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The Sea Wolves

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The Sea Wolves is a 1980 film based on the true story of a group of aging ex-soldiers from the Calcutta Light Horse (a reserve Cavalry unit of the British Indian Army - disbanded in 1947), enlisted by the British in March 1943 for a final mission (Operation Creek) to destroy a German ship, the Ehrenfels, in Portuguese India during World War II. The Ehrenfels was moored in the nearby Portuguese port of Goa, where it was able to observe British shipping and radio the information to German U-boats off shore. Portugal was neutral so the Ehrenfels was safe from direct British military action.The British had to go with a covert operation to sink the German ships. The Calcutta Light Horse, Scottish Calcutta and several SOE agents attacked the Ehrenfels and several other German ships on March 9, 1943. The operation was a success. The full details of the mission were not declassified until 1977. The film, entertaining and well-acted by veteran stars such as Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Roger Moore (during the peak of his James Bond heyday), follows in the spirit of earlier films such as The Dirty Dozen and The Wild Geese.

The Sea Wolves
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Release Date 1980
Studio Lorimar Productions
Distributor Rank Film Distributors
Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Colonel Lewis Henry Owain Pugh Gregory Peck
Captain Gavin Stewart Roger Moore
Colonel W.H. Grice David Niven
Jack Cartwright Trevor Howard
Major 'Yogi' Crossley Patrick Macnee
Maclean Jack Watson
'Patch' Lovecroft William Morgan Sheppard
Ram Das Gupta Marc Zuber
Dickie Melborne Allan Cuthbertson
Robin Breene Moray Watson

The following firearms were used in the film The Sea Wolves:

Smith & Wesson Model 19

Capt. Gavin Stewart (Roger Moore) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 19 as his main sidearm while working in India for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert unit developed by the English during World War II. The Model 19 is anachronistic for the time period.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum - .357 magnum
Gavin apprehends Gupta with his S&W Model 19 while in Goa.
Gavin aims his S&W Model 19 at Trompeta.
Gavin with his S&W Model 19 during the group's theft of the Phoebe from Calcutta harbor.
Gavin prepares to aim his S&W Model 19 at the Phoebe's ship captain.
Gavin crouches inside Mrs. Cromwell's home with his S&W Model 19.

Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard"

Col. Lewis Pugh (Gregory Peck), a fellow SOE operative, carries another anachronistic handgun, the Smith & Wesson Model 38 "Bodyguard" as his main sidearm during the film.

Smith & Wesson Model 38, aluminum-alloy-framed version of Model 49 - .38 Special
Gavin and Lewis hold their revolvers on Gupta in Goa.
Lewis holds his S&W Model 38 on Trompeta (Wolf Kahler) before Trompeta wrestles for control of it.
Lewis's S&W Model 38 during the fight with Trompeta.

Browning Hi-Power

Ram Das Gupta (Marc Zuber), the Indian spy working for the Germans in Goa, aims a suppressed Browning Hi-Power at Gavin and Mrs. Cromwell inside Gavin's Goa hotel room. Gavin (Roger Moore) later takes it from him. Lewis (Gregory Peck) uses a suppressed Hi-Power during the Ehrenfels raid.

Browning Hi-Power fitted with suppressor - 9x19mm
Gupta aims at Gavin.
Lewis crouches outside the Ehrenfels with his suppressed Hi-Power.
Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
Gavin unknowingly holds the Hi-Power on Lewis.

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket

During the initial theft of the Phoebe from Calcutta harbor, retired Col. W.H. "Bill" Grice (David Niven) carries a blued Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket with wooden grips.

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket w/ wood grips - .25 ACP
Grice holds his Colt on an Indian sailor.

Webley Mk VI

Lewis (Gregory Peck) takes a military-issue .455 Webley Mk VI from the Indian captain of the Phoebe. The Webley has a lanyard ring.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
Lewis shows the captain's Webley to Bill Grice.


The MP40 submachine gun is the star of the latter portion of the film, used by almost all of the Calcutta Light Brigade during the storming of the Ehrenfels. They are seen used by Lewis (Gregory Peck), Dickie Melborne (Allan Cuthbertson), Williamson (Victor Langley), Maj. Yogi Crossley (Patrick Macnee), "Patch" Lovecroft (William Morgan Sheppard), Radcliffe (Michael Medwin), Robin Breene (Moray Watson), and Sandy Lumsdaine (Edward Dentith), as well as some of the German sailors who steal them from their captors.

MP40 9x19mm
Sandy practices firing the MP40 on board the Phoebe.
Sandy fires at the raised target.
The pile of weapons, consisting mostly of MP40s, Walther P38s and M24 Stielhandgranates, made available to the Calcutta Light Horse Brigade.
Two of the Calcutta Light Horse saboteurs apprehend a group of German deckhands on the Ehrenfels.
One of the Calcutta Light Horse saboteurs takes over a German naval officers' lounge on board the Ehrenfels.
Lovecroft holds his MP40 on a group of three German naval officers.
Lewis shoots the two German radio operators on board the Ehrenfels.

Walther PPK

One of the German agents who attempts to arrest Gavin in Mrs. Cromwell's Goa home carries a suppressed Walther PPK.

Walther PPK .380 fitted with a sound suppressor. (black grips)
The German agents, armed with a suppressed PPK and a suppressed Mauser, attempt to arrest Gavin.

Mauser 1934

One of the German agents who attempts to arrest Gavin in Mrs. Cromwell's Goa home carries a suppressed 1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
The German agents, armed with a suppressed PPK and a suppressed Mauser, attempt to arrest Gavin.
The agent takes cover with his suppressed Mauser.
The agent lays dead with his suppressed Mauser.

Walther P38

Several of the Calcutta Light Horse saboteurs, including Col. Bill Grice (David Niven), Maj. Yogi Crossley (Patrick Macnee), Lovecroft (William Morgan Sheppard), Radcliffe, and Barker (Patrick Holt), carry Walther P38 pistols as secondary weapons during the Ehrenfels raid. Some of the German sailors also fire at the men with P38s.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Bill fires his P38 at a German sailor. Ex-soldier David Niven does an excellent job of not blinking or flinching at all as he fires several rounds from his pistol.
Bill searches for the radio room with Sandy behind him.
Yogi holds his P38 as Lewis finds a hidden door on board the Ehrenfels.
Bill and two other saboteurs witness the shootings in the officers' lounge.

Luger P08

Another of the Calcutta Light Horse saboteurs, Williamson (Victor Langley), carries a Luger P08, as do the German captain, Rofer (George Mikell), and his first officer.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm.
Williamson boards the Ehrenfels with his Luger drawn.
The Calcutta Light Horse saboteurs take over the German officers' lounge.
The German first officer holds his Luger as he attempts to transmit.
Captain Rofer (George Mikell) aims his Luger at Lewis and Yogi.

M24 Stielhandgranate

The saboteurs, notably Col. Lewis Pugh (Gregory Peck), use Model 24 Stielhandgranates to aid in the destruction of the Ehrenfels.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" Stick grenade with Frag Sleeve.
Lewis prepares to destroy the Ehrenfels' radio room.
A handgranate lands near Robin's feet before he tosses it back at the Germans who threw it at him.

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