Star (Zvezda), The (2002)

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The Star
(Zvezda)
Zvezda-poster.JPG
Film poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Nikolai Lebedev
Release Date 2002
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
ARK-Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Travkin Igor Petrenko
Sgt. Mamochkin Aleksey Panin
Sgt. Anikanov Aleksey Kravchenko
Pvt. Vorobiev Artyom Semakin
Pvt. Bykov Anatoliy Gushchin
Pvt. Temdekov Amadu Mamadakov
Sgt. Brazhnikov Yuri Laguta
Pvt. Katya Simakova Ekaterina Vulichenko
Capt. Barashkin Andrei Yegorov


The Star (Russian Title:Zvezda/Звезда) is a 2002 Russian film about a group of Soviet scouts working behind enemy lines during Operation Bagration in World War II. ('Zvezda' is a name of this special group). The film is directed by Nikolai Lebedev and based on a story by Emmanuil Kazakevich (the first screen adaptation of the story appeared in 1949).

The following weapons are seen in the film The Star (Zvezda):

Contents


Pistols

Luger P08

Some German soldiers used Luger P08 pistols. One of the Russian scouts (Sgt. Mamochkin) also has this pistol.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
German soldier holds his Luger P08
Another shot
Sgt. Mamochkin (Aleksey Panin) prepares to shoot from his Luger P08
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Walther P38

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Pvt. Vorobiev (Artyom Semakin) holds his Walther P38. Strange that an inexperienced soldier got this gun.
Another shot
A few seconds later a German soldier shoots in Pvt. Vorobyov
Zvezda-P38-4.jpg

Tokarev TT-33

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Pvt. Bykov with his Tokarev TT-33
Note the smaller slide serrations. This TT was manufactured after WWII

Submachine Guns

MP40

A lot of German soldiers use MP40 submachine guns in this movie. Sgt. Mamochkin also prefers this submachine gun.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
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Sgt. Mamochkin (Aleksey Panin) fires his MP40
Note this MP40 appears to be an airsoft version. Visually its caliber is less than 9-mm

PPSh-41

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 submachine gun with 71-round drum magazine
Sgt. Anikanov (Aleksey Kravchenko) fires his PPSh-41
Sgt. Anikanov`s weapon of choice is the PPSh-41 submachine gun with 71-rounds drum magazine
Sgt. Brazhnikov (Yuri Laguta) prefers PPSh-41 submachine gun with 35-rounds stick magazine
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Closeup of PPSh-41 charging handle with integrated safety and rear sights

PPS-43

PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Pvt. Vorobiev holds his PPS-43
Lt. Travkin (Igor Petrenko) with his PPS-43 submachine gun
Closeup of PPS-43. Note the blank cartridge
Zvezda-pps-4.jpg

Rifles

Mosin Nagant Rifle

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54R
Pvt. Temdekov (Amadu Mamadakov) demonstrates his shooting accuracy from Mosin rifle.
In the final scene of film full-length Mosin Nagant Rifles with the bayonets are carried by most of the Russian soldiers

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers use Karabiner 98k rifles with the straight bolt handle.

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Machine Guns

PK Machine Gun (modified to resemble MG34)

A picture of the original MG34 and PK conversions
German soldier with PK Machine Gun mocked up as MG34
Close up of fake MG34 flash hider
Zvezda-mg-34-3.jpg
Note blank rounds in machine gun belt

MG-34 Machine Gun

In the film we can see some real MG34. But they never shown being fired.

MG34 7.92x57mm Mauser with front and rear sights folded down
MG34 with 50 rounds belt drum box
Close up of MG34
Faux MG34 machine gun in a Tiger tank

Degtyaryov DT

DT machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
T-34-85 Soviet medium tank armed with the Degtyaryov DT tank machine gun

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP-27 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
In the final scene one Russian soldier carries Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun

37-mm M1939 (61-K)

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37×252SR
Only two German soldiers (must be more) discourage an air attack from uncharged 37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic cannon

Hand Grenades

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Pvt. Temdekov gives F-1 hand grenade to another Soviet scout

RGD-5 Hand Grenade

RGD-5 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
RGD-5 hand grenades can be seen on the top of the wooden barrel

Other

Flamethrower

One German soldier uses this flamethrower. This flamethrower consists of an LPO-50 flamethrower's fuel tank, a Flammenwerfer 35-like barrel (but too long) and a fuel hose which is too thin.

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76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

M1942 divisional gun (ZiS-3) - 76mm
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Russian gunners fire ZiS-3 on the German positions

7.5 cm Pak 40

The 7.5 cm Pak 40 appears.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
Zvezda-Pak40.jpg
Note that the gun is fully to the rear on its carriage indicating that the recoil system is either broken or absent.

Faux Tiger tank

The German Tiger tanks in the films were mockups built on Soviet T-44 and T-54 tank chassis. Possibly the same mock up seen in the film Osvobozhdenie (Liberation).

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Faux Panther tank

Zvezda-Panther.jpg



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