Attack and Retreat (Italiani brava gente)

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Attack and Retreat (Italiani brava gente)
Italiani brava gente Poster.jpg
Original Italian Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Giuseppe De Santis
Release Date 1964
Language Italian
Russian
German
Spanish
Studio Coronet
Galatea Film
Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Libero Gabrielli Raffaele Pisu
Giuseppe Sanna Riccardo Cucciolla
Loris Bazzocchi Lev Prygunov
Col. Sermonti Andrea Checchi
Maj. Ferro Maria Ferri Arthur Kennedy
Dr. Lt. Mario Salvioni Peter Falk
Katya Zhanna Prokhorenko
Sonya Tatyana Samoylova


Attack and Retreat (original Italian title Italiani brava gente (literally "Italians are good people"), Russian title Oni shli na vostok ("They went to the East") is a 1964 Italian-Soviet war drama directed by Giuseppe De Santis. The film depicts the story of Italian soldiers of Italian Expeditionary Corps in Russia who fought on the Eastern Front along with Wehrmacht until the bitter end during the Battle of Stalingrad.


The following weapons were used in the film Attack and Retreat (Italiani brava gente):

Contents


Pistols

Beretta M1934

Beretta M1934 pistols are service sidearms of Italian officers, including Col. Sermonti (Andrea Checchi) and Lt. Giuliani (Valeri Somov).

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
Lt. Giuliani's holster.
Giuliani draws his pistol.
Beretta is seen at the right in hands of another officer.
Col. Sermonti draws his pistol during the conflict with a German officer.
Giuliani holds the Beretta, stopping his soldiers from desertion.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is a personal weapon of Maj. Ferro Maria Ferri (Arthur Kennedy). A German officer holds a Luger P08 pistol in one scene.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer raises his P08.
Italiani brava gente-Luger-2.jpg
Maj. Ferri fires the Luger.

Submachine Guns

Beretta Model 38A

Soldiers of "Blackshirts" unit and Maj. Ferri's "Arditi" (shock troops) are armed with Beretta Model 38A submachine guns.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm
A "Blackshirt" holds the Beretta Model 38A.
"Blackshirts" in attack.
"Blackshirts" cross the river.
"Arditi" stand in formation, raising ceremonial daggers in fascist salute.
An "Arditi" carries ammunition box.
A soldier fires his SMG in a futile attempt to repel the attack of Soviet cavalry unit.

MP40

Numerous German soldiers carry MP40s. MP40s are also used by Soviet partisans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German Feldwebel (Boris Belyakov) holds the MP40.
A German soldier with MP40.
A Soviet partisan (Ivan Savkin) holds the MP40.
A German deserter (Ivan Paramonov) holds the MP40.
German soldiers with MP40s leave the car.

PPSh-41

Soviet tank crewmembers fire PPSh-41 SMGs when their T-34 counterattacks Italian troops in Summer 1941. Many Soviet soldiers and partisans are armed with PPSh-41s in the scene in Winter 1941/42 and during the Battle of Stalingrad.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A T-34 crewmember fires through the open front hatchway.
A female partisan (Elza Lezhdey ) carries the PPSh.
Partisans raise their SMGs in air.
A partisan fires the PPSh.

Rifles

Vz. 33 (Mocked up as Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle)

Most Italian soldiers, including Pvt. Gabrielli (Raffaele Pisu), Sanna (Riccardo Cucciolla), Bazzocchi (Lev Prygunov), Collodi (Gino Pernice), and Sgt. Manfredonia (Nino Vingelli) are armed with Mauser rifles, fitted with fake Mannlicher-style magazines that gives the rifles a distant resemblance with Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle. The Mausers are supposed to be Czech Vz. 33 carbines thought the sights seem slightly different.

Czech vz. 16/33 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Carcano M91/38 - 6.5x52mm, for comparision
A perfect view of fake Mannlicher magazine.
A close view of the bolt and fake magazine. Note the groove on the stock.
A good view of the top barrel band and the front sight of Bazzocchi's rifle.
Sgt. Manfredonia (Nino Vingelli) holds the rifle.
A soldier fires his rifle in action.
Bazzocchi (Lev Prygunov) aims.
A good view of rear sight of Sgt. Manfredonia's rifle.
Gabrielli (Raffaele Pisu) holds the rifle.
A soldier tries to reload the frozen rifle.
Artillerymen at the gun.

Mosin Carbine (Mocked up as Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine)

Italian soldiers also use Mosin Nagant M1938 (or M1944) carbines, mocked up as the Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbines. The typical folding bayonets of Carcano carbines seem to be permanently fixed to the barrels.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5x52mm, for comparision
A wounded soldier drops his carbine.
A soldier fires carbine.
A good view of the carbine.
The carbine is seen at the background.

Mauser 98AZ

A Mauser 98AZ carbine is seen in one scene.

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier in the boat carries the 98AZ carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Many Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1938 carbines.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier with M38 Carbine in trench.
M38 Carbine on snow.

