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Weekend at Dunkirk

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Weekend at Dunkirk
(Week-end à Zuydcoote)
Weekend at Dunkirk Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Release Date 1964
Language French
Studio Paris Film Productions
Interopa Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sgt. Julien Maillat Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jeanne Catherine Spaak
Pierson Jean-Pierre Marielle
Dhéry Pierre Mondy
Alexandre François Périer
Pinot Georges Géret

Weekend at Dunkirk (original title Week-end à Zuydcoote) is a 1964 French war drama directed by Henri Verneuil and based on the novel "Weekend at Zuydcoote" by Robert Merle. It depicts two days of Dunkirk evacuation, seen through the eyes of a French soldier Julien Maillat (Jean-Paul Belmondo).

The following weapons were used in the film Weekend at Dunkirk:


Mle 1892 Revolver

In one scene a French officer (François Guérin) is seen with a Mle 1892 Revolver. In another scene Julien Maillat (Jean-Paul Belmondo) uses a revolver to save Jeanne (Catherine Spaak) from rapists.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8 x 27mm SR
A French officer holds his revolver.
He puts it back in holster.
Maillat holds a revolver.
Maillat kills a rapist.

Ruby Pistol

Sgt. Julien Maillat (Jean-Paul Belmondo) carries a Ruby Pistol.

Garate, Anitua y Cia Ruby-Type Pistol - .32 ACP
Jeanne (Catherine Spaak) examines Maillat's pistol.
Maillat puts his pistol back in holster.

Walther P38

Two German paratroopers (Christian Melsen and Rolph Spath), disguised as nuns, are armed with Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
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Disguised Germans fire at Maillat and Pinot during the scene in bombed church.


Lebel Mle 1886

Most French soldiers, including Pierson (Jean-Pierre Marielle) and Alexandre (François Périer), are armed with Lebel Mle 1886 rifles.

Lebel Model 1886 Rifle - 8x50Rmm
Pierson and Alexandre carry their Lebel rifles in the opening scene.
A close view of the muzzle end of a Lebel.
Numerous abandoned Lebels can be seen.
Fench soldiers with Lebels on rest.
French soldiers with Lebel rifles.

Berthier Mle 1916 Carabine

Some French soldiers are armed with Berthier Mle 1916 Carabines.

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine
One of the soldiers carries a Berthier Mle 1916 carbine.
A Berthier carbine is seen among abandoned weapons (hanged on the car at the left).
A bicyclist (Robert Rollis) at the foreground carries an Mle 1916 carbine.

Berthier Rifle

A Berthier rifle is seen in hands of a French soldier in one scene. It's hard to identify the exact model while Mle 1907-15 seems to be the most reasonable guess.

Berthier Model 1907-15 Rifle
A soldier with Berthier rifle is seen at the left.


MAS-36 rifles are seen in hands of French and British soldiers (in the latter case it is due the shortage of SMLE rifles).

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
British soldiers fire their MAS-36s.
French soldiers with MAS-36s in the car.
A muzzle end of MAS-36 can be seen.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

British soldiers are armed with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*. Due to the shortage of real SMLE rifles some of them carry dummy rifles with little resemblance to real ones (see below).

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
British soldiers fire at a German pilot on a parachute. Numerous dummy rifles can be seen among the real ones.
British soldiers board a ship.
A close view of the rifle.
A close view of the muzzle end.

SMLE Mockup

Some British soldiers carry dummy rifles that bear little resemblance to real SMLE.

A close view of a mockup in hands of a running soldier at the right.
Several dummy rifles can be seen.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

Pinot (Georges Géret) is armed with a Chatellerault M1924/29 machine gun and uses it in several scenes. Some other French soldiers also carry M24/29 machine guns.

Chatellerault M1924/29 Light Machine Gun - 7.5x54mm
Pinot readies to fire at a German plane.
Another view of Pinot's machine gun.
A soldier in the car holds an M24/29 machine gun.

Hotchkiss Mle 1914

Hotchkiss Mle 1914 machine guns are seen in several scenes.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with Tripod - 8x50Rmm
A Hotchkiss machine gun is seen in center.
A Hotchkiss machine gun is seen at the right.

Other Weapons

F1 Hand Grenade

In one scene Sgt. Julien Maillat (Jean-Paul Belmondo) uses an F1 hand grenade to detonate a German shell.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1935 fuse.
Maillat takes a grenade from Pierson (Jean-Pierre Marielle).


81-mm mortars are seen in one scene. It's hard to say if they are original French Brandt Mle 1927/31s or their American relatives M1s.

Mortier de 81 mm Mle 27/31
Several mortars are seen.


75-mm Canon de 75 Mle 1897 and 1897/33

Numerous abandoned French 75-mm field cannons are seen on the beach. Most of them are fitted with pneumatic wheels so they appear to be Mle 97/33, a modified version of famous "French 75".

Two cannons are seen during the attack of German planes.
Another cannon. It has wooden-spoked wheels with rubber tires.

155-mm Canon de 155 C Mle 1917

Some 155-mm howitzers Mle 1917 are also seen on the beach.

British soldiers march next to abandoned 155-mm howitzer.

Renault FT17

An abandoned Renault FT17 tank can be seen on the beach.

Renault FT light tank
An FT17 can be seen in center.

Renault R40

An abandoned Renault R40 tank can be seen on the beach. It differ from earlier R35 as it is armed with a 37-mm cannon with longer barrel.

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