World War III

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World War III
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Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by David Greene
Boris Sagal
Release Date 1982
Language English
Studio National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Distributor National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)
Warner Bros. Pictures(home video)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Colonel Jake Caffey David Soul
Major Kate Breckenridge Cathy Lee Crosby
Commander Alexander Vorashin Jeroen Krabbé
President Thomas McKenna Rock Hudson
Gen. Aleksey Rudenski Robert Prosky
Secretary General Gorny (Soviet Premier) Brian Keith
Captain Cordobes Richard Yniguez
Sgt. Parson Marcus K. Mukai


The following weapons were used in the miniseries World War III:

World War III is a two part television mini-series that originally aired on the National Broadcasting Corporation on Jan 31 and Feb 1, 1982. The story is set in the then futuristic year of 1987 and reflects the fears about a renewed Cold War. The United States has a grain embargo against the U.S.S.R. which other nations have joined. The Soviet Union is experiencing domestic strife due to a lack of food. The Soviet government sends in paratroopers to seize a strategically placed pumping station on the Alaskan pipeline. The Soviets demand that the grain embargo be lifted or the station will be destroyed and a crucial source of oil for the United States will flow out into the Alaskan wilderness. A small unit of Alaskan Army National Guardsmen happen to be nearby conducting training. David Soul portrays a Regular Army Colonel who is ordered by the president to take command of the National Guardsmen (after they are Federalized) and hold the pumping station against the Soviet troops until reinforcements can reach them - which is problematic due to a large winter storm having settled over Alaska. Director Boris Sagal (The Omega Man) was killed early in the production (May 22, 1981) when he walked into the tail rotor of a helicopter that he had just exited. It appeared that he was looking at a camera and turned the wrong way. Director David Greene was brought in to finish the production. The production is dedicated to him.

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Pistols

M1911A1

The M1911A1 pistol is carried by several US officers in the miniseries, including Colonel Jake Caffey (David Soul) and Capt. Angel Cordobes (Richard Yniguez).

US Army-issued M1911A1 with parkerized finish - .45 ACP
The M1911A1 pistol is held by Colonel Jake Caffey (David Soul).
The M1911A1 pistol is drawn by Capt. Angel Cordobes (Richard Yniguez).

Walther PP

Commander Alexander Vorashin (Jeroen Krabbé) carries what appears to be a Walther PP Pistol as his sidearm. In reality, the pistol was probably used as a substitute for the Makarov PM.

Post war Walther PP Pistol - .32 ACP
Commander Alexander Vorashin (Jeroen Krabbé) carries what appears to be a Walther PP Pistol as his sidearm.
TCommander Alexander Vorashin (Jeroen Krabbé) armed with what appears to be a Walther PP Pistol.

Rifles/Carbines

M16 (SP1)

The majority of the US troops in the miniseries are armed with M16 (SP1) rifles with slab-side receivers. The M16s used in this scene are a mixture of rifles with 3-prong flash hiders and rifles with M16A1-style "birdcage" flash hiders.

M16 with 20-round magazine and original 3-prong flash hider - 5.56x45mm
The rifles are seen carried.
An M16 (SP1) rifle is held by Colonel Jake Caffey (David Soul).
M16 (SP1) with 20 round magazine and A1 Flash Hider - 5.56x45mm
A US chopper pilot fires the M16 (SP1) rifle with an A1 Flash Hider.
Sgt. Johnny Parson (Marcus K. Mukai) holds the M16 (SP1) rifle with an A1 Flash Hider.
Major Kate Breckenridge (Cathy Lee Crosby) uses the M16 (SP1) rifle.

Valmet M76 Carbine

Soviet troops appear to be armed with the Valmet M76 Carbine. The use of these rifles were meant to be a substitute for such AK rifles as the AKS-47.

Valmet M76 Carbine
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Valmet M71S

Other Soviet troops are armed with the Valmet M71S rifle. It was common for productions made in the 1970's and early 1980's to use the Valmet M71S rifle as a substitute for the AK-47.

A Valmet M71S chambered in 5.56x45mm (.223). The Valmet was also offered in 7.62x39mm
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Submachine Guns

MAC-11

A suppressed MAC-11 is used by Markland to eliminate targets.

RPB Industries M11A1 - .380 ACP
A suppressed MAC-11 is used by Markland to eliminate targets.

Other

M72 LAW

An M72 LAW rocket launcher is seen about to be used by a Russian soldier. This launcher is American made and is similar to the Russian RPG-22 (however that launcher wasn't introduced until 1985).

M72 LAW - 66mm
An M72 LAW rocket launcher is seen about to be used by a Russian soldier.

Mk II hand grenade

A Mk II hand grenade is used by Capt. Angel Cordobes (Richard Yniguez).

Mk II hand grenade.
A Mk II hand grenade about to be used by Capt. Angel Cordobes (Richard Yniguez).



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