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When Trumpets Fade

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When Trumpets Fade
DVD Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Irvin
Release Date 1998
Language English
Studio HBO NYC Productions
Distributor HBO
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sergeant David Manning Ron Eldard
Corporal Toby Chamberlain Frank Whaley
1st Lieutenant Terrence Lukas Timothy Olyphant
Captain Thomas Zenek Bobby Cannavale
Private Robert "Bobby" Miller Jeffrey Donovan
Sergeant Talbot Dylan Bruno
Captain Pritchett Martin Donovan
Private Warren "Sandy" Sanderson Zak Orth
Lieutenant Colonel George Rickman Dwight Yoakam

When Trumpets Fade is a 1998 World War II film that originally aired on HBO in the US. The film stars Ron Eldard as David Manning, a disgruntled U.S. Army private who reluctantly finds himself promoted to squad leader and put in charge of a group of new misfit soldiers during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest in the autumn of 1944. When Trumpets Fade was directed by John Irvin, who also directed war films Hamburger Hill and The Dogs of War. The film was released in some countries under the title Hamburger Hill 2 or The Sound of War.

The following weapons were used in the film When Trumpets Fade:


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 was the standard sidearm of U.S. forces during World War II. It is carried by several characters, including David Manning (Ron Eldard) and Sgt. Talbot (Dylan Bruno). When one of the soldiers refuses to continue with his mission, Manning pulls out his M1911A1 and shoots the soldier's flamethrower tank, causing it to explode.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
David Manning (Ron Eldard) chambers a round into his Colt M1911A1 as one of his men starts to flee.

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson is the main weapon carried by David Manning (Ron Eldard). Several U.S. soldiers carry the Thompson throughout the film as well. The rate of fire displayed on screen appears to be slightly slower than usual.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Manning (Ron Eldard) holds his M1A1 Thompson while carrying his injured friend Bobby (Jeffrey Donovan) on his back.
Manning reloads his Thompson.


German Army uses the MP40 while defending their artillery position.

MP40 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A German soldier holds his MP40.


M1 Garand

The M1 Garand was the standard issue rifle of the U.S. Army during World War II. It is carried by several characters, including Capt. Pritchett (Martin Donovan), Sgt. Talbot (Dylan Bruno), and Pvt. Warren "Sandy" Sanderson (Zak Orth).

M1 Garand - .30-06
Pvt. Warren "Sandy" Sanderson (Zak Orth) holds his M1 Garand as he awaits the next mission.
Sgt. Talbot (Dylan Bruno) carries the M1 Garand rifle.

Browning Automatic Rifle

Sgt. Talbot (Dylan Bruno) carries the Browning Automatic Rifle to take out German soldiers during the final mission. Pvt. Sanderson (Zak Orth) later takes the BAR and continues to lay down fire.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Sgt. Talbot (Dylan Bruno) carries the BAR as Manning's group attempt to take out the German position.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is carried by various U.S. officers throughout the film.

World War II-era M1 Carbine with dark walnut stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - .30 Carbine - correct for most of World War II, shown with khaki sling and oiler and a period magazine pouch for buttstock
An M1 Carbine is carried by one of U.S. soldiers as they enter the Hurtgen Forest.

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by German forces while defending their artillery position.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier fires his 98k.
Another German soldier fires his 98k.

Machine Guns


Near the end of the film, German forces are also seen with the MG42 while defending their tank position.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier fires the MG42 at U.S. soldiers.


M9A1 "Bazooka"

Medic Chamberlain (Frank Whaley) carries an M9A1 Bazooka to take out German tanks during the final mission.

M9A1 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
Chamberlain (Frank Whaley) prepares to fire the Bazooka at the German position.

M2 Flamethrower

An M2 Flamethrower is used by Baxter (Steven Petrarca) and Sanderson when Manning's group go on the mission to destroy the German artillery.

M2-2 Flamethrower
Sanderson (Zak Orth) charges the German position with the M2 Flamethrower.

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Mk 2 hand grenades can be seen several times and Manning (Ron Eldard) uses them to take out German soldiers.

World War II-made Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Sanderson (Zak Orth) has a Mk 2 hand grenade on his belt when he is hiding from the German patrol.
Manning (Ron Eldard) with grenades on his belt.

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K)

Two 85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K)s are used as artillery by the Germans. In the film, they are incorrectly referred to as 88mm guns, probably because they stand in for the German "8.8 cm Flak 18/36".

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) - 85x629mmR
German soldiers shelling U.S. soldiers.
The firing handle being pulled.
German soldiers ejecting the spent casing and reloading a full cartridge.


Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H

In the film, you can see two German Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H tanks. Those are mockups built on Russian vehicles. According to some sources, they were built on Soviet-manufactured 122mm 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers.

Two Panzerkampfwagen IV tanks move into position.
The 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/48 main gun.
The backside of the tank.
The tank firing the main gun with a massive muzzle flash.

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