||February 12, 2014
||Gaumont (France) |
Koch Media (Germany)
Diplomacy is a 2014 Franco-German movie directed by Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum). On August 25, 1944, the battle for France seemed over. The French Second Armored Division is at the gates of Paris and it can only be a matter of time before the Allies free the French capital from the clutches of the Nazis. But the German city commander Dietrich von Choltitz is not thinking of letting the artistic and architectural treasures of Paris fall into the hands of the Allies. He is determined to carry out Hitler's orders and blow up half the city with all its wonders. The only chance for Paris is the Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling, who tries with all diplomatic and rhetorical means to save the city from destruction. He visits von Cholitz for an all-important conversation.
The 1966 French movie Is Paris Burning? tells a similar representation, starring Gert Fröbe as Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz.
The following weapons were used in the film Diplomacy:
A Walther PP pistol is the personal firearm of General der Infanterie (Lieutenant General) von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup).
Post war Walther PP - .32 ACP
Von Choltitz moves the slide of his pistol...
...and puts it into the drawer.
The pistol in the opened drawer.
He removes the pistol to lie it on his desk.
Leutnant (Lt.) Bressensdorf (Robert Stadlober) makes his way through the Paris Metro with a Walther PPK.
After Bressensdorf left the HQ, he immediately takes cover behind a pillar from French snipers with his drawn Walther in hand.
A shocked Bressensdorf holds his pistol.
MAS Mle. 1892
At the end of the movie, a Free French Army Lieutenant (the character is not credited as Henri Karcher) is seen taking General von Choltitz prisoner with an Mle 1892 Revolver.
Modele d’Ordonnance Mle. 1892 - 8x27mm SR
The officer indicates his revolver in the direction in which von Choltitz must go.
German soldiers are also armed with MP40s. In the end, some Free French Army soldiers and Resistance fighters are seen with these submachine guns.
Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
The escorting soldier (Jochen Hägele) of Lt. Bressensdorf points his MP40 at the French architect.
(left) with an MP40 listening to the last speech of General von Choltitz.
What appears to be an M1A1 Thompson is briefly seen carried by one US soldier.
The soldier at the truck near the pillar.
The Karabiner 98k is widely used by German soldiers, but also by some American soldiers and French Resistance fighters.
Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Two soldiers behind sandbags hold their carbines at the ready as Lt. Bressensdorf he runs into the street.
A full left side view of one Kar98k lies next to von Choltitz on a chimney.
Another view of the same Karabiner.
French engineer Jacques Lanvin (Jean-Marc Roulot
) with a carbine at the crucial moment.
A Kar98k held by a Résistance fighter.
Some unknown Mauser Short Rifles are also used by German soldiers. A Free French Army soldier escorting von Choltitz carries this rifle at the end of the movie.
A German soldier on the left holds his Mauser rifle.
The French soldier behind the Lieutenant wields his Mauser rifle with a grasping groove.
A top view of the Mauser offers a view of the tangent-leaf rear sight.
It has a parade hook and under-mounted sling swivels.
Some US troops carry M1 Garands at the end of the film.
A GI in the background watches German POWs lined up in front of Hôtel Le Meurice.
The M1 Carbine with late WWII bayonet lug is also used by two U.S. soldiers.
Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine
Bottom left; a GI without a helmet holds the M1 Carbine.
The bayonet lug can be seen on the right.
MG42s are seen in defense positions in Paris like on the rooftop of von Choltitz's HQ.
Maschinengewehr 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
(Private) checks his MG42 on the rooftop.
The same soldier tries to close the top cover several times.
An American M3 half-track transport vehicle and M4 Sherman tanks are equipped with Browning M2HB machine guns.
Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
The Browning is seen on the right.
A slightly different view shows the barrel.