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Forty Thousand Horsemen

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Forty Thousand Horsemen
Movie Poster
Country AUS.jpg Australia
Directed by Charles Chauvel
Release Date December 26, 1940
Language English
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Red Gallagher Grant Taylor
Larry Pat Twohill
Jim Chips Rafferty
Scotty Joe Valli
Von Schiller Eric Reiman

Forty Thousand Horsemen is a 1940 Australian war movie directed by Charles Chauvel. Three young Australians, Red, Larry, and Jim, join the army at the beginning of World War I and are assigned to the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade, which is serving in Palestine. The three eventually take part in the march to Ogratina, the Battle of Romani, the Battle of Gaza, and the attack during the Battle of Beersheba, which was the last cavalry charge in modern warfare. This battle is also featured in the 1987 movie The Lighthorsemen.

The following weapons were used in the film Forty Thousand Horsemen:


Webley RIC

A Webley RIC is used by a German officer and von Schiller (Eric Reiman). This revolver may stands in for the German Reichsrevolver M1883.

Webley RIC - .442 Webley
The German officer holds the revolver.
Von Schiller shoots Ismet (Norman Maxwell).


Gewehr 1888/05

German and Turkish soldiers are mainly armed with Gewehr 1888/05 rifles.

Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm (8x57 IS)
German soldiers with their Gewehrs.
Infanterie-Seitengewehr 71
A German soldier uses a G88/05 with SG 71 bayonet in melee.
A Turkish soldier behind sanbags aims his G88/05.
An abandoned G88/05 at the Battle of Beersheba.

Mauser Model 1903

Turkish soldiers can be seen with 1903 Mauser rifles.

Mauser Model 1903 - 7.65x53mm Mauser
A Turkish soldier retreats while holding the 1903 Mauser.

Mauser M1905 Carbine

A few Turks can be also seen with Mauser 1905 Carbines.

Carabina Modelo 1895 - 7x57mm Mauser.
The Turkish 1905 Mauser Carbine looks similar.
A Turk picks up his dropped carbine...
...and takes aim.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Some Gewehr 98s are also used by German and Turkish troops.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The front sight and barrel band of a Gewehr 1898 is seen on the right.

Snider-Enfield Mk. II**

Some Turkish soldiers use Snider-Enfield Mk.II** rifles.

Snider-Enfield Mark II** - .577 Snider
A Turkish soldier with the Snider-Enfield on the right.
An Arab aims a Snider rifle.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III

ANZAC soldiers are seen with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles. Some Turkish soldiers can also be seen with SMLEs.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III - .303 British
Scotty (Joe Valli) with two Lee-Enfields.
Jim (Chips Rafferty) and Red (Grant Taylor) aiming their Lee-Enfields.
Red with his SMLE.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08/15

The Maxim MG08/15 is used by German and Turkish troops. It's not actually fired by the gunners. They just wiggle with the Maxim.

Maxim MG 08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Maxim in the factory.
"Sind diese Maschinengewehre ganz in Ordnung?"
Von Hausen (Harvey Adams) inspects the factory.
A German soldier fires/wiggles the Maxim.

Maxim MG 08

Turkish soldiers can briefly be seen with Maxim MG08s during the Battle of Beersheba on October 31, 1917. The firing scenes were taken from the 1930 movie All Quiet on the Western Front.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Turkish soldier with the Maxim.


Mills Bomb

ANZAC soldiers use Mills Bombs.

No. 5 Mk. I "Mills Bomb"
An ANZAC throws a Mills.


Ordnance QF 18 Pounder

The Turkish Column is armed with British Ordnance QF 18 Pounder field guns standing for correct 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 n. A. field guns.

Ordnance QF 18-pounder Field Gun Mk II, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The field gun near von Schiller.
The gun on the right.

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