Wait for Me (Zhdi menya)

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Wait for Me (Zhdi menya)
Zhdi menya 1943 Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Boris Ivanov
Aleksandr Stolper
Release Date 1943
Language Russian
Studio TsOKS
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. Nikolai Yermolov Boris Blinov
Liza Yermolova Valentina Serova
Mikhail Vainshtein Lev Sverdlin
Andrei Panov Mikhail Nazvanov
Sonya Panova Nina Zorskaya
Fyodor Levykin Pavel Geraga


Wait for Me (Zhdi menya) is a 1943 Soviet war drama directed by Boris Ivanov and Aleksandr Stolper and based on the works by Konstantin Simonov. In Summer 1941 Soviet pilot Nikolai Yermolov (Boris Blinov) is missed in action when his airplane is downed behind enemy lines. Even Nikolai's close friends think him dead, but his wife Lisa (Valentina Serova) still believes that Nikolai will return and waits for him.


The following weapons were used in the film Wait for Me (Zhdi menya):

Contents


Pistols

Tokarev TT-33

When Yermolov's airplane makes crush landing during the recon mission, the crewmembers - pilot Nikolai Yermolov (Boris Blinov), navigator Solovyov (Anatoliy Alekseev), gunner Yeliseev (Andrei Apsolon) and war correspondent Mikhail Vainshtein (Lev Sverdlin) - use TT-33 pistols. Several other Soviet officers, notably Fyodor Levykin (Pavel Geraga), carry TT in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Levykin carries a TT in holster.
Vainshtein removes the magazine from his TT and gives it to Yermolov, leaving a single cartridge for himself.
Yermolov (in center) and Solovyov (at the right) hold TTs when they prepare for the last stand.
Wounded Yeliseev holds two TTs, his own and Yermolov's.
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Vainshtein holds his TT.

Luger P08

German officers are armed with Luger P08 pistols in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer holds a Luger P08 pistol during the hunt for the crewmembers of the downed Soviet airplane.
A P08 is seen in hands of a German officer (at the background) during the Soviet partisans' attack on the German headquarters.
A Luger is seen on the table after the partisans' attack.

Submachine Guns

PPSh-41

Mikhail Vainshtein (Lev Sverdlin) carries a PPSh-41 after the crash landing. Then he gives the PPSh to Nikolai Yermolov (Boris Blinov). Several partisans, including Yermolov and Pasha (Ekaterina Sipavina), carry PPSh-41s.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Vainshtein takes the PPSh from the plane.
Vainshtein gives the PPSh to Yermolov.
Yermolov fires the PPSh.
Yermolov, now the member of a partisan unit, fires a PPSh during the attack on the German headquarters.
Two PPPSh-41s and several Mosin Nagant and Mauser rifles are seen on the base of the partisans unit.
Pasha carries a PPSh.

MP40

MP40 submachine guns are briefly seen in hands of German soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A soldier at the left holds an MP40.
A soldier with an MP40 is gunned down.

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1891

Soviet civilian volunteers and partisans are armed with Mosin Nagant rifles in several scenes. Most if not all of these rifles are original Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
The Moscow civilian volunteers carry M91 Infantry rifles.
Two M91 Infantry rifles are seen on the base of the partisans unit together with PPSh-41s and Mauser rifles.
A partisan fires an M91 Infantry rifle at attacking German soldiers.
A partisan at the background fires a full-length Mosin Nagant rifle.

Karabiner 98k

A sentry at the German headquarters carries a Karabiner 98k rifle.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
A German sentry carries a Mauser rifle with bayonet.
The bolt and the buttstock are seen.

Mauser Rifles

German soldiers and Soviet partisans use Mauser rifles. None of these rifles is seen clear enough for proper indetification but Mauser Gewehr 1898 and Karabiner 98k are the best guesses.

The barrels of three Mauser rifles are seen on the base of the partisans unit. Two of them are full-length guns, probably Gewehr 98, while the one at the right is shorter and may be a Kar 98k or Czech vz.24.
A number of attacking German soldiers are armed with full-length Mauser rifles.

Machine Guns

Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS

Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS machine guns are mounted on SB bomber plane and R-5 recon and liason plane. When Yermolov's SB makes the crash landing, navigator Solovyov (Anatoliy Alekseev) takes a ShKAS from the plane. In the episode of Mikhail Vainshtein's (Lev Sverdlin) air flight to partisans, the gunner of R-5 fires a ShKAS at German fighter planes, and after the gunner's death Vainshtein replaces him.

Shpitalny-Komaritski ShKAS aircraft machine gun - 7.62x54mmR. This is a turret version.
A dorsal ShKAS on the SB bomber plane.
Solovyov carries a ShKAS.
Solovyov readies the machine gun for the last stand.
Zhdi menya-ShKAS-4.jpg
The gunner of R-5 fires the ShKAS.
A good view of the spade and pistol grips.
Zhdi menya-ShKAS-7.jpg
Vainshtein replaces the gunner.

Maxim MG08

Nikolai Yermolov (Boris Blinov) fires a Maxim MG08 during the partisans' battle with German troops.

Maxim MG08 on Schlittenlafette 08 mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Yermolov fires the MG08 at attacking German soldiers.
Pasha (Ekaterina Sipavina) fires the MG08.
A partisan fires the MG08.

Other Weapons

RGD-33

Nikolai Yermolov (Boris Blinov) holds an RGD-33 hand grenade during the partisans' battle with German troops.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Zhdi menya-RGD33-1.jpg
Wounded Yermolov prepares the grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Many German soldiers carry Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Zhdi menya-Stielhandgranate-1.jpg
German soldiers carry Stielhandgranates.

Trivia

Yermolov's SB bomber after the crash landing. This is an early version with M-100A engines.
R-5 recon and liason plane in flight.


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