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El Alamein - The Line of Fire

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El Alamein - The Line of Fire
(El Alamein - La linea del fuoco)
Film poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Enzo Monteleone
Release Date 2002
Language Italian
Studio Cattleya
Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pvt. Serra Paolo Briguglia
Sgt. Rizzo Pierfrancesco Favino
Lt. Fiore Emilio Solfrizzi
Tarozzi Piero Maggio
Capt. De Vita Thomas Trabacchi
Spagna Luciano Scarpa

El Alamein - The Line of Fire (Italian Title: El Alamein - La linea del fuoco) is a 2002 Italian World War II film directed by Enzo Monteleone. The story take place during The Second Battle of El Alamein (Autumn 1942). A young volunteer Serra arrives to the Pavia Division which was located on the southern line of front in Egypt. Unbearable heat, periodic artillery shelling, bad water, hunger and dysentery exhausts Italian soldiers. Soon becomes aware that the British troops prepare an offensive.

The following weapons are featured in the film El Alamein - The Line of Fire:


Beretta M1934

Beretta M1934 is the sidearm of all Italian officers and NCOs. Sgt. Rizzo (Pierfrancesco Favino) and Lt. Fiore (Emilio Solfrizzi) are notably seen with these pistols.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Lt. Fiore (Emilio Solfrizzi) aims his Beretta M1934 at Mussolini's horse
Same episode
Sgt. Rizzo (Pierfrancesco Favino) with his M34

Uniformological note: NCOs use the leather holster in the same grey/green (grigioverde) colour as the rest of the combat gear, while officers use natural brown leather holsters and belts

Submachine Guns

Beretta Model 38

Some Italian officers and soldiers use hybrid Beretta Model 38 submachine guns during the battle; they have the stock and barrel of the Model 38A, but the receiver of the later Model 38/44. These guns were assembled at the Beretta factory after World War II using leftover components from various different models.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm
Two Italian soldiers fire their hybrid Beretta SMGs at British soldiers. Another soldier fires a Karabiner 98k
Italian officer holds the Beretta submachine gun


Some German soldiers can be seen armed with the MP40 submachine guns

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm

M1928A1 Thompson

During the night battle some British soldiers can be seen with the M1928A1 Thompson SMGs

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Running British soldier holds the M1928A1 Thompson

Sten Mk II

British soldiers also use Sten Mk II submachine guns

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm


Carcano Rifle Series

Different Carcano rifles are mainstay weapon of Italian soldiers

Carcano M91 Rifle

At first Serra can be seen armed with the Carcano M91 Long Rifle. Later he can be seen armed with the Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle.

Carcano M91 Long Rifle - 6.5mm
Serra armed with the Carcano M91 Long Rifle
Sleeping Italian soldier touches the Carcano M91 long rifle. Shorter rifle is a Carcano M91/38 cavalry carbine

Carcano M91/38

Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle is most common model of Carcano rifles used in this movie

Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle for Cavalry- 6.5mm.
Italian soldiers fire their Carcano M91/38 rifles at a British sniper
Serra (Paolo Briguglia) holds his Carcano M91/38 rifle
Sgt. Rizzo reloads his M91/38 rifle
M91/38 rifle with bolt open

Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine

Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle for Cavalry- 6.5mm
Italian PAI (Polizia Africa Italiana, African Italian Police) officers (or maybe Carabinieri) hold the Carcano M91/38 cavalry carbines
Italian guard armed with the cavalry carbine

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield

SMLE rifles are mainstay weapon of British soldiers. Some rifles have attached bayonets.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
SMLE on a ground

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers can be seen armed with this weapon. Some Italians also use Karabiner 98k rifles

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Sgt. Rizzo fires the Karabiner 98k at a British sniper. It's a continuity error because few seconds ago Rizzo fired Carcano M91/38 rifle

Machine Guns

Breda Modello 30

Breda Modello 30 - 6,5 mm Carcano
The Breda Modello 30 light machine gun on a parapet of the trench
Rizzo holds Breda Modello 30 LMG
Italian soldier fires the Breda Modello 30 at British soldiers


MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser
MG42 light machine gun mounted in a sidecar of German motorcycle


Granatwerfer 34 Mortar

8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
Tarozzi (Piero Maggio) ready to fire with the mortar
Close up the base plate of the mortar
Close up the the bipod of the mortar

Gun Platformes


Destroyed AMX Mk F3 chassis can be seen on a battlefield. It's an anachronism. French AMX Mk F3 self-propelled gun was introduced only in 1960s

M48 Patton

British Army used M48 medium tanks during the night battle. It's also an anachronism


M2 Half Truck

German troops use M2 armored personnel carrier

M113 APC

British Army used M113 armored personnel carriers in this movie. It's an anachronism

Some M113s have gun turrets

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