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The Fighting Seabees

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The Fighting Seabees
Film Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Edward Ludwig
Release Date 1944
Studio Republic Pictures (I)
Distributor Republic Pictures (I)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan John Wayne
Constance Chesley Susan Hayward
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow Dennis O'Keefe

The following weapons were used in the film The Fighting Seabees:


M1911A1 pistol

American officers use the M1911A1 pistols. Most notably this pistol was seen used by Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan and Lt. Cmdr. Robert Yarrow.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Donovan holds his Colt M1911A1
Donovan and Yarrow armed with the Colt M1911A1 pistols

Luger P08

Japanese officers use the Luger P08 pistols. Probably these pistols were standing in for the Nambu Type 14.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm

Colt New Service

Some Japanese officers can be seen armed with the Colt New Service.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP

Submachine Gun

M1928A1 Thompson

Some Japanese soldiers use the M1928A1 Thompson.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP.


Springfield M1903A3

The Construction Battalion members use the M1903A3 Rifles.

Remington M1903A3 rifle .30-06
Donovan fires the Springfield M1903A3
CB recruits armed with the Springfield M1903A3 rifles
Yump Lumkin (Ben Welden) holds the Springfield M1903A3

Springfield M1903

One CB recruit can be seen armed with the Springfield M1903 Mk 1.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
CB recruit (left) fires the Springfield M1903 Mk 1

Krag-Jorgensen Model 1896

Japanese soldiers use the Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 Rifles.

Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 - .30-40 Krag
Japanese soldiers armed with the Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896 Rifles
Donovan holds captured Krag-Jørgensen

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Japanese soldiers can be seen armed with the Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Some rifles are equipped with sniper scopes and huge flash hiders.

Early Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Late Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note a sniper scope mounting rails
Japanese sniper holds the Mauser Gewehr 1898 fitted with a sniper scope and a flash hider
This rifle equipped with a flat bolt handle

Machine Guns

Lewis Machine Gun

Japanese soldiers use the Lewis Machine Gun without the cooling shroud.

Lewis Gun - .303 British

Also, the Lewis guns use as the main armament of the Higgins boats

Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British
Two Lewis machine guns can be seen mounted at the boat's nose

Nambu Type 96

Japanese soldiers can be seen armed with the Type 96 light machine gun fitted with the bayonet.

Nambu Type 96 with 2.5X Fuji periscope sight, Type 30 bayonet, bipod and, rear monopod - 6.5x50mm Arisaka

Browning M1919A4

US Marine and Japanese Army use the Browning M1919A4.

Browning M1919A4 on an M2 tripod - .30-06 Springfield
Japanese soldiers fire the Browning M1919A4
American CB fire the Browning M1919A4
Japanese tank crew member fires the Browning M1919

Browning M1917

US Marine use the Browning M1917.

Browning M1917 machine gun with tripod and ammo box - .30-06

Browning M2

CB recruits use the Browning M2HB.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG

Browning M2 Aircraft

The Browning M2 Aircraft can be seen mounted in the Grumman F4F Wildcat fighters.

Browning M2 Aircraft, Fixed - .50 BMG
The ground crew reloads Browning M2 machine guns

Oerlikon 20mm Cannon

The Oerlikon 20mm Cannon is seen used by the Seabees.

Oerlikon Cannon - 20mm?

Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gun (acetylene mockup)

Japanese fighter equipped with Type 97 aircraft machine guns.


Hand Grenades

Mk 2 hand grenade

The Mk 2 hand grenades is seen used by US Marine and Construction Battalion members.

Mk 2 hand grenade
Donovan holds the Mk 2 hand grenade in his right hand

Type 97 hand grenade

Japanese soldiers use the Type 97 hand grenades.

Type 97 hand grenade
Note Japanese soldier pulling the pin out of grenade with his teeth and after that throws grenade. But Type 97 hand grenade has a compression actuator so it need strike against a hard surface


M1 Mortar

The M1 Mortars is seen used by US Marines.

M1 Mortar - 81mm

M2 Mortar

The M2 Mortars is seen used by US sailors and Japanese soldiers.

M2 Mortar - 60mm
Japanese soldiers use the M2 mortar without base plate and bipod

Dummy Mortar

Japanese soldiers can be seen with the dummy mortar.


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