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At That Time, at Christmas... (Tenkrát o vánocích)

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Tenkrát o vánocích
DVD Cover
Country CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by Karel Kachyna
Release Date 1958
Language Czech
Studio Filmové studio Barrandov
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Hloušek Otomar Korbelár
Pvt. Vondrácek Rudolf Deyl
2nd Lt. Jílek Petr Hanicinec
1st Lt. Vána Frantisek Hanus
Cpl. Benko Otto Lackovic
Cpl. Vlasta Eva Klepácová
Pvt. Vítek Jirí Vala
Pvt. Karlícek Jirí Sovák
Pvt. Simácek Vladimír Mensík
Pvt. Jirka Antonín Sura

At That Time, at Christmas... (Original: Tenkrát o vánocích) is a 1958 Czech black-and-white war movie directed by Karel Kachyna. The last Christmas of WWII has a battalion of Czech troops led by Captain Hloušek (Otomar Korbelár) in a mountain village in the Slovak Republic. Everything looks like idyll, but the Germans are preparing for a Christmas Eve surprise attack.

The following guns were used in the film At That Time, at Christmas... (Tenkrát o vánocích):


Tokarev TT-33

Captain Hloušek (Otomar Korbelár) and other officers carry a Tokarev TT-33 pistols.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.

Submachine Guns


The basic weapon of the Czechoslovak soldiers in the USSR are PPSh-41 submachine guns.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Pvt. Jirka (Antonín Sura) with his PPh-41 on his back.
Pvt. Lojza (Vladimír Mensík).
Pvt. Vítek (Jirí Vala)
Cpl. Ján Benko (Otto Lackovic) and nurse Cpl. Vlasta (Eva Klepácová).
Pvt. Karlícek (Jirí Sovák).


Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

Some Czechoslovak soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M44 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mmR.
Pvt. Samo (Lubos Vidlák) carries a Mosin Nagant M44 carbine.
In the trench on the background is a soldier with M44 carbine on his back.
Pvt. Vondrácek (Rudolf Deyl) put a bayonet on his rifle in night fight.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Among the weapons carried by the Czechoslovak soldiers, there are some full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R

Karabiner 98k

Most German soldiers are seen with Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm
From the German trench sticking out gun barrels.
German guardsmen (Zdenek Rehor) in the trench.

Sturmgewehr 44

Some German infantrymen are armed with Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm.

Machine Guns

Degtyarev DP-28

Czechoslovak machine gunners used the Degtyarev DP-28 light machine guns.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
Pvt. Vítek (Jirí Vala) carries his Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun on the back.
2nd Lt. Vána (Petr Hanicinec) in night fight fired from a machine gun.
Machinegunner Vítek in trench on frontline.


German gunners are armed with MG42 machine guns.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser

Hand Grenades

RGD-33 Stick Grenade

Soldiers of a reconnaissance unit are equipped with RGD-33 Stick grenades.

RGD-33 High-Explosive Fragmentation stick grenade

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers carry a Model 24 Stielhandgranates at their belts.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade


OSP-30 Flare Pistol

2nd Lt. Jílek (Petr Hanicinec) can be seen firing a OSP-30 Flare pistol.

Russian OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm.


In the armament of the Czechoslovak battalion are also PTRD-41 anti-tank rifles.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm

A soldier in background stand with his PTRD-41.
Pvt. Karlícek (Jirí Sovák) in fight position holds anti-tank rifle.


Pvt. Vondrácek (Rudolf Deyl) destroys a German Hetzer using a Panzerfausts.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
Private Vondráček (right) brought two anti-tank grenades.
On the battlefield remained lying in the snow a Panzerfaust.

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

Czechoslovak battalion is also issued one Soviet 76 mm divisional gun M1942.

M1942 divisional gun (ZiS-3) - 76mm

75 mm SPG Hetzer

The Germans use some 75 mm SPG Hetzer tank destroyers in their attack.


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