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Deserter (Dezertir) (1933)

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Deserter (Dezertir)
Dezertir 1933 Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin
Release Date 1933
Language Russian
Studio Mezhrabpomfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Karl Renn Boris Livanov
Ludwig Zelle Vasili Kovrigin
Fritz Muller Aleksandr Chistyakov
Greta Zelle Tamara Makarova
Bruno Semyon Svashenko
The secretary of Communist Party commetee Vladimir Uralskiy
Otto Karl Gurnyak
Marcella Zelle Yudif Glizer

Deserter (Dezertir) is a 1933 Soviet B&W film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin. A young Hamburg worker, Karl Renn (Boris Livanov), is a member of the German Communist party, but he doesn't show courage in the direct struggle with strikebreakers and police and even deserts a picket-line. His elder comrade Ludwig Zelle chooses Karl as a member of a delegation to the Soviet Union. Karl works together with Soviet workers on a mechanical plant but when he gets news that Zelle is killed by police, he returns to Germany and becomes an active member of the struggle.

The following weapons were used in the film Deserter (Dezertir):


Karabiner 1888

Several German mounted policemen dispersing the workers demonstration carry Karabiner 1888s.

Karabiner 1888 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A mounted policeman carries a Karabiner 88. The guarded front sight is seen.
Another view of the rifle.
The magazine can be seen.
One of the policemen carries a Karabiner 88.

Mannlicher M1895 Short Rifle

Several mounted policemen carry Mannlicher M1895 short rifles that are Stutzen riflemen short rifles or cavalry carbines.

Steyr Repertier-Stutzen M1895 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher. M1895 cavalry carbine looks nearly the same.
A mounted policeman at the left carries a Mannlicher short rifle.
A mounted policeman at the left carries a Mannlicher short rifle.
A mounted policeman attacks Greta Zelle who carries the red banner.
Typical Mannlicher stacking rod is seen. Note that the shot is mirrored.
The Mannlicher magazine can be seen.
A decent view of the rifle.

Karabiner 98a

One of the policemen carries a Karabiner 98a, identified by the distinctive stacking hook just below the upper barrel band.

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbine - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Turkish Mauser M1905 / Serbian Mauser M1908 Carbine (?)

One of the policemen carries a short rifle that is possibly a Turkish Mauser M1905 Carbine or Serbian Mauser M1908 Carbine. The Turkish carbine may be a better guess as many rifles of the Ottoman Army were captured by Russian troops in 1915-1916.

Serbian Mauser M1908 Carbine - 7x57mm. Turkish Mauser M1905, chambered in 7.65x53mm, looks very similar except it is about 4" (10 cm) longer.
A policeman at the foreground carries a rifle with pistol gripped stock, guarded front sight, and turned down bolt handle.

Unidentified infantry rifles

Reichswehr soldiers guarding the strikebreakers carry full-length rifles with long bayonets. These rifles are only seen at a distance and cannot be identified.

Soldiers carry rifles with bayonets. These thin and long bayonets with hooked quillion mostly resemble French patterns, issued for Lebel and Berthier rifles.

Unidentified cavalry rifles

Mounted policemen also carry unidentified short rifles.

Mounted policemen carry unidentified Mauser-style short rifles.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT

A T-27 tankette, armed with a Degtyaryov DT machine gun, stands in for an armored German police vehicle, used against rioting dock workers in Hamburg. This scene was reused in the 1938 film Esli zavtra voyna.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The hull-mounted DT on the T-27 tankette. This is the early version of the machine gun that has cooling fins on the barrel.
A rioter tries to stop the vehicle but is gunned down point blank.


T-27 tankette.
Tupolev TB-3 heavy bombers fly over the Soviet city during the celebration of the International Workers' Day.

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