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Snow and Ashes (Sneg i pepel)

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Snow and Ashes
(Sneg i pepel)
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Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Sasha Kiriyenko
Broadcast 2015
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 4
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Nikolay Urusov aka Col. Yampolskiy Denis Shvedov
Natalya Olga Sutulova
Col. Zinoviy Borisovich Velyaminov Anatoliy Belyy
Gen. Ivan Savelyevich Khudoyarov Konstantin Vorobyov
Capt. Fyodor Kardash Daniil Spivakovskiy
Chapkis Ignatiy Akrachkov
Lidiya Karpovna Alyona Ivchenko
Yefreytor Pavel Bezgin Aleksey Grishin
Nikita Breus Aleksey Krasnotsvetov

Snow and Ashes (Sneg i pepel) is a Russian 2015 war espionage mini-series directed by Sasha Kiriyenko. In Winter 1942, a large unit of Red Army falls into the enemy encirclement. Only a narrow isthmus in swamps connects this unit with the mainland. While Wehrmacht prepare for a decisive offensive, a German saboteur acts among the Soviet troops, hampering the defence. To expose him, Major Urusov (Denis Shvedov) of the counterintelligence service begins the investigation.

The following weapons were used in the film Snow and Ashes (Sneg i pepel):


Nagant M1895

The commander of the partisans unit Yuzefovich (Igor Mosyuk) carries a Nagant M1895 revolver in holster.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Yuzefovich carries a Nagant in holster.


Tokarev TT-33

TT-33 pistols are seen in hands of Major Nikolay Urusov (Denis Shvedov) who acts under the name of the representative of the Supreme Command headquarters Col. Yampolskiy, the chief of staff Col. Zinoviy Borisovich Velyaminov (Anatoliy Belyy), Yefreytor Pavel Bezgin (Aleksey Grishin), scout Nikita Breus (Aleksey Krasnotsvetov), and nurse Natalya (Olga Sutulova).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Velyaminov confronts Yampolskiy with a TT in hand. Two soldiers, accompaniying him, hold Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.
Yampolskiy disarms Velyaminov and holds the TT at his head.
Yampolskiy on a motorcycle pursues Bezgin and Lidiya Karpovna on a lorry.
Bezgin draws a TT in the same scene.
During the brawl, Chapkis kicks the pistol off Yampolskiy's hand.
Yampolskiy and Breus aim their pistols at Velyaminov.
Velyaminov holds Breus' TT and takes nurse Natalya as hostage.
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Yampolskiy fires.
Natalya with the pistol, taken from Velyaminov.

Walther P38 (Denix)

Scout Aslan Bodoev (Antonis Shamanidi) carries a Walther P38. The appearance of the pistol and visible markings reveal it as a Denix non-firing replica.

Denix non-firing replica of Walther P38
Bodoev holds the radio operator (Pyotr Logachyov) of the false partisans unit at gunpoint.
Bodoev interrogate the false partisan.
A close view of Bodoev's pistol in the same scene.
Same scene is seen in a flashback. The markings on the frame reveal the pistol as a Denix replica.
Bodoev fires his pistol during the shootout on the train.
He is gunned down and falls from the train. The pistol holster is seen.

Luger P08 (Denix)

Scout Nikita Breus (Aleksey Krasnotsvetov) carries a Luger P08. A P08 is also briefly seen in hands of Aslan Bodoev (Antonis Shamanidi) instead of the latter's common P38. The Luger is a non-firing Denix replica of the early model, identified by the markings on the frame.

Denix Luger P08 non-firing replica. The screen gun is an early Denix model that has marking "P-08 PARABELLUM" on the frame.
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Bodoev fires at German sniper Zickler. The muzzle flame is a CGI.
Breus holds a Luger.
Upon close inspection, the markings can be seen on the frame of the pistol.
Breus fires at Zickler.
A screw on the top of the frame, one more sign of a Denix replica, can be seen.
Breus with a Luger (at the background) and Bodoev with a Walther.

