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The Assassination: Sarajevo, 1914

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Sarajevo 1914. The Eve of the Great War
Das Attentat – Sarajevo 1914
Movie poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria
CZE.jpg Czech Republic
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Andreas Prochaska
Release Date June 28, 2014
Language German
Studio Beta Film
Ceská Televize
Power of Earth TV & Film Productions
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Leo Pfeffer Florian Teichtmeister
Dr. Herbert Sattler Heino Ferch
Gavrilo Princip Eugen Knecht
Stojan Jeftanovic Juraj Kukura
Section Council Wiesner Friedrich von Thun

Sarajevo 1914. The Eve of the Great War is an Austro-German television movie about the events of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo in 1914. The investigator Leo Pfeffer is supposed to uncover the background of Gavrilo Princip and his accomplices. However, in his investigations, he comes to the conclusion that the case is not as obvious as the powerful people of the country would like it to be. With these views, however, he does not make friends among the military.

The 1975 Czechoslovak-Yugoslav movie The Day That Shook the World tells a similar story.

The following weapons were used in the film The Assassination: Sarajevo, 1914:


FN Model 1910

Gavrilo Princip (Eugen Knecht) uses a historically correct FN Model 1910 during the assassination on June 28, 1914.

FN Model 1910 - .380 ACP
Gavrilo Princip making his way through the crowd to the stopped car draws his pistol.
His first shots hit Sophie Chotek von Chotkowa which he didn't want to kill.
"I haven't done anything wrong."
Gavrilo keeps firing his Browning pistol.
"I only killed a tyrant."
A rear view of his pistol while in the background Franz Ferdinand sags down.
The pistol, described as "Model Browning" by Chief of Police Strametz (Simon Hatzl), lies on Leo Pfeffer's interrogative desk.


Steyr Mannlicher M1895 Short Rifle

The Steyr M1895 carbine is used by Austro-Hungarian police forces. These rifles are most likely 1930s conversions.

Steyr M1895 Short Rifle (M1930 Conversion) - 8x56mmR Mannlicher
Promotional Picture.
An Austro-Hungarian cavalry unit rides through the streets of Sarajevo with carbine slung over their backs.
The policeman on the left with a carbine. Note the position of the sling swivel.

Steyr Mannlicher M1895 Stutzen

Some Mannlicher M1895 Carbines can also be seen.

Steyr Repetier-Stutzen M1895 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher
A guard next to Lea Pfeffer with a Stutzen over his back. Note the sling swivel placed below the stock.

Steyr Mannlicher M1895

Full-length Steyr M1895 rifles, possibly the M30 conversion, are carried by Austro-Hungarian Infantrymen.

Steyr Infanteriegewehr Modell 1895/30 - 8x56mmR Mannlicher
Soldiers guarding the streets of Sarajevo with their rifles with fixed M1895 bayonets.
Guards in front of the police building.
More soldiers standing on a bridge.
A closer view of two soldiers with Steyr rifles.
Austro-Hungarian soldiers marching through Sarajevo during the mobilization. Note the ejecting holes on the magazines.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Among the marching column, some anachronistic Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles can be seen.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
The soldier on the right carries a Mosin-Nagant. Note the hooded front sight and upper barrel band.


Homemade Bomb

Nedeljko Cabrinovic (Mateusz Dopieralski) uses a Homemade Bomb on the first try to kill the Archduke.

He is ready to throw it on the Archduke's car.

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