How I Unleashed World War II
How I Unleashed World War II (original: Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa) is a 1970 Polish war comedy by Tadeusz Chmielewski on based of the popular novel Przygody kanoniera Dolasa (english: The Adventures of Gunner Dolas) by Kazimierz Sławinski. Starring Marian Kociniak as Pvt. Franek Dolas. The story is divided into three parts. In first part is hero captured by Germans, but he manages to escape from prison camp (Stalag). While trying to go back to Poland to join the battle against the occupiers, he unwillingly travels across Europe. In part two, he is forced into service in the French Foreign Legion in the Middle East. He manages to escape their service and wanted to join the British forces, but unwittingly fell into their captivity. Later he even manages to incorporate into the Italian army. The story concludes, in part three, with Franek returning to Poland, where he meets a partisans and falls in love with radio operator Teresa (Joanna Jedryka). Film, in a very funny way, shows European nations (Poles, Germans, French, Serbs, Greeks, British, Italians,) as seen by an average Pole. Originally black and white, it was digitally colorized in 2000 by the Hollywood company Dynacs Digital Studios, as requested by the Studio Filmowe "Oko" and TV Polsat.
The following weapons were used in the film How I Unleashed World War II:
Walther P38 pistol
German officers are seen with a Walther P38 pistols.
Beretta Model 1934
SACM Model 1935A
Teresa (Joanna Jedryka) fires a Polish Pw wz.33 in Germans.
Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873
Enfield No. 2 Mk I*
Trying to win the Enfield No. 2 Mk I* revolver, Dolas plays cards against another soldier, but loses his own shoes instead.
Nagant M1895 Revolver
German soldiers and also partisans are armed with a MP40 submachine guns.
Sten Mk II
Various characters used also a Sten Mk II submachine gun.
Beretta Model 38/42
Italian soldiers are equipped with a Beretta Model 38/42 submachine guns.
Beretta Model 38A
Soldiers of the French Foreign Legion are seen also with a Beretta M38 submachine guns.
Lanchester Mk. I
Pvt. Franek Dolas (Marian Kociniak) loots a Lanchester Mk. I submachine gun.
Polish partisan (left) armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.
Karabinek wz. 1929
Polish troops in 1939 are equipped with Karabinek wz.29 rifles.
Carcano M91 Rifle
Italian soldier in the port holds a Carcano M91 Rifle in hand.
German soldier (left) holds a Karabiner 98k rifle.
Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I
In the British army camp Pvt. Franek Dolas ran at a Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I.
In the film, most of the French Foreign Legionnaires armed Berthier Rifles. But failed do captured high-quality shot, where it is able to identify.
Pvt. Franek Dolas (Marian Kociniak) worry attack on the Bren Gun, carried by a legionnaire.
French legionnaire is preparing to fire a Browning 1919A4 heavy machine gun.
Degtyaryov DP Series Machine Gun
Polish partisans in guards post with a Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun.
German soldiers in the guards post with a Maxim MG08 machine gun.
German guards in POW camp also use the MG42.
F-1 Hand Grenade
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Before German soldiers on the sandbags is a Model 24 Stielhandgranates.
8 cm Paw 600 (8H63)
The bridge over the river defended the 8 cm Paw 600 German anti-tank cannon.