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I Was Nineteen (Ich war neunzehn)

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I Was Nineteen (Ich war neunzehn)
Ich war neunzehn Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Release Date 1968
Language German
Studio DEFA
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Gregor Hecker Jaecki Schwarz
Capt. Wadim Gejman Vasiliy Livanov
Sr. Lt. Sascha Ziganjuk Aleksey Eybozhenko
A Soviet girl - military traffic controller Galina Polskikh
Unteroffizier Willi Lommer Dieter Mann
Oberst Lewerenz Johannes Wieke
Major Behring Rolf Hoppe
A German girl Jenny Gröllmann

I Was Nineteen (Ich war neunzehn) is a 1968 East German B&W war drama directed by Konrad Wolf. Gregor Hecker's family fled from Nazi Germany to the USSR when the boy was eight. In April 1945, the 19-years old Gregor Hecker returns to his homeland as a Red Army military interpreter with a Lieutenant rank.

The following weapons were used in the film I Was Nineteen (Ich war neunzehn):


Nagant M1895

A Nagant M1895 is the service sidearm of Lt. Gregor Hecker (Jaecki Schwarz).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Hecker holds a Nagant.
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Hecker carries his revolver in a holster. The grip is seen.
The Nagant next to a sleeping Hecker.
Sascha Ziganjuk (Aleksey Eybozhenko) takes the Nagant and wakes Gregor.
Hecker removes the holster from the belt when he goes as a parlimentaire in Spandau fortress.
Ziganjuk holds Hecker's holster with revolver.


Tokarev TT-33

A TT-33 is seen in hands of a Soviet tank officer. Some Soviet officers carry holsters for TT pistols, which are most likely empty.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Capt. Wadim Gejman (Vasiliy Livanov) carries a holster for a TT-33. It's hard to say if there is a pistol inside.
An officer at the right holds a TT when he argues with Capt. Gejman.
A Soviet artillery Jr. Lt. (Boris Tokarev) is gunned down by a German soldier. He carries a holster for a TT-33. The pocket for a spare magazine is empty.

Walther PP

Sr. Lt. Aleksandr (Sascha) Ziganjuk (Aleksey Eybozhenko) carries a Walther PP pistol. An SS Sturmbannführer (Kurt Böwe) in Spandau fortress shoots himself with a Walther PP.

War Time Walther PP Pistol - 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP)
Ziganjuk carries a Walther PP in a holster.
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The SS Sturmbannführer commits suicide.
Ziganjuk holds his pistol.
Another view of Ziganjuk's pistol.
The grip of the pistol is seen in Ziganjuk's holster.

Luger P08

A German kid takes a Luger P08 from a pile of surrendered guns.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Willi Lommer (Dieter Mann) carries a holster for a Luger P08, possibly empty.
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The kid plays with a Luger.
Dsingis (Kalmursa Rachmanov) takes away the dangerous "toy".
Same scene in a promotional still.

Walther P38

A wounded, blind German NCO (Klaus Manchen) carries a Walther P38 in holster.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A small part of the grip can be seen.

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 SMGs are used by Sr. Lt. Sascha Ziganjuk (Aleksey Eybozhenko) (later he carries an MP40) and driver Dsingis (Kalmursa Rachmanov). Many Red Army soldiers also carry PPSh-41s.

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PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Ziganjuk fires at a German soldier who attacks Gregor Hecker.
A soldier with a PPSh in a truck.
A soldier with a PPSh.
Dsingis carries a PPSh.
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An infantryman and a tank crewmember hold PPSh-41s at the left.
Dsingis in a shootout with SS men.
A good view of the drum magazine of Dsinsis' PPSh.


Sr. Lt. Sascha Ziganjuk (Aleksey Eybozhenko) carries an MP40. In one scene, he gives his SMG to Lt. Gregor Hecker (Jaecki Schwarz).

MP40 - 9x19mm
Ziganjuk holds an MP40 at the right.
He gives the gun to Hecker.
Hecker holds the MP40 at the left.
MP40 next to a dead Ziganjuk.
Ziganjuk holds an MP40 at the left in a promotional still.

Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

Many German soldiers carry Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles. Sometimes, they switch to out-of-time AK-47s.

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Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
A closeup of a captured StG 44.
German soldiers escort Soviet parlimentaires.
A German soldier in attack.
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Ziganjuk and Hecker gather surrendered weapons, mostly Sturmgewehrs.
Surrendered Unteroffizier (NCO) Willi Lommer (Dieter Mann) carries Sturmgewehrs and Karabiner 98k rifles.
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A pile of surrendered guns include many Sturmgewehrs.
Lommer holds an StG 44. In the previous moment, he was seen with an AK.


