White Tiger (Belyy tigr), The

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The White Tiger
(Belyy tigr)
Belyy tigr Poster.jpg
Film poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov
Release Date 2012
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ivan Naydenov Aleksey Vertkov
Maj. Fedotov Vitaliy Kishchenko
Kryuk Aleksandr Bakhov
Berdyev Vitaliy Dordzhiev
General Smirnov Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov



The White Tiger (Belyy tigr) is a 2012 World War II film directed by Karen Shakhnazarov. The story takes place in Russia during the closing months of the Eastern Front of World War II. Ivan Naydenov (Aleksey Vertkov), a Soviet tanker who barely survived a battle, is pressed back into service and goes on a hunt to destroy a mysterious ghostly-white German Tiger tank he calls the "White Tiger".


The following weapons were used in the film The White Tiger (Belyy tigr):

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Submachine Guns

PPSh-41

Some Russian troops carry the PPSh-41.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
Soviet Captain carries his PPSh-41 submachine gun with 71-round drum magazine
Soviet sailor holds the PPSh with 35-round stick magazine

MP40 Submachine Gun

The MP40 was mainly carried by German troops during World War II, but is seen carried by Maj. Fedotov (Vitaliy Kishchenko) in the film.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm.
MP40 ssubmachine gun on the ground
Maj. Fedotov (Vitaliy Kishchenko) holds his MP40.

PPS-43

Another weapon carried by Russian troops is the PPS-43.

PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The PPS-43 is carried by the soldier.
The PPS-43 seen in upper right.
The PPS-43 on a tank fender.

Rifles

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

Some Russian troops also are armed with the Mosin Nagant M1891/30.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R.
Soviet soldier (center) with the Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle
The scoped rifle carried in middle.

Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle

Some Russian troops carry the Tokarev SVT-40.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet soldier (left) with the Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle

PTRD-41

Soviet soldiers carry PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle at the film's beginning.

PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle 14.5x114mm
Soviet soldiers carry PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle

Pistols

Tokarev TT-33 Pistol

Ivan Naydenov (Aleksey Vertkov) is using the Tokarev TT-33. The pistol appears to be the period correct pre-1947 version.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Ivan Naydenov (Aleksey Vertkov) with the TT-33.
Ivan Naydenov fires his TT-33. The shape of the cocking serration is typical for pre-1947 version of TT.
Maj. Fedotov checks his TT-33


Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine guns are also used by Russian troops.

DP-27 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldier holds the Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine gun
Another Soviet soldier with the DP-27

Degtyaryov DT Machine Gun

The Degtyaryov DT Machine Gun is seen mounted in the Russian T-34-85 tanks.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Hull mounted DT in the T-34-85 tank
DT machine gun inside the T-34-85 turret
T-34-85 fires DT machine gun

MG34 Panzerlauf Machine Gun

An MG34 is seen mounted in the "White Tiger" tank.

MG34 Panzerlauf with stock fitted - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Fake MG34 Panzerlauf is mounted on Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I tank.

DShK Heavy Machine Gun

DShK Heavy Machine Guns are seen mounted atop Russian ISU-152 SPG vehicles.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm.
DShK machine guns are mounted on ISU-152 SPG.

Maxim M1910/30

Red Army soldiers are seen transporting the Russian Maxim M1910/30 machine gun at the film's beginning.

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
On the right, Red Army soldiers are seen transporting the Russian adopted version of the Maxim machine gun at the film's beginning.

Trivia

NbK 39 Grenade Dischargers

Mounted on the side of the Tiger's turret are NbK 39 Grenade Dischargers. They were intended to shoot smoke shells but later frag shells were designed for them.

90mm grenade dischargers NbK 39 are mounted on the sides of the turret of the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I tank. They were intended to shoot smoke shells but later frag shells were designed for them.

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

M1942 divisional gun (ZiS-3) - 76mm
Soviet gunners fire ZiS-3 guns

7.5 cm Pak 97/38

7.5 cm Pak 97/38 anti-tank gun - 75×350mm R
7.5 cm Pak 97/38 German anti-tank gun can be seen in oppening scene

7.5 cm Pak 40

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
A 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun can be seen on the edge of a village

Gun Platforms

For the film's production, several of the Russian and German armored vehicles used were well made mockups. Some mock-ups tanks are created on more modern chassis. For this film was created a replica of a Tiger tank. But unfortunately the film was shot without it.

Tiger I Tank

The "White Tiger" depicted in the film appears to be a German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I tank. The tank was supposed to be a specially made replica that was reported to have been built from the ground up, but apparently wasn't completed in time for filming. Instead, the tank seen in the film was a Soviet IS-2 that was visually modified to resemble the Tiger.

Soviet IS-2 (Iosif Stalin) heavy tank modified to resemble the German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I tank
Replica of the German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger I tank that was supposed to be used in the film (Note the differences below to the tank actually seen onscreen).
The Tiger from the front.
Another view of the Tiger in battle.
Tiger from the side. Note the profile difference from the Tiger replica above.

T-34-85 Tank

The majority of the Russian armor seen in the film are Russian T-34-85 tanks. Models depicting the destroyed tanks were made very high quality.

Soviet T-34-85 tank.
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IS-2

Soviet IS-2 (Iosif Stalin) heavy tank

ISU-152 SPG

Soviet ISU-152 SPG

SU-100 Tank Destroyer

Soviet SU-100 tank destroyer



German Pz.Kpfw. IV medium tank

Destroyed German Pz.Kpfw. IV medium tank
Replica of the German Pz.Kpfw. IV medium tank built on the Soviet T-55 tank chassis

Other

Several destroyed armored vehicles are seen on a train.

Replica of the M3 Lee Medium Tank built on the BMP infantry fighting vehicle chassis
Destroyed British Matilda II infantry tank
Destroyed BT-7 Soviet cavalry tank



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