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The Heart of Humanity

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The Heart of Humanity
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Allen Holubar
Release Date December 22, 1918
Language Silent
Studio A Jewel Production
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nanette Dorothy Phillips
John Patricia William Stowell
Paul Patricia Robert Anderson
Eric von Eberhard Erich von Stroheim
Widow Patricia Margaret Mann

The Heart of Humanity is a 1918 American silent World War I propaganda film directed by Allen Holubar and shows a few equal action strands like D. W. Griffith's Hearts of the World. The story is about Nanette, an American girl living in a small Canadian village, who is in love with John Patricia, the eldest of five brothers. The war interrupts their romantic idyll, as everyone goes overseas to Belgium and France. Nanette becomes a Red Cross nurse and is terrorized by the German Lt. von Eberhard.

The following weapons were used in the film The Heart of Humanity:


Luger P08

German Lt. Eric von Eberhard (Erich von Stroheim) is seen with a Luger P08 pistol during the trench fighting.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Eric gives the signal to go over the top while holding his pistol.
Later in the war, he does the same.
He sees an enemy soldier killing his men...
...and takes aim.

Smith & Wesson M1917

What appears to be a Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver is used by John Patricia (William Stowell) during close combat.

Smith & Wesson M1917 - .45 ACP
John awaits German soldiers with his revolver in hand.
Another view of his revolver while waiting for an attack.
He fires from a trench.

Colt M1911

The Colt M1911 is used by a U.S. officer who saved John and Nanette.

Colt M1911 - .45 ACP
The officer on the right shoots a German soldier.
He holds his Colt at John.


Beaumont-Vitali M1871/88

American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers are armed with Dutch Beaumont-Vitali M1871/88 rifles. While the Germans use the long rifle, the Allies use the carbine variant.

Beaumont-Vitali Model 1871/88 - 11.3x50mmR
German soldiers fire their Beaumont-Vitali rifles.
Canadians armed with carbines holding off a German attack.
John and other Americans armed with the carbines.
John fires his carbine.
A soldier uses the rifle as a mace during hand to hand fighting.
The carbine is described to the new arrivals by John.
British troops in urban warfare firing their carbines.
A closer view of the rear-part.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

A German sniper uses a correct Gewehr 98 equipped with a telescopic sight.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The sniper in is hiding place.
He chambers his Gewehr which offers a good view of the receiver with the Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken Berlin 1908 marking.
Having spotted Maurice and Paul he gets in position.

Gras Mle. 1874

At least, two German soldiers threaten Nanette with French Gras Model 1874 rifles.

Fusil Gras Mle. 1874 M80 with Mle. 1874 sword bayonet - 11x59mm
The soldiers holds their Gras.
A lobby card of this scene.

Machine Guns

Lewis Gun

A Lewis Gun is used by Maurice (Frank Braidwood) and Paul (Robert Anderson) in a foxhole in No Man's Land. An Allied plane is equipped with an Aircraft variant.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
Paul next to his Lewis.
He takes aim at the sniper.
For comparison: Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British
The mounted Lewis on the plane.

Colt Model 1895

The Colt Model 1895 is the standard machine gun for the German Army in the movie instead of Maxim MG08s.

Colt Model 1895 - .30-40 Krag
German MG team in action.
A close-up of the barrel.
A German soldier fires the MG from a pillbox.
A deployed Colt MG in No Man's Land.

Hand grenades

Mills Bomb

Mills Bombs are used by Allied soldiers, including John.

No. 5 Mk. I "Mills Bomb"
An American soldier pulls the pin.
John grabs a Mills bomb to silence the pillbox.




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