Battery Number One (Edinichka)

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Battery Number One
(Edinichka)
(Boevaya edinichka)
Edinichka-Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Kirill Belevich
Release Date 2015
Language Russian
Polish
German
Studio Mars-Film
Distributor Mars Media Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Semyon Finogenov Andrey Merzlikin
Lt. Anatoliy Egorov Ilya Korobko
Eva Anna Prus
Jr. Sgt. Nadya Tikhomirova Arina Borisova
Sgt. Pavel Zhilkin Aleksandr Vershinin
Yefreytor Aleksandr Lyutikov Mikhail Evlanov
Sgt. Mikael Gevorkyan Michael Janibekyan
Sr.Sgt. Yakov Sergeevich Gudyma Sergey Gabrielyan
Kolya Dobrynya Belevich-Obolenskiy
Porucik Stefan Romanowski Marcin Stec


Battery Number One (theatrical release title Edinichka ("The one" or "Number one"; TV release title Boevaya edinichka ("Combat unit number one")) is a Russian 2015 war drama directed by Kirill Belevich. The plot is set in September 1944 on Soviet-German front in Poland. Soviet artillery battery has a mission to keep position at the important bridge. Arriving at the position, Lt. Egorov organizes an observation post in a destroyed monastery. There he discovers a group of deaf orphans under the care of the surviving nun Eva. Repelling attacks of German SS unit, Soviet soldiers try to hold position and to save children. The situation is complicated, as a group of Polish resistance head to the bridge with a mission to destroy it, but at last Soviet and Polish soldiers unit together on the last stand.

Note: the movie was released in 2015 as theatrical version and in 2017 as four-part TV version under the slightly different title. This page is based on the TV version.


The following weapons were used in the film Battery Number One (Boevaya edinichka):

Contents


Revolvers

Nagant M1895

Kolya (Dobrynya Belevich-Obolenskiy), a Russian kid who escaped from a Nazi concentration camp, finds a Nagant M1895 on the body of dead Soviet pilot. In one scene this revolver switches to a blank-firing Blef and then back to a common Nagant. When Kolya's revolver is seen in hands of SS-Obersturmführer Harold (Fitz van Thom), the gun turns out to be a different prop, fitted with a front sight of an original Belgian version of Nagant M1895. A Nagant revolver is also a sidearm of field telephone operator Jr. Sgt. Nadya Tikhomirova (Arina Borisova).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Kolya finds a Nagant.
Kolya aims the revolver at a Hilfspolizei who assaults Eva. Despite the cylinder is empty, a gunshot follows.
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Kolya shows the revolver to Lt. Finogenov (Andrey Merzlikin).
Finogenov unloads the revolver before giving it back to Kolya. In next scene the revolver switches to a blank-firing "Blef" (see below).
SS-Obersturmführer Harold fires the revolver near Kolya's head, testing if the boy is really deaf-mute as he pretends to be. The ejector rod falls out of the socket; in next moment it is seen on place.
A closeup of the revolver in Harold's hands. Note the front sight of the original Belgian model (possibly a modern replica, attached to a common Russian/Soviet manufactured Nagant).
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Nadya Tikhomirova with a Nagant.

Nagant M1895 "Blef"

Blank-firing "Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S") is used instead of a genuine Nagant M1895 in one scene.

"Blef" (VPO-503 "Nagan-S"), a blank-firing version of Nagant M1895 - .22 Gevelot small cap
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Kolya plays with the revolver. The Nagant lacks the ejector rod.
The boy encounters an SS-man. Note the groove on the frame between the cylinder and the barrel.

Pistols

TT-33

TT-33 pistols are service sidearms of Soviet officers Lt. Anatoliy Egorov (Ilya Korobko), the commander of the artillery battery, and Lt. Semyon Finogenov (Andrey Merzlikin), the zampolit (deputy for political matters) of the battery. Both pistols are of post-1947 version.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Finogenov fires his TT during the night attack of the SS unit.
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Egorov, covered in blood and soot, fires his TT.
A jammed blank cartridge is seen in Egorov's pistol.
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Finogenov fires his TT.
A closeup of Finogenov's pistol when he confronts Porucik Stefan Romanowski.
Egorov in grapple with SS-Obersturmführer Harold.
A strange pin is seen in the back part of frame below the slide. Possibly it has something with the deactivating of the pistol.
The muzzle of Egorov's pistol is seen.

