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The Bridge (Most)
Most 1969 DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country YUG.jpg Yugoslavia
Directed by Hajrudin Krvavac
Release Date 1969
Language Serbo-Croatian
German
Studio Bosna Film
Kinema Sarajevo
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major "Tiger" Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic
The Engineer Slobodan 'Cica' Perovic
Giuseppe Zavatoni Boris Dvornik
"Tihi" ("Silent") Boro Begovic
Mane Švercer ("Smuggler") Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus
Jelena Sibina Mijatovic
"Bambino" ("Kid") Igor Galo
SS-Standartenführer Hofman Hannjo Hasse
SS-Obersturmführer Kautz Relja Basic


The Bridge (Most) is a 1969 Yugoslavian partisan film directed by Hajrudin Krvavac and starring Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic as Major "Tiger", the Yugoslavian partisan commando on mission to destroy the heavily guarded bridge in mountain valley. The only person who knows the weak spots in the construction of the bridge is the architect (Slobodan 'Cica' Perovic) who built it, but he is strongly opposed to the destruction of his creation. Meanwhile SS-Standartenführer Hofman (Hannjo Hasse) who is aware of "Tiger"'s mission prepares the cunning trap for the commandos.


The following weapons were used in the film The Bridge (Most):

Contents


Pistols

Walther P38

Most German and Yugoslavian partisan officers carry Walther P38 pistols in holsters. The P38 is seen in action in hands of SS-Untersturmführer Nimayer (Demeter Bitenc).

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Oberst von Felsen (Wilhelm Koch-Hooge) and SS-Standartenführer Hofman (Hannjo Hasse) carry P38s in holsters.
The grip of "Tiger"'s P38 can be seen.
Nimayer fires his P38.

Submachine Guns

MP40

MP40 SMGs are used by all members of commando group: "Tiger" (Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic), Zavatoni (Boris Dvornik), "Tihi" (Boro Begovic), Mane (Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus), Jelena (Sibina Mijatovic) and "Bambino" (Igor Galo). Numerous German officers and soldiers, notably SS officers Standartenführer Hofman (Hannjo Hasse), Obersturmführer Kautz (Relja Basic), Untersturmführer Nimayer (Demeter Bitenc) and Sturmführer Reinecker (Slobodan Velimirovic), also use MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A partisan in disguise of German soldier holds the MP40.
A German soldier carries the MP40 when he patrols with his dog.
"Bambino" fires the MP40.
Reinecker (in center) holds an MP40.
Nimayer and his soldiers with MP40s in ambush.
"Tiger" fires the MP40.
Jelena with MP40.
Kautz with MP40 in hand is surprised by Jelena.
"Tiger", disguised as German soldier, carries the MP40.
Mane, disguised as German soldier, holds the MP40.

Rifles

Karabiner 98k

Some German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles. In one scene "Tihi" (Boro Begovic) and Zavatoni (Boris Dvornik) arm themselves with captured 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier drops his rifle, being shot.
German soldiers with 98k rifles and MP40 SMGs in patrol.
"Tihi" (Boro Begovic) holds the 98k rifle.
A German soldier aims in the final scene.

Machine Guns and Autocannons

MG42

MG42 machine guns are used by German soldiers in several scenes. During the final shootout on the bridge "Tiger" (Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic), "Tihi" (Boro Begovic), Mane (Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus) and Jelena (Sibina Mijatovic) use captured MG42s. These machine guns could be not genuine MG42 but the Yugoslavian clone Zastava M53 that are nearly identical.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG42 on position on the bridge.
MG42 on tripod.
"Tihi" and Mane fire the MG42s.
A closeup of Mane's MG42.
"Tiger" fires the MG42.
"Tihi" and Jelena fire the MG42s.

MG34

During the final shootout on the bridge "Tihi" (Boro Begovic) also uses the MG34, previously briefly seen in hands of Mane (Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus).

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Tihi" fires the MG34.
The abandoned MG34.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 machine guns are mounted on M3 Scout Car APCs, standing for German vehicles.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
Browning M1919A4 and Browning M2HB machine guns are mounted on M3 Scout Car.
M3 Scout Car with two machine guns is seen at the right in the final scene.

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB heavy machine guns are mounted on M3 Scout Car APCs, standing for German vehicles.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Browning M1919A4 and Browning M2HB machine guns are mounted on M3 Scout Car.
M3 Scout Car with two machine guns is seen at the right in the final scene.

Zastava M55

Several 20 mm triple AA mountings Zastava M55 are seen on the bridge (probably used as the replacement for Flakvierling 38). During the final shootout "Tiger" (Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic) uses one of these guns.

Zastava M55 AA mounting with triple HSS-804 20 mm autocannon - 20x110 mm
The triple M55 is seen behind the German NCO (Veljko Mandic).
"Tiger" captures the M55.
Most-1969-M55-3.jpg
"Tiger" repels the attack of German soldiers.

40 mm Bofors

What appears to be the Bofors 40mm AA autocannon is seen on the partisans base.

Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a wheeled trailer mounting - 40x311mmR
The Bofors is seen at the left.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers carry Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades. During the final shootout "Tihi" (Boro Begovic) shows the impressive feat of catching the grenade in air and throwing it back (a complex but basically executable trick due to four-and-a-half second delay of the fuze).

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A German soldier at the left carries the Stielhandgranate at his belt.
"Tihi" readies a grenade.
Most-1969-Stielhandgranate-3.jpg
"Tihi" catches the grenade.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

"Bambino" (Igor Galo) carries a pair of Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenades. He uses them during the shootout in the swamp.

The Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenade
"Bambino" has a pair of grenades on his belt.

Unidentified hand grenade

"Tiger" (Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic) uses unidentified hand grenade on the bridge. It resembles the hand made partisan grenades that were produced in large numbers during the war.

"Tiger" in the disguise of the SS soldier holds the grenade.

Trivia

Armour

T-34-85 tanks and M3 Scout Car APCs stand for German armoured vehicles. They aren't visually modified, unlike many other WW2 movies.

M3 Scout Car on the road.
The column of T-34-85 tanks on the road.

76.2 mm Regimental Gun M1943

German troops on the bridge use several Soviet 76.2 mm M1943 cannons, probably standing for German 75 mm mountain guns.

M1943 cannon is seen at the right.



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