Submachine Guns


Several Soviet soldiers and partisans are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.

PPSh-41 with 71 round drum - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
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Two soldiers with PPSh-41s guard the hospital room where the only survivor of the explosion on the ammunition depot is kept.
A partisan fires a PPSh.
A soldier with a PPSh guards the arrested German agent.
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A soldier holds a PPSh during the arrest of Velyaminov.
A soldier breaks in the room when Velyaminov takes Natalya as hostage.
A soldier convoys arrested Bezgin.
Same scene on a promotional image.


Yefreytor Pavel Bezgin (Aleksey Grishin) fires an MP40 when he tries to escape. Scouts Nikita Breus (Aleksey Krasnotsvetov) and Aslan Bodoev (Antonis Shamanidi) are armed with MP40s during the shootout on the train; in other scenes both mainly carry Denix replicas of MP40 (see below). MP40s are also seen in hands of a German soldier and one of the German agents who poses as a partisan.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Bezgin fires an MP40 at pursuing Yampolskiy.
Another view of the same scene. The charging handle is seen moving.
A false partisan fires an MP40.
During the shootout on the train, Breus holds a real MP40.
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A German soldier fires an MP40. The moving cover of the chamber is seen.
Bezgin fires the MP40 on a promotional image.

MP40 (Denix)

Nikita Breus (Aleksey Krasnotsvetov) and Aslan Bodoev (Antonis Shamanidi) mainly carry Denix non-firing replicas of MP40 submachine guns, idenfitied by the typical greyish silumin surface. Same Denix MP40s are also seen in hands of some German soldiers.

Denix non-firing replica of MP40
Breus and Bodoev follow the traces of the false partisans unit.
The muzzle and the front sight of Breus' MP40 are seen.
A good view of one of the MP40s when the duo capture Yuzefovich.
Breus and Bodoev act together with the partisans.
The duo with MP40s. Bodoev also holds a P38, also a Denix replica (see above).
Bodoev uses his submachine gun in close combat.
Breus carries his MP40.
Bodoev disarms a German sentry on the train.
A German soldier fires during the shootout on the train. Note the skewed and bent magazine that also lacks the bottom cover. The muzzle flash is obviously a CGI.
Breus with an MP40. His pistol holster is also seen.
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Denix MP40s of Breus and Bodoev are seen on promotional images.

MP40 (dummy)

When Breus and Bodoev jump or fall from the train, their MP40s are replaced with rubber props.

Breus holds a rubber prop.
Bodoev holds a rubber prop.


Due to a continuity error, Aslan Bodoev (Antonis Shamanidi) is also seen with an MP38 in the scene on the train. An MP38 is also seen in hands of a German soldier.

MP38 - 9x19mm
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An M38-wielding German soldier on a train is gunned down.
Bodoev fires an MP38.
The charging handle is seen.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many Soviet soldiers and partisans carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A sentry on an ammunition depot holds an M91/30 rifle with a bayonet.
A scout of Maj. Dedukh's training school holds a M91/30 rifle during the training.
Aged huntsman Uralych (Igor Vukolov) (at the right) and the radio operator (Pyotr Logachyov) of the false partisans unit (in center) carry M91/30 rifles.
Another view of Uralych's rifle.
The radio operator carries an M91/30 rifle. The sniper scope of Zickler's Karabiner 98k rifle is seen at the foreground.
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Soldiers, accompaniying Col. Velyaminov, aim at Yampolskiy.
Soldiers (Vladimir Yudin at the right and uncredited at the left) aim their rifles at Yampolskiy.
Three partisans of Yuzefovich's unit carry M91/30 rifles. The muzzle section of the barrel on the rifle in center is absent, probably broken.
Partisan Lyokha (Zakhar Cherezov) (at the right) carries an M91/30 rifle (in previous scene he is seen with an M38 Carbine).
A promotional image shows soldiers in formation, many armed with M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

