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Is Paris Burning?

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Is Paris Burning?
Is Paris Burning Poster.jpg
USA Release Theatrical Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by René Clément
Release Date 1966
Language French
Studio Marianne Productions
Transcontinental Films
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jacques Chaban-Delmas Alain Delon
Henri Rol-Tanguy Bruno Cremer
Françoise Labe Leslie Caron
Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz Gert Fröbe
Consul Raoul Nordling Orson Welles
Gen. Jacques Leclerc Claude Rich
Gen. George Patton Kirk Douglas
Gen. Omar Bradley Glenn Ford
Maj. Roger Gallois Pierre Vaneck
Yvon Morandat Jean-Paul Belmondo

Is Paris Burning? (French title Paris brûle-t-il?) is a 1966 French World War II epic that focuses on the events surrounding the liberation of Paris in August 1944. The movie was directed by René Clément and featured an all-star cast of both French and American actors who appear in the roles of historical figures involved in the event.

The following weapons were used in the film Is Paris Burning?:


Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are widely used by German officers and French Resistance fighters.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A Resistance fighter examines his newly acquired Luger.
A Resistance fighter with a Luger on the barricade.
A close view of the same character and his pistol.
A burned German tanker officer (Christian Rode) holds a P08.
A Resistance fighter (Jean Valmont) at the left holds a Luger.
Another view of the same character.

Mle 1892 Revolver

In one scene a Resistance fighter is seen with a Mle 1892 Revolver.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8 x 27mm SR
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Mauser HSc

A Mauser HSc pistol is a personal firearm of Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz (Gert Fröbe). Several of von Choltitz's adjutants also carry HSc pistols.

A Nazi Germany Mauser HSc World War 2 Production - .32 ACP (7.65x17mm)
Von Choltitz's pistol is seen in the drawer.
Von Choltitz's adjutant surrenders his pistol in the final scene.


M1911A1 pistols are carried by nearly all US Army and Free French Forces officers and generals. Gen. George Patton (Kirk Douglas), Gen. Omar Bradley (Glenn Ford), Gen. Edwin Sibert (Robert Stack) carry M1911A1s in holsters. The pistols are seen in action in hands of junior officers and NCOs.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
A close view of Lt. Pierre de la Fouchardière's (Claude Rich) pistol. Note: Claude Rich appears in two roles, Gen. Leclerc and Lt. de la Fouchardière.
Sgt. Marcel Bizien (Yves Montand) captures a German tank with a pistol in hand.
A high rank German officer surrenders to Lt. Henri Karcher (Jean-Pierre Cassel) in the final scene.

FN Model 1910/22

Some French Resistance fighters are seen with FN Model 1910/22 pistols.

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
Is Paris Burning-Pistol-1.jpg
A Resistance fighter at the right holds an FN Model 10/22.
A Resistance fighter holds a German POW at gunpoint.
Another fighter with Model 10/22 pistol in the same scene.
Pierre Georges aka "Colonel Fabien" (Serge Rousseau), one of the leaders of the uprising, holds a Model 10/22.

Unique Model 17

Some French Resistance fighters are seen with Unique Model 17 pistols.

Unique Model 17 - 7.65x17mm
A young Resistance fighter holds a Unique Model 17 when he and his comrade attack a German tank with incendiary bottles.
Another view of the pistol.

Unidentified pistol

In one scene a pistol is seen in hands of a Resistance fighter. It resembles an FN Model 1903 thought it's hard to say for sure.

FN Browning Model 1903 - 9 x 20mm Browning Long
Is Paris Burning-Pistol-3.jpg

Submachine Guns


MP40 SMGs are widely used by German soldiers. Some Resistance fighters use captured MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Soldiers guard Hitler's headquarters.
A soldier guards the train.
An MP40 is seen in hands of a soldier when the car of Sweden Consul Raoul Nordling (Orson Welles) passes by.
A pile of MP40s, taken by Resistance fighters from Germans.
A German soldier in action.
A German soldier defends Gen. von Choltitz's headquarters.

Sten Mk II

Many French Resistance fighters are armed with Sten Mk II SMGs.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A Resistance fighter takes a Sten from a car.
A Resistance fighter with Sten raises a French banner over Paris.
Two Resistance fighters guard a building.
Reloading of a Sten.

