Unknown Soldier, The (2017)

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The Unknown Soldier
Tuntematon sotilas
Movie Poster
Country FIN.jpg Finland
Directed by Aku Louhimies
Release Date October 27, 2017
Language Finnish
Distributor SF Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lammio Samuel Vauramo
Antero "Antti" Rokka Eero Aho
Rahikainen Andrei Alens
Koskela Jussi Vatanen
Kariluoto Johannes Holopainen
Sirkka Marketta Tikkanen
Asumaniemi Eemeli Louhimies

The Unknown Soldier (Finnish: Tuntematon sotilas) is a 2017 Finnish war drama movie directed by Aku Louhimies (Tears of April) based on the novel of the same name by Väinö Linna from 1954. The film is the story of a Finnish machine gun company during the Continuation War. It shows how friendship, humor, and the will to live unite these men on their way there and back. The war changes the lives of each of the soldiers as well as the lives of those on the home front, and also leaves its mark on the entire nation. This is the third filming of the novel after the 1955 and 1985 versions. It was released for the 100th anniversary of the Finnish independence (December 6, 1917) and was shot almost entirely with natural light such as the 2015 movie The Revenant.

The following weapons were used in the film The Unknown Soldier:



Luger P08

2nd Lieutenant Kariluoto (Johannes Holopainen) and other officers use Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Kariluoto takes cover with his Luger during the first battle.
Kariluoto advances with his Luger on a Promotional Picture.
Finnish Colonel aims his Luger at retreating soldiers. A scene later it turns into a C96.

Mauser C96

Captain Kaarna (Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, who played Hietanen in the 1985 version) uses a German Mauser C96 pistol as his personal firearm.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
Kaarna with his holstered C96 as he sees the situation of Kariluoto's unsuccessful attack. Note the WW1 German Stahlhelm M16 which is worn by him and his adjutant
"Cut them down son of the North!" He leads a new charge with his Mauser.
Wounded Finnish Colonel holds the pistol. A few moments earlier he is seen with a Luger.

Tokarev TT-33

A Tokarev TT-33 pistol is used by the leader of the Soviet raiding party during the night. Cpl. Rokka (Eero Aho) disarms him and fires the pistol at the rest of them.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
The soldier struggles with Rokka for the pistol.
Rokka fires the TT-33 at a Soviet soldier.


Mosin-Nagant P26

Finnish soldiers including Rokka use Mosin-Nagant P26 rifles.

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 3rd configuration - 7.62x54mm R.
The Finnish P26 looks the same.
Susi (Arttu Kapulainen) holds his Mosin Nagant.
Rokka with a slinged rifle.
The rifle over his back during the victory parade in Petrozavodsk.
Many Mosin Nagant P26 (and other variants) rifles in the barracks.
Kariluoto holds a Mosin Nagant after the ambush of Soviet soldiers in a deleted scene.
Susi aims his rifle during the retreat.

Mosin-Nagant M/28

Vanhala (Hannes Suominen) and some other Finns use M28 Finnish Mosin-Nagant Rifles. The marching German column which Rokka encounters seems also carry this rifles instead of Karabiner 98ks.

Mosin Nagant M/28, "Suojeluskuntain Pystykorva" -7.62x54mm R
The slinged M28 over his back.
Another view of the barrel.
He exchanges his M28 with a KP/-31.

Mosin-Nagant M/39

Some Finnish M39 rifles are also used by Finnish troops including Corporal Hietanen (Aku Hirviniemi) and Lehto (Severi Saarinen).

Finnish Mosin-Nagant M/39 "Ukko-Pekka" - 7.62x54mm R
Two Finnish soldiers with the rifles on the right.
Close-up of Hietanen's rifle.
The barrel of his rifle.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Soviet soldiers use correct Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles, unlike the previous two versions in which they used Finnish variants.

Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm
Some M91/30s in a cleared out Soviet foxhole.

Mosin-Nagant M/27

A Mosin-Nagant M/27 (specially for Ski Troopers) is also seen held by a Finnish soldier.

Mosin-Nagant M/27 with sight protector for the bayonet -7.62x54mm R
The soldier in front of Hietanen marches with the rifle.

Lahti L-39

Finnish soldiers use a Lahti L-39 anti-tank rifle against a T-34/76.

Lahti L-39 - 20x138mm B
A Finn manning the AT rifle.
Kariluoto gives the order to fire.
Rear view.

Tokarev SVT-40

A Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle is briefly seen held by a Finn.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
The muzzle is seen behind Sihvonen.
The soldier on the left marches with a SVT-40.

