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Post by hchris » 30 Dec 2005 15:58

Potsdamer Platz wrote:OPERATION DAYBREAK (1975)

This movie was one of the few productions who took the time and the effort of duplicating WW2 German Tiger tanks. The only other production who did this was Kelly's Heroes (1970) until Steven Spielberg did the same for his movie Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Since the film was set in the Czechoslovakia, the filmmakers made use of Czech army equipment such as OT81 half tracks which are very similar to their war time predecessor, the German Sdkfz 251/1

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Could you please share some pictures?

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Post by Potsdamerplatz » 31 Dec 2005 00:44

Sorry, I don't have any photographs. I got this information from the Internet Movie Database.

I have the DVD of "OPERATION DAYBREAK" and could get some screen caps if you are interested though?

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Post by hchris » 31 Dec 2005 11:49

Potsdamer Platz wrote:Sorry, I don't have any photographs. I got this information from the Internet Movie Database.

I have the DVD of "OPERATION DAYBREAK" and could get some screen caps if you are interested though?
Yeah please show us some pictures!!

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Post by Potsdamerplatz » 31 Dec 2005 13:59

"OPERATION DAYBREAK" (1975)

These screen caps are taken from the scene where the SS Panzer Division "DAS REICH" commanded by SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Max Rostock is despatched to destroy the village of Lidice in reprisal for the Heydrich assassination.

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Post by Rolf-Gunter Kolb » 10 Jan 2006 20:23

Two movies I can think of that are not listed but use real German vehicles are:

Decision Before Dawn and Hannible Brooks.

Decision before Dawn has numerous German Halftracks, BMW Motocycles and w/ sidecar, transport trucks, Kubelwagons and other vehicles. I cannot remember since it's been many years since I last saw it but there might also be some German tanks in this movie as well. Also, there are American Jeeps, aircraft and other vehicles used in this film.

Hannable Brooks shows various German vehicles such as transport trucks and Kubelwagons. As its been many years since I last saw this movie too, I can't recal if they had any real armor in this film. I recall there being a scene where a German transport train gets derailed which was carrying six tanks.

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Post by Daimyo » 11 Jan 2006 22:32

Here are some mock-ups from the movie "The Night of the Generals". I think that those "Panthers" might have been already used in the french movie "Paris brûle-t-il?", especially because "The Night of the Generals" was made in 1967, only a year after "Paris brûle-t-il?".
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Post by hchris » 12 Jan 2006 16:55

Thanks a lot Daimyo for those screencaptures. Those mockups are pretty good imho for a movie don't you think?

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Post by Daimyo » 13 Jan 2006 02:14

Yup, especially the "Panthers". It was great to see them driving in Paris in "Paris brûle-t-il?".

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Post by oddessa » 13 Jan 2006 06:44

how about the band of brother they had alot of real german vehiclas in it

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Post by Jungmann » 13 Jan 2006 16:38

Band of brothers german vehicles were replica's made mainly from British Warriors. You can see a bit off how they did this on the making of feature on the DVD boxset.

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Post by Dubliner » 15 Jan 2006 01:49

Band of Brothers German AFV props

1- T-54/55 Jagdpanther conversion
1 or 2 - T-34 "Tigers"
2 - British F432 APC StuG III conversions
1 - Land Rover based Sdkfz 222
2 - Czech OT810 rebuilt as Sdkfz 251s, one vehicle made up as a Sdkfz 251/22
1 - Swedish Sav m/43 converted to a Marder III Ausf H for "Saving Private Ryan" (a true WW2 era AFV)
1 - Czech LT38 chassis fitted out as a Marder III Ausf M for "Saving Private Ryan" (a true WW2 era AFV)

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Post by Panzer Regiment 6 » 20 Jan 2006 18:19

Dubliner,are you sure the Marder111 was of swedish origin>i worked onBand of Brothers and drove in all the vehicles and the guys said they where genuine Marders?

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Post by Dubliner » 21 Jan 2006 04:14

Jungman,

You're a lucky soul. I confess, I have not yet had the chance to get up close to these vehicles. However, I have from a very reliable source that a Swedish Stormartillerivagn m/43 was converted into the Marder III Ausf H used in Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers. As regards to the Marder III Ausf M, someone from the Second Battle Group as has gone on record stating that Steve Lamonby of Plus Film Services acquired the LT38 (unknown variant) chassis of the vehicle from the Czech Republic. The both chassis are authentic, but Plus Film Services added the Pak 40 guns and rebuilt the open top fighting compartments.

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Post by panzerhan » 09 Feb 2006 23:21

I watched a French movie whom I couldn't remember its name but there was a REAL PANTHER and a KING TIGER. I swear!

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Post by Dubliner » 12 Feb 2006 04:03

Pz.Rgt. 6,

I believe you. In the past the Musée des Blindés in Saumur, France allowed their running Tiger II and Panther to be used in a very limited manner in speical projects and reenactments. Jpegs are floating around of the web of the Saumur Tiger II at a Normandy reenactment.

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