|| United Kingdom|
||December 25, 2019
1917 is a 2019 World War I movie directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall). With World War I at its peak, Blake and Schofield, two young British soldiers, are ordered to travel deep through hostile land to deliver an important message. But it's a race against time because this message has to be delivered fast enough to prevent an attack that would mean certain death for hundreds of soldiers. The cast also includes Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The following weapons were used in the film 1917:
Webley Mk. VI
British officers are armed with Webley Mk VI revolvers which are mainly seen holstered including by General Erinmore (Colin Firth), Lieutenant Leslie (Andrew Scott), Captain Smith (Mark Strong), Colonel MacKenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch), Major Hepburn (Adrian Scarborough) and Lieutenant Blake (Richard Madden). Nevertheless, some officers can be seen with revolvers drawn at the end.
Webley Mk. IV - .455 Webley
Captain Smith talking with Schofield; the Webley's grip can be seen in his holster.
Sergeant Guthrie (John Hollingworth
) holds his Webley while steadying his men.
Another officer on the right is armed with a Webley.
Colonel MacKenzie and his staff have holstered revolvers.
The holstered Webley of Lieutenant Blake.
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III
British soldiers including Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) can be seen with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles with various attachments. The attention to detail and setting of the film extends to correctly portraying both the SMLE's magazine capacity of ten rounds, as well as ensuring the rifles are properly rechambered between shots. One exceptional example of this is after Schofield fires his SMLE and doesn't rechamber it in one scene, several scenes, and tens of minutes later he cycles the bolt before firing at the start of the next engagement.
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III - .303 British. Introduced in 1907, this was the official battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.
A resting soldier on the right is seen with an SMLE equipped with a Winchester A5 telescopic sight.
Closer view of Schofield's rifle which lacks the magazine cut-off but has the rounded striker.
Before going into No Man's land, Schofield takes a 5-round stripper clip to load his rifle which means that the chamber already contains a stripper clip. This was a common technique at that time for the Lee-Enfield rifle to prevent wear on the magazine spring.
Blake carries his SMLE, now fixed with a P07 sword bayonet, in No Man's Land. The magazine cut-off is visible. Note Schofield's trigger discipline - as with the video game Battlefield 1
, both soldiers exercise the safety practice long before it was taught as standard military practice.
Blake checks a corner in the German trench. He took a bit of care of the muddy receiver in the previous scene.
Schofield cycles the bolt handle after firing at the sniper.
British soldiers of the Devonshire Regiment resting with their rifles.
A soldier's SMLE is equipped with a 1917 wire cutter at the muzzle.
Mauser Gewehr 1898
German soldiers can be seen carrying Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Notably, seen firing from the hip in the ruins of Écoust-Saint-Mein.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Schofield encounters the German sniper (Bogdan Kumsackij) who holds the rifle in his left hand.
A better view of the same rifle lying on the floor.
Several Lewis Guns can be seen transported by British soldiers through the trenches. Most of them are equipped with dust covers on the muzzles.
A Lewis Gun
can be seen transported by a British soldier through the trenches.
Another Lewis with dust cover being carried to the frontline.
The soldier to the left removed the cover from his gun.
Maxim LMG 08/15
A pair of LMG 08/15 Air machine guns are mounted on the Albatros D. III biplane of the German pilot (Robert Maaser).
LMG 08/15 Air-Cooled - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The two Maxims mounted in the burning wreck.
Before the journey, Blake and Schofield get some Mills Bombs.
Two Mills bombs, for one each Blake and Schofield, on the table.
A soldier on the frontline distributes grenades.
Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III*
A Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III* signal pistol is handed over by Private Kilgour (Spike Leighton) and Lieutenant Leslie (Andrew Scott) to Blake before going into No Man's Land.
Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III* Signal Pistol - 1 inch - brass frame and barrel
"I do hate losing these to the Hun.
Kilgour gives Lt. Leslie the Flare gun that he organized.
"So, when they start shooting at you, could you be so kind as to throw it back. There's a good chap.
Blake with the received gun told by Leslie how valuable it is to him.
Having made it through the German lines, he inserts a round into it.
Mark II Tank
Mark I "male" tank, named C-15, near Thiepval, 25 September 1916. The Mark II looks almost identical, with a few changes to the turret and armor.
An unknown howitzer/siege gun can be seen in the abandoned artillery base, which could be some sort of a Ringkanone or either a captured French 155 mm Conan model 1877.
15 cm Kanone 16
Disabled 15 cm Kanone 16 howitzers are also stationed in the base. It is a nice idea to use a completely different German howitzer than the 21 cm Mörser 16 for a WWI movie.