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Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) - Season 1

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Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov)
Vechnyy zov DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Language Russian
Channel Central Television of the USSR
Creator Vladimir Krasnopolskiy
Valeriy Uskov
Genre Historical
Broadcast 1976-1978
No. of Episodes 12
Main Cast
Character Actor
Anton Silantievich Saveliev Valeri Khlevinsky
Fyodor Silantievich Saveliev Vadim Spiridonov
Ivan Silantievich Saveliev Nikolay Ivanov
Polikarp Matveevich Kruzhilin Pyotr Velyaminov
Pankrat Grigorievich Nazarov Ivan Lapikov
Yakov Nikolaevich Aleinikov Vladlen Biryukov
Anna Savelieva nee Kaftanova Ada Rogovtseva
Anfisa Tamara Syomina
Mikhail Lukich Kaftanov Yefim Kopelyan
Kiryan Inyutin Andrey Martynov

Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) is a Soviet 1976-1983 TV series directed by Vladimir Krasnopolskiy and Valeriy Uskov and based on the eponymous novel by Anatoly Ivanov. The epic family saga depicts the life and fate of Savelievs family from a Siberian village through the events of half a century, from 1906 to 1961. First six episodes were released in 1976, and six more in 1979; these 12 episodes form Season 1 that is set in 1906-1941. Season 2 was released in 1983. It consists of seven episodes (13-19), set in 1942-1961.

The DVD release of the series is truncated in comparison with the original TV release. This page is based on full TV version.

The following weapons were used in the film Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used throughout the series, seen in hands of Polikarp Matveevich Kruzhilin (Pyotr Velyaminov), Pankrat Grigorievich Nazarov (Ivan Lapikov), Yakov Nikolaevich Aleinikov (Vladlen Biryukov), Anna Mikhailovna Savelieva (Ada Rogovtseva), Mikhail Lukich Kaftanov (Yefim Kopelyan), Arnold Milhailovich Lakhnovsky (Oleg Basilashvili), Pyotr Petrovich Polipov (Yuri Smirnov), Kaftanov's trusted man Demyan Inyutin (Nikolay Mikheev), White Army officers, including Col. Vladimir Zubov (Vladimir Kozel), Russian Imperial police officers and prison guards, including Dorofeev (Konstantin Zabelin) and Kosorotov (Mikhail Dadyko), Red partisans, NKVD personnel (including Viktor Markin), and criminals.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Russian Imperial police officer Dorofeev (Konstantin Zabelin) threatens Fyodor Saveliev with a Nagant during the hunt for Anton Saveliev in Ep.3, set in 1916.
A prison guard Kosorotov (Mikhail Dadyko) holds a Nagant in the same scene.
Arnold Lakhnovsky (Oleg Basilashvili) holds a Nagant during the events of counterrevolutionary rebellion in the town on Novo-Nikolaevsk in Ep.4, set in 1918.
Pyotr Polipov (Yuri Smirnov), Lakhnovsky's agent in revolutionary committee, hands his revolver to Lakhnovsky in Ep.4.
Polipov's revolver on table.
Polikarp Kruzhilin (Pyotr Velyaminov), the chairman of district council, holds a Nagant during the attack of brigands of the village in Ep.4.
Demyan Inyutin (Nikolay Mikheev) holds a Nagant in the same scene.
Pankrat Nazarov (Ivan Lapikov), the chairman of village council, holds his Nagant in the same scene.
A close view of Nazarov's Nagant.
Arnold Lakhnovsky, now White Army Lt.Colonel and chief of counterintellegence service, holds a Nagant during the interrogation of captured Anton Saveliev.
Red partisans Vasiliy Khlebnikov (Vladimir Sergienko) with a Nagant and Korney Baulin (Yevgeni Burenkov) with Nagant in holster in Ep.5, set in 1919.
Mikhail Kaftanov (Yefim Kopelyan) draws a Nagant when Red partisans attack his taiga hamlet in Ep.5.
Anna (Ada Rogovtseva) in the same scene.
Nazarov carries a Nagant tucked in his belt, in Ep.6, set in late 1920s - early 1930s.
A criminal Makar Kaftanov (Nikita Astakhov) recieves a Nagant from Kosorotov in Ep.6.
Aleinikov, chief of district NKVD, holds a Nagant during the arrest of Kosorotov in Ep.8, set in late 1930s.


