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The Camp Followers (Le soldatesse)

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The Camp Followers
(Le soldatesse)
Le soldatesse Poster.jpg
Italian Theatrical Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg West Germany
YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
Directed by Valerio Zurlini
Release Date 1965
Language Italian
Studio Debora Film
Zebra Films
Franco London Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Gaetano Martino Tomas Milian
Sgt. Castagnoli Mario Adorf
Elenitza Karaboris Anna Karina
Eftichia Samidatis Marie LaforĂȘt
Ebe Bartolini Valeria Moriconi
Maj. Alessi Aleksandar Gavric
Toula Demantritza Lea Massari
Aspasia Anastasiou Milena Dravic

The Camp Followers (Le soldatesse) is an Italian B&W 1965 war drama directed by Valerio Zurlini and adapted from the novel by Ugo Pirro. The story is set in 1942 in Greece under Axis occupation. Lieutenant Martino (Tomas Milian) of the Italian Army gets a mission to deliver a group of local prostitutes from Athens to Italian troops in Albania.

The following weapons were used in the film The Camp Followers (Le soldatesse):


Beretta M1934

Lt. Gaetano Martino's (Tomas Milian) service sidearm is a Beretta M1934 pistol.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Lt. Martino carries his pistol in holster.
A close view of Martino's holster.
Martino draws his pistol during the attack of Greece partisans.
Another view of the scene.
Martino breaks the windshield of the car with the grip of his pistol.
A close view of the grip.

Beretta M1923

A Bersaglieri Captain (uncredited) carries a Beretta M1923 pistol.

Beretta Model 1923 - 9x19mm Glisenti
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Bersaglieri Captain holds his pistol during the attack of Greece partisans.

Mauser M1914

Maj. Alessi's (Aleksandar Gavric) personal sidearm is a Mauser M1914 pistol.

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR
The grip of the pistol is seen in Alessi's holster.
Alessi's holster.
Alessi draws his pistol during the attack of Greece partisans.
Another view of the pistol.
Alessi holds his pistol during the ambush on the road.
Alessi shoots Elenitza who is succumbing from wounds.

Luger P08

An Italian officer holds a Luger P08 during the execution of captured Greece partisans. Some German soldiers carry Luger holsters.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A soldier on road block with MP40 and Luger holster.
Le soldatesse-Luger-2.jpg
An Italian officer shoots a partisan with a Luger.

Submachine Guns


Some German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier at the right holds an MP40 in the opening scene.
A soldier with MP40 is seen at the background.
The barrel of MP40 is seen at the left.
A soldier on road block with MP40 and Luger P08 holster.


Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine

Most Italian soldiers, including Martino's driver Sgt. Castagnoli (Mario Adorf), are armed with Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbines.

Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5x52mm
Italian soldiers with Carcano carbines in the opening scene.
A soldier carries a Carcano carbine.
Bersaglieris with Carcano carbines and Breda M37 machine gun on road block.
A Bersaglier with Carcano carbine.
A Blackshirt carries Carcano carbine.
Lt. Martino (Tomas Milian) rests in the lorry, havind Castagnoli's carbine at hand.
Maj. Alessi (Aleksandar Gavric) holds the carbine when helping to carry wounded Castagnoli.
Castagnoli confronts Maj. Alessi who planes to leave the wounded soldier in abandoned house.
Another view of the carbine.
Italian soldiers of Blackshirts unit with Carcano carbines and an MG42 execute captured partisans.

Karabiner 98k

German and Italian soldiers, as well as Greece partisans, are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers with MG42 and Karabiner 98k in the opening scene.
A German soldier with Kar 98k on Athenes street.
A German soldier carries a carbine on shoulder.
The barrel of 98k is seen behind the Blackshirt.
A Greece partisan fires a 98k.
Another partisan with a 98k.
An Italian soldier holds a 98k. The hooded front sight is seen.
Blackshirts convoy captured partisan. One is armed with a 98k, and another one with a Carcano carbine.

Unidentified rifle

A German soldier in the opening scene holds a full-length rifle. It can be an Italian Carcano M91 or some Mauser rifle.

Le soldatesse-Rifle-1.jpg

Machine Guns

Breda Modello 37

Italian troops deploy Breda Modello 37 machine guns on several road blocks. Only a single machine gun is seen in a time, so possibly a single prop is reused throughout the movie.

Breda Modello 37 - 8x59mm RB Breda
A Breda M37 is partially seen at the right. The belt isn't loaded in the machine gun but just lies above it; Breda M37 was fed with 20-round strip.
A Breda M37 is seen on the stone wall at the background.
Italian troops transport a Breda machine gun loaded on a horse.
The barrel of Breda M37.
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A Breda M37 on Italian road block.
Italian soldiers with Breda M37 machine gun.

Fiat-Revelli Modello 35

An abandoned Fiat-Revelli Modello 35 is seen on battlefield in the opening scene.

Fiat-Revelli M14/35 machine gun - 8x59mm RB Breda
Le soldatesse-Fiat35-1.jpg
A Fiat-Revelli M14/35 stands for a Greece Army machine gun.


MG42 machine guns are used by German and Italian troops.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers with MG42 and Karabiner 98k in the opening scene.
MG42 on bipod is seen in center in same scene.
MG42 on German road block in Athens.
Italian soldiers of Blackshirts unit use an MG42 when executing captured partisans.
A Blackshirt at the left holds an MG42 after the execution.

Unidentified machine gun

During the ambush a Greece partisan fires a machine gun that is seen very blurry and unclear due to fast motion. Possibly it's an MG34 but it's only a guess.

A partisan with machine gun runs to the road...
...and fires at the car.

Other Weapons


Mortars of probably 81.4mm caliber are seen in Italian troops column. They can be Italian Mortaio da 81 Mod. 35, German GrW 34 or some other similar looking model. In the opening scene an abandoned mortar is seen on battlefield.

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Abandoned mortar is seen on battlefield.
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Italian troops transport a barrel of a mortar loaded on a horse.


Italian soldiers use a flamethrower of unknown model during the operation against partisans.

A soldier with flamethrower burns a house.

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