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Commandant of the Bird Island (Komendant Ptichyego ostrova)

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Commandant of the Bird Island
(Komendant Ptichyego ostrova)
Komendant Ptichyego ostrova DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vasili Pronin
Release Date 1939
Language Russian
Studio Soyuzdetfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Saylor Kositsyn Leonid Kmit
Senior Lieutenant Nikolai Dorokhin
Junior Lieutenant Nikolay Gorlov
Japanese Captain Lev Potyomkin

Commandant of the Bird Island (a direct translation of the original title Komendant Ptichyego ostrova) is a Soviet 1939 B&W adventure movie, directed by Vasili Pronin. In late 1930s a Japanese vessel on a spy mission, disguised as a fishing schooner, is captured by Soviet patrol boat off coast of Kamchatka Peninsula. During the following storm the schooner crashes, and seven Japanese and Kositsyn, a sailor from the boarding team, manage to reach a small uninhabited island.

The following weapons were used in the film Commandant of the Bird Island (Komendant Ptichyego ostrova):


Nagant M1895

Soviet border guards, including Sailor Kositsyn (Leonid Kmit) and both officers of the patrol boat Smeliy (Brave) (Nikolai Dorokhin and Nikolay Gorlov), carry Nagant M1895 revolvers with pre-1930 rounded front sights.

Russian Nagant 1895 - 7.62x38N. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930 - 7.62x38N
A border guard holds a Nagant during the arrest of Japanese schooner.
Kositsyn aims his revolver at Japanese radio operator.
Kositsyn opens cylinder of his revolver and checks the load.
Kositsyn fires.

FN Model 1900

An FN Model 1900 is taken from a Japanese sailor by Soviet border guard.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
A typical barrel of FN 1900 can be seen.
Another view of the pistol.

CZ 27

A pair of pistols that appear to be CZ 27s is found in a secret cache on Japanese schooner.

CZ 27 - .32 ACP
Sr. Lieutenant (Nikolai Dorokhin) holds a pistol, found inside a water barrel.
Another pistol is seen in hands of a sailor (Aleksey Dolinin).


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are used by Soviet border guards.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
The commander of Smeliy (Nikolai Dorokhin) and three sailors (Aleksey Dolinin, Aleksandr Grechanyy and Pyotr Savin) with M91/30 rifles land from a boat.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is mounted on the stern of Soviet patrol boat Smeliy.

Maxim 1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet sailors aim a Maxim at Japanese schooner.
A Maxim is seen in the final scene.

Type 38 (Hotchkiss M1900)

A Hotchkiss machine gun is secretly mounted on Japanese schooner. The shape of the barrel allows to identify it as Hotchkiss M1900 that was adopted by Japanese Imperial Army as Type 35 (the main Japanese machine gun in Russian-Japanese war) and Type 38.

Hotchkiss Type 38 Machine Gun (without tripod) - 6.5x50mm SR
The barrel appears from porthole in superstructure.
A closer view of the barrel.

Type 3

Several Type 3 heavy machine guns are also mounted on Japanese schooner.

Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm SR
A crewmember pulls a Type 3 machine gun on the desk.
A barrel of another Type 3 machine gun appears from a hidden firing port on the bow.


45mm 21-K Naval Gun

45mm 21-K gun is mounted on the bow of patrol boat Smeliy. 21-K has the same barrel and ammunition as 53-K AT gun.

21-K Naval Gun - 45mm
21-K gun on the bow of Smeliy.
Another view of the gun.

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