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The Bridge (2008)

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The Bridge
The Bridge.jpg
DVD Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Wolfgang Panzer
Release Date 2008
Language English and German
Studio Herold Entertainment
Distributor ProSieben Televison
Main Cast
Character Actor
Albert Mutz François Goeske
Walter Forst Lars Steinhöfel
Ernst Scholten Alexander Becht
Juergen Neuhaus Daniel Axt
Karl Baermann Toni Deutsch

The Bridge (German title: Die Brücke) is a 2008 German war movie and remake of the eponymous 1959 film. In the closing days of World War II, seven idealistic teenagers are drafted into the Hitler Youth and sent to defend a bridge against the allied advance. Abandoned by the retreating, demoralized Wehrmacht, they slowly lose their idealism as they are left in a life or death battle to survive.

The following weapons appear in the film The Bridge:


Colt M1911A1

An US Army sergeant carries what appears to be a Colt M1911A1 in a holster.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The US Army sergeant has a Colt M1911A1 holstered.

Luger P08

Walter Forst (Lars Steinhöfel) and other German soldiers use the Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19m
Walter Forst (Lars Steinhöfel) drunkenly fires a Luger P08.
Walter threatens his maid with the Luger.
Several German soldiers struggle over a Luger.
A German soldier aims his Luger.

Submachine Guns


Military Policemen carry the MP38.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A German Military Policemen holds an MP38.
German MP's with MP38's.
A suspicious MP with an MP38.
Close-up of the gun. Note the unique dog tags - German soldiers in WW2 referred to MP's as chained dogs. It was not an affectionate nickname.

M1928A1 Thompson

The main weapon of the US soldiers in the film is the M1928A1 Thompson. This is inaccurate; the main service weapon of the US Army in World War II was the M1 Garand; the Thompson was used less frequently.

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
A US Army sergeant fires his M1928A1 Thompson. Note the Fourth Armored patch on his sleeves.
A Thompson firing.
A US soldier fires his Thompson.
US. soldiers firing their weapons.
A US soldier takes cover from a sniper with his Thompson.
A US soldier firing his M1928A1 Thompson from a window.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

The Hitler Youth and Wehrmacht soldiers use the Mauser Gewehr 1898.

Early Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Late Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Siegi Lindner (Florian Heppert) with a Mauser Gewehr 1898.
Ernst Scholten (Alexander Becht) aims his Gewehr 1898.
A German soldier aims his Gewehr 98.
Line-up of the Gewehr 98 rifles.
Walter Forst (Lars Steinhöfel) uses his helmet as sniper bait.

Swedish M1896 Mauser

Juergen Nehaus (Daniel Axt) uses a Swedish M96 Mauser rifle outfitted with a telescopic sight.

Mauser 1896/02 Rifle (Carl Gustaf) - 6.5x55mm
Juergen Neuhaus readies his scoped Swedish M96. The unique Swedish bayonet mount can be seen at the front of the stock.
Juergen firing his rifle.
Juergen picks off a U.S. soldier. The distinctive L-shape of the M96 cocking piece is visible in front of Juergen's nose. The scope rail appears to be held on with wire.
Working the bolt of the rifle.

M1 Garand

US soldiers use the M1 Garand. Walter Forst (Lars Steinhöfel) can be briefly seen using a captured M1 with bayonet fixed.

M1 Garand with M7 bayonet - .30-06
A US soldier sweeps a room with his M1 Garand, fixed with M7 bayonet.
The rifle lying by the foot of the stairs.
Walter Forst (Lars Steinhöfel) grabs the M1...
...and holds it on the US soldier.
M1 Garand - .30-06 Springfield
Several M1 Garand rifles stacked up.
Advancing US soldiers carry M1 Garand rifles.
US soldiers with their M1 rifles.

Sturmgewehr 44

Several Wehrmacht soldiers use the Sturmgewehr 44. Albert Mutz (François Goeske) uses an Stg 44 at the end of the movie.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Numerous Sturmgewehr 44 rifles in a weapons depot.
A German soldier with an Stg 44.
An Stg 44 in the back of a truck.
Albert Mutz (François Goeske) holds a Sturmgewehr 44.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG08

Ernst Scholten (Alexander Becht) uses the Maxim MG08 in defense of the bridge.

Maxim MG08 on sledge mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Maxim MG08 in a weapons depot.
German soldiers set up a Maxim.
Ernst Scholten (Alexander Becht) prepares to open fire with the MG08. Albert Mutz (François Goeske) is handling the ammunition belt.
Close-up of the trigger.
The weapon in action.
The destroyed Maxim emplacement.

MG 34

An MG 34 is used in defense of the bridge. It is never seen firing though, possibly due to lack of blank ammunition.

MG 34 with 50-round drum magazine - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 can be seen on a crate in the lower right.
An MG 34 in a sandbag mount.
Hitler Youth soldiers ready an MG 34.
The MG 34 ready to fire.


Karl Baermann (Toni Deutsch) fires an MG42 during the defense of the bridge.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
An MG42 can be seen on a crate in the center.
Karl Baermann (Toni Deutsch) readies an MG42.
Karl firing the MG42.
Close-up of the ammunition belt as the weapon goes cyclic.
Karl and his Number Two by the MG42.
An MG42 on the floor of a truck.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 can be seen mounted on an M4 Sherman tank.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
A Browning M1919A4 mounted in the hull of an M4 Sherman tank.

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB can be seen in an M51 Quad Mounted System on an M3 Halftrack.

Browning M2HB's in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG
A Browning M2HB in an M51 Quad Mounted System on an M3 Halftrack.



Walter Forst (Lars Steinhöfel) uses the Panzerfaust to knock out several enemy tanks.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
A crate full of Panzerfaust launchers.
Walter Forst (Lars Steinhöfel) prepares a Panzerfaust.
A triumphant Walter with the disposable tube.
Walter blind fires a Panzerfaust. Not recommended, especially when one is in a machine gun nest.
Walter crawling through enemy fire with a Panzerfaust.
Walter aims the Panzerfaust at a Sherman.

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