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Major "Whirlwind" (Mayor "Vikhr")

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Major "Whirlwind" (Mayor "Vikhr")
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DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Evgeniy Tashkov
Release Date 1967
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. Kirill Alekseevich Savelyev alias "Vikhr" ("Whirlwind") Vadim Beroev
Anya Rodionova Anastasiya Voznesenskaya
Kolya Viktor Pavlov
"Sedoy" ("Grey-haired") Evgeniy Teterin
Col. Berg Vladislav Strzhelchik
Maj. Siegfried Traub Vladimir Kenigson
"Mukha" ("Fly") Vladimir Gusev
Józef Aleksandr Shirvindt

Major "Whirlwind" (Mayor "Vikhr") is a Soviet 1967 B&W war mini series directed by Evgeniy Tashkov and based on the novel by Yulian Semyonov. In 1944 a Soviet special group under the command of Major "Vikhr" ("Whirlwind") is sent to Nazi occupied Krakow. Together with Polish resistance they must prevent the destruction of the city, planned by SS high command.

The following weapons were used in the film Major "Whirlwind" (Mayor "Vikhr"):


Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are used by Soviet agents "Vikhr" (Vadim Beroev), Anya (Anastasiya Voznesenskaya), Kolya (Viktor Pavlov), Polish resistance fighters and German officers.

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Luger P08 - 9x19mm
SS Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Fischer (Oleg Golubitsky) holds a Luger.
"Mukha" (Vladimir Gusev) takes the pistol from Anya's stash.
"Vikhr" holds a Luger in the scene in restaurant.
Polish resistance fighter "Sedoy" (Evgeniy Teterin) holds a Luger in the same scene.
Another view "Vikhr"'s pistol in the same scene.
SS Obersturmfuhrer Liebo (Peeter Kard) takes his pistol from the table.
Kolya holds Engineer Col. Krauch (Vladimir Osenev) at gunpoint.
A Luger is seen in Anya's dead hand in the final scene. Due to a continuity error, it switches from previously used P38.

Walther P38

"Vikhr" (Vadim Beroev), Anya (Anastasiya Voznesenskaya) and Polish resistance fighter Józef (Aleksandr Shirvindt) use Walther P38 pistols. Due to a continuity error, in the final scene Anya's P38 switches to a P08.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
"Vikhr" fires a P38.
"Vikhr" reloads his pistol. He inserts the magazine with the edge of his palm - spectacular, but unprofessional.
He continues firing.
Józef's pistol appears to be unloaded (the slide in rear position) but the character continues "firing".
One more view of "Vikhr"'s pistol.
Józef fires.
Anya fires.
Anya fires her Walther in the final scene. Next moment her pistol switches to a P08.

Submachine Guns


"Vikhr" (Vadim Beroev) uses an MP40 in several scenes. MP40s are also used by Polish resistance fighters and German soldiers.

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MP40 - 9x19mm
A soldier on patrol.
A closer view of the MP40.
Józef (Aleksandr Shirvindt) holds an MP40, Karabiner 98k rifle and hand grenades.
A soldier in the car carries an MP40.
A Polish partisan fires an MP40.
Another Polish partisan with MP40.
"Vikhr" fires MP40.
"Vikhr" with MP40 and Anya with P38.
A German soldier with MP40.


In the final scene "Vikhr" uses an MP38, then it switches to MP40.

MP38 - 9x19mm
"Vikhr" fires an MP38.


PPSh-41 SMGs are briefly seen in hands of Soviet soldiers.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
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Soviet soldiers in attack.


Karabiner 98k

Polish resistance fighters and German soldiers use Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Józef (Aleksandr Shirvindt) hands a 98k rifle to "Vikhr" (Vadim Beroev).
German soldiers with 98k rifles.
A Polish partisan (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) at the left holds a rifle.
Another view of the rifle in hands of same character.
Rifles and MP40 of Polish partisans.
Polish partisans (Viktor Filippov at the left) with 98k rifles.
"Sedoy" (Evgeniy Teterin) fires a rifle.
A partisan fires a rifle.
A partisan (Viktor Filippov) fires a rifle.
"Sedoy" reloads.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Abwehr Col. Berg (Vladislav Strzhelchik) carries a double barreled shotgun when he goes in forest to contact with "Vikhr" under the guise of hunting.

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Berg with a shotgun.

Other Weapons

RGD-5 Hand Grenade

A post-war RGD-5 hand grenade is taken from captured "Vikhr". Anya (Anastasiya Voznesenskaya) is seen with a same looking grenade.

RGD-5 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
SS Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Fischer (Oleg Golubitsky) holds a grenade, taken from "Vikhr".
Anya shows a grenade to "Mukha".

F-1 Hand Grenade

An F-1 hand grenade is seen in Anya's stash.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A grenade is seen next to P08.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by Polish resistance fighters and German soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
"Vikhr" (Vadim Beroev) with MP40 and a pair of grenades.
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A German soldier throws grenades during the final battle of "Vikhr" and Anya.



Col. Borodin (Yevgeni Burenkov) carries a TT-33 holster.
Col. Stromberg (Georgi Shevtsov) carries a Walther P38 holster of early pattern.


A Soviet 85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) stands for a German 8.8cm Flak.

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) - 85x629mm R
An AA gun on the burning street (possibly a footage from Stalingradskaya bitva).
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A close view of the AA gun.


A T-34-85 in attack.

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