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Battle of Warsaw 1920

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Battle of Warsaw 1920
1920 Bitwa Warszawska
Bitwa Warszawska-DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country POL.jpg Poland
Directed by Jerzy Hoffman
Release Date September 26, 2011
Language Polish
Studio Zodiak Jerzy Hoffman Film Production Sp. z o.o.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jan Krynicki Borys Szyc
Ola Raniewska Natasza Urbanska
Maj. Boleslaw Wieniawa-Dlugoszowski Boguslaw Linda
Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Daniel Olbrychski
Actress Ada Ewa Wisniewska
Cheka Bukowski Adam Ferency
Sofiya Nikolayevna Olga Kabo

Battle of Warsaw 1920 is a 2011 Polish war film directed by Jerzy Hoffman and filmed in 3D and is one of the most expensive movies in the history of cinema in Poland. Set during the Polish–Soviet War of 1919-1921, the film depicts the decisive, unexpected victory Polish victory during the 1920 Battle of Warsaw against Soviet Russia as seen through the eyes of two young protagonists, cabaret dancer Ola Raniewska (Natasza Urbanska) and cavalry officer Jan Krynicki (Borys Szyc).

The following weapons were used in the film Battle of Warsaw 1920:


Nagant M1895

Military commanders on both sides use the Nagant M1895 as a service weapon.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N
Chekist Bukowski (Adam Ferency) aims his Nagant at a Polish officer.
A Polish Army officer carries the Nagant as his service revolver.
A Red Army officer uses his Nagant during a firefight.

Browning Hi-Power

Anachronistic Browning Hi-Power pistols are used by several characters.

Commercial Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
Sofiya Nikolayevna (Olga Kabo) shoots Bukowski with his own Browning Hi-Power.
Olga Kabo-pistol.jpg
Jan Krynicki's (Borys Szyc) pistol is found.


Berthier Mle. 1916 Carabine

Ola Raniewska (Natasza Urbanska) and other female volunteers are armed with Berthier Model 1916 Carabines.

Berthier Carabine modèle 1916 - 8x50mmR
Natasza Urbanska-Berthier Model 1916 karabina.jpg

Steyr Mannlicher Stutzen M1895

The most common equipment of Polish soldiers is the Steyr Mannlicher M1895 carbine. One is issued to Jan Krynicki (Borys Szyc) initially as his role as a cavalryman. During the Polish-Soviet War, the Polish Army was equipped with a very large variety of small arms, including large amounts of Steyr M1895 series rifles.

Steyr Mannlicher Stutzen M1895/30 Short Rifle - 8×56mmR Steyr
A clear identifying feature of the Steyr M1895 rifle series is the stacking pin that protrudes forward on the left side of the rifle, originally used to stand rifle up against each other in the field.
Cavalryman Jan Krynicki with a rifle on his back departs for the front.
A soldier with a Steyr Mannlicher M1895 rifle defends a machine gun nest.
Military escorts carry Steyr Mannlicher M1895s on their backs.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Some Polish and Red Army soldiers are seen with Gewehr 98 rifles, which were used extensively by the Polish Army during the war.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Polish female volunteers carry rifles on their backs.
A Red Army infantryman holds a Gewehr 98 in his hands.

Mauser Puška vz. 98/29

Polish troops in the film also carry Czech Persian Mauser 98/29 rifles, which is an anachronism.

Mauser Puška vz. 98/29 with vz. 23 bayonet - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Polish riflemen fire a fusillade down a street.
Jan Krynicki (Borys Szyc) carries his rifle during combat.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Red Army soldiers are mostly armed with full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles. The M91/30 version of the Mosin Nagant is anachronistic for the Polish-Soviet War, a more period-accurate choice would be the original Mosin Nagant M1891.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
BW-RA-Mosin-Nagant M1891.jpg

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

A Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* is briefly seen in the hands of a Red Army soldier.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
The SMLE in center right next to the G98s.

Machine Guns


The Chauchat is the primary light machine gun of Polish infantry. The Chauchat was actually used by the Polish Army, chambered in 7.92x57mm Mauser.

Chauchat Modèle 1915 - 8x50mmR Lebel

Maxim MG08

The Maxim MG08 is the Polish Army's primary heavy machine gun.

Maxim MG08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Polish soldiers wait at their station with a Maxim MG 08...
...when an unexpected attack by Red cavalry occurs.
Ola (Natasza Urbanska) learns to shoot a machine gun.

Maxim M1910/30

Both Russian and Polish soldiers use the Maxim M1910/30 machine guns on "Sokolov" wheel mounts both with and without shields. These are later model machine guns as they feature the trap door on the top of the barrel jacket which was only introduced after 1941, making their appearance anachronistic.

Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture - 7.62x54mmR
A famous Russian "tachanka" with Maxim M1910/30 machine gun equipped.
Red Army soldiers use a Maxim gun on a "tachanka" as an anti-aircraft gun.
Polish machinegunners repel a Red Army infantry attack.
Ola (Natasza Urbanska) mows down attacking Russian troops.

Maxim LMG 08/15

In the interwar period, the Polish Air Force is equipped with Albatros D.II fighter aircraft which are armed with two Spandau MG08/15 machine guns.

LMG 08/15 Air-Cooled - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Parabellum MG 14/17

The rear-gunner has a Parabellum MG 14/17 machine gun.

Parabellum MG 14/17 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

UK vz. 59 (Mocked-up as Maxim MG08/15)

A soldier carries a Czech Vz. 59, which has been mocked-up to resemble a Maxim MG08/15 machine gun.

UK vz. 59 - 7.62x54mmR
Battle of Warsaw light MG.jpg

Hand Grenades

Model 17 Stielhandgranate

Jan Krynicki (Borys Szyc) throws a Model 17 Stielhandgranate at the attacking Bolsheviks.

Model 17 Stielhandgranate
Borys Szyc - M24 hg.jpg


76.2 mm Putilov m/02

The Polish artillery corps uses a 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902.

Putilov m/02 - 76.2x385mm R

Canon de 75 mm Mle. 1897

Canon 75 mm modèle 1897 - 75x350mmR


Red Army soldiers advance with an anachronistic BA-27 armored car.


Renault FT

The Polish troops employ some French Renault FT tanks in the defense of Warsaw.

Renault FT light tank
Pol-Renault FT-17.jpg
The FT-17 helps lead the Polish attack.

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