And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) (1957)

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And Quiet Flows the Don
(Tikhiy Don)
Tikhiy Don 1957 Poster.jpg
The original poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sergei Gerasimov
Release Date 1957-1958
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Grigori Melekhov Pyotr Glebov
Aksiniya Astakhova Elina Bystritskaya
Pantelei Melekhov Daniil Ilchenko
Natalya Melekhova Zinaida Kirienko
Pyotr Melekhov Nikolai Smirnov
Dariya Melekhova Lyudmila Khityaeva
Dunyua Melekhova Natalya Arkhangelskaya
Stepan Astakhov Aleksandr Blagovestov
Mikhail Koshevoy Gennadi Karyakin
Ilya Bunchuk Pyotr Chernov


And Quiet Flows the Don (original title Tikhiy Don) is a Soviet 1957-1958 three-part epic drama directed by Sergei Gerasimov and based on the novel by Mikhail Sholokhov. It depict the fate of a Don Cossack family during the World War One, Russian revolution and civil war.

This movie is a second screen adaptation of Sholokhov's novel. The first one was a 1930 B&W movie; the third one was a Russian-British-Italian seven-part miniseries directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and finished by Fyodor Bondarchuk. A fourth adaptation is a mini-series directed by Sergei Ursulyak that is currently (Spring 2015) in production.


The following weapons were used in the film And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don):

Contents


Handguns

Nagant 1895

Numerous officers of Russian Empire Army, and Reds and Whites during the Russian civil war carry Nagant M1895 revolvers.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N. This is post-1930 version.
A Russian officer at the left holds a Nagant.
Ilya Bunchuk (Pyotr Chernov) holds a Nagant.
A Red Army commander leads his soldiers in attack.
Mikhail Koshevoy (Gennadi Karyakin) fires a Nagant.

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are seen in hands of Reds and Whites during the Russian civil war.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Red sailor holds a Mauser while a Cossack attacks him with a shashka sabre.
Yakov Fomin (Viktor Bubnov), the leader of Cossack uprising, carries a Mauser in wooden holster.
Fomin fires his Mauser at pursuing Red cavalry.

Mauser C96 "Bolo"

In one scene a White officer holds a nickel plated Mauser C96 "Bolo".

Mauser C96 Short Barreled "Bolo" Model - 7.63x25mm Mauser
An officer holds a "Bolo" Mauser.

Luger P08

In the scenes of World War I German and Austro-Hungarian officers are seen with Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Two Austrian officers with Lugers.
A German officer holds a Luger.

Walther P38

What appears to be an anachronistic Walther P38 is seen in hands of an Austro-Hungarian officer.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
An officer runs away from the Cossacks, holding a supposed Walther.
Typical holster for P38 can be seen.

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine

Most Cossacks carry Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbines. In reality the service rifle of Cossack troops was M1891 Cossack rifle (a version of better known M1891 Dragoon rifle), but M1907 carbines were also used.

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Pyotr Melekhov (Nikolai Smirnov) carries an M1907 carbine on sling when he tells goodbye to his father Pantelei Melekhov.
Grigori Melekhov (Pyotr Glebov) carries an M1907 carbine.
A close view of the barrel of Grigori's carbine.
Cossacks with M1907 carbines arrest their commander Yesaul (Capt.) Kalmykov (Mikhail Gluzsky) during the events of the Russian revolution of 1917.
Dariya Melekhova (Lyudmila Khityaeva), Pyotr Melekhov's widow, fires at a Red commissar, avenging her husband.
A Cossack carries an M1907 carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also used by Cossacks.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A barrel of M1938 carbine is seen at the right.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Most Russian infantry soldiers during WW1 and civil war are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M1891 Infantry rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Russian soldiers with Mosin rifles in trenches.
A Russian soldier in attack.
A Cossack holds a Mosin rifle at the foreground.
A firing squad of Whites executes captured Reds.
Tikhiy Don-M91-5.jpg
Red soldiers and sailors in attack.
Red soldiers with M91/30 rifles.
Red commissar Osip Shtokman (Viliam Shatunovsky) holds a rifle.
A soldier aims his rifle.
Another view of the same scene.
Several of Yakov Fomin's men carry M91/30 rifles.

Winchester Model 1895

Some Russian soldiers are seen with Winchester Model 1895 rifles. A large number of Winchester M1895s was purchased by Russia in 1915-16.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever
A soldier runs with a Winchester in hand.
A Winchester is seen at the left
A Red soldier at the left holds a Winchester in the same scene.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

During the scenes of 1916 battles many German soldiers are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Gewehr 98s are also seen in hands of some Russian soldiers. In the scene of the evacuation of White Army and French troops in 1920 some French soldiers carry Gewehr 98 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers with Gewehr 98 rifles in trenches.
An officer stops a young soldier from firing without a command.
German soldiers fire at advancing Russian soldiers.
A Russian soldier holds a Mauser 98.
A French soldier with a Mauser 98.

Karabiner 98k

Out-of-place and out-of-time Karabiner 98k rifles are seen in hands of Austro-Hungarian soldiers in 1914, instead of correct Mannlicher M1895s.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An Austrian soldier runs from a Cossack. His rifle has a turned down bolt handle and appears to be a 98k.

Vz.24 Czech Mauser

Austro-Hungarian soldiers also carry Mauser-style short rifles with straight bolt handles that appear to be anachronistic Vz.24 Czech Mausers.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Tikhiy Don-Mauser-3.jpg
An Austrian soldier holds a rifle that appears to be a Vz.24.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I Carbine

In the scene of the evacuation of White Army and French troops in 1920 some French soldiers carry rifles that appear to be early carbine model of Lee-Enfield, most likely Mk.I (presumbaly standing on Berthier Mle 1916).

Lee-Enfield Mk.I Carbine - .303 British
A soldier at the left holds a Lee-Enfield.
A soldier at the right holds a Lee-Enfield.
Another view of the same gun.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns, standing for original M1910s, are used by Russian Empire army and by Reds and Whites.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim in Russian trenches.
Russian soldier fires a Maxim.
Red Army commander Ilya Bunchuk (Pyotr Chernov) fires a Maxim.
A close view of the barrel.
White soldiers with a Maxim.
A Maxim is mounted on a tachanka cart.

Hotchkiss M1914

Austro-Hungarian soldiers in 1914 and German soldiers in 1916 use Hotchkiss M1914 machine guns, instead of correct Maxim MG08s and Schwarzlose M07/12s. A Hotchkiss is also briefly seen in one scene of Russian civil war.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with Tripod
A Hotchkiss is seen in Austrtian trenches during the Russian cavalry attack.
A Hotchkiss in German trenches. Note that this machine gun is belt-fed. A 250-round metal belt for Hotchkiss M1914 was adopted in 1917 mainly for use in tanks and airplanes.
A German Hotchkiss opens fire at advancing Russian soldiers.
Two Hotchkiss machine guns are seen at the background.

Other Weapons

RG-14 hand grenade

RG-14 hand grenades (most likely RG14/30s) are seen in several scenes, used by both Reds and Whites.

RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
Pyotr Melekhov (Nikolai Smirnov) carries a grenade on his belt when he returns home from the front.
A wounded Red sailor tries to reach a grenade on his belt.

Trivia

Tikhiy Don-Howitzer-1.jpg
Red soldiers fire 122-mm howitzers at White Army positions.



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