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Bridge, The (1959)
The Bridge (German title: Die Brücke) is a 1959 WWII film based on the novel by Manfred Gregor and directed by Bernhard Wicki. Set during the final months of the war in Europe when the Germans conscripted teenagers and old men to defend the crumbling Reich, the film focuses on seven teens who are abandoned by the retreating, demoralized Wehrmacht to defend a worthless bridge against advancing Americans. The film was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film in 1960 and is considered by many to be the greatest German film about World War II and among the greatest anti-war films of all time. The film was released after the also successful German movie Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? of the same year. An eponymous remake was released for television in 2008.
The following weapons were used in the film The Bridge:
Throughout the film, Jϋrgen Borchert (Frank Glaubrecht) carries his father’s Walther PP.
A German military police officer challenges Corporal Heilmann (Günter Pfitzmann) with his Luger P08.
Military policemen and German officers carry the MP40. Also, protagonist Jϋrgen Borchert (Frank Glaubrecht) uses an MP40 instead of his original weapon - an MP44 - when firing his gun. This MP is fitted with a wooden stock and a thicker magazine.
M3 / M3A1 "Grease Gun"
Throughout the film, US soldiers use the M3 / M3A1 "Grease Gun".
Wehrmacht soldiers use the Karabiner 98k.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
Some Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles can be seen.
Karabinek wz. 1929
At least one German soldier can be seen with a WZ29 Polish Mauser rifle.
An Italian Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle is briefly seen carried by a German soldier on a lorry.
U.S. soldiers use the M1 Garand.
Some GIs are armed with M1 Carbines.
Jϋrgen Borchert (Frank Glaubrecht) uses a Sturmgewehr 44 as a sniper rifle. However, during actual shooting scenes the MP44 inexplicably trades place with an MP40.
Hans Scholten (Folker Bohnet), Albert Mutz (Fritz Wepper), Karl Horber (Karl Michael Balzer) and Klaus Hager (Volker Lechtenbrink) fire an MG42 during the defense of the bridge. Another one is mounted in the hull of a mocked-up Sherman tank.
The weapon closet includes some Jäger Rifles.
Walter Forst (Michael Hinz) uses the Panzerfaust to knock out several U.S. tanks.