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Defiance (2008)

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Defiance poster final.jpg
Cinema poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Edward Zwick
Release Date 2008
Language English
Studio Paramount Vantage
Grosvenor Park Productions
Distributor Paramount Vantage
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tuvia Bielski Daniel Craig
Zus Bielski Liev Schreiber
Asael Bielski Jamie Bell
Lilka Ticktin Alexa Davalos
Isaac Malbin Mark Feuerstein
Ben Zion Gulkowitz Tomas Arana
Bella Iben Hjejle
Viktor Panchenko Ravil Isyanov
Arkady Lubczanski Sam Spruell
Chaya Dziencielsky Mia Wasikowska

Defiance is a 2008 World War II film starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber as brothers who decide to take the fight to the enemy during the German occupation of Poland while also protecting mass numbers of Jewish refugees. The film, based on a true story, was directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) and should be noted for the many World War II-era weapons seen in what appears to be near mint condition, which is correct considering the time frame (a rarity for the films).

The following weapons were used in the film Defiance (2008):



Walther P38

Tuvia Bielski (Daniel Craig) uses a Walther P38 as his sidearm. He gives it to Lilka Ticktin (Alexa Davalos) to protect herself during her food mission. Asael (Jamie Bell) also uses one to kill one German.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Lilka pulls out the Walther P38, and, in a rarely seen moment, thumbs the safety off.
Lilka with the P38. Note how hammer stays up, which is correct, yet also rarely seen.
Tuvia kills a refugee who disobeyed orders and tried to overthrow Tuvia.

Tokarev TT-33

During the Soviet ambush, Zus (Liev Schreiber) uses a Tokarev TT-33 to execute a German officer and a soldier. Near the end of the film, he shoots the tank commander with the Tokarev. Lilka's sidearm is also a TT-33.

Tokarev TT-33 - Pre-1947 version - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Zus aims at a vehicle after throwing a grenade under it.
Tuvia checks Lilka's Tokarev. The period-correct large slide serrations are visible in this shot.
Zus takes down the tank commander.


Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

The first gun obtained by Tuvia Bielski (Daniel Craig) from Koscik is a French Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver. He uses it to avenge his parent's death.

Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 Revolver - 11x17mmR
Tuvia Bielski (Daniel Craig) draws the Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver on the police chief.
Another shot of Tuvia with the Chamelot.
A closeup of Tuvia's Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver.

Nagant M1895

A female member of the Otriad is seen firing the Nagant M1895 in the final battle. Also seems to be standard issue for the police.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant
Policeman fires his Nagant.
Police officer wounds Zus with a Nagant.
Refugee fires at Germans.

Submachine Guns


Tuvia Bielski (Daniel Craig) and his brother Zus (Liev Schreiber) carry their captured MP40 submachine guns. Numerous Germans are equipped with the MP40.

MP40 Submachine gun - 9x19mm
Tuvia Bielski (Daniel Craig) has an MP40 slung across his back as he leads Chaya (Mia Wasikowska) from a cellar.
A Waffen SS soldier, wearing one of their SS Dot pattern camo smocks, fires his MP40 into one of the forest refugee camps.
Tuvia aims his MP40 at the police.
Zus aims at a refugee who snuck into camp.
Tuvia Bielski (Daniel Craig) carries an MP40 as he leads refugees through the forest. Behind him members of his militia march with Mosin Nagant rifles.
Zus runs out of the woods, firing on German infantry.
German soldiers are gunned down, holding MP40s.


Red Army soldiers are equipped with the PPSh-41. Towards the end of the film, some partisans have it too, notably Asael Bielski (Jamie Bell).

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A mint condition Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun is seen on a cart for distribution.
A Soviet partisan with a PPSh-41.
Zus' comrade firing PPSh in the police station.
Asael aims his PPSh.

Rifles / Carbines

Mosin Nagant M91/30

The Mosin-Nagant M91/30 is used by the Red Army soldiers and the Bielski partisans. Chaya (Mia Wasikowska) fires an M91/30 in the final battle.

