Four Tankers and A Dog (Czterej pancerni i pies)

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Czterej pancerni i pies
Czterej pancerni i pies-poster.jpg
Country Poland.jpg Poland
Language Polish
Channel Telewizja Polska (TVP)
Creator "Syrena" and "Nike"
Genre War / Adventure
Broadcast 1966 - 1970
No. of Seasons 4
No. of Episodes 21
Main Cast
Character Actor
Cpl Janek Kos Janusz Gajos
Cpl Gustaw Jeleń Franciszek Pieczka
Sgt Lidka Wisniewska Malgorzata Niemirska
Sgt Franek Wichura Witold Pyrkosz
Marusia 'Ogoniok' Pola Raksa
Pvt Tomek Czeresniak Wieslaw Golas
Sgt Grigoriy Saakashvili Wlodzimierz Press
Lt Olgierd Jarosz Roman Wilhelmi
Col Tadeusz Tadeusz Kalinowski
Honorata Barbara Krafftówna


Czterej pancerni i pies (English: Four Tankers and A Dog) is a Polish produced war adventure television series which ran from 1966 - 1970. It tells the story of tank crew of Polish army in the USSR during the Second World War

Contents


Pistols

Tokarev TT-33 pistol

Polish troops officers on the Eastern Front were equipped with Soviet Tokarev TT-33 pistols.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Tula Arsenal (Soviet Union) Note CCCP printing around the star on the plastic grips
Lt. Olgierd Jarosz (Roman Wilhelmi) leads his men in the attack with his gun in hand.
Sgt. "Gresh" (Wlodzimierz Press) (left) seized also this pistol.

Mauser C96

Relatively rare weapons even for German soldiers were a Mauser C96 pistols.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
Cpl. Janek Kos (Janusz Gajos) with a Mauser C96 pistol.

Luger P08

German officers mainly wore a Luger P08 or Walther P38 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
SS officer uses a pistol to take Russian nurse Marusia as a hostage.

Walther P38 pistol

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
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German Feldwebel aims his pistol at Janek Kos.

Submachine guns

PPSh-41

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet Army soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.
Sgt. Lidka (Malgorzata Niemirska) holds a submachine gun.
Nurse Marusia (Pola Raksa) is armed with PPSh-41 submachine gun.
Gustlik (Franciszek Pieczek) and "Gresh" (Wlodzimierz Press) both holds PPSh-41 submachine guns.
Honorata (Barbara Krafftówna) aims a PPSh-41 at captured Germans.
Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun with 35 round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 submachine gun is also used of Polish troops.
German Feldwebel tries to shoot the dog "Sharik" using PPSh-41. Captured PPSh submachine guns were used by Wehrmaht under the name Maschinenpistole 717(r).
Pvt. Tomek Czeresniak (Wieslaw Golas) in the Berlin house.

MP38

Various characters are seen with MP38 submachine guns.

MP38 - 9x19mm. The sub-machine gun of the German Military before 1940. It was still used in small quantities in 1941 and 1942.
German soldiers are armed with MP38s.
Janek Kos (Janusz Gajos) with a captured German submachine gun.
Cpl. Gustaw Jeleń (Franciszek Pieczka) defend a position against the odds.
Sgt. "Gresh" Saakashvili (Wlodzimierz Press) with MP40 taken from a disarmed German soldier.

Lanchester Mk. I*

Lanchester Mk. I* - 9x19mm
Japanese paratrooper fires a submachine gun on the Janka.
It appeares to be a Lanchester Mk. I*. Lanchester is based on German MP28/II which was really used in Japan.

Shotguns

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Janek (Janusz Gajos) fires at Japanese with his 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

Rifles

Soviet and Polish infantry also often used a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant Rifle

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54R
Red Army soldier fires his rifle at the German airplane.
Soviet Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
Polish soldier with M38 carbine on his back.
Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
Mr. Czeresniak (Tadeusz Fijewski) is seen with M1944 carbine.

Karabiner 98k

The usual weapons for WWII German infantry was the Karabiner 98k rifle.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Janek Kos (Janusz Gajos) holds a German rifle in his hand.
Cpl. Jeleń (Franciszek Pieczka) is disguised as a German soldier.
Karabiner 98k Sniper with Zeiss ZF42 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Cpt. Baranov (Janusz Paluszkiewicz) got Karabiner 98k Sniper as his prize.
Cpl Janek Kos has also become an excellent sniper.