Submachine Guns

Suomi KP/-31

A lot Finnish soldiers are armed with Suomi KP/-31s. Both variants with 71 drum and 50 quad-stack "coffin" magazines are used.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Antti Rokka with his KP in a Soviet trench.
He empties his KP at retreating Soviet soldiers.
Kariluoto does the same with his drum fitted KP.
Rokka aims at a Soviet squad during the night.
Kariluoto takes cover during the last charge.
Rokka holds his KP/-31 at the ready.
Private Asumaniemi (Eemeli Louhimies, son of director Aku Louhimies) fires his KP/-31.


A German soldier is seen with a MP40 while driving a motorcycle with an officer.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
The German soldier with his slinged MP40 when he drives past the truck of Rokka.


Some Soviet soldiers are armed with PPD-40 SMGs.

PPD 40 7.62x25mm Tokarev
"Don't point your weapon at me, it will be the death of you."
Rokka removes the drum magazine from a dead Soviet soldier's PPD-40.


A PPSh-41 is briefly seen used by a Soviet Captian and Antti Rokka during the night trench raid.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
The wounded Captian tries to use his PPSh.
Rokka aims the PPSh at the rest of the soldiers.
He fires blindly at retreating Soviets.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27/28

Finnish and Soviet soldiers use DP-27/28.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Finnish soldier on the left marching with the mg.
The abandoned DP behind Vanhala.

Lahti-Saloranta LS/26

Lahti-Saloranta LS/26 lmgs are used by Finnish soldiers.

Lahti-Saloranta LS/26 - 7.62x54mm R
A Finnish soldier fires the lmg during the first charge.
The same soldier aims again.
Finnish soldiers awaitng a Soviet attack.
Close-up as Lieutenant Kariluoto introduces the soldier.
The soldier retreats with his lmg.

Maxim M/09-21

The Maxim M/09-21 is used by Finnish soldiers. During the river crossing Rokka fires this Maxim.

Maxim M/09-21 - 7.62x54mmR
Finnish soldiers open fire with their battlecry: "Fire at their nuts!".
The Maxim in action by Lehto while surppressing a Soviet MG position.
Rear view of the same Maxim.
Rokka prepares the Maxim after the river crossing.
He fires at a Soviet MG position.
Left view of his Maxim as he gives order to attack the trench.
Closer view of Lahtinen's (Joonas Saartamo) in January 1942.
Sihvonen (Kimi Vilkkula) is responsible for the supply of cartridges.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 is briefly seen carried by a Finnish soldier during the first battle.

Maxim 1910 with 'Sokolov' wheel mount, w/o shield - 7.62x54mmR
The Finn holds the Maxim.


The Finnish squad encounters a Degtyaryov DS-39 machine gun after the river crossing.

Degtyaryov DS-39 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A Soviet soldier fires the DS-39.
The knocked out MG positon.

Maxim M1910/30

A Soviet MG nest is armed with a Maxim M1910/30.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Rokka next to the Maxim position.

Degtyaryov DT

Soviet T-34/76 and T-34/85s are armed with Degtyaryov DTs.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The T-34/76 fires the DT.

Hand Grenades

Harjoituskranaatti M/41

Finnish soldiers use Harjoituskranaatti M/41 ("practice grenade M41") instead of Varsikranaatti M/32 stick grenades.

Model 16 Stielhandgranate, the Harjoituskranaatti M/41 looks similar.
Kariluoto prepares a stick grenade.
Rokka near M/41s.
Two grenades on Rokka's belt.
He takes a grenade.

Kasapanos Explosive Charge

Finnish soldiers use improvised "Kasapanos" explosive charges made of 4 bricks of TNT around Varsikranaatti M/32 stick grenades.

Lieutenant Koskela (Jussi Vatanen) takes a Kasapanos.
Two improvised Kasapanos on the ground.
Koskela crawls with a Kasapanos and a muddy Kp/-31.
He prepares the satchel charge.

M32 Egg grenade

Some Finnish M32 Egg grenades are used by Vanhala (Hannes Suominen) during the last battle.

Finnish M32 drop shaped Egg grenade.
Vanhala is about to throw a grenade in a Soviet trench.
Another view of his bundle of grenades.


76.2-mm M1902 Putilov Field Gun

76.2-mm M1902 Putilov Field Gun
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Canon de 155 C, mle 1917 Schneider

Canon 155mm Mle. 1917
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Tellermine 35

Finnish soldiers use Tellerminen 35.

Tellermine 35
Corporal Hietanen approaches a T34/76.
He crawls with the mine.

Bofors 40mm

A Bofors 40mm is seen after the taking of Petrozavodsk

Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a wheeled trailer mounting - 40x311mmR
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OSP-30 Flare Pistol

Rokka fires a OSP-30 Flare Pistol.

Russian OSP-30 Flare Pistol 26.5mm
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T-34 Model 1943 (unofficially known as the T-34/76D, E and F) with a 7.62cm F-34 main gun)


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