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Army of Shadows

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Army of Shadows
DVD Cover
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Release Date 1969
Language French
Studio Les Films Corona
Fono Roma
Distributor Rialto Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Philippe Gerbier Lino Ventura
Luc Jardie Paul Meurisse
Jean François Jardie Jean-Pierre Cassel
Mathilde Simone Signoret
Felix Lepercq Paul Crauchet
Guillaume 'Le Bison' Vermersch Christian Barbier

Army of Shadows (L'armee des ombres) is a 1969 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville chronicling a group of French resistance fighters between October 1942 and February 1943.

The following firearms were used in the film Army of Shadows:

Colt M1911

Colt M1911 pistols are the main sidearms of most of the resistance fighters, including Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura), Félix Lepercq (Paul Crauchet), and ex-legionnaire Guillaume 'Le Bison' Vermersch (Christian Barbier). Since they are funded and supplied by the British in the film, with Philippe and Felix once even mentioning that the British were supposed to supply them with silencers, it can be assumed that the M1911 pistols were also British surplus.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Félix prepares to execute an informant with his M1911.
Gerbier reaches for the M1911 inside his writing desk.
Le Bison draws his M1911 from inside his jacket.
Le Bison fires his M1911 at an informant on the street.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Gerbier's team of Canadian, Belgian, and British commandos assisting with one of their missions carries small-caliber pistols resembling Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistols.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol - .32 ACP
Gerbier's commandos aim their pistols through the ceiling.

SACM mle. 1935A

Jean-François Jardie (Jean-Pierre Cassel), an ex-pilot resistance fighter, carries a French SACM mle. 1935A pistol as his sidearm.

French SACM M1935A Pistol - 7.65 x 22mm Longue
Jean-François draws his pistol when he hears a sound during a nighttime mission.

Walther PPK

An SS officer fires his Walther PPK at Gerbier inside the execution chamber.

Early Waffenamt marked Walther PPK. Note the differences: orange bakelite grips, lanyard ring, smaller rear sight, grooved top and irregular front - 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
The officer fires his PPK at Gerbier's legs.


Many Nazi German guards throughout the film carry MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A guard stands with an MP40 as Gerbier is led into a room to wait for the Gestapo agents.
The guard's MP40 is silhouetted as Gerbier watches the radio operators.
The guard stands with his MP40.
Two MP40-carrying guards open the door to Felix and Jean-François's cell to let the doctor examine Felix.

Karabiner 98k

Several German sentries and guards carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Rifle-carrying SS guards lead the prisoners, including Gerbier, through the prison.


The Vichy French officers in the film all carry MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-36 7.5x54mm French
Two Vichy French officers accompany Gerbier to his room in the first camp.

MG 34

An MG 34 is set up in the execution chamber of the German prison.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Several SS soldiers man the MG 34.

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