Land and Freedom
Land and Freedom is a 1995 drama directed by Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) which is clearly based on the war report Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell. In 1936, David Carr, a young unemployed English communist, decided to go to Spain to fight against Franco's fascists. Because he crossed the border into Spain in Catalonia, he met members of the POUM militia by chance in a railroad carriage. So he ends up in Barcelona in the POUM training camp and then joins a company led by Lawrence on the Aragon front. In this company, women, like the enthusiastic Maite, and men fight on equal terms. There are many foreign volunteers. But David quickly realizes that there are no heroes in the war and that idealism falls by the wayside. Even some of his comrades prefer internal power struggles rather than fighting for freedom. Dave finds hope in his great love, Militia member Blanka.
The following weapons were used in the film Land and Freedom:
Mauser Model 1916
The 1916 Spanish Mauser is the most used rifle by the main characters including David Carr (Ian Hart), Blanca (Rosana Pastor), and Bernard Goujon (Frédéric Pierrot). Franco's Nationalists and Republican forces like the POUM militia are armed with these rifles as well. Bernard references it as a "Mauser 1896" and it's better to use a big stick instead of these rifles.
Mauser Model 1893
Some 1893 Spanish Mauser rifles are used by the Nationalists and Republicans. Police forces in Barcelona also can be seen with these rifles.
Mosin Nagant M91/30
Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles used by some Militia members.
Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I
Mauser M1895 Carbine
What appears to be a Spanish Mauser 1895 Carbine can be seen held by a Militia member.
Polish Ckm wz. 30 Machine guns are used by both factions.
Vickers Mk. I
A Militia member is seen carrying a Vickers Machine Gun.
Unknown Grenades are used in the movie which could be British Mills Bombs.