First Squad: The Moment of Truth
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (original Russain title Pervyy otryad, Japanese title ファーストスクワッド, Fāsuto sukuwaddo) is a Russian-Japanese-Canadian anime released in 2009.
Taking place in the onset of World War Two, the USSR is invaded by Nazi Germany in 1942. However, along the Eastern Front, Operation Barbarossa fails to penetrate the strong Soviet defenses. Desperate to break through the lines, the German SS supernatural section "Ahnenerbe" begins Operation "Sword of Retribution". The occult will resurrect an army led by Baron Von Wolff, a Crusader who died in the "Battle of the Ice" against the Russians in the 12th Century, from the dead to break through the Soviet lines during the "Moment of Truth". The Division Six of Soviet Military Intelligence unit, also a supernatural section who wages war with the German Ahnenerbe alongside the contemporary soldiers, enlists teenagers in their program, First Squad, to train them with supernatural abilities and fight against the Ahnenerbe. Four of the five original First Squad members were annihilated in the beginning of the war by the Ahnenerbe, leaving Nayda, a girl who has the ability to contact the dead and has amnesia, the lone survivor. Finding her in the Front under the guise of a psychic entertainer, Division Six tasks her to contact the dead and enlist the help of her old squad members, Leo, Zena, Marat, Valia, to fight against Baron Von Wolff and save the course of history from being intervened by the supernaturals.
The following firearms were depicted in the anime series: First Squad: The Moment of Truth
Captain Alexander Nemov has a Tokarev TT-33 when he commands his soldiers into battle. Other users include Zena (Chromed version), Valia, and the twin German spies.
Leo uses a Mauser C96 with a holster stock to save Nadya in the finale. He got it from the Hunchback's armory.
Several German officers can be seen with a Walther P38. It also appears in the Hunchback's armory.
Several German officers can be seen with a Luger P08. It also appears in the Hunchback's armory.
The Russian Army is equipped mostly with Mosin-Nagant rifles and PPSh-41. Valia takes one from the Hunchback's armory to fight in the living world.
The Wehrmacht has the MP40 as their standard submachine gun.
While not shown fully, the M1A1 Thompson stock could be seen in the Hunchback's armory.
The German Wehrmacht has the Karabiner 98k as their standard rifle. In one instance, a sniper-version of the Karabiner 98k is used.
The Red Army uses the Mosin Nagant Rifle as their standard rifle. Leo takes a Mosin with a scope from the Hunchback's armory.
Soviet T-34/76 tanks are seen armed with Degtyaryov DT machine guns.
German planes like the Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers are armed with MG15 machine guns.
The MG17 machine gun is mounted in the Stuka's wings.
The German army can be seen equipped with several MG34s.
The German army can be seen equipped with several MG42s alongside the MG34s. Understandable as the MG42 is on the process of supplementing the MG34 at this time period. Marat also takes a MG42 from the Hunchback's armory to use against the resurrected soldiers.
The Russian Army uses the Maxim M1910/30 as one of their standard machine guns.
Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun
The Japanese Type 92 HMG can be seen in the Hunchback's armory.
A M2 Browning on a tripd can be temporarily seen in the introduction of the Hunchback's armory.
A variety of grenades can be seen after Valia stocks up on various kinds in the armory.
RGD-33 Stick Grenade
RG-14 Hand Grenade
Valia has some RG-14/30 Grenade in the finale.
RG-42 hand grenade
Valia can be seen packing some RG-42 hand grenade into his rucksack.
Model 39 Eihandgranate
A German soldier is seen burning the First Squad Academy with a Flammenwerfer 35.
In the finale, Zena takes a M2 Flamethrower from the Hunchback's armory to fight the resurrected soldiers.