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Verdun: Visions of History

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Verdun: Visions of History
Verdun, visions d'histoire
Verdun 1928.jpg
Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Léon Poirier
Release Date November 8, 1928
Language Silent
Main Cast
Character Actor
French soldier Albert Préjean
German soldier Fritz Hans Brausewetter
German Captain Thomy Bourdelle
The intellectual Antonin Artaud
The chaplain André Nox

Verdun: Visions of History (Verdun, visions d'histoire) is a 1928 French silent docudrama film directed by Léon Poirier. The film shows the history of the famous Battle of Verdun from the perspective of French and German soldiers. The movie features several veterans of this Battle.

The following weapons were used in the film Verdun: Visions of History:


Luger P08

A Luger P08 is briefly seen in the hand of a German soldier.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The creeping German soldier holding the Luger.


Berthier Fusil Modèle 1907-16

Some French soldiers are armed with Berthier Fusil Modèle 1907-16 rifles. The use of this rifle at beginning of the battle is anachronistic.

Berthier Mle 1907-16 - 8mm Lebel
French soldier on the right.
A soldier fires his rifle.
Left side.

Lebel 1886

The majority of French soldiers use Lebel 1886 M93 rifles.

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
French soldiers block the entrance to Fort de Vaux.
Inside the Fort.
A French soldier resting in Fort de Vaux.
More resting soldiers.
French soldiers advancing in No Man's Land.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

German soldiers use Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Shock Troops (Stoßtrupps) also use this rifle instead of Mauser 98AZ Carbines.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The German Captain (Thomy Bourdelle) and Fritz (Hans Brausewetter) with Gewehr 98s.
Clearer shot of the Captain's rifle.
German soldiers salute the defenders of Fort de Vaux with their Gewehr 98s.
On the left. Note the Lange Visier.

Mauser Karabiner 1871

A Mauser Karabiner 1871 is seen behind Fritz (Hans Brausewetter).

Mauser Karabiner 1871 - 11x60mmR
Promotional picture.
The Carbine behind him.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

British soldiers can be seen with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles during preparations for the Battle of the Somme. These scenes are documentary footage.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War.
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Machine Guns

Hotchkiss M1914

French soldiers use Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Guns in the battle.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel / 7.92x57mm Mauser / 11mm Gras
French soldiers fire the Hotchkiss.
Destroyed MG position.

Maxim MG 08

The Maxim MG08 is used by German soldiers.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier on the left advancing on Fort de Vaux while carrying the Maxim on his shoulder.
German soldiers preparing the Maxim.
The Maxim MG08 fired by German soldiers.

Vickers Aircraft Machine Gun

Two Vickers Aircraft Machine Guns are mounted on a French plane.

Vickers Aircraft Machine Gun
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Hand Grenades

Model 1914 Ball Grenade

Some French soldiers use Model 1914 Ball Grenades during the battle.

Model 1914 ball grenade without fuse.
French soldier taking German prisoners while holding the Ball grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers use anachronistic Model 24 Stielhandgranates instead of correct Model 15 or Model 16 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
German soldiers with their grenades.

Model 16 Stielhandgranate

What appears to be a correct Model 16 Stielhandgranate can be seen in a German trench.

Model 16 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
Seen on the right.


Flare Gun

A German soldier fires an unknown Flare Gun. It has a shorter barrel than the Hebel M1894.

The soldier fires.

Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897

Canon 75mm Mle 1897.
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Canon de 155 C, mle 1917 Schneider

Canon 155mm Mle. 1917

7.58 cm Minenwerfer


10.5 cm leFH 16

10.5 cm leFH 16.
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