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Fit for Non-Combatant Duty (Goden k nestroevoy)

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Fit for Non-Combatant Duty
(Goden k nestroevoy)
Goden k nestroevoy Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Rogovoy
Efraim Sevela
Release Date 1968
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vladimir Danilin Viktor Perevalov
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Kachura Mikhail Pugovkin
Pavel Fomin Boris Gitin
Ivan Pavlovich Samokhin Aleksey Chernov
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Lena Korolyova Lyubov Rumyantseva
Colonel Evgeniy Kuznetsov
Skhirladze Kakhi Kavsadze

Fit for Non-Combatant Duty (Goden k nestroevoy) is a Soviet 1968 B&W war comedy directed by Vladimir Rogovoy and Efraim Sevela. In 1943 17-years old, clumsy and short-sighted Vladimir Danilin volunteers for the service in Soviet Army. Being fit for non-combatant duty only, he is enlisted to a communications platoon as a driver of horse cart. When his horse is blown up by a mine, Danilin manages to get another one, and it turns out to be a trained circus horse.

The following weapons were used in the film Fit for Non-Combatant Duty (Goden k nestroevoy):



Platoon commander Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Kachura (Mikhail Pugovkin) carries a TT-33 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Kachura draws his TT when planning to shoot a horse, unfit for service.
Kachura carries a TT holster in another scene.

Submachine Guns


Some Soviet soldiers, notably Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Kachura (Mikhail Pugovkin), Pavel Fomin (Boris Gitin) and Skhirladze (Kakhi Kavsadze), are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs. Both drum and stick magazines are seen.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Fomin takes his PPSh with stick magazine.
Skhirladze carries a PPSh.
A close view of Skhirladze's PPSh.
Another close view.
Soviet scouts with PPSh-41s move across enemy lines.
Kachura's PPSh with stick magazine is seen on the wall.
Kachura (in center) carries a PPSh.
The stick magazine is seen.


Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Lena Korolyova (Lyubov Rumyantseva), commander of scout group, carries an MP40. MP40s are also carried by German soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Korolyova carries an MP40 when returning from mission.
Another view of Korolyova's MP40.
A German sentry carries an MP40.
Danilin (Viktor Perevalov) carries his M91/30 rifle and Korolyova's MP40 when he drags wounded Korolyova across the no man's land to Soviet positions.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many Soviet soldiers, notably Vladimir Danilin (Viktor Perevalov) and Ivan Pavlovich Samokhin (Aleksey Chernov), are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Samokhin's rifle with bayonet, attached backwards.
A row of M91/30 rifles is seen at the background.
Samokhin cleans his rifle. The removed bolt is seen on the cloth.
Danilin carries his rifle when he drags wounded Korolyova across the no man's land to Soviet positions.
A close view of Danilin's rifle.
The bayonet, attached backwards, is seen.
Samokhin holds his rifle when guarding arrested Danilin.
A close view of the barrel and bayonet of Danilin's rifle.

Mauser Rifle

In one scene a German soldier carries a Mauser rifle of unclear model (perhaps, but not necessarily a Karabiner 98k).

For comparison: Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Goden k nestroevoy-Mauser-1.jpg
A German soldier with Mauser rifle guards horses at night.

Machine Guns

MG 34

German MG 34 machine guns, mounted on motorcycles, are seen in one scene.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Goden k nestroevoy-MG34-1.jpg
Several MG 34, mounted on motorcycles, are seen in the night scene.

Degtyaryov DP-27

A Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun is seen mounted on a motorcycle.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A motorcycle with DP-27 is seen in the column of Soviet troops.

Degtyaryov DT

A Degtyaryov DT machine gun is seen mounted on a T-34-85 tank.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A frontal DT is seen on a T-34-85 that stands for destroyed German tank.

Other Weapons


PTRD-41 AT rifles are seen during the march of Soviet troops.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
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Soldiers carry PTRD-41 AT rifles.

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

Skhirladze (Kakhi Kavsadze) carries an RGD-33 hand grenade.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Skhirladze carries an RGD-33 and an F-1 grenades.
An RGD-33 is seen on the table.

F-1 Hand Grenade

Lena Korolyova (Lyubov Rumyantseva) and Skhirladze (Kakhi Kavsadze) carry F-1 hand grenades.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Skhirladze carries an RGD-33 and an F-1 grenades.
Goden k nestroevoy-F1-1.jpg
Korolyova carries a pair of F-1 grenades.

82mm BM-37 Mortar

During the march Soviet soldiers carry disassembled BM-37 mortars.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar, early model
A soldier carry mortar barrel.
Other soldiers carry mortar bipod and baseplate.
A good view of carried baseplate.

120mm M1938 Mortar

A battery of Soviet 120mm M1938 Mortars (or nearly same looking M1943) is seen in one scene. The mortars are of post-war modification as they are fitted with muzzle devices, preventing double loading.

Soviet 120-mm regimental mortar M1938 on wheeled carriage
Goden k nestroevoy-Mortar-1.jpg
Loading of 120mm mortar.
A 120mm mortar is towed by a truck.



A 76.2mm ZiS-3 field gun is briefly seen on march.
A 122mm M-30 howitzer on march.
Another view of M-30 on march.
Katyusha multiple rocket launchers are seen on march across the pontoon bridge. Due to relatively short tube launchers, they appear to be post-war 140mm BM-14.


A T-34-85 stands for destroyed German tank.
A T-34 on railway flatcar; the turret is rotated to back.
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Post-war T-55 tanks.


Documentary footage is used in several scenes to represent the Soviet offencive and the attacks of German planes.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
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A closeup of a soldier, firing and reloading Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles in attack.


PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soldiers with PPSh-41 (at the left) and PPD-40 (at the right).
A soldier with PPSh in action.


PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soldiers with PPSh-41 (at the left) and PPD-40 (at the right).

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier with a Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun.
A DP-27 in action.

MG15 / MG81

MG15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 81 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG15 or MG 81 machine gun is seen mounted on a German He111 bomber in ventral position.

Berezin UBT

Berezin UBT, a turret version of UB with spade grips - 12.7x108mm
A Berezin UBT machine gun is seen mounted on Soviet Il-2 ground attack plane.

RPG-40 Hand Grenade

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.
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A Soviet soldier with RPG-40 anti-tank grenade.


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57mm ZiS-2 AT guns. The very long barrel allows to differ ZiS-2 from generally similar 76.2mm ZiS-3.
122mm M-30 howitzers.
152mm ML-20 gun-howitzer.
Goden k nestroevoy-Chronicle-4.jpg
203mm B-4 howitzer.


A destroyed German Pz.IV tank. This is a late version with long 75mm gun.


German He111 bombers.
German Ju87 dive bomber.
Soviet Pe-2 bombers.
Soviet Il-2 ground attack planes.

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