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Poem of Kovpak: Alarm (Duma o Kovpake: Nabat)

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Poem of Kovpak: Alarm (Duma o Kovpake: Nabat)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Timofei Levchuk
Release Date 1973
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sidor Artemyevich Kovpak Konstantin Stepankov
Semyon Vasilyevich Rudnev Valentin Belokhvostik
Sgt. Fyodor Karpenko Mikhail Golubovich
Zurab Toladze Zurab Kapianidze
Pavel Ustuyzhanin Mikhail Kokshenov
Dr. Galina Ocheret Silviya Sergeichikova
Kolya Mudryi Viktor Pivnenko
Vasily Gurin Aleksandr Anurov

Poem of Kovpak: Alarm (Duma o Kovpake: Nabat) is a Soviet 1973 war movie directed by Timofei Levchuk. It is the first part of the tetralogy of films, depicting the activities of Soviet partisan unit under the command of Sidor Artemyevich Kovpak on Nazi-occupied territories of Ukraine in 1941-1944. The events, covered in Nabat, take place in Summer-Winter of 1941.

The following weapons were used in the film Poem of Kovpak: Alarm (Duma o Kovpake: Nabat):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen in hands of several characters.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant
Sgt. Fyodor Karpenko (Mikhail Golubovich) draws his Nagant revolver.
Karpenko's Nagant and Kovpak's Luger P08.
Wounded Vysotsky (Gennadi Karnovich-Valua) commits suicide with his Nagant to avoid being captured alive.

Luger P08

The captured Luger P08 is the personal handgun of Sidor Kovpak (Konstantin Stepankov). German officers carry P08 pistols in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Kovpak holds his P08.
Karpenko's Nagant M1895 and Kovpak's P08.
A German officer fires the P08.
A German officer holds the P08.

Submachine Guns


MP40 SMGs are widely used by both German troops and Soviet partisans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
German motorcyclists fire MP40 SMGs and MG34 and MG42 machine guns.
Seva Moshkin (Yuriy Demich) holds the MP40.
German soldiers with MP40s.
Partisans with MP40 and Mosin Nagant M1891/30 on rest.
A tank crew member fires the MP40, leaving the damaged tank.
Pavel Ustuyzhanin (Mikhail Kokshenov) fires the MP40.
A German soldier with MP40 in action.
Another view of MP40 in action.
The partisan (Aleksandr Bystrushkin) with MP40 is killed.


Some MP38 SMGs are also seen.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A German soldier fires MP38.


In the final scene Semyon Rudnev (Valentin Belokhvostik) carries the PPSh-41.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Rudnev with PPSh at the left.


Anachronistic PPS-43 SMGs are seen in several scenes in hands of German soldiers.

Soviet PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPS-43 is seen at the left.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Due to shortage of military weapons, some partisans carry Double Barreled Shotguns.

Duma o Kovpake-Part1-Shotgun-1.jpg
Didlov (Yuri Prokopovich) carries the shotgun. He calls it "tulka" (TOZ) 12 gauge.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Most Soviet soldiers and partisans are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet troops with M91/30 rifles on march.
Seva Moshkin (Yuriy Demich) with M91/30 rifle on sling.
A partisan holds M91/30 rifle at the background.
Partisans with MP40 and M91/30 on rest.
Drozd (Yuriy Satarov) (at the left) and unnamed partisan hold their rifles.
Partisans with M91/30 rifles on rest.
Ira (Nina Reus) in ambush with M91/30 rifle.
A partisan with M91/30 at the left.
A partisan fires M91/30 rifle.

Karabiner 98k

Many German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. Captured 98k rifles are used by partisans.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers fire their rifles from BTR-40 (standing for German APC).
A Hilfspolizei (Boris Aleksandrov) fires his 98k.
Two Wehrmacht artillerymen carry 98k rifles at the background.

Machine Guns and Autocannons

Degtyaryov DP-27

Partisans widely use Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Seva Moshkin (Yuriy Demich) carries the DP-27 on sling.
A partisan in center holds the DP-27.
Sgt. Karpenko (Mikhail Golubovich) inspects the DP-27.
A partisan holds DP-27.
Moshkin fires his DP-27 in action.

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on T-34 tanks, visually modified to resemble German Pz. IV.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-DT-1.jpg
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-DT-4.jpg

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by partisans. Both pre- and post-1941 versions are seen.

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
Soviet soldiers carry the Maxim on march.
Maxim M1919/30 is seen when Vysotsky (Gennadi Karnovich-Valua) and Rudnev (Valentin Belokhvostik) prepare weapons for the partisan unit.
Rudnev mans the post-1941 Maxim in action.
A partisan maintains the Maxim.
The partisan armory: Maxim M1910/30, a number of Tellermine 35 AT mines, Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles and Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine gun.

M-4 Quad Mounting is seen in opening scene.

Maxim M1910/30 in M-4 AA quad mounting
M-4 fires at German planes.


SGMB, pivot-mounted version of Goryunov SGM machine gun, is seen mounted on BTR-40.

Goryunov SGMB, mounted on BTR-152 - 7.62x54mm R
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-SGMB-1.jpg


Wehrmacht troops widely use MG34 machine guns. Captured MG34s are used by partisans.

MG34 with 50 round belt drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 with 50 round belt drum.
German motorcyclists fire MP40 SMGs and MG34 and MG42 machine guns.
A closeup of MG34.
MG34 is mounted on German APC.
A partisan fires the MG34.


The MG42, anachronistic for Summer 1941, is seen in one scene.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG42 is seen on the foreground.

61-K AA Autocannon

The 37-mm M1939 (61-K) AA autocannon is seen in the opening scene.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
Covered 61-K AA autocannon is towed by the truck.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by both German soldiers and Soviet partisans.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Zurab Toladze (Zurab Kapianidze) (at the left) with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle and two Stielhandgranates.
A partisan at the left holds the bundle of Stielhandgranates, used as anti-tank weapon. Unlike German "Geballte Ladung", this bundle keeps the sticks of all grenades.
A German soldier with MP40 and a Stielhandgranate.
A German soldier throws the grenade.
Karpenko (Mikhail Golubovich) readies to use the bundle of grenades againt German tank.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

In one scene a German officer uses the OSP-30 Flare Pistol.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-OSP-1.jpg

Tellermine 35

Partisans use captured stock of Tellermine 35 AT mines.

Tellermine 35
A number of Tellermine 35 AT mines is seen in the partisan armory.
Pavel Ustuyzhanin (Mikhail Kokshenov) plants the Tellermine 35 on the forest trail.

7.5 cm Pak 40

Wehrmacht troops use 7.5 cm Pak 40 guns in several scenes.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-PAK40-1.jpg
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The following guns are seen only in documentary footage, including in the movie.


A Soviet partisan carries PPD-40 SMG.

PPD 40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-PPD-1.jpg


A Soviet partisan carries SVT-40 rifle.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-SVT-1.jpg



BTR-40 stands for German APC (despite being wheeled unlike German half-track SdKfz 250/251).
T-34 tanks are visually modified to resemble PzKpfw IV. The result looks similar to Ausf.F2 or later version that didn't exist in Autumn 1941.
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-FakePzIV-3.jpg
Duma o Kovpake-Part1-FakePzIV-4.jpg
Unmodified PT-76 light tank stands for German tank.


The 122-mm M-30 howitzer is towed by the truck.
The M-30 is towed by post-war ATL artillery tractor.

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