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Fixed Bayonets! is a 1951 Korean War film that was the second film by writer/director Samuel Fuller to depict the war following the critical and commercial success of The Steel Helmet. For this film, Fuller was given a bigger budget, bigger cast, bigger stars, bigger enemies (Chinese Communists), and bigger special effects this time around. The U.S. Army also provided support for the movie, including technical advice from Medal of Honor recipient Raymond Harvey. The movie was marked the screen debut of James Dean, who portrays "Doggie" and is mainly seen at the end of the film. Fixed Bayonets! is a straightforward combat movie concerning leadership under pressure, with less of the moral content of The Steel Helmet.
The following weapons were used in the film Fixed Bayonets!:
The M1 Garand is the battle rifle by American troops in the film, notably Cpl. Denno (Richard Basehart) and Sgt. Rock (Gene Evans).
The correct Korean War-era M1 Carbine is seen carried by Lt. Gibbs (Craig Hill).
Browning Automatic Rifle
The Browning Automatic Rifle is briefly seen when the Denno and his men take refuge in the cave.
The Browning M2HB machine gun is seen used by both American and Chinese forces in the film.
The Chinese tank has what appears to be a Browning M1919A4 forward mounted.
American and Chinese troops use the Browning M1917 machine gun.
ChiCom infantry carry the PPSh-41.
M20 "Super Bazooka" (3.5" Rocket)
The M20 "Super Bazooka" is one of the launchers used by American forces during a confrontation with Chinese armor.
M20 Recoilless Rifle
Denno and several soldiers are seen setting up an M20 Recoilless Rifle.
Mk 2 hand grenade
American GIs carry Mk 2 hand grenades.
American and ChiCom soldiers use the M1 Mortar.
M15 anti-tank mine
Throughout the film, American soldiers lay M15 anti-tank mines.
1795 Springfield Flintlock Infantry Musket
The movie is dedicated to U.S. Combat Infantrymen, whose badge presents a Springfield Model 1795 on a blue field attached to an elliptic oak-leaf wreath, symbolizing steadfast character, strength, and loyalty.