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In the Rear of the Enemy (V tylu vraga)

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In the Rear of the Enemy
(V tylu vraga)
V tylu vraga 1941.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yevgeni Shneider
Release Date 1941
Language Russian
Studio Soyuzdetfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Nikolay Boykov Nikolay Kryuchkov
Aleksandr Karpenko Aleksandr Grechanyy
Pavel Balandin Pavel Shpringfeld
Red Army Lieutenant Aleksandr Baranov
Finnish scout Pyotr Sobolevsky

In the Rear of the Enemy (original title V tylu vraga) is a Soviet 1941 B&W movie directed by Yevgeni Shneider. During the Winter War three Soviet soldiers perform a risky recon mission.

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


Nagant M1895

Red Army Lt. (Aleksandr Baranov), the commander of the unit where the main characters serve, is seen with a Nagant M1895 revolver during the attack.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N
V tylu vraga 1941-Nagant-1.jpg


A German military advisor (uncredited) who commands the Finnish artillery carries an M1911-style pistol (a strange choice for a German officer). The pistol appears an original M1911 rather than an M1911A1 that appeared in USSR only via lend-lease.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
The officer fires his pistol at attacking Red Army soldiers.
Another view of the pistol.

Unidentified pistol 1

During the single-hand fight with Karpenko a Finnish scout (Pyotr Sobolevsky) uses his backup weapon, a pocket pistol. It is seen very poor. Mauser Pocket Pistol is a possible guess due to general outlook.

1910 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 6.35x16mmSR
The scout fires.
Another view of the pistol.
The pistol jams due to heavy frost.

Unidentified pistol 2

During the battle for the farm a Finnish officer holds a pistol that is seen only partially.

The officer raises his hand with pistol.

Submachine Guns

Suomi KP/-31

Suomi KP/-31 are used by several Finnish soldiers, including a scout (Pyotr Sobolevsky).

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm
A Finnish soldier in ambush with Suomi.
A centinel holds a Suomi.
The scout carries a submachine gun.


Tokarev SVT-40

Many Soviet soldiers, including Boykov (Nikolay Kryuchkov), Karpenko (Aleksandr Grechanyy), and Balandin (Pavel Shpringfeld), are armed with Tokarev SVT-40 semi-auto rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
Boyko on skis with the SVT on sling.
A close view of the SVT.
Karpenko holds his SVT.
Balandin, Karpenko and Boykov (from left to right) with SVT-40s.
Soldiers hold SVTs during the attack.
The lieutenant (Aleksandr Baranov) carries an SVT.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Soviet soldiers also carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldiers with M91/30 rifles move on skis.
Soviet soldier in bayonet charge.
Soviet soldiers in close combat.
Soviet and Finnish soldier drop their rifles and enter hand-to-hand combat.

Mauser Gewehr 98

Finnish troops are armed with Mauser rifles. Mostly they appear to be Gewehr 98s. In reality the main battle rifle of Finnish Army was a Mosin Nagant M/27.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Finnish soldier (Ivan Ryzhov) with a Mauser rifle.
A Finnish soldier in bayonet charge. Note the "Lange Visier" rear sight.
Soviet and Finnish soldier drop their rifles and enter hand-to-hand combat.
A Finnish soldier tries to find cover in the building.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov Machine Gun

In the final battle Pavel Balandin (Pavel Shpringfeld) is armed with a light machine gun that looks like a Degtyaryov DP-27 but is fitted with a pistol grip. Such combination was issued only in DPM that appeared several years later. The screen gun appears to be a "hybrid" of parts of standard DP-27 and Degtyaryov DA.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
DA machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Balandin fires his DP-27. Note the position of his hand: he is holding a pistol grip.
The machine gun is seen at the left. The pistol grip is visible. Also note that in this scene the standard bipod is replaced with a makeshift wooden support, probably due to a damage of original part.
The pistol grip can be seen.

Degtyaryov DP-27

Except for the abovementioned "hybrid" machine gun, a standard DP-27 is also used by Pavel Balandin.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A close view of the machine gun. Note the position of Balandin's hand: this machine gun lacks a pistol grip.
Another close view.

Maxim M1910

Maxim machine guns, mostly M1910s, are used by both Soviet and Finnish troops.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Finnish soldiers tug a Maxim on sledge.
Soviet soldiers fire a Maxim.

Hotchkiss M1914

Finnish troops use Hotchkiss M1914 machine guns.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel
Soldiers mount a Hotchkiss machine gun on position.
A close view.
Another close view.

Other Weapons

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

RGD-33 hand grenades are used by Soviet soldiers.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Balandin (Pavel Shpringfeld) holds a grenade.
Boykov (Nikolay Kryuchkov) throws an RGD-33.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate grenades are used by Finnish soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A Finnish soldier throws a grenade at Boykov who fires from attic.


122mm howitzer M1910/30
152mm howitzer M1910/30

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