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Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace

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Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace
Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie
Country GER.jpg Germany
Language English
Channel Das Erste
Creator Carlo Rola
Genre Drama
Broadcast March 22 - March 25, 2009
No. of Episodes 3
Main Cast
Character Actor
Bertha Krupp Valerie Koch /
Iris Berben
Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Theo Trebs /
Benjamin Sadler
Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Heino Ferch /
Thomas Thieme
Margarethe Krupp Barbara Auer
Fritz Krupp Fritz Karl
Anneliese Bahr Mavie Hörbiger
Barbara Krupp Marie Zielcke /
Sunnyi Melles
Wilhelm II Michael Schenk

Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace is a 2009 German three-part miniseries based on a screenplay by Christian Schnalke and directed by Carlo Rola. It tells the story of the last four generations of the Krupp industrial dynasty, focusing on the two most important figures of the Krupp dynasty in the 20th century, Bertha Krupp and her son Alfried. The dramaturgical bracket of the fictional film is formed by a heated dispute between Bertha and Alfried in 1957, shortly before Bertha's death. Within this framework, the heyday and decline of the company and the Krupp family are recounted in large, chronologically ordered flashbacks via memories, arguments, and a gradual approach to the "sore points" of the family's history.

The following weapons were used in the television series Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace:


Luger P08

In Ep. 03 "Untergang & Versöhnung", a Gestapo man and a Waffen SS soldier are seen using Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The Gestapo man arrests Tilo von Wilmosky (Volkmar Kleinert) with his Luger.
An SS-Schütze (Private) about to execute an exhausted KZ inmate.

Colt M1911A1

Colt M1911A1 Pistols are seen in the holsters of American Military Police personnel at Landsberg Prison in the third Episode.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The grip can be seen inside the Technical Sergeant's holster on the left.

Submachine Guns

MP 40

Some MP40s are carried by Wehrmacht and Waffen SS soldiers.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
A soldier jumps off a truck with his MP 40 in hand (Ep. 02). This MP 40 has a late-war ribbed magazine well which is anachronistic for 1940.
Two SS soldiers on the left armed with MP 40s (Ep. 03).

M1928A1 Thompson

One American soldier is briefly seen with an M1928A1 Thompson.

M1928A1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45ACP
The soldier on the right holds his Thompson (Ep. 03).


Gewehr 1888/05

Members of the Rote Ruhrarmee (Ruhr Red Army; an army of left-wing workers during the 1920 Ruhr Uprising) and Reichswehr soldiers in Episode 1 "Aufstieg & Leidenschaft" and 2 "Liebe & Verhängnis" are armed with Gewehr 1888/05 rifles.

Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm (8x57 IS)
Several insurgents aim their Gewehrs behind a roadblock in Essen in 1920.
A view of the top part of one Gewehr (Ep. 01).

Mosin Nagant M91/30

At least one of the Rote Ruhrarmee members has an anachronistic Mosin Nagant M91/30.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
The insurgent points his Mosin Nagant at Gustav (Ep. 01).
Another view of the rifle shows the upper part.
A close-up of the Mosin Nagant which has a pre-1936 hex receiver and an unhooded front sight (Ep. 02).

Mauser Gewehr 1898

What appears to be a Gewehr 1898 is seen in the hands of a Rote Ruhrarmee insurgent in Episode 2 "Liebe & Verhängnis".

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The insurgent to the far left has the full-length Mauser rifle. Note the Lange Visier rear sight.

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by Harald von Bohlen und Halbach (Barnaby Metschurat) and German soldiers in Episode 2 "Liebe & Verhängnis".

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers getting out a truck with their Karabiners.
A line of soldiers including Harald lined up during the 1940 invasion of France.

Mauser Model 1943

German soldiers are also armed with M43 Spanish Mausers. They first appear in the second Episode, set in 1940.

Mosquetón Mauser Coruña modelo 1943 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier aims his Spanish Mauser (Ep. 02).
Eckbert von Bohlen und Halbach (Emil Reinke) searching a house ruin holds his Spanish Mauser at the ready at San Martino, 1945. Note his shoulder insignia is a Leutnant (Second lieutenant); in the same episode he also had Oberleutnant (First lieutenant) insignias.
He advances carefully the corridor. The auxiliary bayonet lug is visible.
A view of the left side shows the side-mounted sling swivels as he aims at American soldiers (Ep. 03). During the actual circumstances of his death on April 25, 1945, he was ambushed by Italian partisans.

M1 Garand

Several U.S. soldiers can be seen wielding M1 Garands.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A GI aims his Garand outside as window.
The same soldier immediately turns around after hearing a noise.
The right soldier stands with his slung Garand (Ep. 03).

