|Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah)
||Dovzhenko Film Studios
Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah) is a 1960 Soviet war movie. The story takes place in July 1941 on Soviet-German front. A Soviet armoured train is a mainstay of the defence against Wehrmacht offensive.
The following weapons were used in the film Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah):
Soviet officers' service sidearms are TT-33 pistols. They are mostly seen in holsters.
Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Many Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs.
PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Vozhzhov (at the right) with a PPSh.
A PPSh is seen on the wall inside the armoured train.
Political commissair Samarin (Vasili Vekshin
) (at the left) and the commander of the armoured train Maj. Pyotr Kirillovich (Grigory Mikhaylov
) (at the right) with PPSh-41s.
Pyotr Kirillovich and Samarin lead the crew of the armoured train after it is destroyed.
MP40 SMGs are seen in hands of German soldiers in several scenes. They are also used by Soviet soldiers and partisans.
Sailor Yurko (Pavel Dubashinsky
) rides a bicycle in the opening scene. He carries two captured MP40s.
A closer view of an MP40.
German motorcyclists with MP40s.
A young partisan holds an MP40.
Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle
Many Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.
Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier fires his rifle.
Ostap Korneevich (Aleksei Bunin
), the commander of partisan unit, holds an M91/30 rifle (in center).
A soldier at the left carries an M91/30 on sling.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles on march. Some rifles are fitted with bayonets.
A soldier fires his rifle during the night battle.
Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine
Some Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1938 carbines.
Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier at the right holds an M38 carbine.
Some German soldiers are seen with Mauser rifles. It's hard to say if they are Karabiner 98ks or Gewehr 98s or a mix of both.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers with rifles under the heavy artillery fire. Some of them seem to be long enough for Gewehr 98s.
A German soldier at the left holds a rifle.
Double Barreled Shotgun
In one scene Ostap Korneevich (Aleksei Bunin), the commander of partisan unit, carries a double barreled shotgun (later he replaces it with a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle).
Ostap Korneevich (in the middle) with a shotgun.
Single Barreled Shotgun
In the same scene one of the partisans carries a single barreled shotgun (later he replaces it with a DP-27 machine gun).
A partisan behind Ostap Korneevich carries a shotgun.
Soviet troops use Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns.
Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
One of the partisans holds a DP-27.
A soldier reloads his DP-27.
Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on the armoured train.
DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A DT is seen below the turret.
MG34s are briefly seen in hands of German soldiers and Soviet partisans.
MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier carries an MG34.
Another German soldier carries an MG34 with folded bipod.
A partisan at the right mans an MG34.
Anachronistic MG42s are seen among the weapons that the commander of the armoured train gives to partisans.
MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Ostap Korneevich (Aleksei Bunin
), the partisans commander, holds an MG42.
The barrels of two MG42s are seen in the middle.
A partisan at the left mans an MG42.
Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by Soviet infantry and also mounted on the armoured train.
Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim inside the armoured train.
A Maxim covers the work to restore the broken railway.
A Maxim on the armoured train. It is covered with armoured tube.
Two gunners remove the Maxim from armoured mounting in order to use it outside the train.
A Maxim in the final scene.
Maxim M-4 Quad Mount
Two M-4 quad AA mounts are seen on the armoured train. They are manned by Sgts. Ivan Vozhzhov (Mikhail Pugovkin) and Aleksei Gogolko (Andrei Khlebnikov).
Maxim M1910/30 in M-4 AA quad mounting
Vozhzhov fires the M-4. Behind him a 76.2-mm AA gun M1938 is seen.
Vozhzhov cleans his machine gun.
Vozhzhov fires at German dive bombers.
Gogolko at his machine gun.
A Maxim M1910 with smooth water jacket is seen in one scene.
Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A broken-down Maxim and a slain gunner are seen on the battlefield.
Several DShK heavy machine guns are mounted on the armoured train.
DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
A DShK on the armoured wagon.
37-mm AA gun M1939 (61-K)
Four 37-mm M1939 (61-K) AA guns are mounted on the armoured train.
37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37?252SR
A barrel of 37-mm AA gun is seen at the background.
A wagon with two 37-mm AA guns.
RGD-33 grenades are used by Soviet soldiers in several scenes.
RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Some Soviet soldiers carry F-1 hand grenades.
F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Several Soviet soldiers carry captured Model 24 Stielhandgranates.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A soldier (next to a sailor) carries a grenade tucked at his belt.
45-mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)
Soviet 53-K AT guns are seen in several scenes.
M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
A 45-mm AT gun is seen during the march of Soviet troops on the forest road.
A 45-mm gun is seen on the flatcar.
7.5 cm Pak 40
German 7.5 cm Pak 40 AT guns are seen in several scenes.
7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
A 7.5 cm Pak 40 is seen near the house.
A 7.5 cm Pak 40 is towed by a car.
82-mm Mortar BM-37
82-mm mortars BM-37 are used by both Soviet and German soldiers (in the latter case they stand for German Granatwerfer 34 Mortars.)
German soldiers run to the mortar.
They fire at the armoured train.
A Soviet soldier at the left carries the barrel of the mortar.
A genuine WWII-era armoured train appears in the movie. It's a late war version of Soviet armoured trains. It consists of two armoured wagons, one with three turrets of T-34 tanks with 76.2-mm F-34 guns, and another one with a single such turret, and of several flatcars with 76.2-mm M1938 AA guns, 37-mm M1939 AA guns, 45-mm M1937 guns and numerous machine guns.
Pz. III Tank
Genuine German Pz. III tanks appear in the movie.
A side view of a burning tank.
Another tank in attack. Next to it a hull of a destroyed tank is seen.
A mockup of the Sd. Kfz. 231 (6-rad) German armoured car is seen in one scene. It's a movie prop, specially made for filming. Note that the turret isn't rotating.
76.2-mm M1939 (USV) Field Gun