Walther P38

The commander of SS unit SS-Obersturmführer Harold (Fitz van Thom) and the commander of Polish resistance group Porucik (Lt.) Stefan Romanowski (Marcin Stec) carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Harold holds his P38 during the opening credits.
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Wounded Romanowski holds the pistol.
Finogenov with a TT and Romanowski with a P38 on the last stand.
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Harold fires at Nadya Tikhomirova.

Submachine Guns

PPS-43

Lts. Anatoliy Egorov (Ilya Korobko) and Semyon Finogenov (Andrey Merzlikin) carry PPS-43 submachine guns.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Finogenov fires his PPS during the encounter with an encircled group of German soldiers.
Egorov inspects the vicinity of the artillery position.
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Egorov holds his PPS during the first skirmish with SS-men.
Egorov fires his PPS.
Egorov carries his PPS. His TT holster is seen perfectly.
Finogenov carries his PPS during the battle.
Egorov reloads his submachine gun.
Finogenov holds the PPS during the final battle.

PPSh-41

PPSh-41 submachine guns are weapons of many Soviet soldiers, notably Sr.Sgt. Yakov Sergeevich Gudyma (Sergey Gabrielyan), Sgts. Mikael Gevorkyan (Michael Janibekyan) and Pavel Zhilkin (Aleksandr Vershinin), Pvts. Zinatullin (Iskander Shaykhutdinov), Tyurin (Aleksey Polyakov), Astakhov (Ilya Kiporenko), Anatoliy Ivanov (Azamat Nigmanov) and Kulebyaka (Andrey Fandeev). Nearly all PPSh-41s are fitted with drum magazines.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Zinatullin with a PPSh.
Tyurin holds a PPSh during the skirmish in the monastery.
Zhilkin holds a PPSh when covering under the enemy fire.
Gudyma fires his PPSh during the night attack on the battery positions.
Gevorkyan holds his PPSh when Soviet soldiers save Kolya.
Astakhov fires his PPSh at pursuing German soldiers.
A close view of Gevorkyan's PPSh.
Zignatullin fires a PPSh.
Gevorkyan and another soldier fire their submachine guns, defending Eva and children.
Kulebyaka with a PPSh.
Ivanov, a Kazakh with Russian name, takes a PPSh from his dead comrade.
Ivanov furiously fires at German tank crew leaving a destroyed tank.
Wounded Tyurin fires a PPSh in his last seconds.
Nadya Tikhomirova (Arina Borisova) takes a PPSh of a dead soldier.
Nadya on last stand, defending the dugout where the children hide.
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
One of the soldiers of reinforcement holds a PPSh with stick magazine.

PPSh-41 (dummy)

In one scene a dummy PPSh-41 is seen in hands of an SS-man.

An obviously dummy PPSh.

MP38

MP38 submachine guns are used by German soldiers, notably SS-Rottenführer Gustav (Stanislav Callas) (in several scenes his insignia changes to an SS-Sturmmann), and Polish resistance fighters. Some Soviet soldiers and officers, notably Yefreytor Aleksandr Lyutikov (Mikhail Evlanov), use captured MP38s.

Trivia: nearly all professional actors, seen with MP38s and MP40s, handle their submachine guns inaccurate, gripping the bottom part of the magazine. Contrary, the reenactors in the roles of German soldiers demonstrate proper handling.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Lyutikov fires an MP38 during the shootout on the road.
A closeup of Lyutikov's MP38.
Gustav fires his MP38 during the skirmish in the monastery. In next moment his MP38 switches to an MP40 and then again with an MP38 due to continuity errors.
Lyutikov with MP38 in same scene. After the shootout he is seen with an MP4o due to a continuity error.
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An SS-man fires an MP38.
Gustav again fires an MP38.
Gustav with MP38.
Lt. Egorov (Ilya Korobko) with a captured MP38.
Egorov fires.
An SS-man readies his MP38.
Lt. Finogenov (Andrey Merzlikin) fires a captured MP38.
A Polish resistance fighter (Viktor Belomestnov) fires an MP38.