Mauser C96

In Eps. 4 and 5 Yakov Aleinikov (Vladlen Biryukov) carries a Mauser C96 pistol in several scenes. His pistol several times switches from a classic C96 to C96 M1930 (see below) and back. Judging by the grips, there are two different Mauser pistols. In one scene in Ep.5 Ivan Saveliev's (Nikolay Ivanov) C96 M1930 also swithes to a classic C96.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Aleinikov announces the Soviet power in village in Ep.4. He carries a Mauser C96 in holster. The pistol has white grips, possibly with metal platings.
Aleinikov holds a C96 in Demyan Inyutin's house. In previous scene he is armed with a C96 M1930.
When Red partisans are trapped in a stone gorge (Ep.5), Aleinikov has another C96, with standard grips. This pistol appears to be a Wartime Commercial model, with typical solid safety lever knob.
Another view of the same scene. The lanyard ring of Aleinikov's C96 can be seen (at the left).
A closeup of Ivan Saveliev's C96.

Mauser C96 M1930

Mauser C96 M1930 pistols also appear in the series. There are two different props of this anachronistic version of C96, one of early variation, with milled rails on each side of the barrel extension, and another one of late variation, with smooth rails (like the sample gun). The late version of C96 M1930 is used by Yakov Aleinikov (Vladlen Biryukov) during the attack of Kaftanov's gang in Ep.4, and by Ivan Saveliev (Nikolay Ivanov) and Demyan Inyutin (Nikolay Mikheev) in the scene in taiga hamlet in Ep.5. The early version is also seen in Ep.5, used by Yakov Aleinikov and Ivan Saveliev (instead of previously seen late model).

Mauser C96 M1930 - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the stepped barrel.
Aleinikov holds his C96 M1930 in Ep.4. The stepped barrel can be seen.
The lanyard ring is side-to-side.
A good view of smooth rails, a sign of late M1930.
Aleinikov's C96 M1930 in Ep.5.
The pistol has milled rails, a sign of early M1930.
Ivan Saveliev with C96 M1930.
Demyan Inyutin takes Ivan's pistol. This closeup shows smooth rails.
Wounded Ivan gets back his pistol. But now this is an early M1930 with milled rails.

Luger P08

In Ep.12, set in 1941, Pyotr Zubov (Yuri Gusev) surrenders a Luger P08 when he is arrested.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Zubov surrenders his Luger to NKVD officer.
Yakov Aleinikov (Vladlen Biryukov), currently Chief of district NKVD, examines Zubov's pistol.
A close view of the gun.

Submachine Guns


German soldiers hold MP40 SMGs in Anton Saveliev's flashback scene in Ep.10. Anton Saveliev (Valeri Khlevinsky) himself is briefly seen with MP40 in one scene.

MP40 - 9x19mm
German soldier with an MP40 guards Soviet POWs.
German soldiers with MP40 SMGs and Karabiner 98k rifles in the same scene.
Anton Saveliev carries an MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are widely used by White Army soldiers in Eps. 4 and 5. Some Red partisans and brigands also are seen with M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
One of Kaftanov's brigands carries an M91/30 rifles in Ep.4.
A close view of receiver and bolt of M91/30.
White Army soldiers (Mikhail Bocharov at the foreground) escort Anton Silantiev to execution.
White Army soldier fires.
A closeup of barrel and bayonet.
A close view of the rifle in hands of White Army soldier in Ep.5.
Partisan Arkadiy Molchun (Mikhail Kokshenov) holds a rifle, recently captured from a White soldier.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are mostly used by Red partisans in Ep.5. M38s are also seen in some other scenes.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
In Ep.3 Polikarp Kuzhilin (Pyotr Velyaminov) uses an M38 Carbine against Mikhail Kaftanov's dogs, attacking Fyodor Saveliev.
Another view of the scene.
Ivan Saveliev (Nikolay Ivanov) holds his M38 Carbine in Ep.5.
Red partisans with M38 Carbines in Ep.5.
Korney Baulin (Yevgeni Burenkov) holds an M38 Carbine in center.
The barrel of Kiryan Inyutin's (Andrey Martynov) carbine is seen.
A brigand from Lakhnovsky's gang carries an M38 Carbine in Ep.6.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Several of Kaftanov's brigands carry Mosin Nagant "obrez" sawed-off rifles in Eps.4 and 5. In the scene in taiga hamlet in Ep.5 Fyodor Saveliev (Vadim Spiridonov) uses an "obrez".