M1 Carbine

American soldiers are also seen with M1 Carbines in Episode 3.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
The soldier sitting to the right in the Willys MB Jeep holds the M1 Carbine.
Bertha Krupp (Iris Berben) watches an MP unit outside her villa in 1948. Two M1 Carbines are seen laid against the jeep's hood.

Unknown Rifles

Some unknown rifles are seen in Episode 1 lying next to dead French soldiers during the battle of Verdun in 1916.

Various dead French soldiers lying on the battlefield.


Percussion Shotgun

A Percussion Shotgun is used by Rote Ruhrarmee insurgents.

Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun - 10 Gauge
An insurgent on the left threatens Gustav with a percussion shotgun.


During hunting in Episode 2, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (Heino Ferch) and his son Gustav (Theo Trebs) are seen with Drillings. The older Alfried (Benjamin Sadler) carries one in a vision in the third Episode.

Three-barreled Drilling combination gun, marked Waffenhaus Kneifel-Eisenreich - 16 gauge & .303 British
Gustav takes aim at a deer with his Drilling.
Young Alfried prepares the Drilling received from his father.
A scoped Drilling carried by Johan.
A promotional image of the two Drillings in Ep. 02.
Older Alfried carries the Drilling on the hunt.
After discovering a deer in the distance he takes aim.
A close-up of the hammers and trigger part.
Alfried looks at the three barrels and imagines the three-ring Krupp Logo (Ep. 03).

Machine Guns


An unknown Maxim gun is seen at the end of the first Episode.

The gun appears to have a smaller water-cooling jacket and is equipped with an anti-aircraft ring front sight. The spade grips are also smaller compared to other Maxim guns.

MG 42

An MG42 is briefly seen manned by a German soldier in Episode 2. This appearance is an anachronism because this scene took place in 1940.

Maschinengewehr 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG 42 is seen in the background.
The machine gun to the left next to Harald.

Browning M2 Aircraft

American soldiers use Browning M2 Aircraft machine guns.

Browning M2 Aircraft, Fixed - .50 BMG
A machine gun team fires the Browning mounted on an M3 tripod.
A full view of the Browning's right side mounted on a Willys MB Jeep. The gun is visibly unloaded and lacks a charging handle. In reality, the jeep was equipped with an M2HB ground variant.
Alfried sits on the Jeep with the mounted Browning M2 (Ep. 03). This whole scene is a recreation of the actual arrest of Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach on April 11, 1945.


42 cm kurze Marinekanone 14 L/12

In the first episode, a kurze Marinekanone 14 L/12 siege howitzer is seen at the shooting range Meppen in 1915 which appears to be a mix of CGI and a replica.

Kurze Marinekanone 14 L/12 Minenwerfer-Gerät Dicke Bertha - 420mm
The right side of the Dicke Bertha watched by Gustav, Wilhelm II (Michael Schenk) and other high-ranking German officers during the demonstration. Three 420mm shells lie next to it.
Soldiers prepare the siege howitzer. Note the Stahlhelm M16 worn by the soldiers which is a bit out of time since the first copies of the helmet were only successfully tested at the front in December 1915.
The siege howitzer before firing at the target in 5 km distance. This scene is clearly computer generated.

80 cm Kanone (E)

The 80 cm Kanone (E) railway gun is seen in the second Episode which is completely computer generated in which Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (Benjamin Sadler) and an engineer talk about the problems.
Engineer: "The problem is the inner barrel. It wears out far beyond the prohitted service life of a hundred rounds."
Alfried: "Up to how much is the hit position good?"
Engineer: "No more than fifteen shots."
Alfried: "We need five transport trains, four superstructure trains, a three-track superstructure line, a two-track firing position, we build a gun on eight five-axle bogies with its own power supply and get the nitro with cooling trucks to the front; to fire fifteen rounds?!"
Engineer: "One direct hit is enough! The moral effect is resounding."

80 cm Kanone (E) Schwerer Gustav - 800mm
A sketch of the 80 cm Kanone (E) railroad gun in 1937.
Harald looks at the Schwerer Gustav stationed behind him before firing at an unknown coastal city. According to the series, this scene should take place in 1940 or 41. However, the first combat operation took place in June 1942 on the Crimean peninsula during the Siege of Sevastopol. It is true that this gun was designed specifically to act against fortifications of the Maginot Line, but it was not operational because of the rapid advance (Blitzkrieg) of the German troops during the Battle of France.


Some computer generated Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger tanks in winter camouflage are seen during the 1940 invasion of France which were not yet produced at that time. Also, several CGI Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers are seen in the sky.
A CGI Panzerkampfwagen II advances in Kramatorsk, Ukraine in 1941. Note, the field is the same, which can also be seen for the invasion of France scenario above.

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