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The Lark (Zhavoronok)

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The Lark
Film poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Nikita Kurikhin
Leonid Menaker
Release Date 1964
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ivan Vyacheslav Gurenkov
Pyotr Gennadiy Yukhtin
Frenchman Valentins Skulme
Obersturmfuhrer Bruno O'Ya

The Lark (Zhavoronok) (Russian Title: Жаворонок) is a 1964 Soviet World War II drama directed by Nikita Kurikhin and Leonid Menaker. In summer 1942 Germans test new anti-tank shells. As the targets they use captured Russian tanks driven by captive Soviet soldiers and civilian prisoners of concentration camps. One of the tanks escapes from a captivity.

The following weapons are featured in the film The Lark (Zhavoronok):

Luger P08

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
German officer holds his Luger P08


MP38 submachine gun - 9x19mm
German soldier carries the MP38


MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
German soldier aims his MP40 at Ivan (Vyacheslav Gurenkov)
Frenchman (Valentins Skulme) firing captured MP40 at German soldiers
German soldier holds his MP40 submachine gun
Close up of MP40 magazine


Type III AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
Frenchman`s MP40 miraculously transforms into an AKS-47 for a few seconds.

Mauser Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm
German soldiers armed with Karabiner 98k seen on a cinema screen

57 mm S-60

Soviet 57-mm automatic air defense gun S-60 (probably represented as German 8.8 cm Flak 18-36) can be seen in the end of movie

7.5 cm Pak 97/38

7.5 cm Pak 97/38 anti-tank gun - 75×350mm R
German gunners firing 7.5 cm Pak 97/38 at captured Russian tanks
Another 7.5 cm Pak 97/38. Note its poor condition.

(D-44?) Antitank Gun

German gunners firing antitank gun which looks like Soviet 85-mm antitank gun D-44 without muzzle brake


German troops use Soviet BTR-152 armored personnel carrier (actually entered service in 1950)


Soviet medium tank T-34-76 Model 1942. The main characters of the movie escaped from captivity in this tank


Some T-34-85 used in this movie. But actually this tanks entered service only in 1944

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