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The Breitner Commando
Qu'un sang impur....jpg
French Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Abdel Raouf Dafri
Release Date 2019
Language French
Studio Moana Films, France 2 Cinéma, Bellini Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Colonel Andreas Breitner Johan Heldenberg
Souah Ly-Yang Linh-Dan Pham
Alexis Martillat Pierre Lottin
Staff Sergeant Senghor Steve Tientcheu
Assia Bent Aouda Lyna Khoudri
Mourad Boukarouba Salim Kechiouche
Youcef Hichem Yacoubi
Colonel Delignière Olivier Gourmet

The Breitner Commando (French title : Qu'un Sang Impur...) is a 2019 French drama/war movie directed by Abdel Raouf Dafri. In a scenario likely inspired by Apocalypse Now, Lt. Colonel Breitner (Johan Heldenberg), a veteran of the First Indochina War, receives a mission to find the corpse of the supposedly dead Colonel Delignière (Olivier Gourmet). Breitner, along with a group of commandos, venture into the Algerian desert and find madness and danger on their quest.

The following weapons were used in the film The Breitner Commando:



Colt M1911

The original Colt M1911 is briefly by French paratroopers. Mourad (Salim Kechiouche) carries a Colt 1911 during his escape and Martillat (Pierre Lottin) uses a suppressed one.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A paratrooper is shot in the back while holding an M1911.
Mourad takes the gun from a dead French soldier. Bad idea to put a locked and loaded pistol in your pants.
Martillat while pretending to be a fellagha, hides his suppressed M1911 before killing a sentry.
Martillat ambushes and kills Youcef (Hichem Yacoubi) and an another fellagha.

Remington 1911 R1

Colonel Delignière (Olivier Gourmet) use a bright nickel plated Remington 1911 R1 with pearl grips to kill Assia (Lyna Khoudri). Youcef also uses the same pistol to execute Senghor (Steve Tientcheu). While Remington did manufacture a run of original-model M1911 pistols from 1918 to 1919, the pistol used in the film is an anachronistic Remington 1911 R1, which was first produced in 2010.

Remington Model 1911 R1 - .45 ACP
Youcef threatens Breitner.
Youcef draws the Remington at Senghor's head.
The "Remington" inscription is clearly visible on the slide.
"It's okay, Colonel. It's right."
Senghor accept his death sentence.
Moment before shooting.

MAC Mle 1950

The Lieutenant leading the Harkis (Algerians who served in the French Army during the Algerian War) fires a MAC Mle 1950 pistol at surviving fellaghas (a catch-all term for Algerian militants who fought against the French during the Algerian War). A fellagha wounds Breitner with an Mle 1950.

MAS Mle 1950 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The French Lieutenant arms his MAC Mle 1950 to finish off the terrorists.
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A fellagha is shot down by Souah after he wounds Breitner with the Mle 1950.

Luger P08

Breitner's sidearm is a Luger P08.

Luger P08 with black grips – 9x19mm
Breitner load his Luger.
Highlight for Spoiler: Breitner kills Delignière to avenge Assia.
A wounded Breitner aims his pistol at Mourad.
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Breiter presses his Luger P08 to Mourad's head.
The same scene from different angle.

Browning Hi-Power

At the fellaghas' camp, Mourad carries a Browning Hi-Power.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) – 9x19mm
When the commandoes are captured, Mourad threatens them with a Browning Hi-Power.
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Tokarev TT-33

Souah (Linh-Dan Pham), Breitner's Hmong wife, carries a Tokarev TT-33.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Souah kills an Algerian looter.
While Assia is speaking with Mourad, Souah stand ready.
Souah's pistol.

Walther P38

Youcef's pistol is a Walther P38, which is briefly brandished.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Youcef holds a clearly prop version of the pistol.
Youcef guards Breitner while holding the P38.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Staff Sergeant Senghor (Steve Tientcheu) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 10.

Smith & Wesson Model of 1899 M&P (1899-1902) - .38 Special
Senghor draws his revolver when the commandoes are trapped.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Breitner's weapon of choice is a M1928A1 Thompson with a 50-round drum magazine. Other members of the commando team carry the gun as well when the situation calls for it.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Martillat (Pierre Lottin) shoots at fleeing looters who slaughtered Algerian civilians.
The same scene from another angle.
Martillat realizes he is out of ammo when he wants to finish off a looter.
Breitner stands ready when they are trapped.

M1 Thompson

In a continuity error, when Breitner retrieves his equipment from a case in his house, the Thompson within is an M1 model.

M1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP
Breitner's Thompson, with the stock removed. It becomes an M1928A1 for the rest of the film. Note the drum magazine within the case, this particular style of magazine is incompatible with the M1 Thompson.


French Army soldiers and fellaghas use the MAT-49.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun – 9x19mm
Harkis with MAT-49s.
Blank rounds clearly visible in the chamber.
The firing squad executes the terrorists.
A fellagha aims a captured MAT-49 at the commandoes.


Several fellaghas are armed with MP40s.

MP40 – 9x19mm
The barrel of an MP40 ready to shoot the last French paratrooper.
A fellagha with his MP40 slung over his back.
Same character.
Youcef is shot by Martillat when he raises his MP40.
Souah gets Youcef's MP40 when she decides to save Assia from torture.
Souah fires the SMG at a fellagha who shot Breitner.
Souah aiming the MP40.


A few fellaghas carry PPSh-41s with 35 rounds magazines.

PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
At the beginning, a group of fellaghas raid a French camp, leaving no survivors. One of the attackers is armed with the PPSh-41.
The fellagha in the white turban holds a PPSh-41.
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French soldiers and fellaghas are seen carrying the MAS-36, but it is never fired.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
Mohammed holding a captured MAS-36 when he decides to leave a bare-footed little girl behind when she asks for a rest.
Martillat watches a sentry with a MAS-36 through his Kar98k's scope.
The fellagha on the left holds the first version of the MAS-36, distinguishable by the non-hooded front sight. Note the bayonet is missing.
In a continuity error, the same rifle now has a bayonet.

Karabiner 98k

Martillat's main rifle is a scoped Karabiner 98k. He uses it with a suppressor as well. The suppressor used by Martillat seems to be the same one he screws onto his M1911- an impossible feat considering the two different calibers of these weapons. Senghor shoots a would-be rapist with Martillat's rifle. Several fellaghas are also armed with regular Kar98ks.

Karabiner 98k with Zeiss ZF39 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Martillat aims the rifle at porcelain mines.
A mine's destruction.
Martillat firing the scoped Kar98k.
Staff Sergeant Senghor wants to shoot the leader of the looters before he rapes children.
Martillat with a now-suppressed rifle.
Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
One of the fellaghas' rifles.
The sentry who was holding a MAS-36 now holds a prop Kar98k when he avoids a thrown knife during the struggle with Breitner. Clearly a contunity error.


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

A few fellaghas are seen with 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
The second sentry holds a side-by-side shotgun.
A fellagha at camp aiming the shotgun.
Hammers are visible.


FM 24/29

A Chatellerault M1924/29 is briefly seen at French HQ and in the hands of a fellagha.

FM 24/29 – 7.5x54mm
An FM 24/29 briefly seen at French HQ.
A fellagha holds a 24/29 while assisting in Assia's torture.
Fellaghas abandoning the camp.


Porcelain Mines

Assia is the daughter of a dead terrorist whose was a specialist in explosives and undetectable mines made from porcelain or terracotta. He taught her how to make these mines and where they are buried.

Marked porcelain mines, that Martillat will destroy with the Kar98k.

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