MP40

German soldiers also are armed with MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
SS-men hold MP38s and MP40s during the execution of Polish partisans and nuns who hid partisans in the monastery.
Another view of same scene.
SS-Rottenführer Gustav (Stanislav Callas) fires an MP40 during the skirmish in the monastery. In previous moment he is seen with an MP38, and later his MP40 again switches to an MP38 due to continuity errors.
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After the shootout Yefreytor Aleksandr Lyutikov (Mikhail Evlanov) carries an MP40 instead of his MP38 due to a continuity error.
Konrad (Konrad Kujawski), an SS executioneer, carries an MP40.
An SS-man fires his MP40 during the attack on Soviet observation post.
An SS-Sturmmann fires point-blank at Lyutikov.
A closeup of the muzzle of MP40.
A Polish resistance fighter (Viktor Belomestnov) carries a pair of captured MP40s (in addition to his own MP38, see above).

Sten Mk II

Porucik (Lt.) Stefan Romanowski (Marcin Stec) and one of his men, Franciszek (Rafal Zawierucha) are armed with Sten Mk II submachine guns.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Franciszek holds a Sten at the right.
Romanowski's Sten is seen in the scene in the forest camp.
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Romanowski fires the submachine gun. A spent cartrige is seen in midair.
Franciszek with a Sten and a sniper rifle.
A close view of Romanowski's Sten.
Romanowski fires his Sten during the final battle.
Finogenov with an MP38 and Romanowski with a Sten.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

One of the SS-men carries a Sturmgewehr 44.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
An StG 44 is seen in center.
The soldier fires.
He is gunned down and drops his weapon.
Same character is gunned down one more time.

SVT-40

Several Soviet soldiers and one of the SS-men are armed with SVT-40 rifles. Captured SVT-40s were really used by Wehrmacht and SS troops, designated as Selbstladegewehr 259(r).

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A sentry carries an SVT-40 with bayonet.
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An SS-man with an SVT-40 in action.
He reloads the gun.
The soldier is gunned down and drops his weapon.
An SVT-40 is seen in hands of one of the attacking Soviet soldiers in the final scene.

Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine

Soviet artillerymen Anatoliy Ivanov (Azamat Nigmanov), Kats (Andrey Natotsinskiy) and Uruzbaev (Bain Bovaldinov) are armed with Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbines, a brand new gun for September 1944. The folding bayonets are removed from all carbines.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
A closeup of Ivanov's M44 Carbine in the scene of air bombardment.
Uruzbaev carries an M44 Carbine.
Sgt. Gudyma with a PPSh-41 and Kats with an M44 Carbine.
Ivanov fires his carbine during the German night attack.
Uruzbaev carries an M44 Carbine (at the left).
A closeup of the barrel.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

In the final scene both Ivanov and Uruzbaev are armed with Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines instead of previously seen M1944s.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Uruzbaev carries an M38 Carbine.
The barrel is seen.
Ivanov carries an M38 Carbine while loading the ZiS-3.
A closeup of Ivanov's M38 Carbine. Note the deactivating slot in the bottom part of the barrel.
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Another view of Ivanov's M38 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Full-length Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are briefly seen in hands of Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
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Soviet soldiers with M91/30 rifles in attack. Strangely, the front sights lack hoods.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers and Hilfspolizei personnel widely use Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
An SS-man with a 98k in the scene of the execution of Polish nuns.
Soldiers with 98k rifles, MP38 and MP40 SMGs during the execution.
An Ukrainian Hilfspolizei (Maksimilian Czeron) who just killed a Polish survivor holds a 98k rifle.
The rifle of another Ukrainian Hilfspolizei (Dariusz Maj).
An SS-man holds a 98k rifle during the skirmish with Lt. Egorov and his soldiers in the monastery.
Tyurin (Aleksey Polyakov) holds two captured rifles.
A soldier falls, gunned down by Lyutikov's machine gun. The bolt of his rifle is open.
A good closeup of a 98k.
Soldiers on guard of evacuated archive of Abwehr (German military intelligence service).
A soldier aims at Lt. Egorov.

Karabiner 98k (dummy)

Some Karabiner 98k rifles turn out to be dummies.

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A dummy 98k rifle in hands of SS-man during the close combat with Lt. Egorov.
A soldier of the mortar battery carries a dummy 98k rifle.

