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Mama, I'm Alive (Mama, ich lebe)

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Mama, I'm Alive
(Mama, ich lebe)
Mama ich lebe Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
Directed by Konrad Wolf
Release Date 1977
Language German
Studio DEFA
Main Cast
Character Actor
Günther Becker Peter Prager
Walter Pankonin Uwe Zerbe
Karl Koralewski Eberhard Kirchberg
Helmuth Kuschke Detlef Gieß
Maj. Danos Mauris Donatas Banionis
Svetlana Margarita Terekhova
Soviet General Ivan Lapikov
Capt. Viktor Glunskiy Evgeniy Kindinov

Mama, I'm Alive (German title Mama, ich lebe, Russian title Mama, ya zhiv) is an East German-Soviet 1977 (filmed 1976) war drama directed by Konrad Wolf. Four young German soldiers are Soviet POWs. They decide to fight against Nazism on the Red Army side.

The following weapons were used in the film Mama, I'm Alive (Mama, ich lebe):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are carried by Soviet Capt. Viktor Glunskiy (Evgeniy Kindinov) and Sgt. Kolja (Mikhail Vaskov).

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Sgt. Kolja carries a Nagant in holster. A small part of the grip is seen.
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Capt. Glunskiy shows his marksmanship, firing at a bird.
Kolja draws a Nagant.


Luger P08

German pilot Günther Becker (Peter Prager) and his crewmember carry Luger P08 pistols when their plane is downed.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
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Becker's flashback shows him drawing a Luger to shoot himself.
Becker's crewmember shots himself with a Luger.
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Another flashback scene shows Becker cocking his Luger. The chamber is empty.
Becker holds his pistol in second flashback.

Submachine Gun


A PPSh-41 is seen in hands of the commander of the Soviet scout group that capture Becker.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
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Soviet scout shoots Becker's pistol off his hand.


MP40s are seen in flashback scenes of Walter Pankonin, carried by a German NCO and a Soviet partisan.

MP40 - 9x19mm
An NCO next to Pankonin carries an MP40.
Another view of the MP40.
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A partisan with MP40 examines Pankonin's Karabiner 98k.

Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles are seen in hands of Karl Koralewski (Eberhard Kirchberg), Walter Pankonin (Uwe Zerbe) and Soviet Sgt. Kolja (Mikhail Vaskov). The movie shows the full process of assembling of StG 44 (see talk page).

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Kolja carries an StG 44.
Kolja carries an StG 44.
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Karl Koralewski, former circus performer, shows tricks with Kolja's StG 44.
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Mama ich lebe-StG44-17A.jpg
Koralewski holds the StG 44.
Pankonin (at the left) holds a Sturmgewehr.


Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Some Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A Soviet scout with M38 carbine.
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Soviet scouts capture Becker. They carry M38 carbines.
A soldier on a railroad flatcar carries an M38 carbine.

Karabiner 98k

Walter Pankonin (Uwe Zerbe), Günther Becker (Peter Prager), Helmuth Kuschke (Detlef Gieß) and a Soviet partisan carry Karabiner 98k rifles in several scenes.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Pankonin carries a 98k rifle.
Pankonin carries a 98k rifle.
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A partisan examines Pankonin's rifle, smelling it to find out if Pankonin fired or not.
Kuschke (at the left) holds a 98k.
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Becker (at the right) holds a 98k. Next to him Pankonin holds a Sturmgewehr 44.
Kuschke holds a 98k.

Gewehr 1898

A Soviet partisan holds a Gewehr 1898 rifle. A German soldier carries a Mauser rifle that appears to be too long for 98k and also seems to be a G98.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier in center carries a long Mauser rifle.
Another view of the scene.
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Mama ich lebe-G98-2.jpg
A partisan with Gewehr 98 guards captured Pankonin.

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG 34 is mounted on Becker's plane (this is highly incorrect as MG34 were never used on planes). An MG 34 on tripod is transported by German soldiers.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34, dismantled from Becker's plane.
Mama ich lebe-MG34-2.jpg
Two crewmembers of downed plane ready the MG 34.
A view of the barrel and cartridge belt.
Soldiers transport an MG 34 on sledge.
The MG 34 on sledge.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Walter Pankonin (Uwe Zerbe) and other German soldiers carry Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A grenade is seen on sledge next to MG34.
Pankonin and other soldiers carry grenades.
Mama ich lebe-Grenade-2.jpg
Another view of the scene.



Maj. Danos Mauris (Donatas Banionis) carries a TT-33 holster. It is made of leather too light for standard Soviet patterns. Possibly it's a postwar East German pattern.
Sgt. Kolja carries his Nagant in a holster of typical German outlook, and for pistol, not for revolver.
In another scene Kolja carries a standard Soviet Nagant holster.
Capt. Glunskiy carries a German universal holster for P08 and P38, most likely of postwar East German pattern.
A German pilot carries a holster for Makarov PM.
Military interpreter Svetlana (Margarita Terekhova) carries an East German holster for PM.


A T-34 is transported on a railway flatcar.


Soviet Po-2 planes.

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