Meeting at High Snows (Vstrecha u vysokikh snegov), The

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The Meeting at High Snows
(Vstrecha u vysokikh snegov)
Vstrecha u vysokikh snegov Poster.jpg
Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Zinoviy Royzman
Release Date 1981
Language Russian
Studio Uzbekfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dzhuma Saidov Nazim Tulakhodzhayev
Konstantin Ivanovich Zubov Les Serdyuk
Ekaterina Zubova Natalya Brazhnikova
Appanbai Ato Mukhamedzhanov
Utanbai alias Narazbai Dzhavlon Khamrayev
Ortikbush Gulya Astanova
Shakir Farkhad Khaydarov
Feofanov Valeri Olshansky


The Meeting at High Snows (a direct translation of the original title Vstrecha u vysokikh snegov) is a 1981 Soviet adventure mini series directed by Zinoviy Royzman. In early 1900s Dzhuma Saidov, a villager from Russian Turkestan, is unjustly sentenced to hard labor in Siberia. Dzhuma manages to escape, joins a gang of highwaymen, then participates in Russian Civil war in White Army, changes sides and enters Red Army, and after the war, in 1920s, he at last returns to his native land. Taking part in the struggle against Basmachi, Dzhuma uncovers that their leader Khudayberdy is his own son, born while Dzhuma was in prison, and brought up by Dzhunma's old enemy Appanbai.


The following weapons were used in the film The Meeting at High Snows (Vstrecha u vysokikh snegov):

Contents


Revolvers

Nagant M1895

In several scenes in all three episodes Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by Dzhuma Saidov (Nazim Tulakhodzhayev). Also Nagants are seen in hands of Konstantin Ivanovich Zubov (Les Serdyuk), Ekaterina Zubova (Natalya Brazhnikova), Matvey Kolosov (Valeri Kozinets), and some minor characters.

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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.
Bolshevik Konstantin Zubov's Nagant is seen at the left (Ep.1).
Matvey Kolosov, commander of Red unit, holds a Nagant (at the right) (Ep.1).
Chekist Sabir Shukurov (Isamat Ergashev) disarms Dzhuma, suspecting him to be an accomplice of Basmachi (Ep.2).
A closeup of the muzzle of Ekaterina Zubova's Nagant (Ep.2).
Dzhuma holds a Nagant (Ep.2).
Ekaterina Zubova fires (Ep.3).
Dzhuma holds a Nagant (Ep.3).
Dzhuma fires his revolver in the climactic scene (Ep.3).

Warnant Revolver

A commander of basmachi gang Abdulla (uncredited) carries a Warnant revolver in one scene in Ep.2. The screen revolver has a spur on trigger guard, unlike the sample. Such feature, styled after Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model, appears on Warnant Russian Model revolver.

Warnant Revolver
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Shot Abdulla drops his gun.

Pistols

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are used by several characters, including robbers chieftan Timokha "The Earring" (Avgust Baltrusaitis), Red sailor Aleksandr Feofanov (Valeri Olshansky), Chief of local Cheka Konstantin Zubov (Les Serdyuk), member of Kokand Revolutionary Committee Mukhtarov (Bakhadyr Yuldashev), and Qurboshi Khudayberdy (Dzhanik Fayziev).

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Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Timokha "The Earring", the chieftan of Siberian highwaymen, carries a Mauser in wooden holster (Ep.1).
Red sailor Aleksandr Feofanov, company commander in Red Army, holds a Mauser. His empty holster is seen clearly (Ep.1).
Konstantin Zubov holds a Mauser C96 instead of his common Nagant revolver (Ep.2).
Zubov returns the holstered Mauser to Uraza (Murad Radzhabov), former Basmach (Ep.2).
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Mukhtarov carries a Mauser in holster. It appears to be a classic pre-war version.
Mukhtarov fires at pursuing Dzhuma (Ep.3).
The pistol is seen cycling.
Qurboshi Khudayberdy (Dzhanik Fayziev) with Mauser (Ep.3).
Mukhtarov fires his pistol in the climactic scene (Ep.3).

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In Ep.1 soldiers, prison guards and robbers in Siberia use Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s. Later M91/30 rifles are seen in hands of Red and White soldiers.

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Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soldiers on railway station (Ep.1).
Dzhuma (Nazim Tulakhodzhayev) makes his way through the snow-covered taiga after the prison break, holding the rifle, taken from a guard (Ep.1).
Soldiers guard the treasery cash (Ep.1).
Timokha's brigands fire M91/30 rifle and M38 Carbine (Ep.1).
Red Army platoon commander Grekov (Valery Zakharyev) (at the right) with a rifle (Ep.1).
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White soldiers with rifles (Ep.1).
Due to a continuity error, Shukurov's (Isamat Ergashev) M38 Carbine switches to a full-length rifle (Ep.3).
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Red soldiers with rifles (Ep.3).

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Many Red soldiers and Chekists, including Dzhuma Saidov (Nazim Tulakhodzhayev), Sabir Shukurov (Isamat Ergashev), Khamidov (Dzhamal Khashimov), and others, carry anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines in Eps.2 and 3.

