Liberation of Prague, The

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The Liberation of Prague
The Liberation of Prague.jpg
DVD Cover
Country Czech-republic-flag.jpg Czechoslovakia
Flag GDR German Democratic Republic.jpg GDR
SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Otakar Vávra
Release Date 1978
Language Czech
Slovak
German
Russian
English
Studio Filmové studio Barrandov
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Karel Horák Jirí Krampol
2Lt Anka Kadlecová Renáta Doleželová
Standa Horák Vítezslav Jandák
Antonín Horák Jaroslav Rozsíval
Dr. Václav Vacek Vladimír Šmeral
Gen. Ludvík Svoboda Ladislav Chudík
Gen. Kutlvasr Jirí Holý
Broadcaster Vladimír Brabec
Protectorate officer Jan Preucil
Gen. SS Pückler Horst Preusker



The Liberation of Prague (original: Osvobození Prahy) is a Czechoslovakian war film about Prague uprising directed by Otakar Vávra in 1978. The film has no central hero and as a continuation to the previous of Vávra´s movie titled Sokolovo. The film was made as propaganda for the 30th anniversary of the Red Army's liberation of the city. However, it was late to the cinema and Horst Preusker, who played the SS commander, died before the premiere.


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The following guns were used in the 1978 Czechoslovak film The Liberation of Prague:

Pistols

CZ 27

The Protectorate officer (Jan Preucil) holds a CZ 27 in his right hand

CZ 27 - .32 ACP
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Unidentified pistol

He also holds another unidentified pistol.

An insurgent fighter (Miroslav Zounar) disarms an officer.
TLoP-uP-02.jpg

Walther P38

Various Nazis carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 pistol - 9x19mm
A Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) soldier executes a captured insurgent with his Walther P38.
SS General Pückler (Horst Preusker) commits suicide with his P38.

Submachine guns

MP40

The MP40 submachine gun is widely used by German soldiers and resistance fighters.

MP40 - 9mm.
A German soldier aims his MP40 from the hip.
A Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) carries his MP40.
A Czech insurgent is seen with an MP40.

PPSh-41

Russian and Czechoslovakian soldiers were armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Russian soldier helps a wounded comrade with a PPSh-41 slung on his back.
Lt. Karel Horák (Jirí Krampol), a Czech soldier, fires his PPSh-41.
2Lt. Anka Kadlecová (Renáta Doleželová) carries a slung PPSh-41.

Rifles

VZ-24 Czech Mauser

Czech police and government troops are armed with VZ-24 Czech Mauser rifles.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Gos-Lop--VZ24-CzM.jpg

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is the standard weapons both sides

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm
GS-LoP-K98k.jpg
Germans-op-K98k.jpg
Standa Horák (Vítezslav Jandák), a Czech insurgent, fires his Kar98k.
CzI-K98k.jpg

Machine guns

MG34

The MG34 machine guns is used by the Germans, Czech insurgents, and Soviet troops.

MG34 7.92x57mm Mauser with 75-round ammo drum
German troops prepare an MG34.
CzI-MG34.jpg
RA-MG34.jpg

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun

Soviet troops also use the Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
A Soviet soldier fires on hidden Germans.
RA-kulometDP-2.jpg

Degtyaryov DT machine gun

The radio operator in a Soviet T-34 fires a Degtyaryov DT

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Sov-LoP-DTMG.jpg

Hand grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

The German soldiers and insurgents use Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
CzI-Model 24 hg.jpg
Lt. Karel Horák (Jirí Krampol) wears hand grenades in his belt.

Others

Panzerfaust

The insurgents use Panzerfaust anti-tank rockets against German armoured vehicles. They are shown firing them from the shoulder bazooka-style, rather than the official under-the-arm method.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
A insurgent fires a Panzerfaust from a window at an armoured car.
A resistance fighter aims a Panzerfaust from behind a barricade.
Lt. Karel Horák (Jirí Krampol) carries a Panzerfaust in his hand.

88mm Flak 18/36/37

The Germans use 88mm cannon to bombard the city

Gs-LoP-Flak-88.jpg

Hetzer

A German Hetzer tank destroyer engages insurgents

Panzer VI Tiger 1

A mocked-up Tiger tank is seen

Gw-LoP-Pzkw-IV.jpg

T-34-85

Soviet T-34-85s are seen on their way to Prauge.

T-34-85s en route.



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