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The Devil's Brigade

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The Devil's Brigade
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Release Date May 15, 1968
Language English
Studio Wolper Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Col./Col. Robert T. Frederick William Holden
Maj. Alan Crown Cliff Robertson
Maj. Cliff Bricker Vince Edwards
Pvt. Theodore Ransom Andrew Prine
Sgt. Patrick O'Neill Jeremy Slate
Pvt./Cpl. Rockwell W. "Rocky" Rockman Claude Akins
Cpl./Sgt. Peacock Jack Watson

The Devil's Brigade is a 1968 World War II film that stars Oscar winners William Holden and Cliff Robertson. The film is based on the true story of the First Special Service Force led by Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick (Holden), who takes on the daunting task of melding a renegade group of American and Canadian recruits into a crack team of commandos. The cast also includes Richard Jaeckel, Bill Fletcher, Richard Dawson, Tom Troupe, Luke Askew, Jean-Paul Vignon, Tom Stern, and Harry Carey Jr.

The following weapons were used in the film The Devil's Brigade:


Smith & Wesson Model 20

Captain Cardwell (Tom Stern) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 20 revolver with custom grips that he uses when he notices a rattlesnake in the barracks.

Smith & Wesson Model 20 - .38 High Velocity (.38/44)
Captain Cardwell (Tom Stern) holding a Smith & Wesson Model 20 when he notices a rattlesnake in the barracks.

Colt 1903 Hammerless

Major General Maxwell Hunter (Carroll O'Connor) appears to carry a Colt 1903 Hammerless pistol.

Colt 1903 Hammerless Pistol - .32 ACP (7.65x17mm)
Major General Maxwell Hunter (Carroll O'Connor) carrying a Colt 1903 Hammerless pistol.


The M1911A1 is used by several members of the Devil's Brigade including Major Alan Crown (Cliff Robertson), Private Omar Greco (Richard Jaeckel) and Corporal Wilfrid Peacock (Jack Watson).

M1911A1, WWII-issue with parkerized finish - .45 ACP
Corporal Peacock (Jack Watson) holding a M1911A1 and a M1928A1 Thompson.
Pvt. Omar Greco (Richard Jaeckel) holds the M1911A1.
Maj. Alan Crown (Cliff Robertson) prepares to use his M1911A1.

Walther P38

The Walther P38 is fired by several German officers and soldiers in the film.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
German soldier firing a Walther P38 from the bunker.


M1 Garand

Many members of the Brigade carry the M1 Garand during the final mountain assault including Pvt. Theodore Ransom (Andrew Prine).

M1 Rifle - .30-06
Pvt. Ransom (Andrew Prine) holding a M1 Garand while preparing for the final assault.
A member of the Devil's Brigade on the left fires his M1 Garand.

Mauser Karabiner 98k

German forces are seen using the Karabiner 98k. Pvt. Hubert Hixon (Luke Askew) grabs a Kar98k from a German soldier during one of the missions.

Mauser Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm
Pvt. Hixon (Luke Askew) grabs the Karabiner 98k from a German soldier.

Submachine Guns


The MP40 is used by German forces as well as Sergeant Patrick O'Neill (Jeremy Slate). Maj. Alan Crown (Cliff Robertson) is seen holding it at the end of the film.

MP40 SMG - 9x19mm
While disguised as a German soldier, Sgt. Patrick O'Neill (Jeremy Slate) holds the MP40 on a German officer.

M1928A1 Thompson

The M1928A1 Thompson is used by the majority of the Brigade during their first mission. It's notably used by Colonel Robert T. Frederick (William Holden), Maj. Alan Crown (Cliff Robertson), Cpl. Wilfrid Peacock (Jack Watson), Pvt. Hugh MacDonald (Richard Dawson), and Sgt. Patrick O'Neill (Jeremy Slate).

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Col. Robert T. Frederick (William Holden) holding a M1928A1 Thompson.
Col. Robert T. Frederick (William Holden) provides suppressing fire with his M1928A1 Thompson.
Col. Robert T. Frederick (William Holden) finishes off a German soldier with his M1928A1 Thompson.
Pvt. Hugh MacDonald (Richard Dawson) with the Thompson during the mountain assault.
MacDonald firing the M1928A1 Thompson.
Frederick firing the M1928A1 Thompson at the Germans who are faking surrender.

Machine Guns

Browning Automatic Rifle

The Browning Automatic Rifle is primarily carried by Pvt. Hubert Hixon (Luke Askew) during the mountain assault. Pvt. Ransom (Andrew Prine) later uses it.

M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Pvt. Hubert Hixon (Luke Askew) holding a Browning Automatic Rifle before the final assault.

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB is seen mounted on the M47 Walker Bulldog tank mocked up as a German tank.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm)
Maj. Alan Crown (Cliff Robertson) next to a Browning M2HB on a M47 Tank mocked up as a German tank.

Browning 1919A4

A Browning M1919A4 machine gun is briefly seen using by the Brigade during the mountain assault.

Browning M1919A4 Machine Gun - .30-06
The Browning M1919A4 on its tripod is seen on the far left.


German forces are seen using the MG42 machine gun during the mountain assault.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Germans firing the MG42.


Mk. II Hand Grenade

American troops have Mk 2 hand grenades.

Mk II hand grenade

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by German soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade


M116 75mm Pack Howitzer

M116 75mm “Pack” howitzer.

M101A1 Howitzer

M101A1 Howitzer - 105x372mm

M20A1 "Super Bazooka"

The anachronistic M20A1 "Super Bazooka" is used by the Brigade during the mountain assault.

M20A1 "Super Bazooka" - 3.5"
The Bazooka is seen wielded in the background.
A Bazooka team firing a M20A1 "Super Bazooka".

M2 Mortar

The M2 Mortar also is used by the Brigade.

M2 Mortar - 60mm
Mortar squad firing an M2 Mortar during the mountain assault.

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