Long Road in the Dunes (Ilgais cels kapas)

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Long Road in the Dunes
(Ilgais ceļš kāpās)
Dolgaya doroga v dyunakh DVD.jpg
Modern Russian DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aloizs Brencs
Release Date 1982
Language Latvian
Russian
Studio Riga Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Martha Ozola Lilita Ozolinja
Arthur Banga Juozas Kiselius
Richard Losberg Romualdas Ramanauskas
Jacob Ozols Eduards Pavuls
Aboltynsh Arijs Geikins
Andris Kalnins Karlis Trencis
Laimon Kalnins Aare Laanemets


Long Road in the Dunes (original Latvian title Ilgais ceļš kāpās; original Russian title Dolgaya doroga v dyunakh) is a Soviet Latvian 1982 (filmed 1980—1981) historical mini series directed by Aloizs Brencs. The story is set in Latvia and covers the period from 1939 to 1970s. The main storyline is the love story of fisherman Arthur Banga (Juozas Kiselius) and Martha Ozols (Lilita Ozolina).


The following weapons were used in the film Long Road in the Dunes (Ilgais ceļš kāpās):

Contents


Revolvers

Nagant M1895

Many of Soviet Militsia personnel in Ep.3, set in 1940 in Soviet Latvia, and Red Army officers and NCOs in Eps.4 and 5, set in 1941-1944, carry Nagant M1895 revolvers. They are mostly seen in holsters.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Andris Kalnins (Karlis Trencis), chief of local Militsia, carries a Nagant in holster.
A Militsia operative holds a Nagant during the arrest of Jacob Ozols (Eduards Pavuls).
Another view of the same scene.
Female combat medic carries holstered Nagant.
Arthur Banga (Juozas Kiselius) carries holstered Nagant while commanding the volunteer unit.
Jazeps Sarma (Girts Jakovlevs) holds a Nagant while helping wounded Aleksandr Yefimov (Yevgeni Zharikov), disguised as German officer.
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Andris Kalnins, now NKVD Maj., holds a Nagant during the ambush of "Forest Brothers" in Ep.5.

Pistols

Walther PPK

In Eps.1 and 2, set in 1939-1940, Latvian police officers carry Walther PPK pistols.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP. Note the ring just behind the magazine.
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Police officers carry holstered pistol when they arrest Arthur Banga in Ep.1.
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Police officers with PPK pistols in hands pursue Janis Akmenlauks (Valdemars Zandbergs) in Ep.2.

Tokarev TT-33

In one scene in Ep.2 a Latvian Army officer holds a pistol that appears to be out of place Soviet TT-33. A Red Army officer holds a TT in one scene in Ep.4. Maj. Andris Kalnins (Karlis Trencis) holds a TT (instead of previously seen Nagant) during the shootout with "Forest Brothers" in Ep.5.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Officer and several soldiers pursue escaping Arthur Banga.
Officer's pistol runs dry.
Red Army officer draws his TT...
...and fires, covering behind the 45mm gun.
He holds the TT after the battle.
Maj. Andris Kalnins holds a TT when sending a captured "Forest Brother" (Guntis Pilsums) with ultimatum to Aboltynsh and his men.
Kalnins holds a TT during the shootout.

Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are widely used by German officers in Eps.4 and 5. They are mostly seen in holsters. Aleksandr Yefimov (Yevgeni Zharikov), posing as German Ober-Lt., also uses a Luger.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Osvalds Kreizis (Harijs Liepins), formed lawyer turned German SD officer, carries holstered Luger.
Manfred Zingrueber (Uldis Dumpis) (at the right) carries holstered P08.
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Wounded Yefimov hides in Banga's house.
Drunk Osvalds Kreizis holds his P08 in the scene in fishermen village.
Richard Losberg (Romualdas Ramanauskas) carries holstered pistol in Ep.5.

Submachine Guns

PPSh-41

In Ep.5, set in 1944, many Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A PPSh-41 is seen in Col. Janis Grikis' (Janis Plesums) dugout.
Sr.Lt. Arthur Banga (Juozas Kiselius) and his soldiers prepare for scout mission.
Laimon Kalnins (Aare Laanemets) holds a PPSh.
Arthur Banga holds a PPSh.
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Soviet Latvian soldiers in battle with Waffen SS Latvian Legion.
A Soviet soldier (Igor Chernawsky) with PPSh in ambush on "Forest Brothers".
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Soviet soldiers fire PPSh-41s during the shootout with "Forest Brothers".

