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Country Czech-republic-flag.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by Otakar Vávra
Release Date 1978
Language Czech
Studio Filmové studio Barrandov
Main Cast
Character Actor
Cpl. Karel Horák Jirí Krampol
Pvt. Anka Kadlecová Renáta Doleželová
Lt. Antonín Sochor Rudolf Jelínek
LCpl. Hugo Redisch Ladislav Lakomý
Sgt. Rataj Jan Kanyza
Ignác Spiegel Stefan Kvietik
1st Lt. Otakar Jaroš Martin Stepánek
1st Lt. Lom Petr Skarke
Gen. Ludvík Svoboda Ladislav Chudík
Reynhard Heydrich Hannjo Hasse

Sokolovo is Czechoslovak war film from the period of WWII directed by Otakar Vávra made in 1975. The film describes the events in occupied Czechoslovakia after the assassination of Heydrich and also parallel to the formation of the Czechoslovak foreign troops in the USSR. The movie culminates to views of the Battle of Sokolovo as first appearance of the Czechoslovak troops alongside the Red Army at the front against the Germans.


The following guns were used in the 1975 Czechoslovak film Sokolovo:


Walther P38

Some characters are seen with a Walther P38 pistol.

Walther P38 pistol - 9x19mm
Reinhard Heydrich (Hannjo Hasse) holds his sidearm in hand.
An SS officer executes the inhabitants of Lidice with his P38.

Submachine guns


British paratroopers were equipped with a Sten.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
The Sten jams.


A German soldiers carries a MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 - 9mm.


Red Army and Czechoslovak soldiers were armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Czechoslovak soldier holding a position with a submachine gun in his hand.
Platoon commander Lt. Sochor (Rudolf Jelínek) gives orders with his submachine gun slung over shoulder.
Nurse Pvt. Anka Kadlecová (Renáta Doleželová) fires her submachine gun at the attacking Germans.
The company commander 1st Lt. Otakar Jaroš (Martin Stepánek) dies firing his submachine gun.


Karabiner 98k

The German firing squad, armed with Karabiner 98ks, murder the population of Lidice.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm

Mosin Nagant Rifle

Soviet and Czech infantry carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54R
Czechoslovak troops used Mosin-Nagants at the Buzuluk training camp.
Nurse welcome Soviet soldiers, one of whom carries a slung rifle.

Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle

The Czechoslovak unit at the battle of Sokolovo carry SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
An SVT-40 belonging to a Czechoslovakian unit.
LCpl. Hugo Redisch (Ladislav Lakomý) defends his observation post with his rifle.

Machine guns

MG34 Machine Gun

German troops use a MG34 machine guns.

MG34 7.92x57mm Mauser with front and rear sights folded down.


The Maxim machine guns is used by Soviet and Czechoslovakian troops.

MG34 7.92x57mm Mauser with 75-round ammo drum
Czechoslovak gunners fires a machine gun during training in Buzuluk.
Sgt. Rataj (Jan Kanyza) mowing down German infantry advancing behind tanks.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun

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

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R.

Hand Grenades

No. 73 Mk. I hand grenade

Jan Kubiš (Miroslav Rataj) throw at the Heydrich's car a No. 73 Mk. I hand grenade

No. 73 MK. 1 Anti-Tank hand grenade "Thermos/Flask".
Jan Kubiš with a grenade in hand during the assassination.


Soviet and Czechoslovakian troops are equipped with RPG-40 anti-tank grenades.

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.
Antonín Krafka-hand grenade.jpg
1st Lt. Otakar Jaroš (Martin Stepánek) has not enough to time to throw a grenade.


SPSh Flare Pistol

Czechoslovak soldier gives the signal to launch an attack with SPSh Flare Pistol.

Russian SPSh Flare Pistol 26.5mm


Pvt. Rataj (Jan Kanyza) fires a PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
Jan Kanyza-antitank rifle.jpg

82mm BM-37 mortar

Czechoslovak unit also uses BM-37 mortars.

82mm BM-37 mortar

45mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

Soviet artillery use the 45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K) during the battle.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)

122mm howitzer M1938 (M-30)

Soviet 122mm howitzer M1938 (M-30) are used against the Germans.

Soviet 121.92 mm (4.8 inch) howitzer

BM-13 Katyusha rocket launcher

Soviet rocket launchers fire on German positions.

Flammenwerferpanzer 35R

German used a Flammenwerferpanzer 35R.

Tiger I

German troops were supported by Panzer VI Tiger I heavy tanks. The Christie suspension would indicate that this tank is actually a dressed up T-44, which is typical in post-war films.

T-34 tanks

T-34-76 with the hex turret, T-34-85 with the longer barrels

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