M3 "Grease Gun"

In one scene a Resistance fighter is seen with an M3 "Grease Gun".

M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
Is Paris Burning-M3-1.jpg

M1A1 Thompson

Many Free French Forces soldiers carry M1A1 Thompson SMGs.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
Is Paris Burning-Thompson-1.jpg
Soldiers are greeted by Parisians.
A Thompson is seen behing a young officer.
Lt. Karcher's soldiers with M1 Carbines and Thompson SMGs in attack.
A soldier with Thompson is seen next to Lt. Karcher in the final scene.


Mauser Karabiner 98k

German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier in battle.
Is Paris Burning-Mauser-10.jpg
A German soldier fires from a rooftop.

Mauser Gewehr 1898M

German soldiers also carry Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898M - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier carries a 98 rifle. Note the shape of the rear sight, it matches the 1920s version.

Mauser vz. 16/33 Rifles

German soldiers also carry Mauser carbines that appear to be Czech vz. 16/33 (German index Gewehr 33/40 (t)).

Czech vz. 16/33 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers escort arrested Resistance fighters.
German soldiers with short Mauser rifles.

Unidentified Mauser Rifles

A Mauser with a straight bolt handle is seen at the left.
German soldiers carry rifles with straight and turned down bolt handles.
Resistance fighters take rifles from slain German soldiers.
German soldiers with rifles and MP40s.


Many French Resistance fighters are armed with MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
A Resistance fighter fires his MAS-36 from the window.
A Resistance fighter with MAS-36 on the barricade.
A Resistance fighter fires his MAS-36.
Is Paris Burning-MAS36-5.jpg
French guards of government building greet Yvon Morandat (Jean-Paul Belmondo), one of the leaders of the Resistance.
Several MAS-36s are seen when Resistance fighters greet Allied planes over Paris.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles are also seen in hands of Resistance fighters.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
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Vetterli Model 1869/70

In one scene a French veteran (Roland Armontel) fires an antique Vetterli Model 1869/70 rifle.

Vetterli Model 1869/70 - 10.4mm
Is Paris Burning-Vetterli-1.jpg
Is Paris Burning-Vetterli-2.jpg

M1 Garand

M1 Garand rifles are widely used by US Army and Free French Forces soldiers. They are also seen in hands of Resistance fighters.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A US Army soldier with M1 rifle meets Maj. Roger Gallois (Pierre Vaneck) who managed to cross the frontline.
A Garand is seen when Resistance fighters greet Allied planes over Paris.
A French soldier with M1 rifle is seen behind Lt. Henri Karcher (Jean-Pierre Cassel).
French soldiers with M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines escort German POWs in the final scene.

M1 Carbine

M1 Carbines are used by US Army and Free French Forces soldiers and officers.

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
A French soldier of marine unit holds an M1 Carbine.
Sgt. Warren (Anthony Perkins) and Pvt. Charlie (Skip Ward) with M1 Carbines on the bridge across Seine.
Charlie with M1 Carbine.
Lt. Henri Karcher (Jean-Pierre Cassel) with M1 Carbine.
Lt. Karcher's soldiers with M1 Carbines and Thompson SMGs in attack.
Lt. Karcher enters the German headquarters.
French soldiers with M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines escort German POWs in the final scene.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine guns are used by Resistance fighters.

Chatellerault M1924/29 - 7.5x54mm
A Resistance fighter readies to open fire from the window.
A German car under the fire of the machine gun in the same scene.
A Resistance fighter fires his machine gun.
A Resistance fighter together with Free French Forces soldiers in attack.

Browning Automatic Rifle

Free French Forces soldiers use Browning Automatic Rifles during the battle of Paris streets.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
A soldier of Lt. de la Fouchardière's unit holds a BAR with folded bipod.
A soldier of Lt. Karcher's unit fires a BAR.
A BAR is seen at the background in the same scene.


MG42 machine guns are used by German soldiers. MG42s are also mounted on M24 Chaffee light tanks that are disguised as German tanks.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German tanker fires an MG42, mounted on the turret of a fake Panther tank.
He leaves his machine gun when the tank is under fire.
An MG42 in ambush.
An MG42 in pillbox.
It fires...
...until runs dry.
A German soldier (Georg Lehn) fires an MG42 in the final scene.

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 machine guns are used on both tripods and vehicle mounts.

