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A Captain's Honor (L'Honneur d'un capitaine)

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A Captain's Honor
(L'Honneur d'un capitaine)
L'Honneur d'un capitaine Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer
Release Date 1982
Language French
Studio Bela Productions
TF1 Films Production
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Marcel Caron Jacques Perrin
Patricia Caron Nicole Garcia
Barrister Gillard Charles Denner
Barrister Valouin Claude Jade
Chief Barrister Georges Wilson
Maj. Guilloux Robert Etcheverry
Gen. Keller Georges Marchal

A Captain's Honor (original title L'Honneur d'un capitaine) is a 1982 French war drama directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer. In modern France a historian abuses in war crimes Capt. Marcel Caron, a French officer who perished in Algerian war. Caron's widow starts a trial against the historian. During the trial several last days of Capt. Caron are shown in flashbacks.

The following weapons were used in the film A Captain's Honor (L'Honneur d'un capitaine):



Capt. Marcel Caron (Jacques Perrin) carries an M1911 pistol in US Army M1916 holster.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A small part of the grip is seen.
The grip of the pistol is seen better on a production image of the filming.

Submachine Guns


Many French soldiers, including Schuster (Patrick Chauvel) and Marchi (Christophe Malavoy), are armed with MAT-49 SMGs.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A soldier holds a MAT-49 with folded magazine.
Jean-François Schuster (Patrick Chauvel) with a MAT-49.
Soldiers with MAT-49s stand in formation.


A warrant officer (uncredited) of Capt. Caron's unit carries an MP40 SMG.

MP40 - 9x19mm
L'Honneur d'un capitaine-MP40-2.jpg



Most French soldiers are armed with MAS-36 rifles. A MAS-36 CR39 is seen in the documentary footage of the Indochina war.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
Soldiers with MAS-36 rifles carry their wounded comrade.
Soldiers with MAS-36 rifles and MAT-49 SMGs stand in formation.
Pvt. Ho Minh (Harold Minh) with a MAS-36 and two hand grenades.
MAS-36 CR39 with aluminum folding stock designed for paratroopers - 7.5x54mm French
Footage scene.

M1 Carbine

Capt. Marcel Caron (Jacques Perrin) and some other officers, including Maj. Guilloux (Robert Etcheverry), carry M1 Carbines. An M1 Carbine with folding stock is seen in the documentary footage of the Indochina war.

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
Capt. Caron carries an M1 Carbine.
Capt. Caron (at the left) with M1 Carbine in action.
A promotion image.
M1A1 Carbine with original L style rear sights, and side-folding stock, often referred to as the 'Paratrooper' carbine - .30 Carbine.
Footage scene.

Unidentified sniper rifle

In one scene a French soldier fires a sniper rifle. It is seen in distance and blurry.

L'Honneur d'un capitaine-Sniper-1.jpg

Mauser rifle

A Mauser-style rifle is briefly seen in one scene.

A soldier throws a rifle, taken from an Algerian rebel.

Various rifles

A pile of various rifles, taken from Algerian rebels, is seen in one scene.

A pile of rifles is seen at the right. A MAS-36 and a Berthier-style rifle can be identified.

Assault Rifles


When Patricia Caron visits her son Pierre (Alain Bastien-Thiry) in Saint-Cyr Military School, Pierre and other cadets are seen on shooting range with FAMAS F1 assault rifles.

FAMAS F1 - 5.56x45mm
Cadets on shooting range.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

Chatellerault M1924/29 machine guns are seen in hands of French soldiers during the Algerian war.

Chatellerault M1924/29 Light Machine Gun - 7.5 x 54mm
A machine gun in action.
A soldier carries a Chatellerault.

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 machine guns are seen mounted on jeeps and trucks.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
An M1919 is mounted on a jeep.
M1919s are mounted on a jeep and on a track (at the background).
During the filming: film director Pierre Schoendoerffer stands next to the jeep with M1919 machine gun.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HB heavy machine guns are seen mounted on M8 Greyhound armoured cars and half-track APCs.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A Browning M2HB is top-mounted on M8 Greyhound.
A Browning M2HB is mounted on half-track (at the left).


An MG42 is seen in Capt. Caron's headquarters. It isn't used in action.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG42 is seen on the wall.

Other Weapons

Gras Bolt Action Shotgun

A Gras Model 1874 Shotgun conversion is seen in Capt. Caron's headquarters.

A Gras 1874 rifle converted into a 12 Gauge shotgun. Manufactured in Belgium.
The Gras is seen on the wall above an MG42.

M8 Flare Pistol

In one scene Capt. Caron (Jacques Perrin) signals to attack with an M8 Flare Pistol.

M8 Flare Pistol - 37mm
L'Honneur d'un capitaine-M8-1.jpg

F1 Hand Grenade

Some soldiers carry F1 hand grenades.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1935 fuse.
Pvt. Ho Minh (Harold Minh) with a MAS-36 and two hand grenades.

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