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The Red Baron
Movie Poster
Country CZE.jpg Czech Republic
FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg Germany
UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Nikolai Müllerschön
Release Date April 10, 2008
Language English
Studio Niama Film
Distributor Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Manfred von Richthofen Matthias Schweighöfer
Käte Lena Headey
Werner Voß Til Schweiger
Captain Roy Brown Joseph Fiennes
Lothar von Richthofen Volker Bruch
Lieutenant Sternberg Maxim Mehmet

The Red Baron is a 2008 German film production by director Nikolai Müllerschön and is loosely based on the last Life Years of Manfred von Richthofen. The 24-year-old Baron Manfred von Richthofen (Matthias Schweighöfer) is a gifted fighter pilot in World War. All Europe fears his red-painted Fokker. He and his comrades Voss (Til Schweiger), Sternberg (Maxim Mehmet), and Lehmann (Hanno Koffler) see air duels as bold sports. Only when Richthofen falls in love with the nurse Käte (Lena Headey), he discover the horrors of war.

The following weapons were used in the film The Red Baron:


Mauser Model 1914

The personal sidearm of Lothar (Volker Bruch) and Manfred von Richthofen (Matthias Schweighöfer) is a 1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol. In reality, he carried a Luger P08.

Mauser Taschenpistole M1914 - 7.65x17mmSR
Manfred's pistol on the table. Note the straight grip and the finer cocking serrations.
Lothar draws his pistol while his car is surrounded by British and French prisoners.

Smith & Wesson Schofield

Canadian Captain Roy Brown (Joseph Fiennes) is briefly seen with a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver during a meeting with von Richthofen.

Note: In reality, Brown and von Richthofen never met in person until April 21, 1918, where Brown pursued him in a dogfight.

Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 with nickel finish - .45 Schofield
The Revolver in his unfolded holster. In the next scene, he describes himself as a member of the "Royal Canadian Flying Corps" which did not exist. Actually, he served in the British Royal Naval Air Service, and would have worn a naval officer's uniform.
Another view of the rounded grip while in the background you can see von Richthofen's crashed Albatros D.V.

Luger P08

A Sturmpionier officer holds a Luger P08 before the German Spring Offensive in 1918.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The crouching officer on the left holds a Luger. The soldier next to him prepares a Stielhandgranate.


M1 Garand (Mocked-Up as SMLE No. 1 Mk. III*)

ANZAC soldiers are seen with M1 Garands mocked up to resemble British Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles during the funeral of Capt. Clyde Walker.

M1 Garand - .30-06 Springfield
For comparison: Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
Two lines of ANZAC soldiers with their Garands; some of them are equipped with box magazines.
A clearer view of the iron sights and the too high misplaced muzzle.

Mauser Puška vz. 98/22

Some German soldiers can be seen carrying Vz. 98/22 Czech Mausers standing in for accurate Gewehr 98 rifles. They can be recognized by having flat tangential sights instead of Lange Visiers.

Puška CZ Brno 98/22 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Two German soldiers with their Czech Mausers on their backs while wounded Capt. Brown gets captured, which never happened.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers also carry anachronistic Karabiner 98ks in the movie (although they may stand for authentic Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbines). Some of them can be seen with fixed bayonets.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German solder works the bolt while under artillery fire.
Two soldiers with their Karabiners covering von Richthofen.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The historically accurate Mauser Gewehr 1898 is carried by German soldiers in the movie's second half, notably, before the Spring Offensive where they were equipped with SG 98/05 bayonets.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers in a lorry with their Gewehrs.
Some Gewehrs on the wall next to Hindenburg's (Josef Vinklár) adjutant.
A German soldier aims a Gewehr before the Kaiserschlacht. The Lange Visier rear sight is visible.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

An actual Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* is briefly seen in a British trench.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
The SMLE on the right next to the sitting soldier. Note the correct placed muzzle and the front sights.

Hunting Guns

Cape Gun

During the opening in 1906, young Richthofen (Tomás Koutník) is on the hunt with a Cape Gun, the combination double-barrel hunting shotgun/rifle, with one smoothbore and one .22 caliber rifled barrels.

