Wings

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Wings (1927)

Wings (1927) was directed by William A. Wellman and was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The movie remains as one of the best aerial combat pictures ever made and was the very first to receive the Academy Award for Best Picture. Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers (as Charles Rogers), Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel, Richard Tucker, and Gary Cooper starred in the film. Two chums in love with the same girl join the American Expeditionary Forces as combat pilots in France.

The following firearms were used in the film Wings:

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M1903 Springfield

AEF infantry wield the M1903 Springfield Mk1 rifle.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06.
A doughboy finds a fallen comrade.
Mary Preston (Clara Bow) and doughboys celebrate the aerial victory of Jack Powell (Buddy Rogers).
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Mauser Gewehr 1898

German forces wield the Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifle.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Vickers Mk 1 Aerial Gun

AEF fighter planes are equipped with the Vickers Mk 1 Aerial Gun.

Vickers gun with ribbed water jacket - .303 British.
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Jack attacks a German observation balloon.

Browning M1917

AEF infantry deploy the Browning M1917 machine gun against enemy forces.

Browning M1917 - .30-06‎.
Cadet Airmen train with the Browning.
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Note there is no bottom plate which identifies an earlier variant.

Lewis Gun

Cadet Airmen train with a Lewis Gun.

Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British.
Lewis gun on the right.
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Maxim MG08/15

German troops deploy the Maxim MG08/15 machine gun against the AEF, both on the ground and in the air.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
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A German gunner operates the Maxim from a Gotha bomber.
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Maxim MG08

German troops deploy the Maxim MG08 machine gun against AEF infantrymen.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
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155 mm Howitzer

German forces deploy a 155 mm Howitzer.

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German observers direct howitzer fire from an observation balloon

German 240 millimetre Albrecht Trench Mortar

German forces deploy the 240 millimetre Albrecht Trench Mortar against AEF infantry.

High Explosive Smooth Bore Mortar
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