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Von Ryan's Express

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Von Ryan's Express
VonRyans cover.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Mark Robson
Release Date June 23, 1965
Language English
Studio P-R Productions Picture
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. Joseph L. Ryan Frank Sinatra
Maj. Eric Fincham Trevor Howard
Gabriella Raffaella Carrà
Sgt. Bostick Brad Dexter
Capt. Oriani Sergio Fantoni
Lt. Orde John Leyton
Capt. Costanzo Edward Mulhare
Maj. von Klemment Wolfgang Preiss

The following weapons were used in the film Von Ryan's Express:


Luger P08

Numerous German officers including SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) Gortz (John van Dreelen) carry the Luger P08. The pistol is seen in the hands of Col. Joseph L. Ryan (Frank Sinatra) and Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard) as well.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Ryan (in the center) holds the Luger.
Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard) holds the Luger in his right hand.
Colonel Gortz (John van Dreelen) and his aide (Jacques Stany) are armed with Lugers.
Colonel Gortz (John van Dreelen) holds his Luger as he turns to grab an MP40 from one of his men. His aide (Jacques Stany), an SS-Untersturmführer (Second lieutenant) also holds his Luger.

Beretta M1934

Battaglia (Adolfo Celi) and Captain Oriani (Sergio Fantoni) are shown with very smallish holstered sidearms which (judging from the curved tip at the end of the magazine) appear to be the Beretta Model 1934.

Beretta Modello 1934 - .380 ACP
Oriani introduces Ryan (Frank Sinatra) to Maggiore Battaglia (Adolfo Celi). Both Italians have holstered sidearms.
Another shot of the two officers' holsters as Battaglia and Oriani look out the window.
While disguised as a German Major, Captain Costanzo (Edward Mulhare) also carries the pistol in his holster (Note the curved tip).

Submachine Guns

Beretta Model 38/42

Some of the German soldiers appear to be armed with Beretta Model 38/42. These weapons are also used by the POW's.

Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
A POW opens fire at a German plane with the Beretta Model 38.
A fallen German soldier on the left with the Beretta Model 38.


The MP40 is used by both German and Italian forces as well as by various POWs when they are disguised as German guards including Col. Joseph L. Ryan (Frank Sinatra), Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard), and Sgt. Bostick (Brad Dexter).

MP40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Italian guards with Gewehr 98s and MP40s.
Col. Joseph L. Ryan (Frank Sinatra) holds the MP40.
Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard) fires the MP40.
Sergeant Bostick (Brad Dexter) is armed with the MP40.
The POWs including Private Ames (James Brolin) open fire on a German plane with their MP40's.
An American POW (James B. Sikking) with the MP40.
Col. Ryan and Sergeant Bostick (Brad Dexter) fire their MP40's while on the train.
Colonel Gortz (John van Dreelen) fires the MP40.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

Both German and Italian troops are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Guard has the rifle slung.
Italian guards with Gewehr 98s and MP40s.

Machine Guns

Schwarzlose M1907/24

The Schwarzlose M1907/24 is seen in machine gun nests at various German checkpoints.

Schwarzlose-Janeček vz. 07/24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
On the left, the machine gun is visible.
At the top, the machine gun is visible.
On the left, the machine gun is visible.


Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Col. Ryan, Maj. Eric Fincham (Trevor Howard), and Sgt. Bostick (Brad Dexter) use the Model 24 Stielhandgranate taken off fallen German soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Both Col. Ryan and Sgt. Bostick (Brad Dexter) hold the Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

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