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Shock Troop is a 1934 German war movie that became a big box-office hit at the time and also hit the screens in the U.S. a year later. This movie depicts the wartime experiences of a Bavarian Stoßtrupp who volunteer to go into the murderous battles of northern France and Flanders. The literary model is the war novel "Der Glaube an Deutschland" by the Nazi writer Hans Zöberlein, who was also responsible for the screenplay and - together with Ludwig Schmidt-Wildy - the direction.
This movie was to overshadow the two previously released anti-war films such as All Quiet on the Western Front and Westfront 1918, which were considered too pacifist at the time of national socialism. Nevertheless, there are some sources that say that Adolf Hitler himself also considered this movie to be too pacifist. Like the 1932 French movie Wooden Crosses, many fighting scenes were often reused by many movies, countless documentations, and some video game cutscenes.
The following weapons were used in the film Shock Troop:
During a briefing, an unknown pistol is lying on a map table. According to the size, it could be a Mauser Pocket Pistol.
Mauser Karabiner 98AZ
All Stoßtrupp squad members are seen with Mauser 98AZ Carbines which is accurate since it was the primary rifle for the German Shock Troops in World War One. Some English soldiers can be also seen with this rifle. Notable users are Girgl (Beppo Brem), Heiner (Max Zankl), Anderl (Hans Pössenbacher), Martl (Karl Hanft), Max (Heinz Evelt), Gustl (Georg Emmerling), and Toni (Toni Eggert).
Mauser Gewehr 1898
Regular German infantry is armed with Gewehr 98 rifles. Some Post WWI Reichswehr G98M with tangent-leaf rear sights are also used by British soldiers.
Lebel Mle. 1886
The majority of French soldiers use Lebel 1886 rifles during the trench raid.
Berthier Mle. 1902
A French soldier is briefly seen with a Berthier Model 1902 rifle.
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III
In the second half of the movie, the squad was transferred to Flanders and Cambrai to fight against British forces. The majority of these British forces are armed with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles but some British soldiers are also armed with Mauser 98AZ Carbines.
Maxim MG 08
A Maxim MG08 is briefly seen in a German trench.
Maxim MG 08/15
One of the Shock Troop members is equipped with a Maxim MG08/15.
St. Étienne Mle. 1907
Two French soldiers can be seen trying to put up a St. Étienne Mle 1907 in a crater.
Vickers Mk. I
Several Vickers machine guns are used by British forces.
At least one English soldier is very briefly seen with a Lewis Gun.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
German soldiers are equipped with anachronistic Model 24 Stielhandgranates standing in for accurate Model 15, Model 16 or a Model 17 Stielhandgranates which were used in this time period.
F1 Mle. 1916
French soldiers appear to be using correct F1 hand grenades.
The Mills Bomb is used by British soldiers and the German Shock Troop. Some members of the Shock Troop build a provisional Geballte Ladung with several to take out a British Mark IV Tank.
Hebel Model 1894 Flare Pistol
A Hebel Flare Gun is used by a German officer.
10.5 cm Leichte Feldhaubitze 16
The Shock Troop is supported by various Krupp 10.5 cm leFH 16 Howitzers.
7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n. A.
An abandoned 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n. A. Field Gun is seen as British troops advance to German lines
Mark IV Tank
In the famous Battle of Cambrai, British troops are supported by various Mark IV "Male" and Mark IV "Female" Tanks.