Full-length Mosin-Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Peretz Shorshaty (Martin Hancock) enters camp brandishing a Mosin Nagant M91/30.
Zus Bielski (Liev Schreiber) examines a Mosin-Nagant M91/30 rifle.
Resistance members training with Mosin-Nagant M91/30 rifles.
Chaya fires at the Germans.

Mauser Model 1938

During the Nazi attack led by the milkman who gave the Nazis directions (forcing the Bielskis to abandon their first camp), Zus (Liev Schreiber) is seen firing a Turkish Mauser M38 in addition to the MP40 he is typically seen carrying, particularly when he shoots the milkman's arm.

Mauser Model 1938 - 8mm Mauser
Zus wields the M1938 Turkish Mauser.
Zus aims the rifle at the milkman.
Zus works the bolt on the Mauser. His typically carried MP40 is slung; its pistol grip is barely seen on the right.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

Several Mosin Nagant M38 Carbines are seen in the film, used by partisans. Also used by Belorussian Police.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
One of the collaborating Belorussian police officers wields a Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine.
Police search the forest, armed with M38 carbines.

Tokarev SVT-40

One of Zus' comrades carries a Tokarev SVT-40.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
The SVT-40 clearly seen slung.
Zus speaks with Viktor Panchenko, the Soviet commander of the October Otriad. The SVT-40 is again seen slung on Zus' comrade in the background.

Mauser Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by German forces and some Bielski partisans in the film. Aron Bielski (George MacKay) is briefly seen with one of them.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Zus Bielski (Liev Schreiber) leads a battle between partisans and the Wehrmacht in an open field. The German troops fight with Karabiner 98k rifles which is their standard-issue weapon.
Germans gunned down, holding K98 rifles.


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

Zus (Liev Schreiber) keeps a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun for protection and uses it when he goes into town seeking vengeance. He takes two rounds to down his first victim, and hits another in the chest, just wounding him, which suggests he is using either birdshot or another less powerful round. It also has exposed hammers.

Modern Baikal Commercial hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge. Baikal is a Russian manufacturer and a version of this budget shotgun is known as the Remington Spartan.
Zus (Liev Schreiber) loads up his shotgun to go into town, exposed hammers clearly visible.
Zus stands behind a collaborator he just wounded.

Machine Guns

Degtyarev DP

Zus is seen using a Degtyaryov DP-28 during an ambush. Later in the film, other partisans use it against attacking German forces.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Zus with a DP machine gun.
A Bielski Otriad partisan wields a DP.

MG 34

At the end of the film, a German machine gun team is setting their MG 34, mounting it on a tripod, but Tuvia (Daniel Craig) takes them out from behind and uses the machine gun against the German infantry. The tank which he shoots at also has an MG 34 which is later removed by Aron Bielski (George MacKay). Earlier, during the Red Army ambush, a German soldier shoots it from a truck.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. With Gurttrommel 34 - 50 round belt drum magazine.
Tuvia opens fire with the captured MG 34.
Tuvia with the MG 34.
A German tank commander fires at Tuvia.
Zus Bielski (Liev Schreiber) ducks behind the turret of a Panzer MK III to shield himself from an explosion. Above him is a German MG 34 machine gun.
MG 34 mounted on the turret.


The MG42 is also carried by the Germans.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG42 mounted on German motorcycle.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

The Model 24 Stielhandgranate is a German grenade, but it is only seen used by the Bielski partisans during the film. Zus throws one under a German truck during the Red Army ambush and later throws one into a German tank. Near the end of the film, Isaac (Mark Feuerstein) attacks German soldiers with a bag of grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
Zus readies the Stielhandgranate during the Red Army ambush.
Isaac (Mark Feuerstein) prepares to attack the German tank with the Stielhandgranate.


The Otriad acquires a few F-1 hand grenades.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
The Otriad acquires a few F-1 hand grenades.


Panzerkampfwagen Ausf. J/1

A rather good mockup of a Panzerkampfwagen Ausf. J/1 was used at the end of the film. It is one of the two vehicles used in the film Enemy at the Gates. These were built using modified Swiss Panzer 61 tanks.

Side view of the Panzerkampfwagen III.
Rotating the turret.
Firing the main gun at the partisans.
Closeup view with the MG34 mounted on the turret.

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