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.
A brigand at the left holds an "obrez".
A brigand (Nikolai Shatsky) carries an "obrez" tucked in his belt.
Fyodor Saveliev raises his "obrez" on Col. Zubov (Vladimir Kozel).
Fyodor fires.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers hold Karabiner 98k rifles in Anton Saveliev's flashback scene in Ep.10.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers with MP40 SMGs and Karabiner 98k rifles guard Soviet POWs.


Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun

What appears to be "Frolovka" shotgun is hold by Pankrat Nazarov (Ivan Lapikov) in one scene in Ep.5.

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 gauge

In Ep.4 a brigand carries an "obrez" of "Frolovka" shotgun.

The smooth barrel is seen.
Mosin Nagant magazine and bolt are seen.

Single Barreled Shotgun

Fyodor Saveliev (Vadim Spiridonov) holds a Single Barreled Shotgun in Ep. 2, set in 1914. This is most likely an Izh shotgun, like IZh-K or IZh-17.

IZh-K - 16 Gauge
Fyodor holds a shotgun. Due the grooves on the stock allows to differ IZh-K from its descendant IZh-17.
He aims.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Red Guards, partisans and White troops use Maxim M1910 machine guns in Eps. 4 and 5.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Red Guards with a Maxim near Novo-Nikolaevsk revolutionary committee in Ep.4.
Pankrat Nazarov (Ivan Lapikov) mans the Maxim in Ep.4.
A closeup of Nazarov's Maxim.
White soldiers deploy Maxims against Red partisans during the scene in stone gorge in Ep.5.


Revolver Holsters

A gorodovoy (Russian Imperial police officer) carries a holster for Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolver in Ep.1, set in 1906. It is most correct weapon for Russian police in province in early 1900s.
Nagant holster, carried by Lt. Col. Arnold Mikhailovich Lakhnovsky (Oleg Basilashvili).
Nagant holster, carried by Col. Vladimir Zubov (Vladimir Kozel).


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldiers with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles march on Red Square in Moscow during the military parade in late 1930s in Ep.7.

Tokarev SVT-40

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A Soviet soldier with SVT-40 rifle is seen in wartime documentary footage in Ep.9.

MG15 Machine Gun

MG15 machine gun with 75-round double drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG15 machine guns are seen mounted on He 111 bombers...
...and on Ju 87 dive bombers.

Berezin UBT

Berezin UBT, a turret version of UB with spade grips - 12.7x108mm
Berezin UBT machine guns are mounted on Il-2 planes.

Volkov-Yartsev VYa-23

Volkov-Yartsev VYa-23 - 23x152 mmB
Il-2 fires 23mm Volkov-Yartsev VYa-23 autocannons.


T-26 tanks are seen in documetary footage of the military parade in late 1930s in Ep.7.
Pz.III tanks in documetary footage of German invasion in USSR in Ep.9.
T-34-85 tank in attack in Ep.9.


German He 111 bombers in documetary footage of German invasion in USSR in Ep.9.
German Ju 87 dive bombers in Ep.9.
Soviet Il-2 ground attack planes in Ep.9. This footage of Il-2s in attack is often seen in Soviet war movies and TV series.


Various Soviet artillery pieces are seen in wartime documentary footage in Ep.9.

76.2 mm field gun ZiS-3.
122 mm gun A-19.
122 mm howitzer M1910/30.
152 mm howitzer-gun ML-20.
210 mm heavy gun Br-17.
305 mm siege howitzer M1915.

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