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The Seventeenth Transatlantic (Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy)

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The Seventeenth Transatlantic
(Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy)
Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy Poster.jpg
Original Cinema Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Dovgan
Release Date 1972
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Odessa Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Shipmaster Lukhmanov Aleksandr Lazarev, Sr.
Lt. Mitchell Valeri Babyatinsky
Olga Petrovna Olga Mateshko
Savva Ivanovich Konstantin Parakonyev
Aleksey Ptakhov Valeri Olshansky
Sinitsyn Aleksey Chernov
Semyachkin Borislav Brondukov
Boatswain Evgeniy Kovalenko

The Seventeenth Transatlantic (a direct translation of original title Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy) is a 1972 Soviet war drama directed by Vladimir Dovgan and depicting the tragical story of PQ-17 Arctic convoy in July 1942. The main characters are crewmembers of Soviet steamer Kuzbass.

The following weapons were used in the film The Seventeenth Transatlantic (Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy):


Walther PPK

Royal Navy Lt. Mitchell (Valeri Babyatinsky), liaison-officer on Kuzbass, has a Walther PPK pistol. This is the early model of PPK.

Early Waffenamt marked Walther PPK. Note the differences: orange bakelite grips, lanyard ring, smaller rear sight, grooved top, and irregular front - 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
The pistol is seen on the floor (Spoiler)when Mitchell commits suicide.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

A group of Soviet sailors carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles with bayonets in the scene in port of Arkhangelsk.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
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Sailors with M91/30 rifles march at the background.

Machine Guns and Autocannons

KPV Heavy Machine Gun

A twin KPV heavy machine gun in 2M-7 over and under mounting is mounted on the bridge of Kuzbass. This is post-war weapon, anachronistic for 1942. In several scenes it is manned by various sailors, including Semyachkin (Borislav Brondukov), ship's cook (Aleksey Kozhevnikov) and Lt. Mitchell (Valeri Babyatinsky).

KPV heavy machine gun in 2M-7 twin (over and under) naval mounting - 14.5x114mm
A general view of 2M-7.
The cook fires the machine gun, Semyachkin assists him.
Mitchell fires the machine gun.
Spent 14.5mm brass.
The cartridge belt.
A closer view of the mounting.

37mm 70-K Autocannon

Three 37-mm 70-K autocannons are mounted on British escort ship. The ship is a genuine war-time AM-class minesweeper.

37-mm 70-K naval automatic air defense gun, a naval version of 61-K - 37x252SR
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Other Weapons

21-K AA Cannon

21-K AA cannon is mounted on the bow of Kuzbass. 21-K is a naval version of 53-K AT gun.

21-K Naval Gun - 45mm
21-K on Kuzbass.


MG15 machine gun

MG15 machine guns are mounted on Heinkel He-111H-6 topredo bombers, seen in documentary footage.

MG15 machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Frontal and ventral machine guns are seen.


Beriev Be-12 hydroplanes appear in the movie as Luftwaffe torpedo bombers.

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Heinkel He-111H-6 topredo bombers are seen in documentary footage.

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