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Kostja and the Radioman (Kostja und der Funker)

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Kostja and the Radioman
(Kostja und der Funker)
KundF DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
Directed by Fred Noczynski
Release Date 1975
Language German
Studio Fernsehen der DDR
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kostja Frank Kürschner
Anja Sylvia Schneider
Kostja's Mother Waltraud Kramm
Wolodja, the radioman Rainer Büttner
Pawel Wolfgang Hosfeld
Galina Helga Sasse

Kostja and the Radioman (a direct translation of the original title Kostja und der Funker) is an East German B&W 1975 made for TV war movie directed by Fred Noczynski. During WW2 teenage boy Kostja lives in Nazi occupied Soviet town. He wants to join partisans but he is told that he's under age. But when Kostja finds gravely wounded Soviet radioman, he, being an amateur radio operator, replaces that man in his secret mission.

The following weapons were used in the film Kostja and the Radioman (Kostja und der Funker):



Radioman Wolodja's (Rainer Büttner) personal handgun is a FEG 37M. Kostja (Frank Kürschner) takes the pistol but then it switches to a Walther PP (see below).

Hungarian-issued Femaru 37M - 9x17mm Browning Short
Wounded Wolodja draws his pistol.
Kostja takes the pistol from Wolodja's overcoat.
A view of the muzzle.
Kostja holds the pistol. In the following scene it switches to a Walther PP.

Walther PP

Kostja's (Frank Kürschner) FEG 37M switches to a Walther PP, then to an unknown pistol (see below) and then againt to Walther.

War Time Walther PP - 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP)
Kostja with a Walther PP.
Kostja was shot by Stauffer, and the Walther drops from his hand. In previous moment it was another pistol.

Walther P38

Gestapo operatives SS Scharfuhrer Herzmann (Alexander Wikarski) and SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Stauffer (Wolfgang Lohse) carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Herzmann fires at escaping radioman Wolodja. Next to him a soldier holds a 98k rifle.
Herzmann is shot by Pawel.
Stauffer holds a P38.

Unidentified pistol

For a very short time Kostja (Frank Kürschner) holds an unidentified pistol that switches from Walther PP and is in turn again replaced with a Walther. The pistol appears to be hammerless; its trigger guard is placed very close to the muzzle, resembling pocket pistols of FN Model 1905 family, but it's larger than .25 caliber pocket pistols.

Kostja was shot by Stauffer, and the pistol drops from his hand. Next moment it switches back to Walther PP.

TT-33 (mockup)

Soviet underground fighter Pawel (Wolfgang Hosfeld) uses a TT-33 pistol in shootout with SS Scharfuhrer Herzmann. The pistol appears to be not a real gun but a mockup, possibly a plastic toy gun.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Pawel "fires" at Herzmann. Note that the frame and slide make up a single part, and all moving parts are permanently fixed.

Submachine Guns


Several German soldiers are armed with MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A soldier on motorcycle is armed with MP40.
Another view of the same soldier (this scene is also seen on DVD cover).
A soldier with MP40 in a car.


Karabiner 98k

German soldiers are mostly armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier with 98k rifle.
Another soldier with 98k rifle.
A close view of the rifle.
Another view of the same soldier with 98k.
A guard on military factory.



A Feldgendarmerie (Wehrmacht military police) NCO carries a universal holster for P08 and P38.
SS Scharfuhrer Herzmann carries a holster for a compact pistol that doesn't fit his P38.


Soviet wartime documentary footage is used in the movie.


PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A PPSh-41 is seen at the bottom left on the photo of Soviet partisans.
A PPSh is seen in hands of a Soviet soldier at the left.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are seen in hands of Soviet partisans.
Soviet soldiers, mostly armed with M91/30 rifles, cross a pontoon bridge.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Crewmembers of ZiS-3 field gun carry Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Simonov AVS-36

Simonov AVS-36 - 7.62x54mmR
A soldier at the foreground right carries what appears to be an AVS-36 (note the magazine, too large for SVT-38/40).

Tokarev SVT-40

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
Two or three SVT-40 rifles (one at the right, one or two at the left) are seen in hands of Soviet partisans.

Degtyaryov DT

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A Degtyaryov DT machine gun is seen mounted on KV-1S heavy tank.
A DT is seen mounted on T-34 tank.

45 mm M-42 AT Gun

M1942 (M-42) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
45 mm AT gun M-42 is seen at the foreground.

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

The 76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3).

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) - 76.2x385mm R
A 76.2mm ZiS-3 field gun during river crossing.
A ZiS-3 is seen at the background.

T-34 Tank

T-34 tank.
T-34 crosses the river, carrying infantry.

KV-1S Tank

KV-1S heavy tanks on march.

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