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Bells Without Joy (Carillons sans joie)

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Bells Without Joy
(Carillons sans joie)
Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Charles Brabant
Release Date 1962
Language French
Studio Régis Films
Lisa Films
Distributor Unidex
Main Cast
Character Actor
Léa Dany Carrel
Charles Bourgeon Raymond Pellegrin
Maurice Roger Hanin
Captain de Lambérieux Paul Meurisse
Léa's father Georges Wilson
Adolphe Charlier Roger Dumas
Léa's mother Nane Germon
Colonel of the Fourth RCA Louis Seigner
Betty Betty Schneider
The Legionnaire Raymond Meunier

Carillons Sans Joie is a 1962 French World War II movie directed by Charles Brabant. In 1942 amidst Operation Torch, a Vichy French Army unit is sent to keep a bridge and deny access to Allied and Axis troops. Lead by Captain de Lambérieux, he has to buy time as a German armored unit approaches, intent on capturing their position.

The following weapons were used in the film Carillons Sans Joie:

Rifles and Carbines


The MAS-36 is used by almost all Vichy French soldiers. The hooded front sight indicates that these are second type rifles produced after WWII.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
Line of hidden MAS-36 in the church at the beginning of the movie.
French soldiers facing Germans soldiers with Chatellerault M1924/29 and MAS-36 at ready when the German ultimatum expires.
French soldier shooting his MAS-36 at Germans.
A French soldier shoots a German before getting stabbed by another rushing enemy soldier.
A French soldier tries to wake up his fallen comrade.

A anachronistic MAS-36/51 is also seen.

MAS-36/51 - 7.5x54mm French
The muzzle of an anachronistic MAS-36/51 is briefly seen when French soldiers take rifles from hiding places.

Karabiner 98k

Very few German soldiers are armed with rifles. No shots afford a clear look at the rifles; they could be Mauser Gewehr 1898s, or more likely Karabiner 98ks based on the profile.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Germans soldiers are towing artillery with rifles over their shoulders.
A German soldier advances with a Karabiner 98k in hand.

M1 Carbine

US Army scout soldiers who arrive at the French camp are armed with post-WWII M1 Carbines with bayonet lugs.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with birch stock, adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine
US soldiers are seen with post-war M1 Carbines with bayonet lugs.
US soldiers arriving at the French camp.

Submachine Guns


The Vichy French Army is equipped with MAS-38 submachine guns, but they are never seen fired.

MAS-38 - 7.65x20mm Longue
MAS-38s are seen in the church hiding place.
A French sergeant is seen with a MAS-38 when patrolling.


The majority of German soldiers are armed with the MP40, although in real life, most German soldiers would have been armed with the Kar98k. During the final battle, it's the only weapon fired by German forces.

MP40 - 9x19mm
German officers salute the French flag. The soldier on the left is armed with an MP40 without blank adaptor.
A German soldier shooting at the French with his MP40.
A fallen German with an MP40 across his chest
A German stands at the ready, while the French Captain rides a white horse through the battlefield. Note the grenade in his boot.
A German soldier aims his MP40 at the French Captain. The blank adaptor is clearly visible.
German soldiers guarding French POWs. Note the blank adaptor.

Machine Guns

FM 24/29

The FM 24/29 is the primary support weapon used by French troops, principally used by NCOs. The Vichy French Army wasn't allowed by armistice convention to have heavy machine guns.

Chatellerault M1924/29 Light Machine Gun - 7.5x54mm R
French soldiers facing Germans soldiers with Chatellerault M1924/29 and MAS-36 at ready when the German ultimatum expires.
A French soldier shooting a Chatellerault M1924/29 from a machine gun nest.
French soldiers firing at approaching Germans.
Heavy combat with the Chatellerault M1924/29.
A French soldier guns down a German soldier with his 24/29.

MG 34

A motorcycle side-car is equipped with what appears to be an MG 34 when the French company crosses paths with German soldiers near the beginning of the movie. The shot, however, is not clear enough to be sure.

MG 34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers salute the French officer. A probable MG 34 is mounted on the side-car.

MG 34 Panzerlauf

An MG 34 Panzerlauf is used by German troops in an infantry support role.

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG 34 Panzerlauf used by Germans.


When the German ultimatum comes to pass, both sides stand ready to fight. An MG42 in a machine gun nest is seen on the German side.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG42 in a German MG nest.

Browning M2 Heavy Barrel

A US half-track is equipped with four Browning M2 Heavy Barrels in an M45 Quadmount. At the end of the movie, a French and US soldier try to shoot down a German plane, thus provoking the battle.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
Browning M2HBs in M45 Quadmount mounted on M51 Multiple Machine Gun Carriage - .50 BMG
US soldiers drive a half-track with M45 Quadmount mounted.
US soldiers shoot at a German plane.


Mle 1892 Revolver

Some Mle 1892 Revolver are seen but never used.

Modèle d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR

Walther P38

The Maréchal des Logis (sergeant) Charles Bourgeon (Raymond Pellegrin), carries a Walther P38 as his sidearm and uses it to kill a German soldier.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Bourgeon guns down an enemy soldier with a Walther P38.
The gun jams after he kills the German.


Captain de Lambérieux (Paul Meurisse) carries a holster for a Ruby pistol. No pistol is ever drawn and it is unknown if there is even a pistol in the holster.

Gabilondo Ruby - .32 ACP
Captain de Lambérieux salutes the Nazi flag, to give back the respect shown when the Germans saluted the French flag. The French NCOs refuse to do it.

Grenades and Explosives

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

During the final battle, Germans are seen using Model 24 Stielhandgranate against the French troops.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
When the ultimatum expires, Germans soldiers face French lines with an MG42 at ready. A few Model 24 Stielhandgranates can be seen in the MG nest.
Bourgeon throws back a German Model 24 Stielhandgranate.
Bourgeon takes cover from another grenade behind a dead German soldier he shot with his P38.

DF 37 hand grenade

At the end of the film, a French soldier who successfully escaped works with a young civilian to ambush a German car by throwing DF 37 hand grenades.

DF 37/46 hand grenade with Mle 1935 fuse
The French soldier and a young civilian prepare to ambush a German car with DF 37 hand grenades.

Mortar Mle 27/31

What appears to be a Mortier de 81 mm Mle 27/31 is in the possession of Vichy forces. It is never used, however, as a soldier tells his sergeant they got the wrong shells.

Mortier de 81 mm Mle 27/31
During the dispatching of the weapons on the perimeter, a soldier is seen with a Mortier de 81 mm Mle 27/31 on his shoulder
Over the revolvers we can see mortars. Under the revolvers are the plate bases.
The soldier displays mortar shells incompatible with their weapon system. However, this appears to be an 81mm shell that would indeed fit in the Mle 27/31.

Fake Mines

In order to deter enemy vehicles from crossing the bridge and generally waste the time of German forces, French soldiers lay fake mines made from plates.

French soldiers lay "mines".
The German delegation walking through the "minefield".



German troops use artillery against the French position.

A Canon de 75 mm Mle. 1897.


The armored vehicle which killed Captain de Lambérieux when he stood in front of it.

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