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Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga)

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Front in the Rear of the Enemy
(Front v tylu vraga)
Front v tylu vraga DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by Igor Gostev
Release Date 1981
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Barrandov Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col. Ivan Mlynsky Vyacheslav Tikhonov
Yerofeich Ivan Lapikov
Irina Petrovna Valeriya Zaklunnaya
Major Gassan Aliyev Tofik Mirzoyev
Major Karasyov Aleksandr Mikhaylov
Shumsky Leonid Dyachkov
SS Sturmbannfuhrer Zange Mati Klooren

Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga) is a 1981 Soviet war movie directed by Igor Gostev. It is the final part of the trilogy. Two previous parts are Front Without Flanks (Front bez flangov) (1975) and Front Beyond the Front Line (Front za liniey fronta) (1977). The special unit under command of Colonel Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) continues fighting behind German lines in Winter 1944-1945. The new task is to locate the German test ground for V-2 Wunderwaffe, attack it and capture technical documentation and equipment.

The following weapons were used in the film Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga):


Walther P38

Several German officers and Gestapo agents carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
Friedrich von Butzow (Lev Polyakov) handles his P38 to Ivan Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov).
A Gestapo agent (at the right) holds a P38 during the arrest of Professor Friebe and his wife.
Mlynsky, disguised as a German soldier, holds a P38.

Luger P08

Several German officers and Gestapo agents carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
A Gestapo agent (at the left) holds a Luger during the arrest of Professor Friebe and his wife.
Major Karasyov (Aleksandr Mikhaylov), disguised as German officer, holds a P08.
Wounded Karasyov holds his pistol.

Walther PP

In one scene Major Karasyov (Aleksandr Mikhaylov), disguised as German officer, draws a Walther PP pistol. Later in the same scene he gives his pistol to Yelena Kovalenko (acting as Helena Zielke) (Vaiva Mainelyte).

Walther PP - 7.65x17mm
Karasyov holds his pistol.
Karasyov gives his pistol to Yelena Kovalenko.
Yelena Kovalenko with the pistol in hand.

Browning Hi-Power

In one scene a Gestapo agent holds a pistol that resembles a Browning Hi-Power. It is historically correct because Belgian manufactured Hi-Power pistols were used in Germany as Pistole 640(b), but the screen pistol looks more like a post-war version.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
A blurry but still recognisable pistol.

Submachine guns


Most of Soviet officers and soldiers carry PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
Col. Mlynsky (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) holds a PPSh. Next to him Major Aliyev (Tofik Mirzoyev) also carries a PPSh.
Soviet soldiers with PPSh SMGs and PTRD-41 AT rifles during the battle.
Col. Mlynsky inspects his PPSh.
Major Khvat (Viktor Shulgin), Col. Mlynsky and Major Aliyev with PPSh SMGs and Polish resistance commander Jerzy Radkiewicz (Paul Butkevich) with an MP40.
Soviet engineers study a captured V-2 missile. They carry PPSh SMGs.
A Soviet soldier with PPSh.
Yerofeich (Ivan Lapikov) with PPSh in the final scene.


MP40 submachine guns are used by German soldiers and Polish and Czech resistance fighters.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm.
A Polish resistance fighter is armed with an MP40.
A Polish resistance fighter fires his MP40 during the German attack. Next to him a Soviet soldier aims his PTRD-41 at a German tank.
Polish resistance commander Jerzy Radkiewicz (Paul Butkevich) (at the right) with an MP40.
A Soviet soldier (at the right) holds an MP40.


MP38 submachine guns are also seen in several scenes.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A Czech resistance commander fires MP38.


Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

In the final scene a pointswoman carries a Mosin Nagant M1938 carbine.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R

Machine guns

Degtyaryov DP-27 Light Machine Gun

Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns are used by Soviet soldiers.

Degtyarev DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R.
Two DP-27 machine guns are loaded on a horse.
A Soviet soldier with DP-27.
Another Soviet soldier with DP-27.
Andrei Lukyanov (Aleksandr Lukyanov) fires a DP-27 during the attack on German headquarters.
A soldier with DP-27 is seen at the right.
A Soviet soldier fires a DP-27 during the attack.

Maxim M1910/30 Machine Gun

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are briefly seen in several scenes.

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
A Maxim on horse cart is seen during the opening credits.
A Maxim is seen on a boat during the river crossing.
Several soldiers (at the right) carry Maxims during the winter march. The wheel mounts are carried separatly from the machine guns.
A soldier carries a Maxim. Next to him two soldiers carry PTRD-41 AT rifle.

Goryunov SG-43

Goryunov SG-43 machine guns are seen in several scenes but never used in action.

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun On 'Sokolov' mount with shield - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier carries an SG-43 without wheel mount.
A soldier carries an SG-43 in another scene.

MG 34

German troops use MG3 4 machine guns in several scenes. In firing scenes MG 34s are substituted with PK machine guns, visually modifed to resemble MG 34.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 on German position.
A Soviet soldier carries a captured MG 34.

PK (visually modified to resemble MG34)

Visually modified PKs stand for MG-34s in several scenes.

A picture of the original MG34 and PK conversion
A fake MG34 is seen at the background.
A closer view at the same machine gun.


A DShKM on tripod is used by German soldiers in one scene. It stands for a German 20-mm automatic gun.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
A DShKM is seen at the left.

Berezin UBT

A Berezin UBT, a turret version of Berezin UB, is mounted on a Li-2 cargo plane.

Berezin UBT, a turret version of UB - 12.7x108mm
A gunner fires at German fighter planes.

Hand Grenades

F-1 hand grenade

F-1 grenades are used by Soviet soldiers.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Bondarenko (Evgeni Leonov-Gladyshev) and Czech resistance commander carry F-1 grenades on their belts.

RPG-40 anti-tank grenade

A training version of RPG-40 anti-tank grenade is seen in hands of Soviet soldiers in several scenes.

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade
Sasha Polishchuk (Nikolai Polishchuk) with an AT grenade and PPSh-41 during the German tank attack.
Polishchuk throws a grenade.

Other Weapons


PTRD-41 AT rifles are used by Soviet soldiers during the battle on the river crossing.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
Soviet soldiers carry PTRD-41 in the opening scene.
Soldiers carry PTRDs during the river crossing.
A Soviet soldier aims his PTRD at a German tank. Next to him a Polish resistance fighter fires his MP40.
Soviet soldier with PTRD during the battle.
PTRD-41 and PTRS-41 are seen at the left.


A PTRS-41 AT rifle is seen in one scene. Unlike PTRD, it isn't used in action.

PTRS-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
PTRD-41 and PTRS-41 are seen at the left.
Another view at PTRS.

Panzerfaust 30

In the final scene an SS officer fires a Panzerfaust at Col. Mlynsky's car. The shape of the sight matches Panzerfaust 30 version.

Panzerfaust 30 - 44mm with 140mm warhead
A warhead of Panzerfaust is seen.
A second before the shot...

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

53-K 45-mm AT guns are seen in the several scenes though they aren't used in action.

M1937 (53-K) anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
A 45-mm gun is seen during the opening credits.
A 45-mm is seen at the left

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