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From Hell to Victory
From Hell to Victory (Italian title Contro 4 bandiere ("Under four flags"), French title De l'enfer à la victoire ("From hell to victory"), Spanish title De Dunquerque a la victoria ("From Dunkirk to victory")) is a 1979 Italian-French-Spanish World War II movie directed by Umberto Lenzi (credited as Hank Milestone). The story traces the fate of six men and women who were close friends in pre-war Paris, but the war moved them on opposite sides of the front.
The movie was filmed in Spain which affected the screen weapons. It's also worth noting that Lenzi heavily reused footage from two Italian-Spanish war movies, Dirty Heroes (1967) and Eagles over London (1969).
The following weapons were used in the film From Hell to Victory:
Walther P38 pistols are seen in the hands of German officers and French Resistance fighters.
In one scene, a French Resistance fighter assassinates a German high officer with an Astra pistol. It's hard to say if it is an Astra 400 or Astra 600.
1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol
While operating in the French Resistance, Fabienne (Anny Duperey) carries a 1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol.
A suppressed Mauser HSc is used by Maj. Brett Rosson (George Peppard) during the operation against the German plant producing fuel for V-2 missiles.
In several scenes, US officers and warrant officers carry pistols in holsters. The pistols appear to be M1911A1s but it's also possible that they are really Spanish Star Model B pistols.
In one scene, Sgt. Jim Rosson (Ray Lovelock) is seen with a pistol. It looks smaller than an M1911A1 or Star Model B.
Sten Mk II
A Sten Mk II is used by Maurice Bernard (George Hamilton) during his war career (except for the final scene when he is armed with a Thompson). Brett Rosson (George Peppard) is seen with a Sten during the battle in Normandy. Stens are also carried by British soldiers in several scenes.
Most American soldiers are armed with M1A1 Thompson SMGs, sometimes fitted with Cutts compensator.
M1928A1 Thompsons are also used by American soldiers.
German soldiers carry MP40s in several scenes. During the operation against the German plant producing fuel for V-2 missiles, MP40s are used by Maj. Brett Rosson (George Peppard) and Holland Resistance fighters, including their leader, Capt. Vanderkreut (Franco Fantasia).
Some MP38s are also seen in hands of German soldiers.
M3 "Grease Gun"
During the battle in Normandy in June 1944, some US Army soldiers carry M3 "Grease Gun" SMGs.
Labora Fontbernat M1938 (Modified as Thompson-Style Submachine Guns)
During the battle in Normandy in June 1944, Sgt. Jim Rosson (Ray Lovelock) is seen with this modified submachine gun. It has a pistol grip and a foregrip and lacks the buttstock or has a folding one. It bears some resemblance to the Thompson, but the grip and the magazine well are too far from each other. Similar looking submachine guns are seen in the hands of American soldiers in some other scenes. Such props can be seen in some other Spanish-filmed movies of that time, like Cuba.
Berthier Mle 1916 Carbine
During the Dunkirk evacuation, Maurice Bernard (George Hamilton) is seen with a Berthier Mle 1916 Carbine.
M43 Spanish Mauser
M43 Spanish Mauser rifles are seen in several scenes in the hands of French, German, and American soldiers, standing in for correct MAS-36s, Karabiner 98ks, and Springfield M1903s. They can be identified due to the typical auxiliary bayonet lugs and straight bolt handles.
Some German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*
British soldiers carry Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles in several scenes.
During the battle in Normandy in June 1944, some US Army and Free French Forces soldiers carry M1 Carbines.
An MG34 is used by German soldiers during the commando raid on a bridge in France.
An MG42 on an AA mounting is seen during the operation against the German plant producing fuel for V-2 missiles.
Several ZB26 light machine guns are used by both German and American soldiers during the battle in Normandy in June 1944.
Schwarzlose Machine Gun
A Schwarzlose Machine Gun, standing in for a Vickers, is used by British soldiers in Normandy.
Browning M1919A4E1 machine guns are mounted on M41 Walker Bulldog tanks that appear as German tanks.
MG15 machine guns are mounted on CASA 2.111 (the Spanish license-built version of the Heinkel He 111) bomber aircraft in nose, dorsal, and ventral positions. In one scene, a twin AA mounting of the MG15 is seen.
2cm FlaK 30
A 2cm FlaK 30 is seen on the positions of US troops during the battle in Normandy in June 1944.
Hispano-Suiza HS.404 auto cannons are wing-mounted on Spitfire and HA-1112 (the Spanish license-built version of the Bf.109) fighter planes.
A Mills Bomb is used by Maurice Bernard (George Hamilton) during the St. Nazaire Raid.
Valero M1933 Mortar
Numerous mortars are used by both German and American soldiers during the battle in Normandy in June 1944. They appear to be Spanish Valero M1933s, identified by the unique shape of the barrel support.
M65 Rocket Launcher
During the battle in Normandy in June 1944 US troops use numerous AT rocket launchers. They appear to be Spanish Instalaza M65 Rocket Launchers, which appear to be standing in for various Bazooka models. Similar looking props are seen in Lost Command and Battle of the Bulge, also filmed in Spain.
Unidentified Rocket Launcher
Another rocket launcher is seen in the same scene. They bear resemblance with early versions of the Panzerschreck, but differ in details. These may be prop replicas loaded with pyrotechnic effects standing in for Bazookas.
A flamethrower of unknown model is used by US troops during the battle in Normandy in June 1944.
45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)
During the battle in Normandy in June 1944, several AT guns are seen at US positions. They appear to be Soviet-manufactured 45-mm 53-K guns. In reality, captured 53-K guns were used by the Wehrmacht in a coastal defense role, including the Atlantic Wall, so such guns could be captured and reused by GIs. They may also be used as a substitution for the more appropriate, but unavailable at the time American 37-mm AT gun M3.