MP38

German soldiers, Waffen SS Latvian Legion soldiers and "Forest Brothers" carry MP38 and MP40 SMGs in Ep.5.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Latvian legionnaires with MP38s and MP40s.
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A legionnaire (Peteris Liepins) fires MP38.
Zigis Aboltynsh (Roland Zagorskis) with MP38 in "Forest Brothers" camp.
A "Forest Brother" fires MP38 during the shootout in village shop.
Bruno fires MP38 in same scene.
Aboltynsh's (Arijs Geikins) MP40 switches to MP38 when he prepares to escape on a boat.

MP40

German soldiers, Waffen SS Latvian Legion soldiers and "Forest Brothers" carry MP38 and MP40 SMGs in Ep.5.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Latvian legionnaires with MP38s and MP40s.
MP40 at the left.
Janka (Helmuts Kalnins) with MP40.
German soldiers with MP40s.
Aboltynsh (Arijs Geikins) (in white coat) carries an MP40 in "Forest Brothers" camp. Another "Forest Brother" with MP40 is seen at the background.
Aboltynsh with MP40 commands the "Forest Brothers".
Zigis Aboltynsh (Roland Zagorskis) with MP40.
Aboltynsh fires his MP40.

Rifles

Vz.16/33 Czech Mauser

In Ep.1, set in 1939, Aizsargi (Latvian paramilitary organization in 1920s-1930s) Valdis (Voldemars Sorins), Bruno (Martins Verdins) and Zigis Aboltynsh (Roland Zagorskis) carry Vz.16/33 Czech Mauser carbines. In reality service rifle of Aizsargi was Pattern 1914 Enfield rifle. In Ep.3 same three Aizsargi use their rifles in shootout with Soviet People's Militia.

Czech vz. 16/33 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Zigis (at the left) and Valdis in a car.
Bruno (at the right). The typical groove on the stock of the rifle can be seen.
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Aizsargi leave the car with rifles in hands.
Valdis, Bruno and Zigis in ambush in Ep.3. Note that only two rifles are Czech vz.16/33 while the third one, at the right, is Karabiner 98k, identified by the lack of the groove on stock.
Another view of the same scene.

Karabiner 98k

In Ep.2, set in 1940, soldiers of Latvian army carry Karabiner 98k rifles. In reality 98k rifles were never issued to Latvian troops. German soldiers are armed with 98k rifles in Eps.4 and 5, set in 1941-1944.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Latvian soldiers with 98k rifles.
Another view of the same scene.
Soldiers stand in formation. First soldier in second row is Janis Grikis (Janis Plesums).
Rifles in barraks.
Aizsargi Bruno (Martins Verdins) (at the foreground) holds a Karabiner 98k in Ep.3.
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German soldiers march with 98k rifles in Ep.4.
German soldiers with 98k rifles and MG34 machine gun in Ep.5.
"Forest Brothers" with 98k rifles in Ep.5.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

In Ep.2, set in 1940, soldiers of Latvian army are also armed with full-length Mauser rifles that appear to be Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles but have turned down bolt handles. According to Mauser Military Rifles of the World by Robert W. D. Ball, such combination was used on Radfahrer Gewehr 98 (Bicycle Troops Rifle) and on standard Gewehr 98, modified in 1915-16 for use as sniper rifles. Standard Mauser 98 rifle is carried by Bruno (Martins Verdins) in Ep.4.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Mauser Gewehr 1898, modified in 1915 for use as sniper rifle. Note the turned down bolt handle and Lange-Visier sight.
In Ep.2 Arthur Banga (Juozas Kiselius) holds a full-length Mauser with turned down bolt handle at the background.
Bruno (Martins Verdins) carries a full-length Mauser as Hilfspolizei (auxiliary police) in Ep.4. His rifle has straight bolt handle.
Jacob Ozols (Eduards Pavuls) with a Mauser 98.
Jacob Ozols aims a Mauser 98 at Peteris (Egons Beseris) in Ep.5. Later he is disarmed by Peteris. Ozols' rifle has Lange-Visier sight and turned down bolt handle.
Aboltynsh (Arijs Geikins) holds Ozols' rifle. Lange-Visier sight and turned down bolt handle are seen.

