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Schweik Is Preparing for Battle (Schweik gotovitsya k boyu)

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Schweik Is Preparing for Battle
(Schweik gotovitsya k boyu)
Schweik gotovitsya k boyu.jpg
Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sergei Yutkevich
Marina Itina
Klimenti Mints
Release Date 1942
Language Russian
Studio Soyuzdetfilm
Stalinabad Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Josef Švejk Vladimir Kantsel
Julia Nina Nikitina
Valdek Pavel Shpringfeld
Vaclav Ryšánek Georgi Menglet
Pub owner Georgiy Millyar
A German officer Sergey Martinson
François Erast Garin
Louis Gavar Boris Tenin

Schweik Is Preparing for Battle (Schweik gotovitsya k boyu) is a Soviet 1942 war comedy. The film depicts the adventures of The Good Soldier Švejk (also spelled Schweik, in this form the name is used in the English title of this movie) (Vladimir Kantsel), the main character of the famous Czech novel by Jaroslav Hasek. The story followes the events, described in Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 7, and in turn is followed by 1943 movie The New Adventures of Schweik (Novye pokhozhdeniya Schweika). In Schweik Is Preparing for Battle Josef Švejk joins Czech resistance after the escape from Nazi concentracion camp. In the course of action Švejk tells several stories about French resistance.

Due to unclear reasons the movie was banned and wasn't released at that time.

The following weapons were used in the film Schweik Is Preparing for Battle (Schweik gotovitsya k boyu):


Nagant M1895

Gestapo officers use Nagant M1895 revolvers during the shootout with Czech resistance.

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.
A Gestapo officer carries Nagant holster.
A Gestapo officer in center fires a Nagant.


Korovin TK

In the scene in Paris a German officer (Sergey Martinson) is armed with a Korovin TK. In the scene in Prague TK pistols are used by a German official Schimmer (N. Leppik) and Czech resistance fighters.

Korovin TK - .25 ACP
The officer threatens the owner of a fashion store.
François (Erast Garin) manages to get the officer's pistol.
Schimmer draws his pistol.
Schimmer is disarmed.
Valdek (Pavel Shpringfeld), a Czech resistance fighter, fires a TK.
Valdek holds his TK.
Dying Valdek gives his pistol to Švejk (Vladimir Kantsel).

Mauser M1914

In the scene in Paris German Maj. Müller (Lev Krovitskiy) is armed with a Mauser M1914.

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR
The officer readies his pistol.
But his pistol appears to be discharged by masterful pickpocket Louis Gavar (Boris Tenin) who shows a cartridge from Müller's pistol.

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistol is seen in hands of a Czech resistance fighter.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A man in white shirt at the left holds a Mauser C96.

Luger P08

Gestapo officers use Luger P08 pistols during the shootout with Czech resistance.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
An officer with a Luger is shot.
The barrel of his pistol is seen. It looks slender than the standard P08 so the pistol may be an early version of Luger in 7.65mm caliber.
An officer at the left holds a Luger.
A closeup of a Luger.

Submachine Guns


One of Gestapo officers is armed with an MP40 SMG during the shootout with Czech resistance.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A Gestapo officer with MP40.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

German soldiers, patrolling the streest of Paris, are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

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