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Green Chains (Zelyonye tsepochki)

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Green Chains (Zelyonye tsepochki)
Zelyonye tsepochki DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Grigoriy Aronov
Release Date 1970
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mishka Alekseyev Aleksandr Grigoryev
Vas'ka Kozhukh Igor Urumbekov
Styopka Panfilov Vladimir Lelyotko
Ivan Vasilyevich Pavel Luspekaev
Aleksey Burakov Oleg Belov
Paul Richter aka "Uncle Petya" Aleksandr Mikhaylov (III)
Aleksandr Kalachyov aka Shurka-Krendel Andrey Krupenin
Semyon Semyonov Fyodor Odinokov

Green Chains (Zelyonye tsepochki) is a Soviet 1970 adventure movie directed by Grigoriy Aronov and based on novels by German Matveyev. In Autumn 1941 in besieged Leningrad three boys accidentally obtain a suitcase, inside which they find a flare pistol with green star shells. This leads to the uncover of German saboteur operations in Leningrad.

The following weapons were used in the film Green Chains (Zelyonye tsepochki):


Nagant M1895

In the final scene saboteur Semyon Semyonov (Fyodor Odinokov) fires a Nagant M1895.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Semyonov fires a Nagant.



TT-33 pistols are used by counterintellegence service officers, including Sergeant of State Security (Lieutenant rank) Aleksey Burakov (Oleg Belov). Lieutenant of State Security (Major rank) Ivan Vasilyevich (Pavel Luspekaev) holds a TT in the final scene, but the pistol is seen very briefly and in distance.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
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Burakov and another counterintellegence officer (Vladimir Karpenko) hold TT pistols.
Burakov with a TT in the final scene. A good view of TT holster.
Burakov in shootout with "Uncle Petya".
Burakov arrests the spy.

Luger P08

In the final scene German spy Paul Richter aka "Uncle Petya" (Aleksandr Mikhaylov (III)) fires a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
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Lieutenant of State Security (Major rank) Ivan Vasilyevich (Pavel Luspekaev) shows a Luger and knife, confiscated from arrested saboteur, to Mishka and Vas'ka.
"Uncle Petya" fires his Luger.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are widely used by Soviet soldiers.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soldiers on march carry M91/30 rifles with bayonets, attached backwards.
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A soldier carries an M91/30 rifle.
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Soldiers with M91/30 rifles encircle Sidorov's house in the final scene.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Some Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles are also used by Soviet soldiers.

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
One of the sailors carries an M91 Infantry rifle.
An M91 Infantry rifle of a sentry on anti-aircraft battery is seen at the right.
Another view of the sentry carrying the rifle.

Other Weapons

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

Three boys, Mishka, Vas'ka and Styopka, find an OSP-30 Flare Pistol with star shells in a suitcase, belonging to "Uncle Petya". Later an OSP-30 flare pistol is used by saboteur Valeriy Kaplunov (Aleksandr Lipov).

OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
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Boys open the suitcase and finds the flare pistol and star shells.
Vas'ka loads the flare pistol.
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He shoots a green signal that draws attention of the patrol.
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Kaplunov shoots a flare pistol, signalling to German bombers.

37-mm M1939 (61-K)

37-mm M1939 (61-K) AA autocannons are seen on Leningrad streets.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
A 37mm 61-K autocannon is towed along the street.

57-mm S-60

A battery of 57-mm S-60 AA autocannons is seen in one scene. In reality these guns appeared only in 1950.

AZP S-60 - 57x348 mm SR
Three S-60 AA guns on position.
A close view of an S-60.


A battery of 76.2mm M1938 AA guns. They can be differentiated from 85mm 52-K guns by small muzzle brake.
A T-34-85 is seen on the street. Of course, this tank doesn't fit for Autumn 1941.

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