Machine Guns

Breda Modello 30

Italian infantry use Breda Modello 30 light machine guns.

Breda Modello 30 - 6.5x52mm
Breda Modello 30 on battlefield.
Sgt. Manfredonia (Nino Vingelli) holds the Modello 30.
Manfredonia carries the machine gun in attack.
Another view of Modello 30 in action.
Italian soldiers fire Modello 30 and Modello 37 machine guns.
A soldier carries Modello 30 on march.
A soldier picks up a stripper clip for Modello 30.

Breda Modello 37

Breda Modello 37 machine guns are also used by Italians.

Breda Modello 37 - 8x59mm RB Breda
Modello 37 provides a fire support for river crossing.
Italian soldiers fire Modello 30 and Modello 37 machine guns.
Modello 37 in action.
Dead gunner hext to his machine gun.

MG34

During the Battle of Stalingrad Italian soldiers use German MG34 machine guns.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier fires the MG34.
Dead gunners on position in a house.

Degtyaryov DP-27

During the Italian attack on the bridge in Summer 1941 Soviet soldiers use the Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine gun. DP-27s are also seen during the Soviet offensive at Stalingrad.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The defenders of the bridge fire DP-27 (left) and Maxim (right).
A T-34 crewmember fires the infantry DP-27 through the open front hatchway.

Maxim M1910/30

During the Italian attack on the bridge in Summer 1941 Soviet soldiers also use the Maxim M1910/30 machine gun. Maxims are also seen during the Soviet offensive at Stalingrad. In one scene a Maxim is seen in Italian trench (correct enough as Italian troops often used captured Soviet weapons that were better fit for Russian winter).

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
The defenders of the bridge fire DP-27 (left) and Maxim (right).
The supposed Maxim is seen in Italian trench.

Goryunov SGMT

Goryunov SGMT machine gun is front mounted on AT-P armoured artillery tractor, visually modified as an Italian tank.

SGMT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Italiani brava gente-ATP-4.jpg

Other Weapons

Bomba a Mano Mod. 35, S.R.C.M.

Italian soldiers use Bomba a Mano Mod. 35, S.R.C.M. hand grenades.

Bomba a Mano Mod. 35, S.R.C.M. High-Explosive hand grenade.
Italiani brava gente-Grenade-1.jpg
An Italian soldier uses the grenade during the battle in Summer 1941.
Giuseppe Sanna (Riccardo Cucciolla) readies the grenade...
...and throws it.
A pair of grenades on the snow.

7.5 cm Pak 40

Several abandoned 7.5 cm Pak 40 AT guns are seen during the retreat of German and Italian troops.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
A Pak 40 is seen at the background.
52-K AA guns and Pak 40 AT guns are seen on snow-covered field.

Footage

Tokarev TT-33

A TT-33 is briefly seen in hands of a Soviet officer in documentary footage of the Soviet offensive at Stalingrad.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Italiani brava gente-TT-1.jpg

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Soviet soldiers with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are seen in documentary footage of the Soviet offensive at Stalingrad.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldiers with PPSh-41 SMGs and M91/30 rifles in attack.

45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

Several 53-K AT guns are seen during Soviet offensive at Stalingrad. The scene is a footage from 1949 film The Battle of Stalingrad (Stalingradskaya bitva), Part II.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
Soviet troops deploy 45mm AT guns in center and at the left.

Trivia

76.2mm M1927 Regimental Gun

Soviet 76.2mm M1927 regimental guns stand for Italian field artillery.

A cannon on position.
A closeup. The Italian words mean "Believe, obey, fight".
Artillerymen fire the cannon.

85mm AA gun M1939 (52-K)

Soviet 85mm AA guns 52-K are seen in the final scene, standing for abandoned German 88mm guns.

52-K AA guns and Pak 40 AT guns are seen on snow-covered field.

Field cannons

Several abandoned field cannons of WW1 vintage are seen in the final scene.

Italiani brava gente-Cannon-2.jpg
Italiani brava gente-Cannon-3.jpg

T-34

T-34-85 tanks, anachronistic for 1941-1942, are seen in several scenes.

Italian soldiers approach to damaged Soviet tank.
T-34-85 in attack.

T-34-76 tanks are seen in documentary footage.

A T-34-76 in attack.

T-34 (visually modified)

T-34 tanks are also visually modified to look like German tanks (very crude representation of Tiger or late Pz.IV).

Italiani brava gente-FakeTiger-2.jpg
Italiani brava gente-FakeTiger-4.jpg
Italiani brava gente-FakeTiger-5.jpg

AT-P Armoured Artillery Tractor (visually modified)

Visually modified Soviet postwar AT-P armoured artillery tractors stand for Italian tanks. They keep front mounted SGMT machine guns and get fake turrets.

Fake Italian tanks on march under the heavy snow.
A close view. The turret looks very similar to the one, used on T-26 mod. 1939 tanks.

Posters

Russian release poster
English release DVD cover



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