Water Diviner, The

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The Water Diviner
Original Movie poster
Country AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Russell Crowe
Release Date 2014
Language English
Studio RatPac Entertainment
Seven Network Australia
Distributor Entertainment One Films (Australia)
Universal Pictures Australia (Australia)
Warner Bros. Pictures (United States)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joshua Connor Russell Crowe
Ayshe Olga Kurylenko
Lt-Col Cyril Hughes Jai Courtney
Natalia Isabel Lucas
Father McIntyre Damon Herriman
Colonel Demergelis Robert Mammone

The Water Diviner is a 2014 Australian historical drama that marked the feature film directorial debut of Russell Crowe. The film's setting takes place in 1919, as Joshua Connor (portrayed by Crowe), an Australian farmer, begins a search for his three sons, all of whom went missing following the horrific battle at Gallipolli, Turkey in 1915. As the story progresses, Crowe gets involved with the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1922. The film's cast also includes Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yilmaz and Yilmaz Erdogan.

The following weapons were used in the film The Water Diviner:



Mauser C96

Major Hasan carries a Mauser C96 "Red 9" and is briefly seen shooting it. Later a Greek soldier captures it and is about to use it on Hasan himself.

Mauser C96 "Red 9" Version for the German Army - 9x19mm. This model is World War One dated.
Hasan firing during the train ambush.
A Greek soldier gloatingly loads Hasan's own C96 in front of him as he prepares to execute Hasan. The cartridges appear to be 9mm Parabellum instead of the bottlenecked 7.63mm Mauser

Mle 1892 revolver

The leader of the Greek ambush party carries a Mle 1892 Revolver.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8 x 27mm SR
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Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

The Australians are seen with the contemporary Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War, introduced in 1907 it has seen action throughout the 20th century.
Sergeant Jemal (Cem Yilmaz) inspects a boobytrap SMLE left behind by the Anzac after they retreated from Gallipolli.
The Connor brothers in action at Gallipolli with their Mk.III's in a flashback.
An Anzac soldier shooting Turkish wounded after capturing a trench.
Sgt. Tucker (Christopher Sommers) and Lt.Col Cyril Hughes (Jai Courtney)
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Mockup SMLE Mk.III

The Commonwealth troops in Istanbul carries mockup Mk.III's. They are easily spotted due to the bolt handle being too far forward and the generally bulky appearence of the weapon.

Note the bolt handle's incorrect position on the weapon on the left. The magazine also seems to be too large compared to the Mk.III further indicating a mockup.
Note the overall incorrect appearance of the weapon on the right.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

In a brief shot the anochronistic SMLE No.4 is shown during the Gallipolli battle.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during World War Two, however, it was supplemented heavily with the older Lee Enfield No.1 MK.III. First placed in service with the British military in 1941.
The portruding barrel gives away that it is a No.4 as opposed to the historically correct Mk.III.

Mauser Rifles

The Turks are equipped almost to a man with Mauser rifles, both during the Gallipolli battle flashback and later. The specific make and model have not yet been determined.

Turkish soldiers preparing to assault at Gallipolli.
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The soldiers discovers the Anzac soldiers have already departed with the trenches now standing empty.
Major Hasan's soldiers fighting during the train ambush.
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Mauser Gewehr 1898

One of Major Hasan's (Yilmaz Erdogan) soldiers is armed with a Mauser Gewehr 1898 during the train scene.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note the distinct rear sight.

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine

A Turkish soldier uses a Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine during the train ambush.

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note the hooded sight and the stacking hook just underneath the muzzle.

Turkish Mauser

The Turkish mauser 1903 is seen by at least one Turkish soldier.

Turkish Mauser 1903 - 7.65x53mm Mauser
The third soldier from the left (facing the camera) carries a Turkish mauser 1903.

Other bolt action rifles

The Greek raiding party all carry bolt action rifles of unknown sort. Some are possibly a mockup SMLE Mk.III.

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Berthier Mle 1907-16 Rifle

One of the Greek soldiers uses a Berthier Mle 1907-16 during the train ambush.

Berthier Mle 1907-16 Rifle - 8mm Lebel
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Turkish Berthier Carbine

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine. This model differs some from the Turkish version but is essentially the same

A Turkish Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine is used by one of the Greek raiders during the train ambush.

Sergeant Jemal threatened by the Greek carrying a carbine. (hardcoded subtitles)
Front sight of carbine
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Small caliber bolt action rifle

In a flashback Connor recalls his sons after a successful hunt. The eldest is carrying a small bolt action rifle.

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Maxim MG08

The Turkish and later Greek soldiers are armed with a Maxim MG08 mounted on a 'sledge' mount.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Maxim used during the Gallipolli battle.
Used again at the train ambush by Greek soldiers. This is most likely the same MG as used in the Gallipolli scene.

Single and Double barrelled shotgun

At least one Turkish civilian is armed with a double barrelled shotgun and another with what looks like a single barrel.

Note the exposed hammers.
Civilian on the left with what looks like a single barrel shotgun. (subtitles are hardcoded)

Bergmann MP18

A Greek soldier is seen with a Bergmann MP18 during the train ambush.

Bergmann MP18 Sub Machine Gun with 32 round Drum - 9x19mm

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