This photograph is taken
from Jodhpur Fort museum.These all were the Guns that were used during
the King's time , at that these were known as Killer guns.Their design
is unique and amazing but they are really hard to operate.To know more
please click here.
Credit: Soldiers of the 3rd Sappers and
Miners Lance, Naik, Brahman of Oudh. Jemadah, Dekhani Mahratti,
illustration for 'Armies of India' by Major G.F. MacMunn, published in
1911, 1908 (w/c on paper)99:male; Indian; soldier; sepoy; turban;
military uniform; costume; full length; portrait; distinguished; British
Empire; Imperial history; standing; regiment; spade; worker; gun;
rifle; sword; Indian army; British Raj; Asian;, Lovett, Alfred Crowdy
(1862-1919) / National Army Museum, London / The Bridgeman Art Library
Whilst Gandhi is spending some time in a South African prison, guards in the background are seen armed with Martini-Henry
rifles. Whilst the exact model of the rifles featured is difficult to
make out, the length of the operating leaver would suggest that they are
no later than Mk. III variants. The Mk. IV model that followed was
characterised by a longer lever which aided the extraction of
Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE)
The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE)
is seen throughout the film in the hands of British and Indian soldiers
as well as Gurkhas recruited from Nepal. Given that the film was shot
mainly in India, most of these Lee-Enfields are likely to have been
built or at least refurbished in India at the factory in Ishapore. Some
examples can be seen with squared-off foresight protectors which confirm
.303 SMLE Mk. III.
Reverend Charlie Andrews is confronted by an SMLE-carrying soldier whilst visiting Gandhi in jail.
Gurkhas march through the streets of Amritsar with SMLEs at the port.
take aim at the crowd gathered illegally in Jallianwala Bagh. The
bayonets fitted to their rifles seem to be shorter than the standard 17"
1907 pattern bayonet. These are either cut-down examples or one of the
many shorter Indian-made patterns.
The command is given to open fire resulting in the infamous massacre that took place on April 13, 1919.
A Gurkha cycles the bolt of his SMLE. A crimp-nosed blank can be seen about to be chambered.
of empty .303 cases build up. Around 1650 rounds were fired causing an
estimated 1500 casualties. The estimated number of deaths ranges from
around 300 to over 1000.
Lee-Enfield No. 4
Some soldiers can be seen with Lee-Enfield No. 4
rifles. Even after the introduction of the No. 4, production of SMLEs
continued in India where they can still be found in the hands of police
forces. No. 4 rifles were not built in India but were produced in
Sten Mk II Submachine Gun
A Sten Mk II
can be seen in the hands of a Gurkha during attempts to disperse
rioters. The Sten provided a cheap alternative to the Thompson
submachine gun which the British and commonwealth forces had been
importing since the start of WWII. A simple design, although not without
issues, the Sten remained in service throughout and beyond. A similar
design, the Sterling, would go on to replace the Sten as the submachine
gun of the British Army and would be used until the late 1980s.
Vickers Machine Gun
During the scene centered around the Amritsar massacre, a mock-up of a
Rolls-Royce armored car is featured. The traditional armament of these
vehicles were Vickers
machine guns, although later models of the vehicle were given heavier
weapons. The machine gun mounted on the car in the film seems to be a
mock-up also, as it does not resemble any specific design. It is
therefore assumed that this is intended to represent a Vickers. Since
the gates of the Jallianwala Bagh garden were too narrow to allow an
armored car to enter, the Vickers could not be brought to bear on the