Above Us the Waves
Above us the waves is a 1955 war film dramatisation of the British Navy’s attempts to sink or disable the German Battleship Tirpitz using midget submarines.
The following weapons were used in the film Above Us the Waves:
Lanchester Mk.I submachine gun
Lanchester Mk.I submachine guns are carried by German sailors, standing for Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II. These weapons were still standard equipment in the Royal Navy at the time (the production was assisted by the Royal Navy, who provided technical assistance and ships).
In a continuity error one of the guards Lanchesters becomes an M1 Thompson in the final scene (This sequence is obviously studio based so the location props were unavailable).
In a continuity error one of the guards Lanchesters becomes an MP40 in the final scene (This sequence is obviously studio based so the location props were unavailable).
The Karabiner 98k is seen being used by both German soldiers and sailors in the film.
MG17 machine gun
KMS Tirpitz is equipped with these weapons, which are conversions of aircraft machine guns for ground use. The guns are also fitted with fake side mounted magazines. Their use in this context by the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) may be incorrect (see the discussion page for further details).
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon
The German Patrol boat is briefly seen armed with a Oerlikon 20mm Cannon.