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Destiny of a Man (Sudba cheloveka)

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Destiny of a Man (Sudba cheloveka)
Sudba cheloveka Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk
Release Date 1959
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Andrey Sokolov Sergei Bondarchuk
Irina Sokolova Zinaida Kirienko
Ivan Timofeevich Pavel Volkov
SS Sturmbannf├╝hrer Muller Yuri Averin
The writer Evgeniy Teterin

Destiny of a Man or Fate of a Man (original title Sudba cheloveka) is a 1958 Soviet drama movie adapted from the short story by Mikhail Sholokhov. The film is the directorial debut of Sergei Bondarchuk who also appears in the role of the main character, a Soviet soldier Andrey Sokolov who overcame Nazi captivity.

The following weapons were used in the film Destiny of a Man (Sudba cheloveka):


Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are carried by German officers. In one scene Andrey Sokolov (Sergei Bondarchuk) disarms a German Major (Konstantin Alekseev) of his Luger.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German NCO holds a Luger during the chase after runaway Sokolov.
Sudba cheloveka-P08-1A.jpg
SS Sturmbannf├╝hrer Muller (Yuri Averin) holds a Luger.
Andrey Sokolov disarms a German Major.
Sokolov hands the pistol to a Soviet soldier.

Submachine Guns


During the battles of 1944-1945 most Soviet soldiers carry PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A young soldier (Aleksandr Lebedev) holds a PPSh.
An aged soldier with a PPSh.
A PPSh is seen on the wall.
Sudba cheloveka-PPSh-4.jpg
Soldiers with PPSh-41s stand in formation during the funeral.


Numerous German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Two German soldiers (Andrey Karasyov at the left, unknown actor at the right) find wounded Sokolov on the battlefield.
The barrel of the MP40 is seen at the left.
Sudba cheloveka-MP40-2A.jpg
A German Unterfeldwebel (NCO) escorts Russian POWs.
A German soldier on the railway flatcar carries an MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In several scenes Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
M91/30 rifles are seen in a rack, below a PPSh.
Soviet soldiers fire their rifles in air, saluting for victory.
A soldier with an M91/30 rifle with bayonet stands near the coffin during the funeral.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also seen in hands of Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
One of the soldiers in attack holds an M38 Carbine.

Mauser Rifle

Some German soldiers are armed with Mauser rifles, supposedly but not nessessary Karabiner 98k.

For reference: Karabiner 98k with bayonet - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A sentry on the railway flarcar, transporting artillery, holds a Mauser rifle with attached sword bayonet.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT

A Degtyaryov DT is seen mounted on T-34 tank.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A frontal DT is seen.

MG 34

German MG 34 machine guns are seen in several scenes.

MG 34- 7.92x57mm Mauser
An SS guard of a concentration camp fires an MG 34.
An MG 34 is seen in German trenches (at the left).

Other Weapons

7.5 cm Pak 40

German 7.5 cm Pak 40 AT guns are seen during a battle.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
Pak 40 AT guns fire at Soviet tanks. One of them is already destroyed.
A damaged and abandoned Pak 40 is seen at the foreground. The gun at the background seems to be a real or mockup 7.5 cm KwK 40 tank gun in a part of destroyed tank turret.
An abandoned Pak 40 is seen at the foreground.



A T-34-85 in attack.
T-34 tanks are visually modified to resemble German Tiger and Panther tanks.
A T-34-85 is driving past abandoned German tanks that are visually modified T-34s.
A BA-64 armored car is seen at the background left.


76.2 mm ZIS-3 field guns in action. They are anachronistic for Summer 1941.
105 mm leFH 18 German field howitzers are seen on a train.
122 mm M-30 Soviet field howitzers.
An M-30 howitzer on march.


English release DVD Cover

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