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Narvik: Hitler's First Defeat

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Narvik: Hitler's First Defeat
Kampen om Narvik
Narvik PCA.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Country NOR.jpg Norway
Directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Release Date 25 December 2022 (Norway)
23 January 2023 (Netflix)
Language French
Studio Nordisk Film Production AS
Distributor Netflix
Main Cast
Character Actor
Gunnar Tofte Carl Martin Eggsbø
Ingrid Tofte Kristine Hartgen
Sigurd Omdal Henrik Mestad
Magne Hansen Edvard Lie Aalstad

Narvik: Hitler's First Defeat (Norwegian: Kampen om Narvik) is a 2022 Norwegian war drama film, based on the real-life battle of Narvik between Norwegian soldiers and later British, French, and Polish forces against Nazi Germany in April-June 1940. Inflicting the first major defeat against Hitler's war machine, the small, idyllic town located in the country's north held 85% of the iron ore used by Germany, who sought to take over the town for its sole monopoly.


The following weapons were used in the film Narvik: Hitler's First Defeat:


Kongsberg M/1914

A license-produced Colt M1911, the Kongsberg is the service sidearm of Norwegian officers.

Kongsberg M/1914 - .45 ACP

Luger P08

A German Hauptmann (Captain) wields a Luger P08 in the "Royal Hotell".

Luger P08 - 9x19mm

Rifles and Carbines

Berthier Mle. 1907/15

French chasseurs are armed with WWI-vintage Berthiers in conjunction with MAS-36s. With the lack of the distinctive protrusions that the five-round 1907/16 variant has, the Berthier depicted in the film is the earlier, three-shot 1907/15.

Berthier Fusil Modèle 1907/15 - 8x50mmR Lebel
A French soldier introduces himself to Gunnar, Berthier in hand. The newer MAS-36s are with some soldiers.

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is the standard-issue rifle of German soldiers in the film.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Krag-Jørgensen m/1894

A dated bolt-action rifle with a horizontal side-loading magazine, the Krag-Jørgensen is the primary service rifle used by Norwegian soldiers.

Krag-Jørgensen m/1894 - 6.5x55mm Swedish
Gunnar fires his rifle at an unsuspecting German machine gun crew.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

Some Norwegian soldiers are also armed with British Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III* rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British


The newer MAS-36 are featured with French chasseurs who arrive to liberate Gunnar from a brief stint in German captivity.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French

Submachine Guns

Maschinenpistole 40

The MP 40 is the standard-issue submachine gun of German soldiers. Gunnar briefly uses one to kill two German soldiers following his liberation from captivity. While technically accurate for the time period, the earlier MP 38 would be more appropriate as the MP 40 would have only entered production, too late to be shipped to Norway.

Machinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum

Machine Guns

Kongsberg M/29

A Kongsberg M/29 is briefly seen carried by one Norwegian soldier at the film's opening.

Kongsberg M/29 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Madsen M1914

The Madsen M1914 is the standard-issue light machine gun for Norwegian forces. Some German soldiers utilize a captured Madsen.

Madsen Model 1902 - 8x58mmR Danish Krag
With its German operator recently deceased, the Madsen nevertheless still rings with his finger on the trigger.

MG 34

MG 34s are used by German soldiers in both fixed Lafette 34 mounts and individually. Allied soldiers use a captured MG 34 in some scenes.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Norwegian gunner and his French assistant gunner suppresses a German position.


Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Various German soldiers are seen with Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

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