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Two Comrades Were Serving (Sluzhili dva tovarishcha)

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Two Comrades Were Serving
(Sluzhili dva tovarishcha)
Two Comrades Were Serving DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yevgeni Karelov
Release Date 1968
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Andrei Nekrasov Oleg Yankovskiy
Ivan Karyakin Rolan Bykov
Porutchik Alexander Brusentsov Vladimir Vysotskiy
Sasha Iya Savvina
Red Regiment Commander Anatoliy Papanov
Commissar Alla Demidova
Col. Vasilchikov Rostislav Yankovskiy

Two Comrades Were Serving (Sluzhili dva tovarishcha) is a 1968 movie by Yevgeni Karelov starring Oleg Yankovskiy as Andrei Nekrasov, Rolan Bykov as Ivan Karyakin and Vladimir Vysotskiy as Alexander Brusentsov.

The story takes place in 1920 in Southern Russia. The cameraman Andrei Nekrasov serves in Red Army and make chronicle of the Russian civil war. He is accompanied by Red Amry soldier Ivan Karyakin who is suspicious about Nekrasov. Meanwhile Porutchik (Lt.) Alexander Brusentsov serves in White Army. The last battles of the civil war will completly change fates of these people.

The following weapons were used in the film Two Comrades Were Serving (Sluzhili dva tovarishcha):


Nagant M1895 Revolver

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used by various characters, including Ivan Karyakin (Rolan Bykov), Red commanders (Pyotr Krylov and Nikolai Dupak), White officers and brigands (Aleksandr Tolstykh and Vladimir Yevchenko). All Nagants in the movie are of anachronistic post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N
Red platoon commander (Nikolay Kryuchkov) holds a Nagant during the exercises of crossing the barb wire.
Karyakin fires his Nagant revolver during the air battle.
A brigand (Aleksandr Tolstykh) holds the Nagant, taken from Karyakin.
Porutchik Brusentsov (Vladimir Vysotskiy) carries the Nagant in holster.
Karyakin fires his revolver in action.
White officer holds the Nagant revolver.

Mauser C96 Pistol

The Red Army commander gave a Mauser C96 to Andrei Nekrasov (Oleg Yankovskiy) as an award. This pistol is M1930 version. C96 pistols of "standard" version are seen in hands of several Red Army commanders, notably the regiment commander (Anatoliy Papanov) and female commissar (Alla Demidova).

Mauser C96 M1930 - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the stepped barrel.
The commander hands the Mauser to Nekrasov. Note the stepped barrel of M1930 version.
Nekrasov examines his new weapon.
Nekrasov carries the Mauser in holster.
After Nekravov's death his pistol is carried by Karyakin.
Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
The regiment commander leads the soldiers in attack.
The commissar holds her Mauser during the attack on the fortress of White troops.
She drops her pistol, being shot.

Astra 300 Pistol

The Astra 300 is the personal weapon of Alexander Brusentsov (Vladimir Vysotskiy). This pistol was introduced in 1923 and the movie takes place in 1920, so it is anachronistic.

Astra 300 - 9mm Kurz
Brusentsov holds his Astra 300 in the opening scene of the film.
Brusentsov looks at his pistol in the final scene.

Tokarev TT-33

During the escape of Nekrasov and Karyakin from brigands one of the brigands carries the holster for TT-33. A part of the pistol grip can be seen.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
The brigands run for cover when Nekrasov threatens them with the camera, pretending it to be some unknown weapon.
A grip is partially seen in holster.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M1891s, are widely used by Red Army, White Army and brigands.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A close view of bayonets.
A number of M91/30 rifles leaning against a wall in brigands' headquarters.
Red Army soldiers march on parade with M91/30 rifles.
Red soldier holds a telephone wire during the crossing of Syvash lagoon. He carries the M91/30 rifle with bayonet, attached backwards. This is a exclusively cinematic practice; in reality such practice was banned by service manuals.
Red soldiers cross the barb wire. A good view of the rear sight on the rifle at the right.
Nekrasov runs, holding the rifle with open bolt.
Red soldier fires his rifle, fitted with bayonet, attached backwards.
Nekrasov holds the rifle.
Col. Vasilchikov (Rostislav Yankovskiy) fires his M91/30 rifle during the final retreat of Whites to their death in the sea.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle

In one scene Brusentsov (Vladimir Vysotskiy) takes from officer Krause (Venyamin Smekhov) and uses the sniper version of Mosin Nagant M1891/30 with PU scope which entered service only in the 1930s.

