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Land of Mine

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Land of Mine
Under Sandet
LandofMine.jpg
Movie Poster
Country DEN.jpg Denmark
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Martin Zandvliet
Release Date December 3, 2015
Language Danish
English
German
Studio Nordisk Film
Amusement Park Films
Distributor K5 International
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sgt. Carl Rasmussen Roland Møller
Kaptajn Ebbe Jensen Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Sebastian Schumann Louis Hofmann
Ludwig Haffke Oskar Bökelmann
Karin Laura Bro
Helmut Morbach Joel Basman
Wilhelm Hahn Leon Seidel


Land of Mine (Danish title:Under Sandet; German title:Unter dem Sand) is a 2015 Danish-German drama film directed by Martin Zandvliet. After the surrender of the German Armed forces in May 1945, a group of young German POWs under the command of Sgt. Carl Rasmussen is forced to demine the Danish West Coast. Like so many of his fellow Danes, Sgt. Rasmussen has a deep hatred for the Germans after having suffered five years of hardships during the occupation.

The film is based on true events. Since the Wehrmacht feared an invasion by the Allies, it had a complex system of tank traps, guard installations, bunkers, and land mines built: the Atlantic Wall. The west coast of Jutland, where more than two million land mines were buried, seemed to be a very likely invasion area. These had to be cleared again at the end of the war. Although the Geneva Convention of 1929 forbade any kind of forced labor for prisoners of war, the British military, in coordination with the Danish government, declared some of its German POWs to be volunteer personnel of the enemy. Part of this clearing squad were boys between 15 and 18 years of age who had been drafted shortly before from the school bench into the Wehrmacht or Volkssturm. These had to defuse the landmines in Denmark as "volunteers". They were neither trained for this nor did they have the appropriate equipment. From May 11 to October 4, 1945, these POWs cleared 1,402,000 mines, according to military documents. There are no exact figures on the number of people deployed. Depending on the source, the number was between 2,000 and 2,600.


The following weapons were used in the film Land of Mine:


Handguns

Bergmann-Bayard M1910/21

The personal firearm of Sgt. Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller) is a Bergmann-Bayard M1910/21 pistol which is only seen in his holster.

Bergmann-Bayard M1910/21 - 9x23 mm Largo
A promotional picture of Roland Møller with the pistol.
Another promotional picture of Sgt. Carl Rasmussen holding the Bergmann-Bayard at Helmut Morbach (Joel Basman) which keeps wearing his German Oberleutnant (First lieutenant) uniform Officers were actually separated from the lower ranks and did not have to do such work.
A good view of the holster.

Webley Mk. VI

A British officer (Thomas Østergaard) is briefly seen with a Webley Mk VI revolver during the humiliation of the PoWs.

Webley Mark VI - .455 Webley
He points his Webley at the prisoners after his comrades urinate and try to defecate on them.

Submachine Guns

Suomi KP/-31

A Danish soldier is briefly seen with a Suomi KP/-31 Submachine Gun with a 50-round stick magazine.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The soldier with the submachine gun opens the camp gate. Note the Swedish M1926 helmets that are worn by the soldiers instead of their own M1923 helmet.

Rifles

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

One Danish soldier is seen with a Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* at the beginning of the movie while escorting German POWs.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III* - .303 British
The soldier on the left. Note the patches of the British 1st Airborne Division on Rasmussen's upper arm.

Mauser Model 1896

Danish soldiers carry 1896 Swedish Mauser rifles.

Mauser Gevär m/1896/11 (Carl Gustaf) - 6.5x55mm
Two Danish soldiers on the left with Swedish Mausers.
The soldiers walk behind the POWs who are ordered to go over the minefield to make sure if it is clear.

Karabiner 98k

Danish soldiers can also be seen with Karabiner 98ks at the beginning and as Sgt. Rasmussen is at the hospital.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier on the right carries his Kar98k over his back.

Mines

An overview of all mine types buried on the beaches.

Tellermine 42

The Tellermine 42 anti-tank mine is the most used mine on the beaches which is also explained to the prisoners by Kaptajn (Captain) Ebbe Jensen (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). All of Rasmussen's prisoners are seen handling them.

Tellermine 42
Helmut Morbach removes the Tellermine's fuse during the training in a bunker.
A mine taken by Werner Lessner (Oskar Belton).
Ludwig Haffke (Oskar Bökelmann) counts Tellerminen before the removal.
A huge amount of Tellerminen.
Albert Bewer (Levin Henning) loads a mine on the truck.

Holzmine 42

All of the German POWs are seen handling several Holzmine 42 anti-tank mines.

Holzmine 42
Sebastian Schumann (Louis Hofmann) takes the fuse of a Holzimine...
... and removes it.
The defused mine next to him.
Several Holzminen at the gathering point piled up by Ludwig.

Stockmine M43

The Stockmine M43 is the second most placed mine type on the beaches.

Stockmine M43 or also called "Betonmine"
Ludwig and Sebastian removing the strings of Stockminen.
Ernst Lessner (Emil Belton) next to a Stockmine.

Schützenmine 42

Wilhelm Hahn (Leon Seidel) is seen defusing a Schützenmine 42.

Schützenmine 42
UnderSandet-Schutzenmine1.jpg

S-Mine 35

Some S-Mines are rarely seen defused by the prisoners.

Schrapnellmine 35
Two defused S-Mines are taken by Ludwig.

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