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Young Partisans (Yunye partizani)

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Young Partisans (Yunye partizani)
Yunye partizani.jpg
Modern Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Lev Kuleshov
Igor Savchenko
Release Date 1942
Language Russian
Studio Ashkhabad Film Studio
Stalinabad Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kseniya Andreevna Kartashova Galina Stepanova
Levko Yuriy Ionov
Grandfather Ionych Anton Dunaiskiy
A German officer Hans Klering
Stepan Andreevich Andrey Fayt
Lt. Andreev Boris Andreyev

Young Partisans (Yunye partizani) is the thirteen or fourteen (the sources differ) issue of Boyevoy kinosbornik series, filmed in 1942 but not released at that time. It contains two segments: "Levko" and "Uchitelnitsa Kartashova/Teacher Kartashova". Both depict the partisipation of children in Soviet partisan movement.

The following weapons were used in the film Young Partisans (Yunye partizani):


Nagant M1895

Partisans commander Stepan Andreevich (Andrey Fayt) holds a Nagant M1895 in "Teacher Kartashova".

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.
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Luger P08

A German NCO holds a Luger P08 in the scene in hospital in "Levko". In "Teacher Kartashova" Lugers are used by German officers and Soviet parisans.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German NCO throws his Luger on wounded unconsiousnes Lt. Andreev in the scene in hospital.
The same character with a Luger.
A German soldier with a Luger in "Teacher Kartashova".
The commander of German motorcyclists (Sergey Martinson) fires a Luger.
A partisan fires a P08.
Stepan Andreevich, the partisans commander, holds a Luger.

Walther PPK (?)

A German officer (Hans Klering) carries a pistol in "Levko". It looks like a Walther PPK or (less credible) a Walther PP.

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 officer draws his pistol.
He fires at a Russian woman. The pistol seems to be not large enough for PP.
The same officer holds his pistol in another scene.
The same officer carries his pistol in holster. It is a typical Wehrmacht issued Walther holster but it's hard to say if it matches PP or PPK model.

Submachine Guns


The commander of partisan unit Andrey Stepanovich (Viktor Bubnov) is armed with a PPD-40 in "Levko". A PPD-40s are also used by partisans in "Teacher Kartashova".

PPD 40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Andrey Stepanovich with PPD-40.
A PPD-40 is seen on the wall in partisans camp together with several rifles.
A partisan fires his PPD-40.

Tokarev M1927

A Tokarev M1927 SMG is seen in hands of a German soldier in "Levko".

Tokarev M1927 submachine gun - 7.62x38N
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A sentry holds Tokarev SMG.


MP38 SMGs are used by both German soldiers and Soviet partisans in "Teacher Kartashova".

MP38 - 9x19mm
The commander of German motorcyclists (Sergey Martinson) with MP38.
Another view of the SMG.
The same character uses the folding stock to threaten a woman.
A close view of the barrel.
The same character fires his MP38.
A partisan at the left holds an MP (probably the same MP38).
A partisan (at the left) with MP40 escorts captured German soldier.

Thompson M1921

In "Teacher Kartashova" a German soldier (Pyotr Galadzhev) is armed with a Thompson M1921 SMG. This weapon is very uncommon for Wehrmacht though small numbers were captured in 1940-1941. In USSR a number of M1921s was purchased in 1924 for OGPU special units and border guards; it was issued as Ruchnoy pulemyot Tompsona" (Thompson Light Machine Gun).

Colt M1921A Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP
A soldier with Thompson is interested in alcohol preserved exhibits in the school.
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The soldier fires his Thompson.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Partisans use Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles in "Levko" and "Teacher Kartashova".

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Gnat (Boris Runge) carries a Mosin Nagant rifle.
Mosin Nagant and Mauser rifles and PPD-40 SMG are seen on the wall in partisans camp.

VZ-98/29 Persian Mauser

In "Levko" several German soldiers carry full length Mauser rifles that are supposed to be VZ-98/29 Persian Mausers.

Persian Mauser 98/29 with bayonet - 7.92x57mm
Drunk German soldiers break in hospital. Note the shape of the front sight protector that matches Persian Mauser.
Other soldiers in the same scene.
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Grandfather Ionych (Anton Dunaiskiy) gets a rifle from a German soldier and uses it to bayonet the enemys.
Ionych holds the rifle. Again the shape of the front sight protector is typical for Persian Mauser.

Mauser Rifles

German soldiers and Soviet partisans use Mauser rifles of unclear model in "Levko" and "Teacher Kartashova".

Mauser rifles of German soldiers stand at the wall.
A Mauser rifle is seen on the wall in partisans camp.
A partisan fires a Mauser rifle in "Teacher Kartashova".
A partisan at the right holds a Mauser rifle.

Wz. 29 Mauser

Polish Mauser Wz. 29 Mauser rifle is seen in hands of a Soviet partisan in "Teacher Kartashova".

Wz. 29 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A partisan with Wz. 29 rifle is seen at the right.

Other Weapons


In "Levko" partisan Gnat (Boris Runge) gives an RGD-33 hand grenade to boy Levko (Yuriy Ionov).

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Gnat carries an RGD-33.
He gives the grenade to Levko.
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Levko inserts a fuze in grenade.



A German soldier in tankman uniform carries a holster-stock, probably for Luger P08.
The commander of German motorcyclists (Sergey Martinson) carries a holster for TT-33 though he fires a Luger.

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