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Alpine Ballad (Alpiyskaya ballada)

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Alpine Ballad (Alpiyskaya ballada)
Alpiyskaya ballada Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Boris Stepanov
Release Date 1966
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Julia Novelli Lyubov Rumyantseva
Ivan Tereshka Stanislav Lyubshin
The madman Aleksey Kotrelyov
The Austrian Vladimir Belokurov
Ivan's mother Aleksandra Zimina

Alpine Ballad (Alpiyskaya ballada) is a 1966 (filmed 1965) Soviet B&W war drama directed by Boris Stepanov and based on the novel by Vasil Bykov. During the WWII, a Nazi factory in the Austrian Alps where Soviet POWs work is bombed at night. Ivan Tereshka (Stanislav Lyubshin), one of the prisoners who make a break, hides in the mountains. There he meets an Italian girl Julia (Lyubov Rumyantseva) who also escaped from captivity. They spend several days in the Alps. However, the Germans overtake the fugitives, and Ivan helps Julia to escape and perishes in the battle.

The following weapons were used in the film Alpine Ballad (Alpiyskaya ballada):

Luger P08

During the break, Ivan Tereshka (Stanislav Lyubshin) gets a Luger P08 from a dead SS-man Zandler (Gerard Vasilevskiy).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Ivan takes the pistol from Zandler's dead hand.
Ivan holds the Luger.
The grip is seen.
Ivan aims the pistol at the Austrian.
Ivan fires the Luger in the final scene.


SS-men in the final scene are armed with MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Alpiyskaya ballada-MP40-1.jpg
Soldiers with MP40s are combing the area.
An SS-man fires the MP40.

MG 34

MG 34 machine guns, mounted on German motorcycles, are briefly seen in one scene.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 is seen on the motorcycle on the road.


In the opening scene, a group of POWs unearth an unexploded aerial bomb.

Alpiyskaya ballada-Bomb-1.jpg

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