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The Shortest Day (Il giorno più corto)

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The Shortest Day (Il giorno più corto)
Il Giorno Piu Corto Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Release Date 1963
Language Italian
Studio Cinecompar
Main Cast
Character Actor
Francesco Coppola Ciccio Ingrassia
Franco Lo Grugno Franco Franchi
Naja Virna Lisi
Col. Daini Gino Cervi
Field Marshal Von Gassman Raimondo Vianello
Don Turi Eduardo De Filippo

The Shortest Day (original title Il giorno più corto) is a 1963 Italian war comedy directed by Sergio Corbucci and depicting the adventures of two unlucky Sicilians during World War I.

The following weapons were used in the film The Shortest Day (Il giorno più corto):


Glisenti Model 1910

Italian officers carry Glisenti Model 1910 pistols. Glisenti pistols are also seen in hands of Austro-Hungarian officers. Both original Glisenti M1910 and later Brixia M1912 can be seen.

Glisenti Model 1910 - 9mm Glisenti
Italian officer holds his pistol during the attack.
Brixia M1912, an improved version of Glisenti M1910
Austrian officer (at the left) holds a Brixia M1912 pistol.

Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are seen in hands of Austro-Hungarian officers. In one scene Franco (Franco Franchi) and Francesco (Ciccio Ingrassia) briefly hold Lugers.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
An officer carries a tray with a Luger on it.
Von Gassman's adjutant bring to Field Marshal a tray with several Lugers.
Von Gassman (Raimondo Vianello) examines one of the pistols.

Undentified revolver

In one scene a young Italian officer is trying to make self-inflicted wound with a revolver. The revolver appears to be not an Italian service Bodeo M1889 but rather some Colt-style model, maybe of Spanish origin.

The officer aims at his finger.
A Colt-style ejector rod can be seen.



In the opening scene on Sicily mafia boss Don Turi (Eduardo De Filippo) and his henchmen carry traditional Lupara shotguns.

Dominion Arms Outlaw Sawed Off shotgun - 12 gauge
A mafioso with a lupara is seen near the door.
Another mafioso holds a lupara.
A man at the right holds a lupara.
Even on the battlefield Don Turi finds Franceso and aims his lupara.


Carcano M91 Rifle

Italian soldiers are armed with Carcano M91 rifles, often fitted with bayonets.

Carcano M91 Long Rifle - 6.5x52 mm
Italian soldiers march with Carcano rifles during the opening credits.
A military police soldier holds a Carcano M91 with bayonet during the military court.
A barrel of Carcano M91 is seen at the right in the scene on railway station.
Franco (Franco Franchi) and Francesco (Ciccio Ingrassia) with Carcano rifles in trenches.
Franco holds his rifle during the battle.
Franco holds the rifle in another scene.

Unidentified rifle

In one scene an Italian Bersagliere soldier holds a rifle that looks similar to Carcano but has different rear sight and another stock.

A Bersagliere at the left holds unidentified rifle.

Machine Guns

Schwarzlose Machine Gun

Italian troops use Schwarzlose Machine Guns machine guns (instead of correct Fiat-Revelli M1914s).

Schwarzlose Model 07/12
A machine gun in Italian trenches. Note a side handle, typical for Schwarzlose.
A close view of the muzzle. The flash hider looks more like the one of MG08.

SIA Model 1918

A SIA Model 1918 machine gun is mounted on an aircraft.

SIA Model 1918 machine gun - 6.5x52 mm
A SIA Model 1918 is mounted on the plane.
A close view of the machine gun.
Spade grips can be seen.
A view from the muzzle.

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