Browning M1919A4 on an M2 tripod - .30-06 Springfield
US Army soldiers with M19191A4 in ambush.
An M1919A4 is mounted on an M3 Scout Car.
Lt. Karcher's soldiers in action with M1919 on tripod.

Browning M1919A4E1

Browning M1919A4E1 machine guns are mounted on M4 Sherman tanks and M24 Chaffee light tanks that appear as German tanks.

Browning M1919A4E1 - .30-06 Springfield
A front M1919 of visually modified Chaffee opens fire.
Another view of front M1919 of "fake Panther".
A barrel of front M1919 of a Sherman is seen.
A coaxial M1919 is seen inside Sgt. Marcel Bizien's (Yves Montand) M4 tank.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HB heavy machine guns are mounted on M4 Sherman tanks and other armoured vehicles.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
An M2HB is mounted on M3 Scout Car.
A view on the machine gun from the back.
An M2HB is mounted on Sherman tank.
Sgt. Marcel Bizien (Yves Montand) fires the M2HB.
An M2HB is seen mounted on Sherman tank while the G.I. (George Chakiris) on the tank announce via radio about the liberation of Paris.

Hotchkiss M1914

A Hotchkiss M1914 is seen in one scene.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with Tripod - 8x50mm R
A Hotchkiss Mle 1914 is used by the Resistance fighters.
A close view of the barrel.

Maxim MG08

A Maxim MG08 is seen on German positions in one scene.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG08 is placed in the attic of the farm building.

Unidentitifed AA Automatic Gun

An automatic anti-aircraft gun is seen mounted atop of a German train. Only a thin barrel can be seen. It can be a 2cm FlaK 38 or some other small caliber AAA, like Oerlikon 20mm Cannon.

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Bofors 40mm

A Bofors 40mm AA gun is seen guarding the Free French Forces airfield in one scene.

Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a wheeled trailer mounting - 40x311mmR
A Bofors is seen at the left.

Other Weapons

M9 "Bazooka"

An M9 "Bazooka" rocket launcher is used by US Army soldiers Sgt. Warren (Anthony Perkins), Pvt. Charlie (Skip Ward), and a French Resistance fighter (Jean Valmont) who assists them.

M9 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
A bazooka is seen in the jeep while Warren and Charlie discuss about France.
Charlie holds a bazooka.
Warren fires a bazooka at a German tank. The Frenchman acts as a loader.
The Frenchman holds a spare rocket for bazooka and his Luger P08.


In one scene a German soldier fires a Panzerschreck. It appears to be a mockup rather than the original weapon.

RPzB 54 "Panzerschreck" rocket launcher - 88mm
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Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Numerous German soldiers and French Resistance fighters use Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades during the battle on Paris streets.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A burned German tanker officer (Christian Rode) holds a Luger P08 and an M24 grenade.
Pierre Georges aka "Colonel Fabien" (Serge Rousseau), one of the leaders of the uprising, carries an M24 grenade.
A German soldier throws a grenade from the rooftop.

Unidentified hand grenade

In one scene Sgt. Marcel Bizien (Yves Montand) uses a hand grenade. It appears to be some "Pineapple"-style grenade but it isn't seen clear enough to be identified.

Bizien readies a grenade, pulling the pin with his teeth (a classic cinema feat!).

7.5 cm Pak 40

German 7.5 cm Pak 40 AT guns are seen in several scenes.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
A Pak 40 is seen on a street.
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Pak 40 in action against M4 Sherman tanks.


M4 Sherman Tank

M4 Sherman tanks of several models are used by Gen. Leclerc's troops.

Sherman with 76mm gun.
Sherman with 75mm gun.
Sherman with 105mm howitzer in action.
Sherman with 76mm gun.

M8 Greynound Armoured Car

M8 Greyhound armoured cars are used by Gen. Leclerc's troops.

Two M8s follow an M4 Sherman tank when Leclerc's troops advance to Paris.

M3 Halftrack APC

M3 Halftrack APCs are used by Gen. Leclerc's troops.

An APC on Paris street.

M24 Chaffee Tank (visually modified)

Visually modified M24 Chaffee light tanks appear as German tanks.

A "fake Panther".
A close view of the gun.
Two tanks in front of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Renault R35

An old Renault R35 tank is used by German troops in one scene.

Is Paris Burning-Tank-15.jpg

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