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Tumbledown is a 1988 English war film by the BBC. It is based on the experiences of Robert Lawrence (Colin Firth), who fought in the Falklands War in the combat on the Tumbledown Mountain.

The following weapons were used in the film Tumbledown:




The L1A1 SLR is carried by all the soldiers of the Scottish guard. A variant with a telescopic sight can also be seen.

L1A1 SLR - 7.62x51mm NATO
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Robert (Firth) take cover in combat with his L1.
Lawrence tries to stab an Argentine soldier.
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Some Scots have a night vision equipped version during combat on Tumbledown.

L1A1 SLR with IWS night vision sight - 7.62x51mm NATO
Robert aims at Argentinians on the rocks
Radio operator firing with his L1 IWS.


The Argentine Marines are barely visibly equipped with folding stock FAL rifles. An Argentinian also uses a folding stock FAL. Later in the climax, Robert uses it until he falls wounded.

FN FAL 50.63 Paratrooper with 18" barrel - 7.62x51mm NATO
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Robert with a FAL (right).


When the injured Englishmen are recovering on the boat, they watch The Deer Hunter by Michael Cimino on TV. Robert De Niro plays a soldier carrying an M16.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to resemble the M16A1 in many Vietnam era movies. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm

Norinco Type 56

In the same scene mentioned above, NVA soldiers can be seen with Norinco Type 56 rifles in The Deer Hunter.

Norinco Type 56, milled receiver without the under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet - 7.62x39mm

Machine Guns


A Scottish Guard uses the L7A2 during combat on Tumbledown.

British L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
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Unknow Machine gun

During the flashback, an Argentinian machine gun nest fires what appears to be an unknown large caliber weapon.

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Bren L4A4

When the Scottish arrive at their positions, a Bren Gun can be seen on the ground. It it presumably a 7.62mm NATO L4A4.

Bren L4A4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Up to the right



A Scottish Guard fires a M72 LAW against the Argentinian positions in the hope of intimidating them (without success).

M72A2 LAW - 66mm
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