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1918: Uprising of the Sailors

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1918: Uprising of the Sailors
1918: Aufstand der Matrosen
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Jens Becker
Release Date October 28, 2018
Language German
Studio Riva Filmproduktion
Main Cast
Character Actor
Karl Artelt Lucas Prisor
Helene Hartung Henriette Confurius
August Hartung Alexander Finkenwirth
Gustav Noske Rainer Reiners
Wilhelm Souchon Ernst Stötzner
Lothar Popp Dennis Schigiol
Herman Knüfken Martin Winkelmann

1918: Uprising of the Sailors is a 2018 documentary about the days between October 30 and November 9, 1918, which led to the emergence of the Weimar Republic: Shortly before the end of World War I, the sailors of several ships refuse to sail out for a senseless decisive battle against the British Navy. In Kiel, thousands of working-class men and women side with the rebels, demanding first an end to the war and then also the deposition of the emperor. The docudrama centers on sailor Karl Artelt, his fiancée Helene Hartung, her brother August, SPD Reichstag member Gustav Noske and the governor of Kiel, Admiral Wilhelm Souchon.

The following weapons were used in the film 1918: Uprising of the Sailors:


Luger P08 (Denix)

Several sailors including Karl Artelt (Lucas Prisor) and Werner Riedel (Andreas Dobberkau) arm themselves with Luger P08s which appear to be Denix replicas.

Denix Luger P08 non-firing replica
Karl with his Luger celebrates together with liberated sailors.
Karl and Werner point their pistols at a conductor at the Kiel train station.
A promotional picture of the scene above offering a better view of the Lugers.

Reichsrevolver M1879

Two Reichsrevolver M1879s are briefly seen distributed by Werner Riedel (Andreas Dobberkau).

Reichsrevolver M1879 - 10.6x25R
Seen in the lower left corner.


Gewehr 1888/05

German sailors and soldiers are armed with Gewehr 1888/05 which is correct for rearguard troops during WWI.

Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm
A sentry at the Navy HQ in Kiel stand guard with his Gewehr.
A prison guard looks at Helene Hartung.
Helene in control of the guard's rifle.
A view of the thick muzzle.
Herman Knüfken holds a Gewehr during a firefight with goverment troops.

Berthier Mle. 1916 Carabine

Some French Berthier Model 1916 Carabines are also used by sailors. This is probably a substitute for other German service rifles from that time period but is not entirely historically incorrect; since many weapons from the French army were also reused by German troops, even if in small numbers.

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine - 8x50mm R
Karl takes a Berthier carbine.
A sailor carries a Berthier over his back.
A sailor and soldier celebtrate.

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