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Dunkirk (1958)

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Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Leslie Norman
Release Date March 20, 1958
Language English
Studio Ealing Studios
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Corporal "Tubby" Binns John Mills
Private Mike Robert Urquhart
Private Barlow Ray Jackson
Private Dave Bellman Meredith Edwards
Charles Foreman Bernard Lee
John Holden Richard Attenborough

Dunkirk is a 1958 British war film directed by Leslie Norman and was based on two novels: Elleston Trevor's The Big Pick-Up and Lt. Col. Ewan Hunter and Maj. J. S. Bradford's Dunkirk. The movie tells the events of the evacuation of surrounded British and French troops from Dunkirk in 1940 (Operation Dynamo). As her officer dies, Corporal "Tubby" Binns has the task of bringing his fighting men out of France and into Britain. Meanwhile, the British civilian population including Charles Foreman and John Holden crossing the English Channel by boat will be included in Operation Dynamo to rescue English and French soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk from the advancing German Wehrmacht.

Director Christopher Nolan would also tell the story of Operation Dynamo in the similarly named 2017 film.

The following weapons were used in the film Dunkirk:


Webley Mk. VI

British officers including Lieutenant Lumpkin (Kenneth Cope) and Military Police officers are seen with holstered Webley Mk VI revolvers. An English soldier is later seen firing a Webley at incoming Germans.

Webley Mark IV - .455 Webley
The holstered Webley of Battery Sergeant Major (Warwick Ashton) is seen while receiving a fire mission from the Major (Peter Halliday) who also carries a Webley.
An MP officer talks with Cpl. Binns.
The soldier on the right holds his revolver.


Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

The Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* is the correct rifle for the British Expeditionary Force in 1940 including Cpl. Binns (John Mills) and his platoon members Pvt. Harper (Roland Curram), Pvt. Fraser (Denys Graham), and Pvt. Balow (Ray Jackson). The matching Pattern 1907 sword bayonets are seen holstered.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
"Pardon, où sont les anglais?"
"Dead stupid. Don't understand their own language."
Cpl. Binns carries his SMLE on his shoulder while he encounters French refugees.
A closer view of the muzzle of Balow's rifle.
Cpl. Binns searches a farmhouse with his SMLE at the ready.
Having an engagement with a German patrol, Cpl. Binns keeps their heads down with his Lee-Enfield. During this firefight, he fires thirteen shots without reloading; but with one malfunction.
As the platoon arrives at Dunkirk they fire their rifles at some Stukas.
Binns and other Brits hold their shouldered rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III

Some early Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles with magazine cutoffs are also used by British soldiers like Pvt. Mike Russell (Robert Urquhart) and Pvt. Bellman (Meredith Edwards).

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III - .303 British
A view of the receiver of Pvt. Bellman's rifle.
A Sergeant (Christopher Rhodes) holds his SMLE. Note the rounded striker and the magazine cutoff.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers use Karabiner 98k with Lange Visier rear sights from Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles like in Richard Attenborough's 1977 World War II film A Bridge Too Far.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German runs with his Kar98k in his right hand.
German soldiers fire their carbines from a bridge at British soldiers.
A German encounters Dave with his Kar98k which has a straight bolt handle.
Several Karabiners stucked together on the left while the soldiers rest near an Sd.Kfz. 8 half-track.

MAS 36

When Cpl. Binns' platoon has arrived at Dunkirk French soldiers can be seen with MAS-36 rifles.

MAS 36 - 7.5x54mm MAS 1929C
A column of British and French soldiers marches to the beach.
The French soldiers get to cover which offers a better view of the rifles.

Submachine Guns

MP 40

Some MP 40s are carried by German soldiers.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
A (possible) Unterfeldwebel (Staff Sergeant) opens fires with his MP 40 at the running Binns.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk. I

Several Bren Mk. Is are used by British soldiers including Pvt. Miles (Ronald Hines). Pvt. Harper is seen carrying his Bren while withdrawing.

Bren Mark I - .303 British
Pvt. Miles suppresses some Germans with his Bren while Pvt. Harper holds the next full magazine.
After they pulled back a little he awaits some bouches.
Miles carries the Bren during the night through the German camp.
While in Dunkirk he fires at some archival footage Stuka Ju 87.
A Bren lies on a Destroyer.

MG 34

German soldiers place a MG 34 on a bridge.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Soldiers under pressure try to set up the MG 34.

Vickers Mk. I

A Vickers is seen in a defensive position. The gun is not actually fired; the cartridges are still in the belt coming out of the gun.

Vickers Mk. I - .303 British
A close look at the front barrel and muzzle.
The Vickers in "action".
The bullets are still in the belt.

Chatellerault M1924/29

Two French soldiers are briefly seen carrying Chatellerault M1924/29s.

Fusil Mitrailleur Modèle 1924/29 - 7.5x54mm MAS 1929C
The soldier to the far right carries the Chatellerault.
Another soldier in the background holds the light machine gun.

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is seen in a British position and later a troopship is also armed with one of it. During the newsreel at the beginning, two Lewis Mk II Aircraft MG equipped with 97-round magazines are seen mounted in an AA position.

For comparison: Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British
The twin Lewis guns are seen in the newsreel.
Lewis Gun - .303 British
An infantry version Lewis guns seen on the left.
The mounted Lewis gun on the ship.



Two Blunderbuss flintlock shotguns are seen hanging in a pub in England.

Modern replica of English 1766 Blunderbuss Flintlock
A Blunderbuss hanging above John Holden (Richard Attenborough).

Double Barreled Shotgun

Two different types of 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun also hanging on a wall in the same pub.

J. Stevens & Company Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge
The shotguns behind Merchant Seaman (Victor Maddern) on the wall.


Mills Bomb

Mills Bombs are rarely seen in the movie.

No. 36M Mk. I "Mills Bomb"
Some grenades are seen behind Cpl. Binns while the withdrawal order is given to him.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A German soldier throws a Model 24 Stielhandgranate.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
The stick grenade on the ground.


Humber Mk. IV

British Humber Mk. IV armoured cars are used by the German Army as a stand-in for the Sd.Kfz. 222.


Panzer II


Panzer III

Panzer III Ausf. H

Ordnance QF 25-pounder

British soldiers under the command of Battery Major (Peter Halliday) use Ordnance QF 25-pounder Howitzes.

Royal Ordnance QF 25 pounder gun - 87.6mm
The covered howitzers in the woods.
Soldiers operate the QF 25-pounder.

QF 8" Howitzer Mk. VIII

A QF 8" Howitzer Mk.VIII Howitzer is briefly seen used by British soldiers.

Dun howitzer 1.jpg

Bofors 40mm

Two Bofors 40mm AA guns are seen used by British soldiers at the Dunkirk perimeter line.

Bofors 40mm L/60 - 40x311mmR
The crew watches the sky for enemy aircraft.

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