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Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Siberian brigands fire M91/30 rifle and M38 Carbine (Ep.1).
A Red soldier escorts arrested Basmach Shakir (Farkhad Khaydarov) (Ep.2).
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Shukurov fires single-hand at escaping Shakir (Ep.2).
Shukurov carries an M38 Carbine in another scene. Note that this rifle is different from the one, used by Shakirov in earlier scene.
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Dzhuma fires his carbine (Ep.2).
A spy Salim-khan, posing as Medical orderly Tukhtayev (Melis Abzalov), with a carbine (Ep.2).
Shukurov carries a carbine (Ep.3).
Khamidov carries a carbine (Ep.3).
Dzhuma reloads (Ep.3).
Basmachi with M38 Carbine and Karabiner 98k (Ep.3).

Karabiner 98k

Basmachi widely use anachronistic Karabiner 98k rifles. Hunter Shadman (Shukhrat Irgashev) carries a 98k rifle in Ep.3.

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Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
In the opening scene of Ep.1, set in early 1900s, Utanbay's henchman Nazir (Shukhrat Irgashev) holds a heavily out of time Karabiner 98k.
A Basmach with 98k rifle (Ep.2). In previous moment this character has an "obrez".
Shadman (the second character of Shukhrat Irgashev) holds a 98k rifle.
Shadman's rifle and Shukurov's Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine are seen at the left.
One of Abdulla's men (at the background) carries a 98k rifle (Ep.2).
Bashmachi rifles (Ep.3).
Shadman holds his rifle in Ep.3.
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Basmachi with 98k rifles (Ep.3).
Basmachi with Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine and Karabiner 98k (Ep.3).

Unidentified Mauser Rifles

In one scene in Ep.3 a Red soldier carries a full-length Mauser rifle. It has turned down bolt handle but other details are unclear. Karabiner 98b is a possible but not confirmed guess.

Karabiner 98b - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Red soldier carries Mauser rifle (Ep.3).

In one scene in Ep.3 a Basmach carries a carbine length Mauser rifle. It has straight bolt handle. Vz.24 Czech Mauser rifle is a possible but not confirmed guess.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Enfield P14

In Ep.3 several characters are seen with Enfield Pattern 14 rifles (both models can be found in Soviet movies).

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
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Former Basmach Mulabek (Saidmurad Ziyautdinov) carries an Enfield rifle. The buttstock matches P14 model rather than M1917.
An Enfield rifle is seen in hands of Chekist Khudoyarov (F. Akhunov), disguised as a Basmach, in same scene.
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Nazarbay's bodyguard with Enfield rifle.

Ross Mk III

Several Ross Mk III rifles are seen in a pile of weapons, captured from Basmachi, in Ep.3.

Ross Mk III Model 1910 - .303 British
Ross rifles are seen at the left and on top in center.
Another view of a Ross in center.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Mosin Nagant "obrez" sawed-off rifles are used by Siberian highwaymen, including Timokha "The Earring" (Avgust Baltrusaitis) and Dzhuma Saidov (Nazim Tulakhodzhayev), in Ep.1 and by Basmachi in Eps.2 and 3.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.
Timokha holds an "obrez" when he finds freezing, half-dead Dzhuma in taiga (Ep.1).
Another view of Timokha's "obrez".
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Dzhuma uses an "obrez" when he joins Timokha's gang.
One of the robbers holds an "obrez" during the ambush.
A Basmach holds an "obrez" (Ep.2).
A shot Basmach drops his "obrez" (Ep.3).
Several "obrez" are seen in a pile of guns, captured from Basmachi, in Ep.3.

Shotguns

Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun "Obrez"

Several characters use "obrez" sawed-off guns that appear to be based on "Frolovka" shotgun (some versions of "Frolovka" lacked the protruding magazine). It appears to be a single prop, reused in several scenes.

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 gauge
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Utanbay's henchman Nazir (Shukhrat Irgashev) holds an "obrez" in Ep.1.
A Basmach (third character of Shukhrat Irgashev) holds same looking "obrez" in Ep.2.
Same looking "obrez" is hold by one more Basmach in Ep.3.

Single Barreled Shotgun

Some of Timokha's brigands are armed with Single Barreled Shotguns in Ep.1 (possibly some IZh model).

Several brigands carry shotguns.
A shotgun is seen at the right.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

In several scenes Red troops use Maxim M1910 machine guns.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A barrel of Maxim M1910 (Ep.2).
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Red soldiers fire a Maxim (Ep.3). While the machine gun itself fits for the time, the metal-link belt is anachronistic, as Maxim machine guns used canvas belts until 1940s.

Maxim M1910/30

Anachronistic Maxim M1910/30 of post-1940 version are also seen.

Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Red Army soldiers deploy a Maxim in Ep.2. This is post-1940 version.
A Maxim is seen in Basmachi camp (Ep.3).
Red soldiers carry a Maxim (Ep.3).

Trivia

Holsters

A Russian officer, armed with a Nagant revolver, has a holster for TT-33 pistol (Ep.1).
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Two White Army officers carry Nagant holsters. The first one (Stanislav Fesuynov) has a leather holster, and the second (Aleksey Kozhevnikov) has a kirza (Russian type of artificial leather) holster of Soviet pattern.
A Red cavalryman carries a holster for TT (Ep.2).
Dzhuma carries a Nagant in kirza holster (Ep.2).
A close view of Dzhuma's Nagant holster (Ep.3).



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