Confrontation (Protivostoyanie)

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Confrontation (Protivostoyanie)
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Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Semyon Aranovich
Release Date 1985
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. Vladislav Nikolaevich Kostenko Oleg Basilashvili
Nikolai Ivanovich Krotov Andrei Boltnev
Maj. Aleksey Ivanovich Zhukov Yury Kuznetsov
Maj. Revaz Kardava Murman Jinoria
Spiridon Deryabin Aleksandr Kazakov
Kira Korolyova Olga Semyonova
Roman Kirillovich Zhuravlev Aleksandr Filippenko


Confrontation (Protivostoyanie) is a Soviet 1985 detective mini series, directed by Semyon Aranovich and based on the novel by Yulian Semyonov. Ugolovny Rozysk (crime police) detective Col. Vladislav Nikolaevich Kostenko (Oleg Basilashvili) investigate a brutal murder. The investigation leads him to the trace of Nikolai Krotov (Andrei Boltnev), a person who in the Summer of 1941 defected to the German side and became a valuable agent of Abwehr, and after the war posed himself as Grigoriy Milinko, a former Red Army soldier, who in reality was murdered by Krotov in 1945. In 1970s Krotov is involved in illegal gold trade and robberies. When Kostenko unmasks Krotov, the latter tries to hijack a plane but fails.

Scenes set in 1970s are filmed in color while WW2 era scenes, as well as the climactic scene in 1980, are B&W.


The following weapons were used in the film Confrontation (Protivostoyanie):

Contents


Pistols

Makarov PM

In the scene of the hijacking of a plane Makarov PM pistols are seen in hands and holsters of Soviet Militsia personnel, including Col. Vladislav Nikolaevich Kostenko (Oleg Basilashvili) and his assistant Maj. Revaz Kardava (Murman Jinoria).

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
A Militsia officer carries a PM in holster.
Maj. Kardava carries a PM in shoulder holster.
A pilot puts a PM on ground before entering the hijacked plane.
A special unit trooper with a PM confronts Krotov who is armed with a Walther P38.
Special unit troopers with PMs escort arrested Krotov.
Col. Kostenko carries a PM in shoulder holster.

Walther P38

In the scene of Battle of Breslau in March 1945 Nikolai Krotov (Andrei Boltnev) takes a Walther P38 from his commander, SS-Unterscharfuhrer (Valeriy Doronin). Krotov uses this pistol thirty-five years later when he hijacks a plane.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
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Krotov kills his commander and takes a Walther.
Krotov holds a P38 when hijacking a plane.
He takes a hostage.
Krotov confronts a special unit trooper.

Submachine Guns

PPSh-41

PPSh-41 SMGs are seen in several scenes, set during WW2.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Wartime photo of Marine Grigoriy Milinko (Andrey Smolyakov) with a PPSh.
A group of Abwehr agents, disguised as Soviet soldiers, receive PPSh SMGs.
A German officer holds a PPSh of one of fake Soviet soldiers.
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Grigoriy Milinko with a PPSh in the scene in March 1945. His SMG has a box magazine.
Another view of Milinko's PPSh.
Nikolai Krotov (Andrei Boltnev) holds a PPSh, taken from slain Milinko.

PPS-43

What appears a PPS-43 is partially seen on the photo of Grigoriy Milinko.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The barrel of PPS is seen in center of the photo.

MP40

German soldiers carry MP40 SMGs in the scene on execution of Soviet POWs in concentration camp. Nikolai Krotov (Andrei Boltnev) and his commander, SS-Unterscharfuhrer (Valeriy Doronin), use MP40s during the Battle of Breslau in March 1945.

MP40 - 9x19mm
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German soldiers with MP40s in the camp for Soviet POWs.
Krotov with MP40.
Another view of Krotov with MP40.
SS-Unterscharfuhrer reloads his MP40.
He fires.

Assault Rifles

AK-74

Soviet Army soldiers with AK-74 assault rifles control the airfield during hijacking of a plane.

AK-74 - 5.45x39mm
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AKMS

An AKMS is seen in hands of a special unit trooper.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
A special unit trooper with AKMS calms the hostage.

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

A Soviet soldier carries a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine in the scene in March 1945.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier at the field kitchen carries an M38 Carbine.

Vz. 24 Czech Mauser

In one scene a German soldier carries a Mauser rifle that looks similar to Karabiner 98k but has a straight bolt handle. Czech Vz. 24 (Wehrmacht index Gewehr 24(t)) seems to be a decent guess.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier carries a Mauser rifle when escorting defector Krotov in September 1941. The front sight is Kar 98k style rather than original Czech so it's probably a piece manufactured during German occupation.

Shotguns

Izhmekh IZh-56

An IZh-56-3 combination rifle/shotgun is found in "Milinko"'s house.

