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One Chance in One Thousand (Odin shans iz tysyachi)

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One Chance in One Thousand
(Odin shans iz tysyachi)
Odin shans iz tysyachi Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Leon Kocharyan
Release Date 1969
Language Russian
Studio Odessa Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Migunko Anatoliy Solonitsyn
Lt. Osyanin Aleksandr Fadeyev
Igor Semernin and Seraphim Semernin Arkady Svidersky
Sgt. Vladimir Sokolov Vladimir Marenkov
Harri Hatzel Harri Schweitz
Viktor Kartsev Oleg Khalimonov
Nina Zhanna Prokhorenko
Denis Korneevich Prokhorenko Nikolay Grinko
Col. Koester Gurgen Tonunts
Dvigubskiy Nikolai Kryukov

One Chance in One Thousand (Odin shans iz tysyachi) is a Soviet 1969 adventure war movie directed by Leon Kocharyan. In Summer 1943 Soviet commando group under the command of Capt. Migunko (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) operates on Black Sea coast, occupied by Nazi Germany. In order to get valuable documents about German spy ring, Migunko impersonates SS officer and infiltrates the headquarters that is disguised as a resort for officers.

The following weapons were used in the film One Chance in One Thousand (Odin shans iz tysyachi):


Tokarev TT-33

Sgt. Sokolov (Vladimir Marenkov) holds a TT-33 when disguised as a German officer. Lt. Osyanin (Aleksandr Fadeyev) holds his TT during the action on the German airfield. In the final scene Capt. Migunko (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) gives his TT to Nina (Zhanna Prokhorenko). TTs in the movie are of correct pre-1947 version.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Sokolov, disguised as a German officer, draws his TT on Dvigubskiy.
Osyanin checks his TT in the scene on the airfield.
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Migunko hands his pistol to Nina.
Nina with discharged TT in the final scene.

Luger P08

German officers, including SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Weiseing (Viktor Pavlovsky) and Maj. Kracht (Oleg Savosin), use Luger P08 pistols in several scenes. Other officers and NCOs, including SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Schirach (Grigoriy Shpigel) and warrant officer Glotke (Pavel Vinnik) are seen carrying holstered Lugers. Capt. Migunko (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) also uses a Luger when he impersonates Weiseing.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Weiseing draws his Luger.
Glotke carries a holster for Artillery Luger.
Kracht holds the Luger after his duel with another officer.
Migunko, disguised as SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer, holds his pistol.
Migunko draws his Luger on Kracht, portraying that he is insulted by the latter.
A German officer is shot and drops his Luger in the final scene.

Walther P38

Dvigubskiy (Nikolai Kryukov) and Luftwaffe Lt. Col. von Bulow (Voldemar Akuraters) use Walther P38s during the duel. In the final scene Col. Koester (Gurgen Tonunts) draws a P38 from his pocket (not a best choice for pocket pistol).

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Dvigubskiy holds the Walther after the duel.
Koester draws his Walther.
An uncredited officer surprises Nina.
But he is shot by Hatzel.

Submachine Guns


Soviet commandos, including Capt. Migunko (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), Sgt. Sokolov (Vladimir Marenkov), Harri Hatzel (Harri Schweitz), Kartsev (Oleg Khalimonov) and twin brothers Igor and Seraphim Semernin (both - Arkady Svidersky), are armed with MP40 SMGs. In the final scene Nina (Zhanna Prokhorenko) fires the MP40, taked from wounded Migunko. MP40s are also used by German soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Commandos holds MP40 before their parachute drop.
Kartsev holds the MP40 at the left.
A German soldier (Mark Tolmachyov) with MP40 on the checkpoint.
Migunko carries the MP40.
A close view of MP40.
Sokolov and Igor Semernin with MP40s and Hatzel with DP-27 during the operation on German airfield.
MP40s, MP38 and F-1 hand grenades on the table.


An MP38 is seen together with MP40s of the Soviet commandos in the final scene.

MP38 - 9x19mm
MP40s, MP38 (at the right) and F-1 hand grenades on the table.
Igor Semernin (Arkady Svidersky) fires the MP38.


In the final scene Soviet sailors carry PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet sailors hold PPSh-41s in the final scene.

Assault Rifles


In the final scene Kartsev's (Oleg Khalimonov) and Sokolov's (Vladimir Marenkov) MP40s switch to heavily out-of-time AKMS.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
Kartsev holds the AKMS. The silver colored blank firing adapter is seen.
Another view of Kartsev's AKMS.
Kartsev fires his AK.


Double Barreled Shotguns

Several German officers, including SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Schirach (Grigoriy Shpigel), Maj. Kracht (Oleg Savosin), and Lt. Col. von Bulow (Voldemar Akuraters), carry Double Barreled Shotguns during the deer hunt. Denis Korneevich Prokhorenko (Nikolay Grinko) uses a double barreled shotgun in the final scene. All shotguns have exposed hammers.

TOZ-63 - 16 gauge
Two German officers pose for the photo with their prey.
Kracht (at the left), Schirach (in orange coat) and other officers carry shotguns after the hunt.
Denis Korneevich holds the shotgun.
Denis Korneevich fires the shotgun in the scene in wine cellar.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

The group has a Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun that is used by Lt. Osyanin (Aleksandr Fadeyev) and Harri Hatzel (Harri Schweitz).

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
Osyanin holds the DP after the landing of the group.
Osyanin controls the road.
Hatzel fires the DP in duel with MG42 on watchtower.
Hatzel holds the DP in the final scene.


MG42 machine guns are used by German soldiers in several scenes.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG42 on the watchtower on German airfield.
A soldier fires the MG42. The belt is loaded with blanks.
The gunner is shot and drops his machine gun.
MG42 is mounted on BTR-40 that stand for German APC.
German soldiers with MG42 in the final scene. Note some white item inside the barrel. This is likely a pyrotechnical device that imitates the muzzle flame and smoke.

Vladimirov KPV

KPV heavy machine guns in 2M-5 twin mounting are mounted on Project 123K torpedo boat, standing for German S-class torpedo boat. Sokolov (Vladimir Marenkov) mans the machine gun during the attack of German plane.

KPV heavy machine gun in 2M-5 twin (side by side) naval mounting - 14.5x114mm
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Sokolov fires at German plane.
A close view of the mounting.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

Soviet commandos use F-1 hand grenades in the final scene.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Odin shans iz tysyachi-F1-1.jpg
MP40, MP38 and F-1 hand grenades on the table.

"Pineapple" Grenade Mockup

A mockup that looks different from F-1 is also seen in this scene.

Mockup grenade is seen at the left. It has more elongated body and very simplified "fuze".

Stick Hand Grenade Mockup

German soldiers use stick hand grenades in the final scene. They appear to be mockups, resembling Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades. The mockups look similar to ones, used in Otryad osobogo naznacheniya, filmed on same studio.

For comparison: Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Odin shans iz tysyachi-Grenade-1.jpg
A German soldier throws a grenade.


Soviet postwar BTR-40 stands for German APC.
Soviet postwar Project 123K torpedo boat stands for German S-class torpedo boat.
76.2mm ZiS-3 field cannons are used as a Soviet coastal artillery.

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