Unknown Soldier, The (1955)

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The Unknown Soldier
Tuntematon sotilas
UnknownSoldier55.jpg
Movie Poster
Country FIN.jpgFinland
Directed by Edvin Laine
Release Date December 23, 1955
Language Finnish
Russian
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Koskela Kosti Klemelä
Sgt. Hietanen Heikki Savolainen
Cpl. Rokka Reino Tolvanen
Cpl. Lahtinen Veikko Sinisalo
Cpl. Lehto Åke Lindman


The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas) is a 1955 Finnish war drama movie directed by Edvin Laine based on the novel of the same name by Väinö Linna. The movie tells the story of a Finnish machine gun company which is full of young recruits during the Continuation War during 1941-1944. This is the first filming of the novel, which also received newer filmings in 1985 and in 2017.


Contents


Pistols

Luger P08

Finnish officers use Luger P08s. A Soviet officer is also briefly seen with a Luger at the end.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Captain Kaarna (Pentti Irjala) holds the pistol.

Lahti L-35

2nd Lieutenant Kariluoto (Matti Ranin) uses a Lahti L-35 pistol.

Lahti L-35 - 9x19mm
Kariluoto with his holstered Lahti pistol.
He holds the pistol.
Promotional Picture.
A Finnish officer with his pistol in his holster.

Rifles

Mosin-Nagant M/28

Some Finnish soldiers use Finnish Civil Guard M/28 rifles. Soviet soldiers also use this rifle standing for correct Mosin Nagant M91/30s.

Finnish Mosin-NagantM/28 (nicknamed "Suojeluskuntain Pystykorva") - 7.62x53R.
Cpl. Lehto's rifle on the ground.
He reaches the trigger.
Private Hauhia (Veli-Matti Kaitala) soldier aims his M/28.

Mosin-Nagant M/39

Most Finnish soldiers use Finnish M39 rifles.

Finnish Mosin-Nagant M/39 "Ukko-Pekka" - 7.62x54mm R
Finnish soldier with his rifle over his back.
A soldier fires his rifle.
The left side of the M/39.
Another Finn aims the rifle.
The rifle on the right.

Submachine Guns

Suomi KP/-31

Finnish soldiers are armed with Suomi KP/-31s.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Cpl. Rokka (Reino Tolvanen) with his KP/-31.
Rokka with the SMG over his back.
Finns awaiting a Soviet attack.
Another view.

PPSh-41

PPSh-41s are briefly used by Soviet soldiers during a trench raid.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
A Soviet soldier holds the PPSh-41.

Machine Guns

Maxim M/09-21

Finnish and Soviet MG-teams use Maxim M/09-21s.

Maxim M/09-21 - 7.62x54mmR
A Finn takes the Maxim.
The soldier transports the MG.
FPS view while shouting "Fire at their nuts!".
The MG-team in action after the river crossing.
Soviet soldiers fire the Maxim.
Lahtinen (Veikko Sinisalo) awaits a Soviet attack.
A Finnish Maxim position of Vanhala (Leo Riuttu).
Soviet soldier:"Sons of Finland, come and get some bread!".
Vanhala:"Why don't you come get butter for your bread!".

Lahti-Saloranta LS/26

A Lahti-Saloranta LS/26 is briefly seen fired by Finnish soldiers.

Lahti-Saloranta LS/26 - 7.62x54mm R
The LS/26 on the right.

DP-28

A Soviet soldier is briefly seen with a DP-28.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The DP on the right after the gunner is killed.

MG34

The MG34 is mounted on a Panzer IV standing for a Soviet tank.

MG34 Panzerlauf with stock fitted - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Grenades

Varsikranaatti M/32

Finnish soldiers use Varsikranaatti M/32 stick grenades.

A Finn with two grenades on his belt.
The grenades lie under Vanhala in a trench.

Kasapanos Explosive Charge

4kg Kasapanos Explosive Charges are used by Finnish soldiers.

The Kasapanos in front of the soldiers.

Other

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

Cpl. Rokka fires a OSP-30 Flare Pistol.

Russian OSP-30 Flare Pistol 26.5mm
Rokka fires the Flare gun.

Tellermine 42

Tellerminen 42 are used by Finnish soldiers to destroy the Panzer IV.

Tellermine 42 Anti-tank mine
A Tellermine lies on the ground.

Panzer IV Ausf. J

A German Panzer IV Ausf. J is used by Soviet forces standing for correct T-34s.

The "Soviet" tank advancing.



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