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Fighting Film Collection No. 12 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 12)

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Fighting Film Collection No. 12
(Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 12)
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vera Stroyeva
Gerbert Rappaport
Release Date 1942
Language Russian
Studio TsOKS
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pyotr Vorobyov Oleg Zhakov
Sabyd Aymanov Kapan Badyrov
Lt. Krotov Evgeniy Nemchenko
Klava Manefa Sobolevskaya
Tan'ka Krylova Yanina Zheymo
Van'ka Krylov Yuriy Bogolyubov
Grandfather Mikhail Zharov
Vasiliy Vasilyevich Boris Blinov

Fighting Film Collection No. 12 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 12) is the twelve issue of Boyevoy kinosbornik series, released in August 1942. It contains two segments: "Syn boytsa/ Son of a Fighter", and "Van'ka". The first segment depicts a story of a baby, saved and adopted by Soviet soldiers; the second is about the adventures of brother and sister in a partisans unit.

The following weapons were used in the film Fighting Film Collection No. 12 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 12):


Nagant M1895

In "Son of a Fighter" Lt. Krotov (Evgeniy Nemchenko) carries a Nagant M1895 revolver in holster. In "Van'ka" Nagants are used by some German officers.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Lt. Krotov carries a Nagant in holster in "Son of a Fighter".
A partisan (Georgiy Svetlani) carries a Nagant holster in "Van'ka".
A German Capt. (Grigoriy Shpigel) fires a Nagant (at the left).
German officers with Nagants.
A German Lt. (Boris Feodosyev) fires a Nagant.


Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are used by German officers and Soviet partisans, notably by the commander of partisans unit Vasiliy Vasilyevich (Boris Blinov), in "Van'ka".

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A partisan in center carries a Mauser C96 tucked in his belt.
Vasiliy Vasilyevich holds a Mauser C96.
A German Lt. (Boris Feodosyev) fires a Mauser pistol.
A German Oberleutnant (Aleksandr Kostomolotskiy) fires a Mauser pistol.
Vasiliy Vasilyevich carries a Mauser C96 in holster.


A partisan carries a pistol that appears to be an M1911 in "Van'ka".

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A partisan carries the supposed M1911 tucked in his belt.

Submachine Guns

Suomi M31

Lt. Krotov (Evgeniy Nemchenko) and some of his soldiers are armed with Suomi M31 SMGs in "Son of a Fighter". In "Van'ka" Suomi SMGs are used by German soldiers and Soviet partisans.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm
Lt. Krotov with a Suomi SMG.
A soldier at the left loads a Suomi.
One of the soldiers, carrying their wounded comrade, is armed with a Suomi.
A soldier at the left fires a Suomi.
A close view of Krotov's SMG.
German soldiers with Suomi SMGs in "Van'ka".
A Gefreiter (Georgiy Georgiu) carries a Suomi SMG.
Partisan Pyotr (Anatoliy Alekseev) carries a Suomi.

Degtyaryov PPD-40

When Lt. Krotov (Evgeniy Nemchenko) raises his soldiers in attack, his previously seen Suomi SMG swithes to a PPD-40.

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Krotov raises his soldiers in attack, holding a PPD-40.


MP38 SMGs are seen in hands of German soldiers.

MP38 - 9x19mm
MP38 on a body of a German soldier.
German soldiers in attack.
A soldier with MP38.
A soldier fires his SMG.
A sentry holds a submachine gun that appears to be an MP38 with mockup barrel (probably original barrel was broken and replaced).
Another view of half-mockup SMG.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle

In "Son of a Fighter" sniper Pyotr Vorobyov (Oleg Zhakov) is armed with a sniper version of Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle.

Full-length, Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle with PU 3.5x sniper scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54mm R
Vorobyov's sniper rifle.
Turned down bolt handle is seen.
Vorobyov on position.
The sniper scope is seen.
Vorobyov carries his sniper rifle with attached bayonet (uncommon for sniper rifles).
Vorobyov with M91/30 and Sabyd Aymanov (Kapan Badyrov) with M91.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Most Red Army soldiers in "Son of a Fighter" and partisans in "Van'ka" are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier with M91.
Sabyd Aymanov (Kapan Badyrov) with M91.
Aymanov on position. Note the hexed receiver of his rifle.
Sodiers with M91 rifles in trench.
Aymanov crosses the battlefield to save a child.
Pyotr Vorobyov (Oleg Zhakov) takes a standard M91 instead of his sniper rifle.
Vorobyov with M91/30 and Aymanov with M91.
M91 rifles in partisans camp in "Van'ka". Tan'ka Krylova (Yanina Zheymo) takes one of them.
Partisans with M91 rifles in the final scene.

Mannlicher M1895

Some German soldiers in "Son of a Fighter" are armed with Mannlicher M1895 rifles.

Original Austro-Hungarian Steyr Mannlicher M1895 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher
A Mannlicher is seen at the background next to the body of a soldier.
The rifle is seen better. Its magazine looks slightly different from a standard M95.

Mauser Carbine

In one scene in Van'ka a German soldier is armed with a Mauser carbine of unidentified model. It has very short barrel with full-length handguard, straight bolt handle and is fitted with bayonet which isn't common for such short rifles.


Wz. 29 Mauser

Some German soldiers in "Van'ka" are armed with Polish Wz. 29 Mauser rifles.

Polish Karabinek wz. 1929 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers in destroyed Russian village.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Grandfather (Mikhail Zharov) carries a Double Barreled Shotgun in "Van'ka".

TOZ-B double barreled side by side shotgun - 16 Gauge
Grandfather raises his shotgun.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP-27 light machine guns are used by Soviet soldiers in "Son of a Fighter" and by partisans in "Van'ka".

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A DP-27 on positions.
A DP-27 on partisans base.
Another view of partisans DP. It lacks the magazine.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 is used by Soviet soldiers in "Son of a Fighter".

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim in dugout.
Soldiers tug a Maxim across battlefield.

Hotchkiss M1914

An abandoned Hotchkiss M1914 is seen in Van'ka.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel / 7.92x57mm Mauser / 11mm Gras
An abandoned Hotchkiss.

Other Weapons

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

Soviet soldiers and partisans use RGD-33 hand grenades in "Son of a Fighter" and "Van'ka" respectively.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
A pair of RGD-33s is seen in Soviet trench in "Son of a Fighter".
Pyotr Vorobyov (Oleg Zhakov) throws a grenade.
Vasiliy Vasilyevich (Boris Blinov) holds a grenade in "Van'ka".

45mm 53-K AT Gun

German troops use a 45mm 53-K gun in "Van'ka".

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)

BM-37 82mm Mortar

Soviet troops use BM-37 82mm mortars in "Son of a Fighter".

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar



A German Oberleutnant (Aleksandr Kostomolotskiy) carries a holster for a compact pistol.



A Soviet tankette T-27 stands for a German tank in "Son of a Fighter".

T-27 stands for destroyed German tank. Note that the DT machine gun is removed.


152mm ML-20 gun-howitzers are seen on march in the final scene in "Son of a Fighter".


76.2mm M1927 regimental gun stands for a German field gun in "Van'ka".

M1927 gun is seen at the right.

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