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Front Beyond the Front Line (Front za liniey fronta)

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Front Beyond the Front Line
(Front za liniey fronta)
Front za liniey fronta DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Igor Gostev
Release Date 1977
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Ivan Mlynsky Vyacheslav Tikhonov
Yerofeich Ivan Lapikov
Matvey Yegorovich Oleg Zhakov
Irina Petrovna Valeriya Zaklunnaya
Capt. Afanasyev Igor Ledogorov
Medical orderly Zina Galina Polskikh
Lt. Gorshkov Georgiy Nikolaenko
SS Sturmbannfuhrer Zange Mati Klooren
SS Sturmbannfuhrer Klein Mikhail Zharkovsky
Okhrim Shmil Evgeni Shutov

Front Beyond the Front Line (Front za liniey fronta) is a 1977 Soviet war movie directed by Igor Gostev. It is the second part of the trilogy, started by Front Without Flanks (Front bez flangov) (1975) and continued by Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga) (1981). In late 1943 - early 1944 the special unit under command of Major (later Colonel) Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) continues fighting behind German lines. One of the main tasks is now to get the plans of the German fortifications.

The following weapons were used in the film Front Beyond the Front Line (Front za liniey fronta):


Tokarev TT-33

Soviet officers and petty officers carry Tokarev TT-33 pistols. The pistols are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
SS officer Klein (Mikhail Zharkovsky), disguised as a Soviet partisan commander, holds his TT.
Col. Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) holds his TT in the final scene.
Col. Mlynsky aims his pistol.
Yerofeich (Ivan Lapikov) holds a TT in the same scene. His pistol is of pre-1947 version.

Walther P38

Many German officers carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
SS Sturmbannfuhrer Zange (Mati Klooren) fires his P38 during the Soviet attack at a railway station.
A Gestapo agent takes a P38 from Lt. Zwunsche (Girts Jakovlevs).
Capt. Afanasyev (Igor Ledogorov), disguised as a German officer, draws his P38.
Capt. Afanasyev fires his Walther.

Luger P08

Some German officers carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
A Soviet soldier takes a P08 from a German who is disguised as a Soviet partisan.

Nagant M1895

A Nagant M1895 revolver is briefly seen in hands of Zakhar Yegorov (Anatoli Solovyov).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N. The angular front sight indicates post-1930 manufacture.
Zakhar Yegorov fires at Gestapo agents who appear to arrest him.

Submachine guns


Some of Soviet officers and soldiers carry PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
Soviet soldiers carry their PPSh SMGs wrapped in white cloth during the winter reconnaissance mission.
Soldiers with PPSh-41s in the same scene.
A Soviet partisan with a PPSh-41.
SS Sturmbannfuhrer Zange (Mati Klooren), disguised as a Soviet partisan commander, carries a PPSh (at the right).
Col. Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) with PPSh in the final scene.
Lt. Gorshkov (Georgiy Nikolaenko) fires a PPSh in the final scene.
Col. Mlynsky fires a PPSh in the final scene.


MP40 submachine guns are used by German soldiers. Captured MP40s are seen in hands of several Sovier officers and soldiers.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm.
German soldiers carry MP40s.
Col. Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) holds an MP40 in the final scene.


MP38 submachine guns are also seen in several scenes.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A Soviet scout, disguised as a German soldier, fires an MP38.
Lt. Gorshkov (Georgiy Nikolaenko) fires an MP38 in the same scene.
Sergey (Sergey Lysov), the third scout, fires an MP38 single-hand due to the wound.
Lt. Gorshkov fires an MP38 in the final scene. A Degtyaryov DP-28 is seen next to him.
One of the soldiers of German Einsatzkommando (special unit), disguised as a Soviet partisan, fires an MP38 in the final scene.


Mauser Karabiner 98k Rifle

Karabiner 98k rifles are seen in hands of German soldiers and Russian collaborationists. Some of Soviet soldiers also use captured German rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
German soldiers with 98k rifles patrol the winter road.
Major Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) holds a 98k rifle taken from a collaborationist Pavlushkin (Afanasi Kochetkov).
A German soldier in the truck holds a 98k rifle.


An anachronistic AK-47 is seen in hands of one of the soldiers of German Einsatzkommando (special unit), disguised as a Soviet partisan unit. It supposedly stands for a Sturmgewehr 44 (which is also a little not in place for Spring 1944).

AK-47 - 7.62x39mm

Machine guns

Degtyaryov DP-28 Light Machine Gun

Degtyaryov DP-28 light machine guns are used by Soviet soldiers.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R.
Two DPs are seen at the right.
Lt. Gorshkov (Georgiy Nikolaenko) fires a DP in the final scene.

Maxim M1910/30 Machine Gun

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are briefly seen in several scenes.

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
A Maxim, mounted on a sledge, is seen in the opening scene. It is a post-1941 version.
Machine gunners of a partizan unit carry a Maxim, a Degtyaryov DP-28 and an MG34. They are seen through binoculars.


German troops use MG34 machine guns, often mounted in motorcycle sidecars.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG34 is seen in German trench.
An MG34 is mounted in a sidecar.

MG 34 Panzerlauf

The MG 34 Panzerlauf.

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG34 Panzerlauf is mounted on a German tank. The tank is a visually modified T-34 so the machine gun is also supposed to be fake.

Goryunov SGMB

A Goryunov SGMB, a pedestal mounted version of Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun, is mounted in BTR-152 that stands for German APC.

Goryunov SGMB, mounted on BTR-152 - 7.62x54mm R
This SGMB lacks its flash hider due to unknown reason.


A DShK heavy machine gun is used by German troops in one scene, standing for German 20-mm automatic guns.

DShK on wheeled mounting - 12.7x108mm
A German soldier in ambush with DShK.

Hand Grenades

RGD-33 stick grenade

RGD-33 grenades are used by Soviet soldiers.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
A Soviet petty officer carries a PPSh-41 and two RGD-33 grenades.
Col. Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) holds an RGD-33 in the final scene.
Col. Mlynsky readies to throw a grenade in the same scene.

F-1 hand grenade

F-1 grenades are used by Soviet soldiers.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A wounded Soviet soldier tries to reach a grenade.

AT hand grenade

A large hand grenade is seen in one scene. It is supposed to be a training version of RPG-43 Anti-tank Grenade.

Soviet RPG-43 anti-tank grenade
A Soviet soldier, disguised as a German, holds a grenade.
He throws this grenade at advancing German armored car.
Two similar grenades are seen next to Lt. Gorshkov (Georgiy Nikolaenko), also disguised as a German.

Other Weapons


Several PTRD-41 AT rifles are seen in one scene though they are never used in action.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm

45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

53-K 45-mm AT guns are seen in the opening scene.

M1937 (53-K) anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
Two 45-mm guns are seen at the right.

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