White Soldier

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White Soldier
Soldat Blanc.jpg
French Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Eric Zonca
Release Date 2014
Language French
Studio Canal +
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sergeant Robert Tual Abraham Belaga
André Cariou Emile Berling
Quoc Mike Nguyen


White Soldier (French title: Soldat blanc) is a 2014 French DTV war movie directed by Eric Zonca. Set during the First Indochina War, the story chronicles the friendship of two French soldiers- Robert Tual (Abraham Belaga), a WWII veteran and André Cariou (Emile Berling), a young enlisted man. They witness the growing conflict and will choose very different paths.



The following weapons were used in the film White Soldier:

Contents


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Pistols

Luger P08

Black Commando members, including Tual and Cariou, use Luger P08s as secondary weapon.

Luger P08 with black grips – 9x19mm
Cariou threatens a prisoner with his Luger after the village raid.
Tual executes a Việt Minh prisoner.
Tual aims his pistol at a Việt Minh soldier.

Browning Hi-Power

Before he becomes the leader of the commandos, Tual briefly carries a Browning Hi-Power.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) – 9x19mm
Tual with a Browning Hi-Power.

Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 is used by Việt Minh officers. During the ambush of a small French unit, Cariou executes an officer with the pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Cariou takes the pistol from the political officer.
Cariou shoots the French Lieutenant, to prove that he is now a real communist, despite the fact he killed a few French soldiers just minutes before.

Sauer Model 1913

A Japanese officer is seen with what appears to be a German Sauer Model 1913.

Sauer Model 1913 - .32 ACP
SB Jap 2.jpg
The Japanese officer commits suicide.

Rifles

MAS-36

The primary rifle of the French forces in Indochina is the MAS-36. Some are non-firing props.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
A French soldier landing with a MAS-36.
Quoc (Mike Nguyen) with the rifle.
Quoc aims his rifle at a Japanese officer when he draws his pistol to commit suicide.
French soldiers at a checkpoint.
A prop rifle during the evacuation of Cao Bang.

Berthier Model 1916 Carbine

A few French soldiers are seen carrying the Berthier Model 1916 Carabine.

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine - 8x50mmR
A soldier in foreground carries a Berthier.
The same soldier in the middle.
SB Berthier 3.jpg

M1 Carbine

French troops and commandos use M1 Carbines against the Việt Minh.

Korean War era M1 Carbine, with birch stock, adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine
Tual adjusts the sights during practice shooting with an M1.
Commandos with carbines during the village raid.
Commandos fighting in the jungle.

Mauser Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is seen in the hands of French soldiers and Việt Minh guerillas.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier in the middle with a Kar98k.
Tual inspects a captured rifle.
A corporal with a Kar98k.
Nice view of the rifle.
Various weapons captured after the fall of the French fort. A lot of Kar98ks included.

Norinco Type 56 Carbine

Việt Minh soldiers and some colonial soldiers carry Norinco Type 56 Carbines without bayonets.

Norinco Type 56 Carbine - 7.62x39mm
French colonial soldiers with SKSs during the beach battle.
Colonial soldiers.
A Black Commando member with a captured SKS.
Việt Minh troops advancing on the surrendering Cariou.
A Việt Minh guerilla loots the bodies of dead French soldiers. The space for the bayonet is pretty visible.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

Japanese soldiers are incorrectly equipped with the Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine. Việt Minh guerillas use these rifles as well.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mmR
Việt Minh forces ambush French soldiers.
A Việt Minh guerilla escorts French POWs.

Unknown Rifle

French troops capture some rifles, but it is hard to determinate what rifles they are.

Tual with a captured rifle.

Submachine Guns

MAS-38

French Army soldiers, most prominently Robert Tual (Abraham Belaga), use the MAS-38.

MAS-38 - 7.65x20mm Longue
Tual firing the MAS-38 during the battle on the beach.
Charging Tual.
A French soldier hiding in the jungle with the MAS-38. We can distinguish the offset sight.
Tual's MAS-38 at the river checkpoint.

M1928A1 Thompson

Several commandos use M1928A1 Thompsons with a 20-round magazines. Tual and Quoc use their SMGs without stocks.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Tual shows how neutralize a sentry.
Cariou with his Thompson during the village raid.
A commando discovers dead French soldiers.

Sten

Numerous French soldiers are equipped with the Sten.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
French soldiers learn the disassembly of the weapon at the beginning of the film.
A French soldier fighting on the beach.
The French Lieutenant holds the Sten in a very curious way.
Cariou's Sten.
Cariou firing the Sten, the only time in the film when the Sten is held in (what is usually considered) the proper way- by the receiver, not the magazine.

MP41

An MP41 is briefly seen during the beach battle.

MP41 - 9x19mm
The MP41 circled in red.

PPSh-41

Việt Minh troops and Vietnamese commandos use the PPSh-41.

PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A French commando with a captured PPSH.

PPS-43

Several Việt Minh fighters and later the traitor Cariou use the PPS-43 (or Chinese copy) against French troops.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Cariou and group of Việt Minh ambush a small French recon unit.
Same scene.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk1 (M)

A Bren is used by a Black Commando member. It appears to be the Mk1 (M) variant.

Bren Mk1 (M) - .303 British
A commando attacking a Việt Minh village.
SB Bren 2.jpg

Other

Japanese Weapons

At the end of the WWII, Japanese troops occupying Indochina surrender to the French Army. They drop their weapons, but none look accurate for the Imperial Japanese Army.

"Japanese" weapons surrendered to French troops. A Kar98k, Mosin Nagant and a few Lee-Enfield No.1 Mark III*s.

Note

Roger Vanderberghe

The character depicted by Abraham Belaga, Robert Tual, is heavly inspirated by the Chief Warrant Officer Roger Vanderberghe. A resistant fighter at age of 16 and who joined regular army with his brother after WW2 for duty in Indochina. In 1948 his brother, his last family, is KIA. He becomes Sergeant and lead a recon platoon composed only by anticommunist local soldiers. The efficients of all actions behind ennemy lines are due that Vanderberghe use non conventional warfare tactics and copy the same strategy and use similar uniform than the Việt Minh. Later finally promuted Chief Warrant Officer, his commando, the number 24, whose the members are nicknamed The Black Tigers is one of the best unit of the war, even the Việt Minh command put a reward over Vanderberghe (a reward that Vanderberghe stole after pretending being captured, but the soldiers who claimed the reward were in fact his own). All the members of the commando are Vietnamese soldiers and ex Việt Minh soldiers, only the officers and NCOs are French. But in January 1952, he is assassinated while sleeping at age of 24, betrayed by an ex Việt Minh figther, who was infiltrated. He was the most decorated NCOs of 20th century with 5 medals and 18 citations, he was also wounded 8 times. General De Lattre de Tassigny said of him. Let France give me 100 Vanderberghe, and we will defeat the Việt Minh...



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