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Secret in the Mountain

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Secret in the Mountain
Ein Dorf wehrt sich
Movie Poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Gabriela Zerhau
Release Date December 11, 2019
Language English
Studio Hager Moss Film
Mona Film Produktion
Distributor ARTE
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sepp Rottenbacher Fritz Karl
Elsa Mitterjäger Brigitte Hobmeier
Franz Mitterjäger Harald Windisch
Leni Mitterjäger Maresi Riegner
Johann Dörfler Gerhard Liebmann
Xaver Pröttl Norman Hacker
Ernst Kaltenbrunner Oliver Masucci
Direktor Waldstetter Francis Fulton-Smith

Secret in the Mountain is a 2019 Austro-German movie directed by Gabriela Zerhau. Nazi-looted art is stored in the salt mine of the village of Altaussee. Strictly guarded by soldiers, the inhabitants drag paintings into the tunnel. Among them Sepp, who stays out of everything, and his friend Franz, who hides deserters in the mountains with his wife Elsa. Before the Allies approach, Gauleiter Eigruber wants to have the mine blown up. The works of art would be lost, the mine destroyed, but the village rebels.

The 2014 American movie The Monuments Men directed by George Clooney includes the rescue mission from another perspective.

The following weapons were used in the film Secret in the Mountain:


Walther P38

German soldiers and Paul Storz (Markus Freistätter) have Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm
A German soldier prevents the curious miners from coming closer.
Paul Storz points his Walther at Sepp Rottenbacher.
Another view of the same scene.
During the standoff with the armed miners, he brandishes his pistol.

Tokarev TT-33

The Austrian resistance group acquires some Tokarev TT-33 pistols, that are used by Karl Dörfler (Aaron Friesz), Elsa Mitterjäger (Brigitte Hobmeier), and Lois Pliesinger (Adrian Spielbauer).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Karl accidentally holds his TT pistol at Leni Mitterjäger (Maresi Riegner).
After knowing who is standing in front of him, he gives her a hug.
The grip with the Soviet star is seen as Elsa puts it in her bag.

Luger P08

Gestapomann Sick (Rainer Wöss) is seen threatening Elsa Mitterjäger with a Luger P08. Later on, Elsa puts a Luger in a bag.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Elsa gets an unlucky point of view of Sick's Luger.
Full view of the same scene.
A Luger taken by Elsa in the bag.
Desperate by the approaching Americans, an NSDAP offical buries his Luger alongside an Adolf Hitler portrait.

Browning Hi-Power

At the climax, a German officer draws a Browning Hi-Power.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
The blurred pistol in the background.


Rast & Gasser 1898

A Rast & Gasser 1898 is seen lying on Elsa's table which she puts off-screen in her bag.

Austrian Rast Gasser 1898 - 8x27mm Gasser
A view of the barrel to the right.
A slightly different view of the Rast & Gasser.


The resistance weapons contain what appears to be a Velo-Dog revolver.

Velo-Dog with fixed trigger - 5.75mm Velo-Dog.

Submachine Guns


MP40s are used by some German Wehrmacht and SS soldiers.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
A sentry at the property of Alfred Schädler (George Lenz) with his MP40.
An SS soldier lowers his SMG during the meeting of Seep and SS-Obergruppenführer Ernst Kaltenbrunner (Oliver Masucci).
Another SS man readies his MP.
A close-up of the handguard of the same submachine gun.
Surprised by Austrian resistance members, an SS soldier changes his target.


Karabiner 98k

The majority of German soldiers including Oberfeldwebel Rittig (Harry Lampl) carry Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers of Gauleiter August Eigruber (Philipp Hochmair) getting in a car carry Kar98ks.
Two SS soldiers hold their carabiners while driving in a VW Kübelwagen.
Four speechless soldiers watch the villagers at a funeral march.
A slung Kar98k of a guard of the salt mine during the night.
Sepp gets threanted by one sentry of Schädler.
The salt mine guards confront the miners. Note the straight bolt-handle on the left carabiner.
A closer view of the turned bolt.
SS men aim their Karabiners.

Unknown Rifles

Austrian resistance fighters can be seen with unknown rifles that appear to be some types of hunting and sporting variants.

Possible Mannlicher-Schönauer rifles.
Possible Gewehr 71 sporter rifles.

M1 Carbine

Various US Army soldiers have M1 Carbines equipped with late-war bayonet lugs.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine
US soldiers occupie the village.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is also carried by some American soldiers.

M1 Garand - .30-06.
Eva Schädler (Verena Altenberger) eyes the incoming GIs.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB is seen mounted on an American Willys MB jeep at the end.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Note the lack of the spade grips.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Some of the resistance fighters are seen with 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) - 12 Gauge

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