Young Richthofen aims the weapon at a deer.
Richthofen with the weapon while looking at a French Bleriot XI (first flight in 1909).

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

Werner Voß (Til Schweiger) is seen with a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

Merkel 40E Shotgun - 12 gauge
Werner Voß fires the Double Barreled Shotgun.

Machine Guns

LMG 08/15

LMG 08/15 Air machine guns are mounted on German planes.

luftgekühltes MG 08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A close up of the muzzle of an LMG08/15.
Having his prey in sight, Lothar charges on of his Maxim.
Manfred's plane with the Maxims.

Vickers Aircraft

The Sopwith F.1 Camel of Captain Roy Brown (Joseph Fiennes) is armed with two Vickers Aircraft Machine Gun.

Vickers Aircraft - 7.7x56mmR (.303 British)
A front view of the machine guns as he fires at von Richthofen.

Lewis Mk II Aircraft

The secondary weapons of British planes are air-cooled Lewis Mk II Aircraft MGs.

For comparison: Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British
The tail gunner of Roy Brown's Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 fires the Lewis.
The top mounted Lewis is fired by Hawker (Richard Krajco) at Richthofen.
The rear mounted Lewis of Brown's plane on the left.
"Does anyone have a wrench?"
Richthofen looks at Hawker's Lewis Gun...
...and takes it as a trophy.
A Lewis mounted on a British Handley Page O/400 bomber.

ZB-53 / Vz. 37

Czech ZB-53 / Vz.37 are mocked up to resemble Parabellum MG14 and Maxim MG08 machine guns.

ZB 53 / Vz. 37 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier mans the MG that resembles an MG14.
A close up of the rear sight and grips.
A German soldier fires the ZB-53 in a trench.
The ZB is seen closer which offers a view of the mocked water-cooling jacket.

Maxim MG 08

Near the movie's end, German soldiers carry real Maxim MG08s equipped with ZF12 scopes.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers transport the Maxims at dawn of March 21, 1918.

Maxim MG0 8/15

Before the last great offensive of the German Empire in 1918, several Maxim MG08/15s are seen.

Maxim MG 08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers await the signal to attack giving a good view on the reveiver.
The water-cooling jacket is better seen as the camera passes by.
A stormtrooper carries a Maxim MG08/15 in No Man's land.
The covered Maxim in a French position.


Kleinflammenwerfer M.16

A Sturmpionier, a German special unit trained in construction and the demolition of fortifications, holds a Kleif M.16 before the German offensive.

Kleinflammenwerfer (Kleif) Modell 16
The Pionier holds the flamethrower.


Model 16/17 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers are seen with several Model 16 and Model 17 Stielhandgranates.

Stielhandgranate Modell 16
Stielhandgranate Modell 17
Note the stick cap of the grenade that the soldier holds in his right hand.


OSP-30 Flare Pistol

A German pilot fires an anachronistic Soviet OSP-30 Flare Pistol standing in for a Hebel Flare Pistol Model 1894 or a French Chobert Mle. 1917.

OSP-30 - 26.5mm
The pilot aims the pistol at an Allied Caquot dirigible observation balloon.

21 cm Mörser 16

Langer 21 cm Mörser Model 16, displayed at the Finnish Artillery Museum in Hämeenlinna - 210mm
Full view of a Mörser as a German column passed by General Hoeppner's (Axel Prahl) headquarters.
A Mörser being reloaded on the frontline.

Unknown Howitzer

Unknown Howitzers can be seen used by German soldiers. They look like 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitzen 13 but the shield is mounted too far forward and the barrel has only one ring. This howitzer can be seen also in the 2011 movie War Horse.

For comparison: 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 13 L17
German soldiers prepare a howitzer.
A line of German howitzers. Only the first two are real; the others are CGI.
Two abandoned howitzers in No Man's Land. Note that there are mounted seats on the shield.


Albatros D.III

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Albatros D.V

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Fokker Dr.I

The infamous Fokker Dr. I was given to von Richthofen in September 1917.

Handley Page O/400

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Sopwith F.1 Camel

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Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5

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