|The Battleflag |
The Battleflag (Die Standarte) is a 1977 Austrian-German-Spanish movie directed by Ottokar Runze. October, 1918: the end of the First World War is looming. The young sergeant Herbert Menis experiences his first love with the young lady-in-waiting Resa Lang and later watches as his ideals are broken into pieces: a whole regiment of Ruthenian, Polish, and Galician soldiers mutiny against their military superiors and thus rebel against the imperial family. Menis receives the regimental standard from the hand of a dying comrade, the symbol of the decaying Habsburg Empire. Tasked with the preservation of the standard, the ensign finds his task is more than just about life and death: it is about honor - both his and those of the fatherland.
The following weapons were used in the film The Battleflag:
The Colt M1911 is used by Austro-Hungarian officers including Herbert Menis (Simon Ward), standing in for correct Steyr M1912 pistols.
Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP.
Herbert Menis holds the pistol on the British officer.
Another view of the pistol.
Herbert threatens engine drivers.
Another view of the scene.
Count Bottenlauben (Siegfried Rauch) uses a Savage 1907 pistol as his personal firearm.
He fires at his soldiers.
He holds the pistol on the British officer.
The British officer (David Robb) draws an unknown revolver that appears to be a Spanish copy of a Colt or Smith & Wesson revolver.
For comparison: Trocaola Aranzabal Y Cia revolver - 8x27mm French M1892. An example of a Spanish version of a S&W revolver.
The revolver in his hand.
Spanish Mauser 1893
Austro-Hungarian soldiers use 1893 Spanish Mauser rifles standing in for correct Steyr Mannlicher M1895 rifles.
1893 Spanish Mauser - 7x57mm Mauser
Soldiers of the régiment royal Allemand aim their rifle.
The rifle over a soldier's back.
The régiment fire their Mausers.
A soldier holds his Mauser on his officer.
Closer view on the barrel and muzzle.
The Carbine version of the 1893 Spanish Mauser is also used, standing in for the Steyr Repertier-Stutzen M1895 carbines. British soldiers are also seen with this carbine, standing in for the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*.
1895 Spanish Mauser Carbine - 7x57mm Mauser.
Cavalrymen with slung carbines.
A soldier aims his carbine.
British soldiers enter their officer's quarters.
Spanish Mauser M43
Some anachronistic M43 Spanish Mausers are also seen, presumably standing in for various, more period-correct Mauser rifles.
Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rifle seen over a soldier's back.
A soldier holds his Mauser while he's under fire.
Vickers Mk. I
The régiment royal Allemand use British Vickers Mk I machine guns, standing in for the Schwarzlose Machine Gun Model 07/12.
Vickers gun with ribbed water jacket - .303 British
A soldier mans the Vickers.
The Vickers being reload.
The soldier fires the gun.
Maxim MG 08
A Maxim MG 08 is also used by the regiment.
Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Maxim carried by the soldier.