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The Inglorious Bastards

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The Inglorious Bastards (1978)

The Inglorious Bastards (originally titled Quel maledetto treno blindato) is a 1978 Italian World War II film directed by Enzo G. Castellari and starring Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, and Ian Bannen. It is the most famous example of "Macaroni Combat," which was the war movie equivalent of the "Spaghetti Western." Like The Dirty Dozen and Play Dirty, the protagonists are a rag-tag bunch of prisoners, behind enemy lines on a dangerous mission. Director and writer Quentin Tarantino paid homage to this film with the title of his 2009 World War II film Inglourious Basterds, but other than cameos by both Svenson and Castellari, the two films have little in common.

Partway through filming, the Italian government imposed a ban on blank firing weapons due to increased terrorist activity. Since finishing the film abroad would've been too expensive, the film was only completed with rewrites, replicas, careful editing and camera tricks. The castle assault, for example, was rewritten with slingshots, crossbows and halberds replacing guns.



Lt. Robert Yeager (Bo Svenson), Private Fred Canfield (Fred Williamson) and their group are armed with M1911-type pistols.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Yeager and Canfield rest up in a barn. Canfield's pistol can be seen tucked in his pants.
Canfield holds his pistol on Adolf (Raimund Harmstorf) when he is discovered.
Tony (Peter Hooten) with his M1911.
Yeager holds Col. Charles Thomas Buckner at gunpoint.

Walther P38

Nicole (Debra Berger) uses a Walther P38 during the French Resistance attack on the train station.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War Two dated - 9x19mm
Nicole after shooting the German radio operator.

Submachine Guns

M1928/M1928A1 Thompson

The M1928A1 Thompson is the most widely used American weapon in the film. Private Fred Canfield and Lt. Robert Yeager as well as everyone else in their group uses them.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
The Sergeant (Joshua Sinclair) guns down the escaping prisoners with his Thompson during the air attack.
Canfield with his newly acquired Thompson.
Yeager recons the barn.
Yeager threatens Berle (Jackie Basehart) when they come across a battle between Americans and Germans. Notice the change to the simple sights.


The MP40 is by far the most used German weapon in the film. Like most war movies of the era, German troops are shown using them almost exclusively. The Lt. Yeager and his group use them when disguised as Germans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German officer with his MP40. Someone should tell him that the camouflage smock is canceled out by the shiny helmet.
Yeager fights off the Waffen SS troops.
Canfield sees the weapons and clothes the female German troops stripped off to go skinny-dipping.
Canfield with his MP40.
Not content with merely firing from the hip, Canfield guns someone down with one hand.

M3 Grease Gun

A member of the French Resistance can be seen briefly with an M3 Grease Gun.

M3 "Grease Gun" .45 ACP. The later model M3A1 would eliminate the crank lever for cocking the bolt, and instead used a simple hole in the bolt for the shooter to use their finger.
The M3 is only in one scene.

Sten Mk II

Some members of the French Resistance are armed with Sten Mk II submachine guns.

Sten Mk II Submachine gun - 9x19mm
A French Resistance member (Massimo Vanni) point his Sten at Nick (Michael Pergolani).
The French Resistance capture two German officers.


Karabiner 98k

Both German and French are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. The German rifles have hooded front sights.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The French Resistance wake up Canfield. Two K98k muzzles can be seen, as well as the muzzle of a Sten gun.
A German guard aims at Tony before Nick stops him with a slingshot. This scene was shot after the ban on real weapons, so this is likely a replica or demilled weapon.

M1 Garand

A French Resistance member is seen armed with an M1 Garand in one scene.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
The M1 Garand to the left.

M1 Carbine

Some members of the French Resistance are armed with M1 carbines.

Post-war M1 Carbine with 30 round magazine and metal barrel shroud - .30 Carbine
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The M1 carbine in the French Resistance camp.

M1903 Springfield

American troops as well as the French Resistance are seen with M1903 Springfield rifles.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
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A member of the French Resistance with his Springfield.

Machine Guns


The MG42 is used extensively by the Germans and the French in the film. Fred Williamson has said in interviews that some guns only shot sparks, and many of the MG42s in the film seem to do just that.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
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Browning M2 Aircraft

A Browning M2 Aircraft machine gun is seen in the American base in the beginning of the film.

Browning M2 Aircraft - .50 BMG
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Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Both sides use Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Canfield with a potato masher as he scavenges German weapons and uniforms from the destroyed vehicles.
A potato masher being thrown into a German troop car.

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