Karabiner 98k Sniper Rifle

The Polish resistance unit has a single Karabiner 98k with a sniper scope. It is used by Agatha (Elena Glazkova) and then by Franciszek (Rafal Zawierucha). The sniper scope is wrapped for camouflage, so it's hard to identify the exact version, but the general outlook resembles Soviet PSO-1, issued in 1963 for SVD sniper rifle.

Karabiner 98k Sniper with Zeiss ZF42 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser. The screen gun has a different sniper scope.
A closeup of the muzzle.
Agatha aims.
The sniper rifle is seen in the forest camp.
Franciszek aims. The general shape of the sniper scope is seen.
Another view of Franciszek's rifle.
Franciszek holds his rifle in action.

Mauser short rifle with trench magazine

An SS-man holds a Mauser short rifle, fitted with a 20- or 25-round trench magazine, designed for a Gewehr 98 during the WW1. The rifle looks very similar to the Karabiner 98k but has grooves on the stock and generally seems longer.

For comparison: Gewehr 24(t) (Czech vz. 24) with trench magazine - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Pattern 1914 Enfield

Polish resistance fighter Ruzek (Ilya Pivnyuk) carries a Pattern 1914 Enfield rifle.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
Ruzek holds his rifle at the background.
Ruzek with his rifle.
A view of the stock allows to identify the rifle as British Pattern 1914 rather than US M1917.
Ruzek in action.
A closeup of the rifle.
Ruzek reloads... but a grenade explodes behind him.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Soviet artillerymen use two DP-27 machine guns. During the battle they are used by Pvt. Klyuev (Vladislav Dorofeev), Yefreytor Lyutikov (Mikhail Evlanov), Sgt. Gevorkyan (Michael Janibekyan) and Pvt. Tyurin (Aleksey Polyakov).

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
A DP in the car during the march of the artillery battery.
Klyuev takes the machine gun.
A DP-27 on the observation post in the monastery.
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Klyuev fires the DP.
Lyutikov fires the DP.
Another view of Lyutikov's DP.
After Klyuev is killed, Gevorkyan fires his machine gun.
Tyurin replaces Gevorkyan at the machine gun.
A DP-27 in hands of a Soviet soldier from a late reinforcement.

Degtyaryov DT

A Degtyaryov DT is seen mounted on a Soviet T-34-85 tank.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The barrel of the frontal DT machine gun is seen.
A T-34 in attack in the final scene. The DT is seen firing (possibly this is not a real muzzle flame but a CGI effect).

MG42

The SS unit uses an MG42. When mounted on the motorcycle, it is used with free belt, and in all other scenes the machine gun is fitted with an ammo drum.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG42 is mounted on the motorcycle during the mass execution of Polish partisans and nuns.
A closeup of the MG42.
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An MG42 in action.
A soldier carries an MG42.
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Loading.
A closeup of the MG42.
A gunner fires at Finogenov and Romanowski.

MG34 Panzerlauf

Two fake German tanks (visually modified T-54) have frontal MG34 Panzerlauf machine guns. These MG34s are hardly complete guns, but possibly genuine barrels, fitted to the tank construction, were used.

MG34 Panzerlauf with stock fitted - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Frontal machine guns are seen.

Maxim

A graphic image of a Maxim machine gun is seen during the opening credits. The machine gun is probably an M1910 or M1910/30 model but the barrel isn't seen that hampers the identification of the actual version.

For comparison: Maxim M1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
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Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers widely use Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A soldier throws a grenade during the night attack on Soviet positions.
A soldier with SVT-40 carries a grenade in his belt.
Franciszek (Rafal Zawierucha) reaches a grenade that falls in the trench.
He tries to throw it back... but it is too late.
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Close-up shows the preparation of the grenade to throw.
SS-Rottenführer Gustav (Stanislav Callas) and his soldiers throw grenades into the Soviet trench.
A grenade falls in the trench. A lot of 7.62mm rifle cartridges lying on the ground; some star crimped ends, indicating blank ammo, are clearly distinguishable.
Eva covers a grenade with her body to save the children.

Model 17 Stielhandgranate

At least a single stick grenade of many, used by German soldiers, turns out to be a Model 17 Stielhandgranate (possibly a modern replica), identified by the belt clip on the head.

