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"Cyclone" Will Begin at Night ("Tsiklon" nachnyotsya nochyu)

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"Cyclone" Will Begin at Night
("Tsiklon" nachnyotsya nochyu)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Ada Neretniece
Release Date 1967
Language Russian
Studio Riga Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Oberleutnant Liebel Anatoliy Romashin
Michel alias Lemke Pyotr Gorin
Kraemer Velta Line
Capt. Otto Erich Schwartzbruck Leonid Satanovskiy
Lt. Col. Meltzer Arturs Dimiters
SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Klotz Olgerts Salkonis
Maj. Melnichenko Yuriy Bogolyubov
Oberleutnant Willi Krueger Lev Perfilov

"Cyclone" Will Begin at Night (a translation of original Latvian title "Ciklons" saksies nakti, Russian title "Tsiklon" nachnyotsya nochyu) is a Soviet Latvian 1967 (filmed 1966) made for TV war movie directed by Ada Neretniece and based on the novel by Dmitriy Morozov. In Autumn 1944 German intelligence service attempts to organize sabotage groups that would act behind Soviet lines in Carpathian mountains. Capt. Schwartzbruck must be transferred across the front line in order to coordinate the "Operation Cyclone". Soviet agent, acting under the name of German officer Liebel, starts his own activities in order to prevent "Cyclone".

The following weapons were used in the film "Cyclone" Will Begin at Night ("Tsiklon" nachnyotsya nochyu):



Soviet intellegence agent Michel (Pyotr Gorin) carries a TT-33 when he impersonates Capt. Schwartzbruck. Maj. Melnichenko (Yuriy Bogolyubov) holds a TT during the operation against a German group.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Fake Schwartzbruck, dressed in Soviet uniform, carries a TT in holster. Note that the spare magazine carrier is empty which hardly can be in reality.
Oberleutnant Willi Krueger (Lev Perfilov) confiscates Michel's pistol.
Melnichenko holds a TT.
Melnichenko puts the pistol back in holster.

Luger P08

Michel (Pyotr Gorin) holds a Luger P08 in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Michel holds a Luger in the scene in Liebel's house.
A grip of Michel's Luger is seen.
Michel holds a Luger, taken from Krueger during the surrender of Krueger's group in Carpathians. When Krueger held the pistol in previous moment, it was a P38.
Michel drops the pistol.

Walther P38

Soviet intellegence agent, acting as Oberleutnant Liebel (Anatoliy Romashin), Capt. Otto Erich Schwartzbruck (Leonid Satanovskiy), Oberleutnant Willi Krueger (Lev Perfilov) and SS Hauptscharfuhrer Rodenstock (Janis Melderis), carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Schwartzbruck fires at Liebel and Michel in the scene in Liebel's house.
Liebel holds his P38 in same scene.
Liebel carries an universal holster for P08 and P38.
Rodenstock holds Michel-Schwartzbruck at gunpoint while waiting for a radio message confirming Schwartzbruck's credentials.
Rodenstock, disguised as a Soviet Sergeant, examines his pistol
Rodenstock confronts radio operator Mikola Sklyaniy.
Krueger, dusguised as a Soviet Sergeant, fires at Rodenstock, suspecting him in treachery.
Another view of Krueger with a P38.

Walther PPK

SS Obersturmfuhrer Frau Kraemer (Velta Line) holds a Walther PPK.

Early Waffenamt marked Walther PPK - 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Kraemer loads her PPK.

Submachine Guns


Many Soviet soldiers and German soldiers in Soviet uniform are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns. Some PPSh are fitted with box magazines.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Soviet soldier carries a PPSh while he bandages Maj. Melnichenko's hand.
Some German soldiers of Krueger's group are disguised as Soviet escorts, armed with PPSh-41s, while others depict POWs.
A Soviet soldier holds a PPSh with stick magazine during the capture of Krueger's group.
Another soldier with a PPSh in same scene.


Some Soviet soldiers and officers, including Maj. Melnichenko (Yuriy Bogolyubov) and his aide, a Lieutenant (Stanislav Korenev), are armed with PPS-43 submachine guns.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Lieutenant with PPS-43 at the background.
Lieutenant arrests radio operator Sklyaniy.
A PPS is seen next to the body of a soldier, gunned by Rodenstock.
Soviet soldiers with PPS-43s during the capture of Krueger's group.
Maj. Melnichenko carries a PPS-43.
A close view of Melnichenko's PPS.


Gelena (Ausma Dragone), a Carpathian young woman who helps Soviet troops, carries an MP40. Michel (Pyotr Gorin) is also seen with MP40. MP40s are used by German soldiers in several scenes.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A soldier with MP40 on partol in Berlin.
Unterfeldwebel Gatenberg (Arnolds Milbrets) carries an MP40.
Michel takes an MP40 from Gelena.
Michel with MP40.
An SS-man carries an MP40 when Michel-Schwartzbruck meets German group.
Gelena watches German soldiers.
Gelena holds her MP40 when she meets Maj. Melnichenko.
Gelena fires at Rodenstock.
Michel covertly removes magazines from MP40s.



Some characters carry holsters for pistols that doesn't appear in the film.

Michel carries a holster for Makarov PM. It looks empty.
Unterfeldwebel Gatenberg carries a mockup of German universal pistol holster.


A post-war BTR-152 APC is seen in one scene. It can be used as a substitution for Lend-Lease M3/M5 half-tracks.

A BTR-152 with Soviet soldiers on mountain road.


Documentary footage is used for the depiction of the air bombing of railway station near Berlin.

North American B-25 Mitchell in action. Browning M2 Aircraft machine guns in nose and dorsal mountings are seen.
A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in action.
A Messerschmitt Bf.109G in action. This is an intercepter version with a pair of 20mm MG 151/20 autocannons installed in conformal gun pods under the wings. These guns are installed in addition to standard central MG 151/20 and two MG131 machine guns (the bulges in the cowling, covering the machine guns, are seen).

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