Flags of Our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers is the 2006 World War II film directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the book of the same name by James Bradley (Bradley's father was the Navy corpsman who had been reported to be one of the men in the iconic photograph of the American flag raising on Iwo Jima). The film follows James Bradley upon the death of his father as he looks into the lives of the men who were featured in the photograph following the Marines' fierce battle to take the island. In the same year that Flags of our Fathers was released, Eastwood told the story of the battle for the island from the Japanese perspective in the film Letters from Iwo Jima.
The following weapons were used in the film Flags of Our Fathers:
M1 Garands are used by a vast majority of the US Marines in the film including Corporal Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford), Corporal Harlon Block (Benjamin Walker), Pfc. Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski (Jamie Bell), PFC Franklin Sousley (Joseph Cross), and Sergeant Hank Hansen (Paul Walker).
Arisaka Type 99
Japanese soldiers are mainly seen using Arisaka Type 99 rifles in the film, notably when ambushing Marines scaling Mt. Suribachi.
Some of the US Marines use M1 Thompsons in the film, noted by their simplified "L" peep sight.
An M1928A1 Thompson is seen being held by a Marine right after the B-29 flies over.
The real Sgt. Mike Strank is seen holding a Reising M55 in a war photo during the end credits.
Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2
Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2s are used by some of the Marines in the film.
Browning M1919A4s are seen used by Marines that land on Iwo Jima.
Browning M2HBs are used by Marines on LVTs to shoot at Mt. Suribachi.
Nambu Type 99
Type 99 Light Machine Guns are used by some Japanese soldiers to shoot at Marines.
Nambu Type 92
Many Japanese soldiers fire on the US Marines with Type 92 heavy machine guns in the film.
Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun"
Many of the US Marines in the film carry M1911A1 pistols in their holsters. When scaling Mt. Suribachi, Medic John "Doc" Bradley (Ryan Phillippe) keeps his drawn and fires a few rounds at Japanese soldiers.
Nambu Type 94
Among the gear found by dead Japanese soldiers in a tunnel (who committed suicide with their Type 97 hand grenades, (seen in greater detail in Letters from Iwo Jima) is a Nambu Type 94 pistol in its holster.
M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher
PFC Franklin Sousley (Joseph Cross) is seen using an M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher mounted on his M1 Garand. Gust (Stark Sands) is seen attaching a Mk 2 hand grenade fitted with an M1 rifle grenade adapter.
MK II Hand Grenade
Oerlikon 20mm Cannon
A pair of Oerlikon 20mm Cannon is seen manned on one of the US Naval ships approaching Iwo Jima.
Mounted on several of the US Naval ships are Bofors 40mm Quad Mounted guns, which are used to shell the coast of Iwo Jima throughout much of the battle.
What appears to be an M9 "Bazooka" rocket launcher can be seen carried by a Marine.
Type 41 4.7-inch/40 (12 cm) Coastal Gun
The Japanese coastal guns seem to be Type 41 4.7-inch/40 (12 cm) Coastal Guns.
M116 75mm Pack Howitzer
U.S. Marines fire M116 75mm Pack Howitzers on the beach.
An M101 Howitzer is also seen on the beach.
Type 89 "Knee Mortar"
Seen among the dead Japanese soldiers in the tunnel is a Type 89 "Knee Mortar".