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From the Bug to the Vistula (Ot Buga do Visly)

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From the Bug to the Vistula
(Ot Buga do Visly)
Ot Buga do Visly DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Timofei Levchuk
Release Date 1980
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pyotr Vershigora Mihai Volontir
Nikolay Moskalenko Les Serdyuk
Capt. Voytenko Evgeniy Papernyy
Maj. Yurov Leonid Yanovsky
Anton Zemlyanko Aleksandr Denisov
Bakradze Zurab Kapianidze
Lt. Dubinin Yuri Kamornyj
Platov Andrei Rostotsky

From the Bug to the Vistula (Ot Buga do Visly) is a Soviet 1980 war movie directed by Timofei Levchuk. It is the fourth and the last part of the tetralogy of films, depicting the activities of Soviet partisan unit under the command of Sidor Artemyevich Kovpak. During the Carpathian raid Kovpak was wounded, and his second-in-command Semyon Rudnev killed in action. The new commander of the unit became Pyotr Vershigora. In early 1944 he leads the unit in the next raid in Nazi-occupied territories of Poland.

The following weapons were used in the film From the Bug to the Vistula (Ot Buga do Visly):


Nagant M1895

Some partisans, including Dubinin (Yuri Kamornyj), carry Nagant M1895 revolvers.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant
Dubining holds the Nagant revolver while attaching the explosive charge to the door of the safe in German headquarters.
A partisan at the right holds the Nagant.

Tokarev TT-33

While many Soviet officers carry holsters for TT-33, the pistol is seen in action only in hands of Col. Pyotr Vershigora (Mihai Volontir), the commander of the partisan unit.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Vershigora fires his TT...
...until he runs out of ammo.

Mauser C96

Nikolay Moskalenko (Les Serdyuk), Vershigora's zampolit (deputy for political matters), carries the Mauser C96 pistol.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Moskalenko carries the Mauser in typical wooden holster.
Moskalenko holds the pistol in attack.

Walther PPK

When Anton Zemlyanko (Aleksandr Denisov) performs the recognaissance mission in the city of Lublin, he is armed with the Walther PPK.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP. Note the ring just behind the magazine.
Zemlyanko draws the pistol.
He puts the pistol back in holster.

Walther P38

A German officer holds the Walther P38 pistol during the attack on radar station.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
The P38 is seen at the right.

Submachine Guns


Partisans widely use PPSh-41 SMGs, mostly with drum magazines.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A partisan at the left carries the PPSh with stick magazine.
A partisan fires his PPSh during the battle in a town.
Capt. Beregovoy (Mikhail Gornostal) cleans his PPSh.
A payload of PPSh-41 SMGs and ammo is dropped to partisans from the Soviet plane.
Dubinin (Yuri Kamornyj), Vershigora (Mihai Volontir) and Moskalenko (Les Serdyuk) fires their PPSh-41 SMGs.
Platov (Andrei Rostotsky) fires his PPSh.
Bakradze (Zurab Kapianidze) fires his PPSh-41.
Anton Zemlyanko (Aleksandr Denisov) with PPSh.


MP40 SMGs are widely used by both German troops and Soviet and Polish partisans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Partisans with MP40s stand in formation.
Dubinin (Yuri Kamornyj) carries the MP40 (at the right).
A partisan at the left (Yaroslav Gavrilyuk) carries the MP40.
Zima (Yakov Kozlov) holds the MP40.
Waclaw Borz (Stanislaw Mikulski), the leader of Polish resistance group, inspects the MP40 and magazines.
The commander of Polish partisan unit Porucznik (Lt.) Podkowa (Lembit Ulfsak) (at the right) holds the MP40.
A German soldier fires the MP40.
Vasya Korobko (Evgeniy Pashin) holds the MP40 in the final scene.

Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles are used by German troops in several scenes.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Jagdkommando special anti-partisan unit personnel train with Sturmgewehr 44s.
The StG 44 fires from the window during the partisans attack on the radar station.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many partisans are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
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Partisans carry M91/30 rifles during the march through the swamp.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Some partisans carry Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A partisan at the left carries M38 Carbine.

Karabiner 98k

Some German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. Captured 98k rifles are used by Soviet and Polish partisans.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier escorts a group of arrested Poles who are suspected to be member of Resistance.
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Soviet partisans carry 98k rifles during the march through the swamp.
A Polish partisan holds the 98k rifle with bayoner.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Partisans widely use Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The DP-27 is seen at the left.
Partisans fire DP-27 and MP40 during the battle.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by partisans.

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
The Maxim on horse cart during the winter march.
Pyotr Vershigora (Mihai Volontir) and Nikolay Moskalenko (Les Serdyuk) examine the Maxim. Note the unusual combination of M1910/30 post-1941 barrel and early M1910 shield with sight hole.
A partisan mans Maxim during the night battle.
The Maxim on horse cart.


Wehrmacht troops use MG34 machine guns. Captured MG34s are used by partisans.

MG34 with 50 round belt drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The German tripod-mounted MG34 after the battle in town.
Partisans use the MG34.
The MG34 is mounted on the BTR-152 APC.
Anton Zemlyanko (Aleksandr Denisov) fires the MG34, covering the retreat of the partisan unit.


German troops use MG42 machine guns in several scenes.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG42 fires during the partisans attack on radar station.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 hand grenades are seen in one scene.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Several F-1 grenades are seen on partisan base.

RG-42 Hand Grenade

The RG-42 hand grenade is seen together with F-1 hand grenades.

RG-42 Soviet fragmentation hand grenade
The RG-42 is seen among F-1 grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by both German soldiers and Soviet partisans.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A partisan at the left carries the Stielhandgranate.
Dubinin (Yuri Kamornyj) and "Conjurer" (Bogdan Stupka) perform toss juggling, using unloaded Stielhandgranates as clubs.
Dubinin catches the "clubs".

BM-37 Mortar

Partisans use 82-mm BM-37 Mortars.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar
The BM-37 mortar is seen on the cart.

45-mm 53-K

45-mm 53-K AT guns are used by partisans.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
45-mm AT gun on winter march.
Two 45-mm 53-K guns and the 76.2-mm ZiS-3 gun support the attack.
53-K gun in action.



Partisans use the 76.2-mm ZiS-3 field gun.

ZiS-3 is used during the night attack on railway station.
Two 45-mm 53-K guns and the 76.2-mm ZiS-3 gun support the attack.


BTR-152s stand for German APCs, despite being wheeled unlike German half-track SdKfz 250/251.

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