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War of the Worlds, The (1953)

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The War of the Worlds (1953)

The War of the Worlds is the 1953 film adaptation of the famous H.G. Wells novel of the same name. Widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction novel-to-film adaptations, the film does take several creative liberties with the original story, namely the location of the film taking place in California instead of the United Kingdom, the setting in the then-present day 1950s rather than the 1890s, and many of the title characters that appear in the novel being completely absent in the film adaptation. Nevertheless, the film garnered much critical acclaim and status that still continues to this day. A second film adaptation starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg was released in 2005.

The following weapons were used in the film The War of the Worlds:

M1 Carbine

Used by the USMC and the U.S Army Soldiers.

World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - correct for most of WW2, shown with khaki sling and Magazine pouch for buttstock
U.S. Army personnel are seen armed with their M1 Carbines.

M1 Garand

Used by the USMC and U.S Army Soldiers.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06

M20 "Super Bazooka" (3.5" Rocket)

Used by the USMC and the U.S Army Soldiers.

Chinese Type 51, a copy of the M20A1 "Super Bazooka" - 3.5"
Several U.S. soldiers fire their M20 "Super Bazookas" at the Martian war machines during the first battle in the film.

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4s are used by the USMC Machine Gun Platoon.

Browning M1919 .30-06 on M2 tripod
Several USMC personnel are seen with their Browning M1919s at the ready in anticipation for the upcoming battle.
Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06
The Browning M1919A4 as seen folded up on the Jeep as the U.S. military prepares to set up a base of operations at the crash site of the Martian meteor.

Browning M2HB

Used by the USMC machine gun platoon.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG


Used by the USMC Mortar Platoon.

M2 60mm Mortar
The USMC soldiers fire their M2 Mortars at the Martian war machines during the first battle in the film.

Trivia Section

  • The "Flying Wing" is a Northrop YB-49 which predates the present day B-2 Spirit of the same manufacturer. The flight scenes are original test flight footage.

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