role in Fuller's next Korean War film Fixed Bayonets! (also released in 1951). The production was also the first (but not the last) to use the Santa Monica Mountains as a stand-in for Korea. The film is a meditation on race, bigotry, tolerance, and morality in wartime.
The following weapons were used in the film The Steel Helmet:
Throughout the film, American GIs carry an M1 Garand.
Several GIs are armed with M1 Carbines.
1891 Mosin Nagant Rifle
Short Round collects 1891 Mosin Nagant Rifle from dead snipers and carries them throughout the film.
Throughout the film, GIs carry an M1911A1 pistol.
Several American soldiers carry M1928A1 Thompson submachine guns. Sgt. Tanaka (Richard Loo) and Sgt. Zack (Gene Evans) each borrow one in one scene to locate and eliminate a pair of North Korean snipers.
Throughout the film, North Korean infantrymen carry a PPSh-41 “Burp Gun.”
Browning Automatic Rifle
The GIs use Browning Automatic Rifles.
Lt. Driscoll's patrol transports a Browning M2 machine gun to their observation post.
Throughout the film, North Korean infantry fire a Browning M1917 machine gun.
Mk 2 hand grenade
Throughout the film, American GIs carry an Mk 2 hand grenade.
Model 17 Stielhandgranate
A North Korean major attacks the squad with a Model 17 Stielhandgranate, but forgets to pull the pin.