Model 17 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A soldier with a Karabiner 98k and a Model 17 Stielhandgranate.

F-1 Hand Grenade

An F-1 hand grenade is seen in hands of Sgt. Gevorkyan (Michael Janibekyan).

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Gevorkyan holds a grenade.
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A closeup of the F-1.

Hafthohlladung Anti Tank Mine

Hafthohlladung Anti Tank Mines are seen in several scenes. A German soldier tries to destroy a Soviet ZiS-3 gun with a Hafthohlladung during the night attack. Later Lt. Egorov (Ilya Korobko) and Pvt. Kulebyaka (Andrey Fandeev) use captured Hafthohlladung mines against a German tank.

Hafthohlladung H3.5
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During the night attack a German soldier plants a Hafthohlladung on a Soviet gun, but Sgt. Gudyma disarms it.
Lt. Egorov and Yefreytor Lyutikov find a crate with Hafthohlladung that was abandoned by retreating Germans.
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Lyutikov (Mikhail Evlanov) examines a mine.
Shell-shoked Egorov makes an attempt to destroy a German tank with a mine.
He activates the mine but collapses.
Kulebyaka takes already activated mine.
He plants the Hafthohlladung on the German tank.

Tellermine 35 (Stahl) Anti-tank Mine

A German Tellermine 35 (Stahl) anti-tank mine is seen in one scene. A Polish boy accidentally steps on it, and Lt. Finogenov (Andrey Merzlikin) explains that this is an anti-tank mine that reacts on vehicles pressure no less than 190 kg.

Tellermine 35 (Stahl) Anti-tank mine
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Finogenov carefully disarms the mine.
Finogenov extracts the mine...
...and hands it to Pvt. Tyurin.

POMZ-2 Anti-personnel Mine

In one scene Yefreytor Lyutikov (Mikhail Evlanov) examines a POMZ-2 anti-personnel mine that he planted previous night.

POMZ-2M anti-personnel mine
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BM-37 Mortar

The SS unit uses two mortars during the battle. These are Soviet BM-37 Mortars, standing for German Granatwerfer 34.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar, early model
Mortars are loaded. A shell is seen in hands of a soldier at the left.
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A closeup of the mortar.
A view from another side. Note the thin wire in the muzzle; it turns out to be an ignition of a pyrotechnical charge.
Mortar shells.
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Mortars in action. The muzzle flame is produced by pyrotechnical charges.

Pak 40

A destroyed AT gun, likely a Pak 40, is seen in one scene.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
The destroyed AT gun is seen at the left.

ZiS-3

The Soviet artillery battery is armed with two 76.2mm ZiS-3 field guns.

ZiS-3 (M1942) divisional gun - 76.2x385mm R
A ZiS-3 on march.
Loading.
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A ZiS-3 in action.
Lt. Finogenov at the gun.

Tanks

T-34-85

T-34-85 tanks are seen in several scenes.

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A T-34-85 tank. The barrel of the frontal Degtyaryov DT is seen.
A T-34-85 in attack in the final scene.

T-54 (mocked up as German tanks)

Visually modified T-54 tanks appear as German-style tanks, resembling late versions of Pz.IV. These particular vehicles are seen in a number of Russian 2000s-2010s movies, including Attack on Leningrad, Stalingrad and Belyy tigr.

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A fake Pz.IV in attack.
Destroyed tank near the grave of Soviet soldiers. The barrel of frontal MG34 Panzerlauf is seen.
Another similar tank in the second attack on Soviet positions.
It is also destroyed. Again the frontal machine gun is seen.

Matilda II

A destroyed Matilda II tank is seen in one scene. This is a real Lend-Lease tank, used as a static decoration in several Russian 2010s war films, like Belyy tigr.

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Note the twin smoke grenade launcher on the right side of the turret. The launcher mechanisms are based on sawed-off Lee-Enfield rifles with dischargers. This particular launcher probably has only rusty tubes, without firing mechanisms.

Airplanes

German Ju-87 bombers and Soviet La-5 fighter are seen in the movie. These planes are CGI.

Ju-87 attack Soviet positions.
La-5 attacks enemy bombers.



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