War Game, The (1965)

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The firearms that were used in the 1965 BBC television movie The War Game include the following...

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NOTE: Due to the pseudo-realistic cinematography, some of the images will be a bit blurry.

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Enfield No.2

Webley and Enfield revolvers were widely used by British police officers, especially to euthanize the dying victims of a Soviet nuclear attack on Great Britain. The examples shown are the Enfield No.2 Mk1* with the bobbed hammers.

Enfield No.2Mk1*
British army soldiers take Enfield revolvers out of a crate before giving them to police officers.
British police officers check their Enfield revolvers before using them to euthanize dying civilians.

Double-barreled shotgun

A British civilian who has prepared a fallout shelter for himself brandishes a double-barreled shotgun, claiming he'll 'certainly use it' if someone tried to break in.

The Civilian with his double-barreled shotgun.

Sten Mk I* submachine gun

A few British police officers use Sten Mk I* submachine guns during the food riot scenes.

Sten Mk I* Submachine gun - 9x19mm
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A police officer uses his Sten to hold back a crowd of protesters.

PPSh-41 submachine gun (or Suomi M/31)

PPSh-41 or Suomi M/31 submachine guns are seen in the hands of East German soldiers at an East Berlin checkpoint. It is difficult to tell because the weapons are seen only at a distance.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Suomi M/31
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M1 Carbine

Seen in the hands of West Berlin police officers at one of the checkpoints to East Berlin. Also, a number of American soldiers are seen with M1 Carbines before the launch of a tactical nuclear missile in West Germany.

World War Two Era M1 Carbine
West German police officers with M1 carbines.
A West German police officer with a M1 carbine attempts to prevent a protester from charging the East German barricades.

SKS rifle

SKS rifles are seen in the hands of East German soldiers at an East Berlin checkpoint.

Russian Simonov Type 45 aka the SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm
A Russian soldier in the background is armed with a SKS rifle.

L1A1 Self Loading Rifle

A number of British soldiers in West Germany were seen armed with L1A1 Rifles. One L1A1 can also be seen during a scene depicting protests at a checkpoint between East and West Berlin.

British Inch Pattern L1A1 SLR(Self Loading Rifle) chambered in 7.62 Nato - Variation of the FN FAL battle rifle.
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A British soldier defending his position against Communist forces outside of Berlin. The L1A1 has a FAL Handguard with 3 vents instead of the L1A1 SLR version with 2 vents.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mark 1

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mark I Rifles were seen in the hands of British police officers (and possibly a few soldiers) after Britain was hit by Soviet nuclear missiles. Lee-Enfield No.4 rifles were also seen in the hands of survivors of the nuclear attack after the survivors seized a police munitions truck a day when police officers shot a number of food rioters. Members of a police firing squad also use the rifles to execute rioters.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 the most common World War Two Rifle, in service between 1941–Present
British police officers load their Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifles before confronting protesters.
A closer shot of the loading process.
A survivor attempts to cock a Lee-Enfield No.4 that he just seized from a police munitions truck.
A police officer and a survivor, both armed with Lee-Enfield No.4s, confront each other on the streets of Kent.
A police officer with a No.4 tries to block the cameraman from filming the execution of rioters.

M1 Garand

A number of British police officers are seen armed with M1 Garands, particularly in the scene where rioters are being executed. Also, a number of American soldiers in West Germany were seen with Garands during a failed attempt to relieve forces in West Berlin as well as in the scenes before the launch of a NATO tactical nuclear missile.

The American soldiers using Garands is a anachronism since the M1 Garand was already replaced by the M14 Rifle and the XM16E1 by the time the movie takes place. It is possible that the reason why M1 Garands were seen in the hands of US soldiers in The War Game is that the British film armourers didn't have any M14s or XM16E1s available (keep in mind that it was 1964/1965 when The War Game was made and both the M14 and the XM16E1 were fairly new rifles at the time) so they went for the M1 Garand instead.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A British police officer armed with a M1 Garand.



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