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Hell on Earth

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Hell on Earth
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
(Weimar Republic)
Directed by Victor Trivas
Release Date December 10, 1931
Language English
Studio Resco-Filmproduktion
Distributor Central-Film Fett und Co. GmbH
Main Cast
Character Actor
Emil Köhler Ernst Busch
Charles Brown Hugh Douglas
Charles Durand Georges Péclet
Joe Smile Louis Douglas
Lewin Vladimir Sokoloff

Hell on Earth (also known as No Man's Land) is a 1931 German film directed by Victor Trivas. Designed as an allegory of the futility of war, the film tells the fate of five men from five different countries. The story is introduced with scenes from the private and professional lives of the characters: a German carpenter, a British officer, a French factory worker, a black vaudeville dancer, and a Jewish tailor. They all have different origins and have little in common as private people. During the First World War, all five dispersed men find themselves in a dugout in no-man's land between the fronts: while the war rages around them and shells pound to their left and right, the five men, whose fate has turned them from enemies into allies in the fight for bare survival, gradually draw closer to each other. One of them, the Jewish tailor, has lost his speech after a war-related shock. The African soldier serves the men as an interpreter.

The following weapons were used in the film Hell on Earth:


Mauser Gewehr 1898

A Mauser Gewehr 1898 is briefly seen cleaned by a German recruit.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A close up of the receiver.
The Lange Visier is seen.

Mauser Gewehr 1871

The single shot Mauser Gewehr 1871 is used by Emil Köhler (Ernst Busch).

Mauser Infanterie-Gewehr Modell 1871 - 11.15x60mmR Mauser
German recruits with Mauser rifles.
Ernst Köhler (Ernst Busch) unlocked his Gewehr 1871.
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Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk. III*

British recruits can briefly be seen with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles during basic training.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
Typical front sight of the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*.
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Chassepot Mle. 1866

Charles Durand (Georges Péclet) and Joe Smile (Louis Douglas) use Chassepot 1866 rifles. French and Russian soldiers also use these rifles in basic training.

Chassepot Fusil modèle 1866 - 11mm
The receiver is visible on the bottom right.
Charles Durand (Georges Péclet) holds his rifle at the ready.
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Model 17 Stielhandgranate

What appears to be a Model 17 Stielhandgranate is seen held by a German soldier.

Model 17 Stielhandgranate
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