Valkyrie is a 2008 WWII film depicting the 20 July plot by high ranking German officers to kill Hitler. The film was directed by Bryan Singer and stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a decorated disabled war hero and senior German army officer who was a key architect in the plot.
The following weapons were used in the film Valkyrie:
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), as well as most of the German officers use Walther PPKs as their sidearms, most notably General Ludwig Beck (Terence Stamp) and Major Otto Ernst Remer (Thomas Kretschmann).
Note: In reality, von Stauffenberg used a Belgian Browning Hi-Power, called "P-35" by the German Wehrmacht. It is also known that von Stauffenberg used a fixed hand prosthesis to chamber the pistol (other than depicted in the movie).
Surprising seen very little, Walther P38s are mostly in the hands of SS or Polizei officers.
Seen in many of the massing army sequences, in Berlin and in North Africa, the Karabiner 98k is the most commonly seen firearm in the film, and is (accurately) used by many of the German soldiers.
Many of the German soldiers are seen carrying MP40 submachine guns.
An MG42 is seen briefly when the Home Guard is mobilized during Operation Valkyrie. One is also carried by a D.A.K. (Afrika Korps) soldier in North Africa.
MG34s are seen briefly being used by the military guards surrounding the forests leading to "The Wolf's Lair" (Hitler's Prussian Field Bunker).
Browning M2 Aircraft Heavy Machine Gun
British RAF P-40E Kittyhawk fighters are seen attacking German troops in North Africa, strafing with their six Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine guns in the wings. The strafe attack results in Stauffenberg losing his eye and hand, which is what had happened in reality. A single real P-40E Mk. I Kittyhawk, registration N94466, appears in the film: this aircraft is formerly of the Royal Canadian Air Force (AK933) and now belongs to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho, and also appeared in Pearl Harbor.
2 cm Flak 38
2 cm Flak 38 cannons are used by the D.A.K. (Deutsches Afrika Korps) in North Africa to fire on British fighter planes. They are also used by the Home Guard Reserve troops to guard the streets of Berlin.
Kampfwagenkanone 30 L/55
A German Sonderkraftfahrzeug (SdKfz.) 222 armoured car is seen in one scene in Africa, with a turret-mounted KWK 30 L/55 20mm autocannon; the vehicle also mounts a coaxial MG34, not visible in this screenshot. Another is seen later in Berlin, also with the MG34 obscured in the screenshot.
- While the plot to place a bomb underneath the table where Hitler was meeting his generals is a well known historical story, what is not often known is that it is estimated there were anything from 17 to 41 other plots against Hitler by his own military. Apparently more than a few Germans saw the evil that was their leader.
- On July 20th, 1944, two 1kg charges of "Plastit W" were used in the bomb plot. The brand name "Plastit W" which is mentioned by von Quirnheim in the movie refers to the chemical manufactured by "W"ASAG AG, who produced the explosive codenamed W-Salz ("w-salt"), which today has evolved into "Semtex" C-4 and all those similar derivatives.
- Since only one charge was primed and detonated, Hitler survived again with an perforated eardrum and underpants torn to pieces, while 4 others in the room died, including Col. Heinz Brandt (portrayed by actor Tom Hollander in the film), who shoved Stauffenberg's briefcase beside the table support thus unwittingly prolonged Hitlers life by 9 months. A Walther PPK in his hand eventually solved that problem below the earth-level of the Berlin city center.