Gunpowder (Porokh)

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Gunpowder (Porokh)
Porokh DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Viktor Aristov
Release Date 1985
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikolay Pavlovich Nikonov Yury Belyayev
Kira Svetlana Bragarnik
Mariya Petrovna Lyubov Kalyuzhnaya
Aleksandr Klyuev Vadim Makarovsky
Ivan Revazovich Gedevanov Nozheri Chonishvili
Capt. Petrakov Vladimir Varentsov
Antipov Konstantin Sarynin
Pvt. Gadzhibekov Logman Kerimov

Gunpowder (Porokh) is a Soviet 1985 war drama directed by Viktor Aristov. In Autumn 1941 Soviet troops, defending besieged Leningrad, are in dire need of artillery gunpowder. Large stores of old naval gunpowder are in island fortress Kronstadt. A group of chemical and artillery specialists is sent to Kronstadt to examin gunpowder and organise its transporting across the sea rout under heavy enemy bombing.

The following weapons were used in the film Gunpowder (Porokh):




Nikolay Nikonov (Yury Belyayev), the head of the group, has a TT-33 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Nikonov loads the pistol.
Nikonov draws his TT during the confrontation with Klyuev.
When German boats approach to the barge loaded with gunpowder, Nikonov draws his pistol in attempt to blow up the gunpowder.
A closeup of the pistol.

Submachine Guns


When German soldiers on boats make an attempt to seize the barge, many of them are armed with MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Klyuev looks through binoculars at approaching enemies. Several MP40s are seen at the right and at the left.
At least two soldiers on the bow of the boat hold MP40s.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many Soviet soldiers and sailors are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles with attached bayonets.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Two soldiers on patrol carry rifles with bayonets at the background.
Pvt. Gadzhibekov (Logman Kerimov) carries a rifle in center.
A closeup of the barrel of Gadzhibekov's rifle with bayonet, attached backwards.
A sailor on guard holds a rifle with bayonet.

Unidentified rifles

Some German soldiers on boats are armed with rifles. They are most likely Karabiner 98k but they aren't seen clear enough to make a sure guess.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier at the far right holds a rifle.
Soldiers at far right and far left hold rifles.

Machine Guns and Autocannons


Numerous AA machine guns are seen in Kronstadt. These are DShK on 2M-1 naval mountings. While 2M-1 are twin over and under mountings, those seen in the movie have the bottom machine gun removed.

DShK on naval mounting - 12.7x108mm
Two AA machine guns are seen at the background.
Numerous AA machine guns are seen along the coastline.
AA machine guns open fire at German bombers.

Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30

An AK-230 mounting with twin 30mm Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30 is seen on a Soviet Navy ship (patrol boat or minesweeper). It was issued only in 1959.

AK-230 with twin Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30 - 30x210B mm
An AK-230 under cover is seen on a ship at the right.
An AK-230 is seen on the bow of Project 266 minesweeper (background center).

25mm AA Naval Gun 2M-3M

A twin (over and under) 25mm AA automatic gun 2M-3M with two 110-PM autocannons is mounted on Project 1204 armoured boat. In reality these guns appeared only in 1950s.

25mm 2M-3M naval mounting with two 110-PM autocannons in museum exposition
A 2M-3M mounting is seen on the stern of Project 1204 armoured boat.


45mm AA Naval Gun 21-KM

A 45mm 21-KM gun is mounted on a Soviet Navy patrol boat. 21-KM is a further development of 21-K gun, fitted with a longer L/68 barrel of M-42 AT gun. This gun was issued only in 1944.

45-mm 21-KM naval gun
A 21-KM is mounted on the bow of a patrol boat.
A 21-KM is mounted in Kronstadt as a part of air defence.

76.2mm AA Naval Gun 34-K

76.2mm 34-K guns, removed from ships, are used as a part of AA defence of Kronstadt.

Several 34-K are installed near the coastline.

85mm AA Gun 52-K

Numerous 85mm AA guns 52-K are seen in Leningrad and Kronstadt.

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) - 85x629mm R
85mm AA guns on Leningrad street.
A row of 52-K guns on the embankment. The guns have their muzzle brakes removed, possibly to make them look like 76.2mm AA guns M1938.
52-K guns in Kronstadt.

122mm Howitzer M-30

In the final scene a battery of 122mm M-30 field howitzers is seen.

M-30 howitzers on position.


Many Soviet Navy ships are seen in the movie. Most if not all of them are post-war, standing for wartime ships.

A Project 68-bis cruiser is seen at the background.
Several Project 50 frigates fire their 100mm guns. They stand for Soviet wartime destroyers Project 7, having roughtly similar appearance.
A close view of Project 50 frigate Rossomakha (according to board number). Two 100mm B-34 guns and anti-submarine rocket launcher RBU-2500 can be seen.
A group of Soviet ships under enemy aerial bombardment. The nearest ship is Project 266 minesweeper.
A scale model of Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya battleship.
A Project 266 minesweeper is seen at the background. It is armed with two 30mm AK-230 twin mountings.
A Project 1204 armoured boat under attack of German planes (YaK-18 training planes stand for Ju 87 dive bombers). The armoured boat is armed with a 76.2mm gun D-56TS in turret of PT-76 light tank, a 25mm twin (over and under) AA mounting 2M-3M and 140mm BM-14 multiple launch rocket system.
A close, although blurry view of the 76.2mm turret on the said armoured boat.

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