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Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah)

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Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Oleg Lentsius
Release Date 1960
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Gen. Sergei Usov Boris Dmokhovsky
Maj. Pyotr Kirillovich Grigory Mikhaylov
Samarin Vasili Vekshin
Aleksei Gogolko Andrei Khlebnikov
Ivan Vozhzhov Mikhail Pugovkin
Nadya Natalya Naum
Yurko Pavel Dubashinsky

Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah) is a 1960 Soviet war movie. The story takes place in July 1941 on Soviet-German front. A Soviet armoured train is a mainstay of the defence against Wehrmacht offensive.

The following weapons were used in the film Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah):


Tokarev TT-33

Soviet officers' service sidearms are TT-33 pistols. They are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Wounded Gen. Usov (Boris Dmokhovsky) holds his TT.

Submachine Guns


Many Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Sgt. Aleksei Gogolko (Andrei Khlebnikov) with PPSh.
Sgts. Aleksei Gogolko and Ivan Vozhzhov (Mikhail Pugovkin) with PPSh-41 SMGs.
Capt. Bondarenko (Aleksandr Anurov) with PPSh.
Vozhzhov (at the right) with a PPSh.
A PPSh is seen on the wall inside the armoured train.
Political commissair Samarin (Vasili Vekshin) (at the left) and the commander of the armoured train Maj. Pyotr Kirillovich (Grigory Mikhaylov) (at the right) with PPSh-41s.
Pyotr Kirillovich and Samarin lead the crew of the armoured train after it is destroyed.


MP40 SMGs are seen in hands of German soldiers in several scenes. They are also used by Soviet soldiers and partisans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Sailor Yurko (Pavel Dubashinsky) rides a bicycle in the opening scene. He carries two captured MP40s.
A closer view of an MP40.
German motorcyclists with MP40s.
A young partisan holds an MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

Many Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier fires his rifle.
Ostap Korneevich (Aleksei Bunin), the commander of partisan unit, holds an M91/30 rifle (in center).
A soldier aims.
A soldier at the left carries an M91/30 on sling.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles on march. Some rifles are fitted with bayonets.
A soldier fires his rifle during the night battle.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Some Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1938 carbines.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier at the right holds an M38 carbine.

Mauser Rifle

Some German soldiers are seen with Mauser rifles. It's hard to say if they are Karabiner 98ks or Gewehr 98s or a mix of both.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers with rifles under the heavy artillery fire. Some of them seem to be long enough for Gewehr 98s.
A German soldier at the left holds a rifle.


Double Barreled Shotgun

In one scene Ostap Korneevich (Aleksei Bunin), the commander of partisan unit, carries a double barreled shotgun (later he replaces it with a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle).

Ostap Korneevich (in the middle) with a shotgun.

Single Barreled Shotgun

In the same scene one of the partisans carries a single barreled shotgun (later he replaces it with a DP-27 machine gun).

A partisan behind Ostap Korneevich carries a shotgun.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Soviet troops use Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Pvt. Eset Ismaili (Anvar Turaev) with DP-27 in ambush. At the right Sgt. Ivan Vozhzhov (Mikhail Pugovkin) holds a PPSh-41.
One of the partisans holds a DP-27.
A soldier reloads his DP-27.
Sailor Yurko (Pavel Dubashinsky) fires a DP-27 in the final scene.

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on the armoured train.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A DT is seen below the turret.

MG 34

MG 34s are briefly seen in hands of German soldiers and Soviet partisans.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier carries an MG 34.
Another German soldier carries an MG 34 with folded bipod.
A partisan at the right mans an MG 34.


Anachronistic MG42s are seen among the weapons that the commander of the armoured train gives to partisans.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Ostap Korneevich (Aleksei Bunin), the partisans commander, holds an MG42.
The barrels of two MG42s are seen in the middle.
A partisan at the left mans an MG42.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by Soviet infantry and also mounted on the armoured train.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim inside the armoured train.
A Maxim covers the work to restore the broken railway.
A Maxim on the armoured train. It is covered with armoured tube.
Two gunners remove the Maxim from armoured mounting in order to use it outside the train.
A Maxim in night battle.
A Maxim in the final scene.

Maxim M-4 Quad Mount

Two M-4 quad AA mounts are seen on the armoured train. They are manned by Sgts. Ivan Vozhzhov (Mikhail Pugovkin) and Aleksei Gogolko (Andrei Khlebnikov).

Maxim M1910/30 in M-4 AA quad mounting
A quad Maxim on flatcar.
Vozhzhov fires the M-4. Behind him a 76.2-mm AA gun M1938 is seen.
Vozhzhov cleans his machine gun.
Vozhzhov fires at German dive bombers.
Gogolko at his machine gun.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 with smooth water jacket is seen in one scene.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A broken-down Maxim and a slain gunner are seen on the battlefield.

Degtyaryov DShK-12,7

Several DShK heavy machine guns are mounted on the armoured train.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
A DShK on the armoured wagon.
A DShK is seen behind Sgt. Aleksei Gogolko (Andrei Khlebnikov).

37-mm AA gun M1939 (61-K)

Four 37-mm M1939 (61-K) AA guns are mounted on the armoured train.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37?252SR
A barrel of 37-mm AA gun is seen at the background.
A wagon with two 37-mm AA guns.

Hand Grenades


RGD-33 grenades are used by Soviet soldiers in several scenes.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Sailor Yurko (Pavel Dubashinsky) carries an RGD-33 and an F-1.
Nadya (Natalya Naum) takes a grenade from a slain soldier.


Some Soviet soldiers carry F-1 hand grenades.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Sailor Yurko (Pavel Dubashinsky) carries an RGD-33 and an F-1.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Several Soviet soldiers carry captured Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A soldier (next to a sailor) carries a grenade tucked at his belt.
Sailor Yurko (Pavel Dubashinsky) also carries an M24 grenade. A moment later it switches to RGD-33.

Other Weapons

45-mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

Soviet 53-K AT guns are seen in several scenes.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
A 45-mm AT gun is seen during the march of Soviet troops on the forest road.
A 45-mm gun in action.
A 45-mm gun is seen on the flatcar.

7.5 cm Pak 40

German 7.5 cm Pak 40 AT guns are seen in several scenes.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
A 7.5 cm Pak 40 is seen near the house.
A 7.5 cm Pak 40 is towed by a car.

82-mm Mortar BM-37

82-mm mortars BM-37 are used by both Soviet and German soldiers (in the latter case they stand for German Granatwerfer 34 Mortars.)

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar
German soldiers run to the mortar.
They fire at the armoured train.
A Soviet soldier at the left carries the barrel of the mortar.


Armoured Train

A genuine WWII-era armoured train appears in the movie. It's a late war version of Soviet armoured trains. It consists of two armoured wagons, one with three turrets of T-34 tanks with 76.2-mm F-34 guns, and another one with a single such turret, and of several flatcars with 76.2-mm M1938 AA guns, 37-mm M1939 AA guns, 45-mm M1937 guns and numerous machine guns.


Pz. III Tank

Genuine German Pz. III tanks appear in the movie.

German tanks in attack.
A side view of a burning tank.
Another tank in attack. Next to it a hull of a destroyed tank is seen.

Armoured Car

A mockup of the Sd. Kfz. 231 (6-rad) German armoured car is seen in one scene. It's a movie prop, specially made for filming. Note that the turret isn't rotating.


76.2-mm M1939 (USV) Field Gun


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