Pattern 1914 Enfield

Pattern 1914 Enfield rifles are also carried by Latvian soldiers in Ep.2. P14 was the standard rifle of Latvian army.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
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Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In Ep.3, set in 1940 in Soviet Latvia, members of People's Militia carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles. Many Red Army soldiers carry M91/30 rifles in Ep.4, set in 1941. In Ep.5 Peteris (Egons Beseris) uses an M91/30 rifle (it switches from previously seen Mauser Gewehr 98).

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Members of People's Militia escort arrested Aizsargi and policemen in Ep.3.
Laimon Kalnins (Aare Laanemets) with M91/30 rifle.
Laimon Kalnins in shootout.
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Members of People's Militia escort arrested Jacob Ozols (Eduards Pavuls) in Ep.3.
Red Army soldiers on march in Summer 1941 in Ep.4.
Another view of the same scene.
Laimon Kalnins teach volunteers the handling of M91/30 rifle.
Laimon Kalnins and Arthur Banga (Juozas Kiselius) fire at German troops during the shootout in forest.
A Soviet soldier holds an M91/30 rifle during the encounter with "Forest Brothers" in Ep.5.
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Peteris fires at father and son Aboltynsh who escape on a car.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Old Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are carried by some Red Army soldiers in one scene in Ep.4, set in Summer 1941.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier in center carries original M91 rifle.

MAS-36

In one scene in Ep.4 one of marching German soldiers carries not a Karabiner 98k, as his comrades-in-arms, but a different rifle that looks like French MAS-36.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
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The soldier in center in second row carries the supposed MAS-36.

Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Numerous Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in the house of Manfred Zingrueber (Uldis Dumpis), Richard Losberg's German friend, in Ep.2, set in 1940.

J.P. Sauer Shotgun - 12 gauge
O/U (at the left) and side by side shotguns on the wall.
Eight shotguns on the wall.
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Richard Losberg (Romualdas Ramanauskas) holds a shotgun.
A double barreled shotgun is seen in "Forest Brothers" camp in Ep.5.

Over and Under Shotgun

Over and Under Shotguns are also seen in Zingrueber's house.

Otto Seelig O/U - 12 gauge
O/U (at the left) and side by side shotguns on the wall.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is seen in Ep.4, set in 1941.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A Red Army soldier carries the Maxim on march.

MG34

German soldiers use MG34 machine guns in several scenes in Eps.4 and 5.

MG34 with 50 round belt drum Gurtrommel 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier at the right carries MG34 in Ep.4.
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German soldiers with Karabiner 98k rifles and MG34 machine gun in Ep.5.

Other Weapons

SPSh Flare Pistol

In Ep.7 during the wedding of Heinrihs Strautnieks (Paul Butkevich) and Inara (Ruta Vitina), Heinrihs' friend Martins (Uldis Vazdiks) gifts an SPSh Flare Pistol.

SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Martins hands the SPSh.
Inara holds the flare pistol.
Heinrihs holds the flare pistol.

45 mm 53-K AT Gun

45 mm 53-K AT gun is seen in one scene in Ep.4.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
Abandoned 45mm gun on the road.
Red Army officer fires, covering behind the 45mm gun.

Footage

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT is seen mounted on Soviet tanks in wartime documentary footage.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Frontal DT on KV-1.

MG34 Panzerlauf

MG34 Panzerlauf is seen mounted on Tiger I tank in wartime documentary footage.

MG34 Panzerlauf with stock fitted - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Frontal MG34 on Tiger I can be seen.

MG15 Machine Gun

MG15 machine gun, mounted on Luftwaffe bomber, is seen in wartime documentary footage.

MG15 machine gun with 75-round double drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Unidentified AA Machine Gun

An unidentified AA machine gun is seen in wartime documentary footage.

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Trivia

Visually modified Soviet post-war PT-76 light tank stands for Wehrmacht tank.
BM-13 Katyusha in wartime footage.
StuG III Ausf. G in wartime footage.
Pz.Kpfw.VI Tiger in wartime footage.
122mm A-19 heavy field guns in wartime footage.
17cm Kanone 18 heavy field gun in wartime footage.
152mm ML-20 heavy gun-howitzer in wartime footage.
76.2mm ZiS-3 field gun in wartime footage.
T-34-85 in wartime footage.
KV-1 in wartime footage.
ISU-152 in wartime footage.



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