Wooden Crosses

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Wooden Crosses
Les Croix de Bois
Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Raymond Bernard
Release Date March 17, 1932
Language French
Main Cast
Character Actor
Adjudant Gilbert Demachy Pierre Blanchar
Sulphart Gabriel Gabrio
Caporal Breval Charles Vanel
Soldat Fouillard Raymond Aimos
Soldat Vieuble Antonin Artaud

Wooden Crosses (Les Croix de Bois) is a 1932 French war drama directed by Raymond Bernard. After completing his studies, Gilbert Demachy volunteered as a soldier. Initially naive, the war quickly changed him. The experience of impending death lies like an ominous shadow over his fate.

An American remake was released in 1936 titled The Road to Glory and stars Fredric March.

The following weapons were used in the film Wooden Crosses:



Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

The Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver seems to be the standard sidearm for French and German officers.

Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873 (blued) - 11x17.8mmR.
German officer carries his revolver during a French night raid.
Lieutenant Morache (René Montis) before the attack on the village.
Another German officer fires the revolver.
Morache in a foxhole in No Man's Land holds the revolver.


Lebel 1886

The French Army is armd with Lebel 1886 rifles. Adjudant Gilbert Demachy (Pierre Blanchar), Soldat Fouillard (Raymond Aimos), Soldat Vieublé (Antonin Artaud), Soldat Broucke (Paul Azaïs), Soldat Hamel (René Bergeron) and Soldat Vairon (Raymond Cordy) use Lebel rifles during the battles.

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
Gilbert Demachy holds his Lebel as he joins his unit in 1914.
French soldiers start attacking the village with Lebels with fixed Rosaline bayonets.
Left side of two Lebels fired by French soldiers.
An overview of a rifle.
French soldiers present their arms during a parade.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

German infantrymen carry Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rifle held by a retreating soldier.
German soldiers in a counterattack. Note the fixed Seitengewehr 98/05 bayonets.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ

At least, the German sniper team in the village is armd with a Karabiner 98AZ.

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine - 7.92x57mm.
The team spotted a single French soldier.
The sniper fires the carbine.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

Maxim MG08s are used by German soldiers.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Maxim being fired from a trench.
German soldiers in a ruin operate the machine gun.
Two Germans open fire at encircled French soldier in the church.

Hotchkiss M1914

The Hotchkiss M1914 is the standard machine gun for the French army.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel / 7.92x57mm Mauser / 11mm Gras
French MG-team transpots a Hotchkiss during urban warfare.
The Hotchkiss in action repealing a German attack.

Hand Grenades

Unknown Grenades

French soldiers use unknown grenades.



During the attack on the church, German soldiers are seen with some stick grenades



M1917 Flare Gun


Canon de 155mm GPF

Canon de 155mm GPF cannons are used by Republican forces.

Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux (GPF) - 155mm

Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897

Canon 75mm Mle 1897.

Canon de 155 C, mle 1917 Schneider

Canon 155mm Mle. 1917

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