In several scenes, MPi-Ks are used as substitutions for Sturmgewehr 44s. As in many other films of the Eastern Bloc, this is due to the fact that regular troops with their service weapons participated in the filming.

7,62-mm-Maschinenpistole „Kalaschnikow" (MPi-K) both sides - 7.62x39mm. Note: early versions of the MPi-K has the design of the front sight was different.
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A German soldier with an MPi-K in action.
Gregor Hecker (Jaecki Schwarz) fires an MPi-K at SS men.
Willi Lommer (Dieter Mann) fires an MPi-K at SS men. In the next moment, Lommer's gun switches to an StG 44.
A general view of the scene.
Lommer fires an MPi-K in a promotional still.


Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are seen in the hands of German soldiers and among surrendered weapons.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A sentry in Spandau fortress.
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German soldiers, attacking a Soviet artillery unit, are armed with 98k rifles and StG 44 assault rifles.
98k rifles are seen among the weapons, gathered by Ziganjuk and Hecker.
Dsingis (Kalmursa Rachmanov) carries surrendered StG 44 and 98k rifles at the right.
Willi Lommer (Dieter Mann) carries a pair of 98k rifles.
A closer view of one of Lommer's rifles.
Another view of Lommer with 98k.
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Several 98k rifles are seen in a pile of weapons.

Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine

A Soviet girl, military traffic controller (Galina Polskikh) carries a Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine. Some Red Army artillerymen are also armed with Mosin Nagant carbines.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
A girl at the right carries an M44 Carbine.
The barrel with the folded bayonet is seen.
The barrel of an M44 Carbine is seen at foreground.
The carbine of an artilleryman is seen on ground (but it's hard to say for sure if it is an M1944 or M1938).
Several M44 Carbines belonging to artillerymen stacked in a pyramid.

Machine Guns

MG 34

MG 34 machine guns are seen in several scenes.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 in Spandau fortress.
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An MG34 in a pile of surrendered weapons.


A heavily anachronistic LMG-K, the East German version of the RPK, is seen in the hands of a German soldier.

RPK with 40 round magazine - 7.62x39mm
A soldier in the background holds an RPK.


An SG-43 is seen in a Soviet truck.

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun On 'Sokolov' mount with shield - 7.62x54mm R
An SG-43 in a truck.
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Another view of the same machine gun. Here it is seen loaded with a belt, filled with German 7.92x57mm Exerzierpatrone training cartridges.
A general view of SG-43. The shield and wheels are removed.


Several MG08 machine guns are seen in Spandau fortress.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Other Weapons


Some surrendering German soldiers carry Panzerfaust launchers.

Panzerfaust 60/100 - 44mm with 149mm warhead
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Model 24 Stielhandgranate

In one scene, Sascha Ziganjuk (Aleksey Eybozhenko) carries an Model 24 Stielhandgranate.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
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The commandant of Spandau fortress, Oberst (Col.) Lewerenz (Johannes Wieke) carries a holster that seems to be an East German pattern Makarov PM holster.
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Oberleutnant Schenk (Jürgen Hentsch) carries a holster for a compact pistol like a Walther PP.


Two BM-13 Katyusha rocket launchers are seen in the background.
A German AA gun on the bridge appears to be a Soviet 85mm 52-K, standing in for an 8.8cm Flak.
A Soviet 76.2mm ZiS-3 field gun stands in for an abandoned German gun.
A ZiS-3 on position.
A ZiS-3 is seen in the background.


Soviet T-34-85 tanks on march.
An SU-100 SPG on march.
A T-34-85.
A German tank in Spandau fortress. It appears to be an accurate mockup of a Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf. E. Tiger.
An SU-100 is seen at the background.
An SU-100 and a T-34-85, captured by Germans and used in an attempt to break out of Berlin.
An SU-100.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54R
Artillerymen carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

PTRS-41 AT Rifle

PTRS-41 Anti-Tank Rifle - 14.5x114mm
Soldiers carry a PTRS-41 AT rifle, disassembled in two parts.

Tellermine 35

Tellermine 35 (Stahl) Anti-tank mine
A Soviet sapper removes a German Tellermine 35 (Stahl) AT mine.

BM-37 Mortar

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar, early model
An 82mm BM-37 mortar in action.


76.2mm M1927 infantry gun.
76.2mm M1927 infantry gun.
76.2mm ZiS-3 field guns.
122mm M-30 howitzers.
122mm A-19 heavy field gun.
152mm ML-20 gun-howitzer.
BM-13 Katyusha rocket launcher.
BM-13 Katyusha rocket launcher.

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