AKS-47

AKS-47 is seen several times in hands of German and Polish soldiers. It appeares as a substitution for German Sturmgewehr 44. It's worth noting that an AK-47 with wooden stock would better depict a Sturmgewehr but due to unknown reason an AKS with folding stock was used.

Type III AKS-47 with stock folded - 7.62x39mm
Sgt Grigoriy Saakashvili (Wlodzimierz Press) fires AKS-47 assault rifle.
Sgt Grigoriy Saakashvili holds the AKS-47 with stock folded

Machine guns

Degtyaryov DP Series Machine Gun

Janek (Janusz Gajos) use the Degtyaryov DP-27/DP-28.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
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Janusz Gajos-DPM.jpg

Degtyaryov DT Series Machine Gun

During the war several crew members of the tank "Rudy" had fired Degtyaryov DT machine gun.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Lidka too is occasionally serving with a Degtyaryov DT machine gun.
DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R. DT could be dismounted from the tank or armored car and used with a bipod as the light machine gun.
Sgt Franek Wichura (Witold Pyrkosz) fires DT machine gun with a bipod
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Maxim M1910/1930

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Polish soldiers are transported across the river Oder with the support of Maxim M1910/30 machine guns.

MG42

German troops were well equipped with a MG34 and also newer MG42 machine guns.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
A German soldier fires his MG42 machine gun.
Sgt. "Gresh" (Wlodzimierz Press) beats back the German attacks firing a machine gun.

MG34

MG34 7.92x57mm Mauser with 75-round ammo drum
German soldiers fire MG34 machine gun.

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun On 'Sokolov' mount with shield - 7.62x54mm R
The Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun is mounted on the BTR-152 armored personnel carrier. This is SGMB postwar modification of SG-43.

37-mm M1939 (61-K)

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37×252SR
37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense guns on the streets of Berlin

Hand grenades

F-1 hand grenade

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
Soviet soldier (left) with F-1 hand grenades in his belt.
Polish soldiers plays with a hand grenade on the table.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
German soldiers eqipped by a Model 24 Stielhandgranates.
Pvt. Tomek awakened the crew of "Rudy" by a hand grenade.
Honorata (Barbara Krafftówna) throws a hand grenades at the Germans one by one.
Cpl. Gustaw Jeleń safety catch off a hand grenade.

Flare pistols

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

Col. Tadeusz (Tadeusz Kalinowski) gives the signal to launch an attack with OSP-30 Flare Pistol.

Russian OSP-30 Flare Pistol 26.5mm
Tadeusz Kailinowski-Kamfpistole Z.jpg

Leuchtpistole

Wehrmacht during the WWII was equipped with Leuchtpistole.

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
The German officer fired on a car driven by Cpl. Jelen.

Support weapon

Panzerfaust

In hands of some characters also occasionally is seen the Panzerfaust.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
German soldier on the bridge lurking the tank "Rudy" with a Panzerfaust.
Cpl. Jeleń (Franciszek Pieczka) using by a Panzerfaust openned the water tank.

LPO-50 flamethrower

LPO-50 flamethrower
German soldier used LPO-50 flamethrower.

82mm BM-37 mortar

Soviet 82mm BM-37 mortars are used as a substitution of German GrW 34. The mortars used in the movie are of late war or postwar modification.

82mm BM-37 mortar
The German mortars fires at positions of Polish troops.
In defense of the fort Gustlik (Franciszek Pieczka) uses the mortars ammunition as a hand grenades.

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

Polish troops use the 45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K) during the battle.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
Polish 45mm atg-4tp.jpg

Trivia

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

M1942 divisional gun (ZiS-3) - 76mm
Polish artillery uses against German tanks a 76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)
Lidka (Malgorzata Niemirska) and Marusia (pola Raksa) had replaced a fallen crew of gun.
The Germans tried to destroy tank "Rudy" using a new ammunition for 76.2 mm ZIS-3. Captured ZIS-3 were occasionally used by Wehrmaht under the name 7.62cm FK 288(r).

122mm howitzer M1938 (M-30)

Polish artillerymen clean of way for tanks and infantry in the streets of Berlin by fire from 122mm howitzers M1938 (M-30).

Soviet 121.92 mm (4.8 inch) howitzer
Polish 122mm howitzer-4tp.jpg

T-34 tanks

All T-34 tanks appearing in the series are the later models armed with the 85mm gun. However, in the early episodes they are meant to represent the T-34-76 tanks.

Legendary Tank "Rudy" crosses the river Oder.

Tiger I

The Tiger I tanks are actually converted T-34 and IS-2 tanks.

Tiger failed to stop the onset of Polish tanks.


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