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Liberation: The Fire Bulge (Osvobozhdenie: Ognennaya Duga)

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Liberation: The Fire Bulge
Osvobozhdenie: Ognennaya Duga
DVD cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
GDR.jpg East Germany
POL.jpg Poland
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Yuri Ozerov
Release Date 1969
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Avala Film
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.P.A.
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Marshall Georgy Zhukov Mikhail Ulyanov
Josef Stalin Bukhuti Zaqariadze
Adolf Hitler Fritz Diez
Orlov Boris Zajdenberg
Marshall Konstantin Rokossovsky Vladlen Davydov
General Wilhelm Keitel Gerd Michael Henneberg
Sashka Sergey Nikonenko
Gromov Vladimir Samojlov

Liberation: The Fire Bulge(Russian Title: Osvobozhdenie: Ognennaya Duga/Освобождение: Огненная дуга) is a 1969 Russian/East German/Polish/Yugoslavian/Italian World War II drama directed by Yuri Ozerov. It's a first part of five-part film series. Fire Bulge focusing on one of the major Eastern Front campaign: the Battle of Kursk.

Liberation is the most large-scale World War II film ever made in the Soviet Union.

The following weapons were used in the film Liberation: The Fire Bulge:


Tokarev TT-33

Tokarev TT-33 is the standard sidearm of Russian officers

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet officer holds the TT-33

Luger P08

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
German officer (Roman Khomyatov) aims his Luger P08 at captive Maj. Maksimov

SPSh Flare Pistol

Russian SPSh Flare Pistol 26.5mm
Capt. Orlov (Boris Zajdenberg) fires the SPSh Flare Pistol

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The PPSh-41 submachine gun right on a ground


German troops widely use MP40 submachine guns in this movie. Some Russian soldiers also use captured MP40s

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Sashka (Sergey Nikonenko) holds the MP40


Full-length Mosin Nagant Rifle

Most of Russian soldiers armed with the full-length Mosin Nagant Rifles. Some rifles have attached bayonets.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54R
Russian soldier runs with the Mosin-Nagant rifle


PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle 14.5x114mm
Russian soldiers ready to open fire with PTRS-41 antitank rifle. The Goryunov machine gun can be seen on a background

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A tank crew member fires DT machine gun

MG 34 Panzerlauf

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Hull mounted fake MG 34 Panzerlauf in a Tiger tank

Maxim M1910/30

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Maxim machine gun can be seen on the top of trench

Goryunov SGM Machine Gun

Goryunov SGM Machine Gun on Sokolov mount - 7.62x54mm R.
The SGM represented as DT machine gun fires real tracer cartridges

37-mm M1939 (61-K)

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
The 61-K AA gun fires at German tanks

Gun Platformes


Soviet T-34-85 medium tank. Actually entered service only in 1944

Fake PzKpfw VI Tiger

German PzKpfw VI Tiger heavy tank converted from Soviet T-44 tank

Fake German PzKpfw V Panther

German PzKpfw V Panther tank converted from Soviet IS-2 tank. Same tank can be seen in At War as at War

IS-3 (Iosif Stalin) heavy tank

This is an anachronism. Actually the IS-3 came too late to see action in World War II


Soviet T-62 main battle tanks tanks can be seen on a background. These tanks represented as WWII German tanks

Yakovlev Yak-18

Yakovlev Yak-18 training aircrafts represented as Lavochkin La-5 fighters


Czechoslovakian Zlin.326 Training aircrafts represented as Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters


76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

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

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) - 76mm
Burning PzKpfw VI Tiger tank crushes ZiS-3 gun

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