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Battle of Algiers, The
The Battle of Algiers (French Title: La Bataille d'Alger; Italian Title: La battaglia di Algeri) is a 1966 war film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. Based on true events that occurred between 1954 and 1957, the film depicts the rise of an Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) cell in Algiers, its violent confrontations with the French colonial authorities, and its eventual destruction at the hands of French paratroopers. The film is widely regarded as a classic by revolutionaries and governments alike for its realistic portrayal of urban insurgent and counter-insurgency tactics.
The following weapons can be seen in the film The Battle of Algiers:
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver
Ali La Pointe (Brahim Hagiag) attempts to shoot a Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver at a gendarme during his first mission as a FLN guerrilla.
Mle 1892 Revolver
FLN guerrillas make frequent use of the Mle 1892 Revolver during hit-and-run attacks on French gendarmes.
MAB Model D
Gendarmes are armed with MAB Model D pistols, which the FLN guerrillas often capture after their attacks.
M1911A1 pistols are seen in the waistbands of FLN guerrillas. One is also seen on a table as Ali La Pointe (Brahim Hagiag) and his comrades plan an attack as French paratroopers close in on their location.
The MAT-49 is the most common weapon in the film, appearing in the hands of numerous FLN guerrillas and French soldiers. Virtually all of the paratroopers led by Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin) use MAT-49s.
French soldiers guarding the checkpoints around the Casbah carry MAS-36 rifles.
Some French soldiers carry MAS-49 rifles, distinguishable as earlier models by their longer length and lack of an integral grenade launcher/muzzle brake. A FLN guerrilla is seen with one after a raid on a police station.
At least one soldier is armed with a M1 Garand while rounding up innocent Algerians following a FLN bomb attack.
Post-war M1 Carbines are used by some soldiers and a number of the paratroopers.
A paratrooper holds a MAS AA-52 machine gun during a standoff with trapped FLN guerrillas.
OF 37 Grenade
Some of the paratroopers have OF 37 hand grenades attached to their webbing.