Guns of the Silver Screen: V23N4

By Kyle Shea

More Guns o f “Overlord”

On November 9, 2018, the movie “Overlord” was released in the United States. The movie tells the fictional story of a group of American paratroopers dropped behind German lines on D-Day. They stumble upon a secret German facility experimenting on human beings with a strange serum. The film was produced by J. J. Abrams and stars Jovan Adepo from the new “Star Wars” movies and Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt Russell.

The movie featured a number of different firearms, and some were featured in the March 2019 issue of Small Arms Review. We’d like to highlight more of the firearms used in the movie.

As I said before, I did not see “Overlord.” I am not a big horror or zombie movie fan. I do like older horror movies like “Dracula” (1931), “Frankenstein” (1931) and “The Wolf Man” (1941), but not newer films. From what I heard, the movie was well-received from critics but did poorly at the Box Office. If movies like “Overlord” are your cup of tea, by all means go enjoy this film.

Special Note: June 6, 2019, will be the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. There will be ceremonies throughout Normandy, and it is likely that this will be the last time for many of the soldiers who took part in it to be there. I have signed up for a tour, and I will be there to report on it. If you have any interest in going, it would be a good idea to start looking into how to go now.

One of the most famous weapons of World War II was the M1 Garand. It was first produced in 1934 and saw service in dozens of conflicts across the world. It loads eight .30-06 (7.62x63mm) rounds that are loaded into the gun through the top using a clip. One problem the gun had was that the clip would cause a ping sound when it injected with the last round. Despite this minor flaw, the M1 Garand was a good rifle and was well liked by the soldiers...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V23N4 (April 2019)
and was posted online on February 22, 2019


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