IZh-56-3 "Belka" with PVS-1 sniper scope - .22LR/28 Gauge
.22 caliber barrel is seen over the shotgun barrel.
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Another view of IZh-56.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

A Maxim machine gun is used to execute a group of Soviet POWs in Nazi concentration camp. The machine gun appears to be a Maxim M1910 with visual modifications to make it resemble MG08.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
The muzzle of the machine gun is mocked up to resemble MG08.
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Sokolov mount and smooth barrel cover allows to identify the machine gun as M1910.

Vladimirov KPV

Project 1400 (NATO code Zhuk-class) partol boats of Soviet border guard are armed with KPV heavy machine guns in twin O/U 2M-7 mountings.

KPV heavy machine gun in 2M-7 twin (over and under) naval mounting - 14.5x114mm
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Other Weapons

Panzerfaust 30

A German soldier fires a Panzerfaust 30 during the Battle of Breslau. It appears to be a genuine Panzerfaust rather than a mockup as it is seen firing on screen.

Panzerfaust 30 - 44mm with 140mm warhead
The soldier aims. The shape of the sight matches Panzerfaust 30 rather than Panzerfaust 60.
The soldier fires. The lampshade behind him catches fire by backblast of the Panzerfaust.

Documentary Footage

Luger P08

A Hilfspolizei officer carries a Luger P08 in holster in documentary footage.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A Hilfspolizei officer carries a P08 in holster.

PPSh-41

Soviet soldiers carry PPSh-41 SMGs in documentary footage.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A soldier with a PPSh-41.
An artillerymen at the left carries a PPSh.

PPS-43

Soviet soldiers carry PPS-43 SMGs in documentary footage.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
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Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are seen in documentary footage, used by Soviet troops and German Volkssturm (captured M91/30 rifles were issued to Volkssturm under the designation Gewehr 254 (r)).

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Volkssturm personnel carry M91/30 rifles.
Soviet soldiers with M91/30 rifles.
An artillerymen at the right carries an M91/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbines are hold by Soviet soldiers in documentary footage of Berlin Victory Parade in September 1945.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
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Soviet soldiers march with M44 Carbines.

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are carried by German soldiers in German wartime footage.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Small Caliber Rifle

Volkssturm personnel train in shooting in documentary footage. Their guns appear to be small caliber target rifles.

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Various Rifles

Volkssturm personnel carry various antique-looking rifles in documentary footage. Some of them resemble French Gras Model 1874. Such guns were captured mostly in Greece and issued to service under designation Gewehr 306(g).

For comparison: Gras Mle 1874 M80 with Mle 1874 sword bayonet - 11 x 59mm Gras.
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Volkssturm personnel carry old-style long rifles. Note typical top barrel bands and the position of sling, very low in comparison with many other rifles.

Short rifles that can be Gras carbines (Wehrmacht index Karabiner 561(g)) are also seen in hands of Volkssturm.

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Note typical French-style top barrel bands and shape of stocks.

Simonov SKS

SKS carbines are seen in hands of Soviet Army soldiers on parage in Moscow and of the soldiers of National People's Army of the German Democratic Republic on parage in Berlin in 1970s.

Simonov SKS - 7.62x39mm
Soviet Army soldiers on parade.
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NPA soldiers on parade.

StG-44

A Soviet soldier carries a Sturmgewehr 44 in documentary footage.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
A soldier at the left carries an StG 44.

AKS-74U

Sovier paratroopers hold AKS-74U assault rifles during the parage in Moscow (the chronicle is used for late 1970s but it was doubtless filmed in early 1980s when this gun was issued for service).

AKS-74U - 5.45x39mm
Paratroopers with AKS-74U after the parade.

MG34

Volkssturm personnel march with Mauser rifles, Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades and two MG34 machine guns, one of which is a Panzerlauf model.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 Panzerlauf with stock fitted - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A man in cener carries an MG34.
An MG34 Panzerlauf is seen at the foreground, and a standard MG34 at the background.

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is seen in German documentary footage.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim is seen near the formation of Hilfspolizei personnel.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A trainee in Abwehr training camp throws a dummy version of Model 24 Stielhandgranate in German wartime footage. Also Volkssturm personnel carry Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
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A trainee throws a grenade.
Volkssturm personnel carry Stielhandgranates.

Panzerfaust 30

Volkssturm personnel march with Panzerfaust 30. Note the simple sights that look different from Panzerfaust 60.

Panzerfaust 30 - 44mm with 140mm warhead
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Volkssturm personnel carry Panzerfausts.
A Soviet soldier holds a Panzerfaust.

Unidentified Land Mine

An unidentified land mine is seen in German wartime footage.

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Armour

IS-2 tank in Berlin in Spring 1945.
T-34 tanks and SU-76M SPG in Berlin in Spring 1945.
KV-1 tank in documentary footage.
ISU-152 SPG in documentary footage.
T-34 tank in documentary footage.

Artillery

76.2mm gun ZiS-3 in action.
Artillerymen at ZiS-3. One of them is armed with a PPSh-41, another one with a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle, and the commander carries a German-style holster, possibly for Walther PP.
122mm howitzer M-30 in action.
203mm howitzer B-4 in action.
BM-31-12 rocket launchers in action.



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