Full-length, Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle with Russian PU 3.5x sniper scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54mmR
Brusentsov takes the sniper rifle from Krause. After the latter claims that he holds the last cartridge for suicide, Brusentsov mocks him: And what for do you need the optic scope? You afraid to miss your own head?
Brusentsov with the sniper rifle.
Brusentsov fires the scoped Mosin.
A good view of Brusentsov's rifle on the photo from the set.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Some original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are also seen.

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle in original configuration - 7.62x54mm R
Nekrasov holds the M1891 Infantry rifle instead of previously used M91/30.
The barrel of M1891 Infantry rifle with bayonet is seen.
The rifles have slings attached in holes rather than on swivels that makes these rifles to be post-1910 version.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also used. Karyakin (Rolan Bykov) fires M1938 carbine in several scenes.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A brigand carries the M38 carbine on sling.
A close view of the barrel of M38 carbine in hands of a brigand.
Savchyuck (Vasiliy Fushchich) aims his carbine at Nekrasov and Karyakin.
Panasyuk (Boris Molodan) holds the M38 carbine.
Karyakin (Rolan Bykov) fires his carbine at pursuing brigands.
Karyakin fires the M38 carbine.

Lebel Mle 1886

Lebel Mle 1886 (most lilely M93 modification) rifles are also used by Red Army soldiers.

Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR
Red Army soldiers march on parade with Lebel rifles.

Steyr Mannlicher M1885

A Steyr Mannlicher M1885 is seen in hands of a Red Army soldier during the night attack.

Austro-Hungarian Steyr Mannlicher M1888-90 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher. M1885 looks nearly the same except for more flat rear sights.
The barrel is seen.
The magazine is seen. It is separated from the trigger guard so this rifle is pre-1895 model. The rear sight doesn't look raised as it is on M1888, so the rifle is most likely M1885.

Unidentified rifle

An unidentified rifle is seen during the night attack. It seems to have Mosin Nagant or Mannlicher style protruding magazine and possibly Mannlicher-Schoenauer full stock.


Machine guns

Lewis Machine Gun

During the night attack Andrei Nekrasov (Oleg Yankovskiy) fires the Lewis light machine gun.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
A Red Army soldier carries a Lewis on parade.
Andrei Nekrasov fires the Lewis during the night attack. This machine gun looks like a real Lewis, but its magazine is too large and probably fake.
Another view of Nekrasov's Lewis.

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are used by Red Army, White Army and brigands. They have smooth water jackets, typical for Maxims manufactured during the WW1 and in early 1920s.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
The Red Army Maxim on tachanka cart.
The brigands' Maxim on tachanka cart.
Nekrasov (Oleg Yankovskiy) fires his Maxim at the pursuing brigands.
White Army Maxim on the porch of headquarters building.
An abandoned Maxim in Whites digout on the Isthmus of Perekop.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

During the battle some Red Army soldiers, notably Ivan Karyakin (Rolan Bykov), use "Pineapple" style hand grenades. These are most likely F-1 hand grenades, anachronistic for 1920.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Karyakin readies the grenade...
...and throws it.

Dummy Training Grenade

What appear to be dummy training stick grenades are seen in hands of Red Army soldiers. They stands for RG-14 hand grenades.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
A soldier at the background holds a stick grenade.

Lighter Pistol

In one scene White officer Praporshchik (sub-lieutenant) Sergei Lukashevich (Nikolay Burlyaev), being drunk, plans to play a joke on his friend Brusentsov, using a lighter pistol. The joke ended tragically for him.

Lukashevich draws a lighter pistol with a very aggressive face.
He explains that this is a lighter, not a gun.
He plans to joke on Brusentsov.
The bitter end...


76.2mm (3 inch) M1902/30 Field Gun

Numerous 3 inch M1902/30 field guns, standing for correct M1902 model, are seen in the movie, used by both Reds and Whites. These are early 02/30 guns with L30 barrel that look very similar to original 02.

White Army battery of 3-inch guns on fortified positions on Isthmus of Perekop.
A brigand (Vladimir Yevchenko) mans the 3-inch gun.
Red 3-inch gun on parade (at the right).
Brusentsov commands the battery of 3-inch guns. He has a holstered Nagant at his side.
Brusentsov mans the 3-inch gun during the evacuation of the Whites from Sevastopol.
Loading the 3-inch gun.

Austin Armoured Car

A replica of Austin armoured car is seen in the movie.

The armoured car of Red Army is seen at the left. It is armed with two Maxim machine guns in turrets.


Flying replicas of WW1 era planes are used in the movie.

Red reconnaissance plane, based on Farman or Voisin models, readies for flight.
White fighter plane, based on Nieuport model, in flight.


Original cinema poster for Two Comrades Were Serving (Sluzhili dva tovarishcha) (1968)

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