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Gunpowder (Porokh)

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Gunpowder (Porokh)
Porokh DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Viktor Aristov
Release Date 1985
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikolay Pavlovich Nikonov Yury Belyayev
Kira Svetlana Bragarnik
Mariya Petrovna Lyubov Kalyuzhnaya
Aleksandr Klyuev Vadim Makarovsky
Ivan Revazovich Gedevanov Nozheri Chonishvili
Capt. Petrakov Vladimir Varentsov
Antipov Konstantin Sarynin
Pvt. Gadzhibekov Logman Kerimov

Gunpowder (Porokh) is a Soviet 1985 war drama directed by Viktor Aristov. In Autumn 1941, Soviet troops, defending besieged Leningrad, are in dire need of artillery gunpowder. Large stores of old naval gunpowder are in the island fortress of Kronstadt. A group of chemical and artillery specialists are sent to Kronstadt to examine the gunpowder and organize its transport across a sea route under heavy enemy bombing.

The following weapons were used in the film Gunpowder (Porokh):



Nikolay Nikonov (Yury Belyayev), the head of the group, has a TT-33 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Nikonov loads the pistol.
Nikonov draws his TT during the confrontation with Klyuev.
When German boats approach the barge loaded with gunpowder, Nikonov draws his pistol in an attempt to blow up the gunpowder.
A closeup of the pistol.

Submachine Guns


When German soldiers on boats make an attempt to seize the barge, many of them are armed with MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Klyuev looks through binoculars at approaching enemies. Several MP40s are seen at the right and at the left.
At least two soldiers on the bow of the boat hold MP40s.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many Soviet soldiers and sailors are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles with attached bayonets.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Two soldiers on patrol carry rifles with bayonets in the background.
Pvt. Gadzhibekov (Logman Kerimov) carries a rifle in center.
A closeup of the barrel of Gadzhibekov's rifle with bayonet, attached backwards.
A sailor on guard holds a rifle with bayonet.

Unidentified rifles

Some German soldiers on boats are armed with rifles. They are most likely Karabiner 98ks, but they aren't seen clear enough to make a sure guess.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier at the far right holds a rifle.
Soldiers at far right and far left hold rifles.

Machine Guns and Autocannons


Numerous AA machine guns are seen in Kronstadt. These are DShKs on 2M-1 naval mountings. While 2M-1s are twin over and under mountings, those seen in the movie have the bottom machine gun removed.

DShK on naval mounting - 12.7x108mm
Two AA machine guns are seen at the background.
Numerous AA machine guns are seen along the coastline.
AA machine guns open fire on German bombers.

Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30

An AK-230 mounting with twin 30 mm Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30 is seen on a Soviet Navy ship (patrol boat or minesweeper). It was issued only in 1959.

AK-230 with twin Nudelman-Nemenov NN-30 - 30x210B mm
An AK-230 under cover is seen on a ship at the right.
An AK-230 is seen on the bow of Project 266 minesweeper (background center).

25 mm AA Naval Gun 2M-3M

A twin (over and under) 25 mm AA automatic gun 2M-3M with two 110-PM autocannons is mounted on a Project 1204 armored boat. In reality, these guns appeared starting in the 1950s.

25 mm 2M-3M naval mounting with two 110-PM autocannons in museum exposition
A 2M-3M mounting is seen on the stern of a Project 1204 armored boat.


4 5mm AA Naval Gun 21-KM

A 45 mm 21-KM gun is mounted on a Soviet Navy patrol boat. The 21-KM is a further development of the 21-K gun, fitted with a longer L/68 barrel from a M-42 AT gun. This gun was issued starting in 1944.

45 mm 21-KM naval gun
A 21-KM is mounted on the bow of a patrol boat.
A 21-KM is mounted in Kronstadt as a part of air defence.

76.2 mm AA Naval Gun 34-K

76.2 mm 34-K guns, removed from ships, are used as a part of AA defense on Kronstadt.

Several 34-K are installed near the coastline.

85 mm AA Gun 52-K

Numerous 85 mm AA guns 52-K are seen in Leningrad and Kronstadt.

85 mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) - 85x629mm R
85 mm AA guns on Leningrad street.
A row of 52-K guns on the embankment. The guns have their muzzle brakes removed, possibly to make them look like 76.2 mm AA guns M1938.
52-K guns in Kronstadt.

122 mm Howitzer M-30

In the final scene, a battery of 122 mm M-30 field howitzers is seen.

M-30 howitzers in position.


Many Soviet Navy ships are seen in the movie. Most, if not all, of them are post-war, standing in for wartime ships.

A Project 68-bis cruiser is seen in the background.
Several Project 50 frigates fire their 100 mm guns. They stand in for the Project 7 Soviet wartime destroyer, having a roughly similar appearance.
A close view of Project 50 frigate Rossomakha (according to board number). Two 100 mm B-34 guns and RBU-2500 anti-submarine rocket launcher can be seen.
A group of Soviet ships under enemy aerial bombardment. The nearest ship is a Project 266 minesweeper.
A scale model of the Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya battleship.
A Project 266 minesweeper is seen in the background. It is armed with two 30 mm AK-230 twin mountings.
A Project 1204 armored boat under attack by German planes (YaK-18 training planes standing in for Ju 87 dive bombers). The armored boat is armed with a 76.2 mm D-56TS gun in the turret of a PT-76 light tank, a 25 mm twin (over and under) AA mounting 2M-3M and 140 mm BM-14 multiple launch rocket system.
A close, although blurry, view of the 76.2 mm turret on said armored boat.

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