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The Bridge (Most) (1942)

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The Bridge (Most)
Most 1942 Poster.jpg
Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Konstantine Pipinashvili
Shota Managadze
Release Date 1942
Language Russian
Studio Tbilisi Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Ilo Gigauri Giorgi Shavgulidze
Sr. Sgt. Otar Gigauri Davit Lortkipanidze
Manana Medea Japaridze
Giorgi Gigauri Giorgi Pronispireli
Lt. Kozlov Pavel Ermilov
Col. Shevelev Leonid Romanov

The Bridge (Most; Georgian title Khidi) is a 1942 Soviet Georgian war drama directed by Konstantine Pipinashvili and Shota Managadze. During the Soviet offensive in Spring 1942, a strategic bridge is destroyed by the Germans. A sapper battalion under the command of Capt. Ilo Gigauri restores the crossing and defends it against the enemy counterattack.

The following weapons were used in the film The Bridge (Most):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are service sidearms of Capt. Ilo Gigauri (Giorgi Shavgulidze) and other Soviet officers.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Capt. Gigauri fires at attacking enemy.
Capt. Gigauri holds his Nagant.

Mle 1892

During the close combat on the bridge, a German officer holds a Mle 1892 revolver.

Revolver d'ordonnance modèle 1892 - 8x27mm SR (left side)


Korovin TK

When the Germans interrogate captured Soviet radio operator, one of the officers holds a compact pistol that turns out to a Korovin TK. It may be used as a stand-in for a Mauser Pocket Pistol.

Korovin TK - .25 ACP
A German officer holds his pistol at the right.
The officer aims the pistol at the radio operator who is ordered to sent a false message.
A slightly different view of the pistol allows to see the slide serration better.

Steyr M1912

A large military pistol that is supposed to be a Steyr M1912 is seen in hands of a German officer in action.

Steyr Hahn Model 1912 - 9x23mm Steyr
A pistol that seems to be a Steyr 1912 is seen at the left.

Submachine Guns


Several Soviet soldiers are armed with PPD-40 submachine guns.

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A soldier fires a PPD-40.
A soldier fires a PPD-40.
Same soldier victoriously raises his gun when the enemy attack is repeled.
Another soldier with a PPD-40.
The driver of the motorcycle fires a PPD-40.


A crewmember of a mortar carries a PPSh-41.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The mortar crewmember carries a PPSh.


Some German soldiers are armed with MP38 or MP40 submachine guns.

MP38 - 9x19mm
MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier with an MP38 or MP40.
Two soldiers fire MP38/40s.
An MP38/40 is seen near a dead soldier at the foreground while another soldier in center still holds his SMG.

MP38-based mockup

One of the guns, seen in hands of German soldiers, is a mockup with parts of MP38 (barrel, magazine well, part of receiver) in combination with custom parts. A horizontal box is mounted under the receiver instead of a vertical magazine. The reason of creating of such mockup is unclear, since genuine MP40s are used in the film.

A German soldier plants a booby trap mine. The mockup MP lies near his hand. The barrel with the front sight, the receiver and the magazine well are seen. The mag well is an early MP38 type, with a hole and a release button.
A Soviet soldier picks up the gun from the body of killed German soldier. The box attached to the mag well and a kind of flash hider on the muzzle are seen.
A German soldier uses the same gun to stun and take alive a wounded Soviet radio operator.
Same mockup in hands of a German soldier.
A soldier with the mockup SMG retreats.


Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

Many Soviet soldiers, including Sr. Sgt. Otar Gigauri (Davit Lortkipanidze) who is Capt. Gigauri's younger brother, and Pvt. Baruta (Pyotr Dolzhanov), are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
A sentry in Soviet headquarters holds an M91 Infantry rifle with bayonet.
A soldier who volunteers to disable the booby trap hands his M91 Infantry rifle to Lt. Kozlov (Pavel Ermilov).
Soldiers cover under aerial bombardment. A soldier at the foreground holds an M91 Infantry rifle.
Due to several continuity errors, Otar Gigauri's rifle several times switches between M91 Infantry, M91 Dragoon, M91/30 and SVT-38. In this scene wounded Otar carries an M91 Infantry rifle.
Otar Gigauri carries an M91 Infantry rifle with the bayonet, attached backwards. A sentry who blocks the way is also armed with an M91 Infantry rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifles are also used by Soviet soldiers.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Otar Gigauri carries an M91 Dragoon rifle.
A Soviet soldier with a VIM-210 portable mine detector carries an M91 Dragoon rifle with bayonet, attached backwards.
A soldier with an M91 Dragoon rifle on the bridge.
Otar Gigauri holds an M91 Dragoon rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Some Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are also seen. Due to a continuity error, in one scene Otar Gigauri's rifle switches from M91 to M91/30.

Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Sgt. Otar Gigauri carries an M91/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper

A Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle is used by a German sniper.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle with PE scope - 7.62x54mm R
A German sniper hides on the tree. His rifle is partially wrapped in cloth.
Another view of the sniper.

Tokarev SVT-38

Some Soviet soldiers carry Tokarev SVT-38 rifles. Due to a continuity error, Otar Gigauri's Mosin Nagant rifle switches to an SVT-38 during his duel with a German sniper.

Tokarev SVT-38 - 7.62x54mm R
A sentry with the SVT-38 with bayonet on the bridge.
When Otar Gigauri is wounded and falls of his motorcycle, his Mosin Nagant rifle switches to an SVT-38.
Otar Gigauri in the duel with a German sniper.

Unidentified rifles

Many German soldiers carry rifles that are seen in distance and unclear.

An abandoned German rifle on the battlefield. The raised rear sight looks similar to the Lange-Visier of Mauser Gewehr 1898 but the rifle seems to have a straight stock, unlike Gewehr 98.
A German soldier at the background holds a rifle with long sword bayonet. Judging by the shape of the ricasso, the bayonet is not a German M1898 but rather the Czech vz.22, 23 or 24. The rifle has a hood or protection "ears" on the front sight and what seems to be a parade hook on the top barrel band. Among the Mauser rifles that are seen in Soviet films of WWII era, a vz. 98/29 Persian Mauser seems to be a possible guess.
A German soldier fires a very long rifle, holding it in an uncommon way - one hand of the buttstock and another on the trigger. Possibly this gun is not a military bolt action rifle but some kind of old breechloader.
A German soldier holds the rifle over his head while crossing the river. The bolt handle is placed too far ahead, so the rifle may be a kind of training dummy weapon.
Several rifles are seen behind the German Oberst (Colonel).
A German soldier is gunned down during the battle for the bridge. He holds a full-length rifle of unknown model.
A German soldier holds a Mauser-style rifle with a sword bayonet during the close combat on the bridge.
A German soldier with an unknown rifle.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns are used by Soviet troops. The DP-27s mostly lack the conical flash hiders.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
One of the soldiers in the truck holds a DP-27.
A gunner on the bridge fires at attacking enemy.
A DP is mounted on a motorcycle sidecar.
The DP fires from the motorcycle. This machine gun has the flash hider on place.

Degtyaryov DT (visually modified)

The machine gun, used by German troops in several scenes, is a Degtyaryov DT with fake covers on the barrel and the receiver, without the magazine and with mockup cartridge belt.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R. DT could be dismounted from the tank or armored car and used with a bipod as a light machine gun.
A German motorcyclist fires a visually modified DT.
The pistol grip and the retractable stock are seen. These features allow to identify the weapon as the DT.
Same machine gun is seen in another scene. Note the cartridge belt that is attached to the very back end of the receiver.

Maxim M1910

In the final scene Soviet soldiers on march carry disassembled Maxim M1910 machine guns.

Maxim M1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A soldier carries the body of a Maxim with smooth water jacket.
Another soldier carries the Sokolov carriage.

Other Weapons

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

Sr. Sgt. Otar Gigauri (Davit Lortkipanidze) uses an RGD-33 grenade in battle.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Otar Gigauri throws a grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Some German soldiers use Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A German soldier throws a grenade.

BM-37 Mortar

A BM-37 Mortar is used by Soviet troops.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar, early model
The mortar in action.

Naval mine (mockup)

In an attempt to destroy the bridge, the Germans use floating mines. The mines are mockups that look like scaled-down version of typical contact naval mines with their "Hertz horn" protuberances.


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