A number of Soviet scouts and partisans are armed with Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines. Some of these carbines lack the front sights.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Scouts of the training school stand in formation. Lukyan Portnov (Yakov Shamshin; the character is called Kokhanovskiy in credites but Portnov in the film itself) (second from the right) carries an M38 Carbine; next to him Aslan Bodoev (Antonis Shamanidi) carries an M91/30 rifle.
Same scene is seen from another side. Breus (Aleksey Krasnotsvetov) (at the far right) and a scout at the far left also carry M38 Carbines.
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During the training, a scout fires his carbine. This gun lacks the blade and the hood of the front sight, only the base is on place.
Breus aims his carbine.
One more scout with a carbine.
Portnov holds a carbine without the front sight.
Partisan Lyokha (Zakhar Cherezov) carries an M38 Carbine without the front sight (later this character's rifle switches to an M91/30).
A partisan holds an M38 Carbine without the front sight on a promotional image.
A promotional images shows a soldier (Artyom Potylitsin) with an M38 Carbine (again without the front sight) who receives an award.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine (visually modified as M1907 Carbine)

Several M38 carbines (or maybe M91/30 rifles) are visually modified to resemble M1907 Carbines. The origin of these guns is revealed by the rear sight of 1930 version and the position of crossbolts in the grasping grooves - off center while on original M91s and M07s they were centered.

For reference: Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Portnov (Yakov Shamshin) carries an M07-style carbine during the training.
Portnov with the same carbine. In this scene his gun several times switches between this rifle and an M38 Carbine.
A scout fires an M07-style carbine.
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One more scout with an M07-style carbine on training.

Karabiner 98k

Several German soldiers and Soviet partisans are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
A German soldier on the train holds a Kar 98k.
A Kar 98k of a German radio operator leans against the table.
A partisan carries a Kar 98k rifle. Note the simplified barrel band that didn't exist in 1942 yet.

Karabiner 98k Sniper Rifle

German sniper Zickler (Romuald Makarenko) (his military rank is not specified) is armed with a Karabiner 98k with a Hensoldt Wetzlar sniper scope.

A close-up of the sniper scope.
Zickler aims at Yampolskiy on the snow-covered forest road.
Zickler's rifle on the snow. The Hensoldt Wetzlar scope is clearly visible. This is a pre-war commercial model, not adopted for service officially but still used on military rifles.
Another view of the sniper rifle. The bolt is opened.
Zickler carries his rifle.
Wounded Zickler fires at the radio operator and his radio set.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

The commander of the partisans unit Yuzefovich (Igor Mosyuk) and several Soviet soldiers use DP-27 machine guns.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
Pvt. Tingeev is on duty on the watchtower with a DP-27.
A soldier carries a DP-27 on sling.
A DP-27 is mounted on a motorcycle sidecar.
Yuzefovich with a DP-27.
Yuzefovich carries a DP-27.
Yuzefovich carries a DP-27.
Yuzefovich fires a DP-27.
Yuzefovich with a DP-27.
A motorcycle with a DP-27 is seen on a promotional image.


A ZB-53 machine gun (German designation MG 37(t)) is mounted on a flatcar of a German train. It is captured and used by Aslan Bodoev (Antonis Shamanidi).

ZB 53 / vz. 37 machine gun on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Bodoev sneaking up to a German gunner.
Bodoev kills the gunner. Note the cartridge belt, filled with prop cartridges with plastic bullets that burn during the firing.
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Bodoev fires the machine gun.
He leaves the empty gun.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 hand grenades are used by Chapkis (Ignatiy Akrachkov) and senior nurse Lidiya Karpovna (Alyona Ivchenko).

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
An F-1 grenade and a bayonet of a Mosin Nagant Rifle are seen on the table in Yuzefovich's dugout.
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An F-1 grenade is planted by Chapkis on an oxygen ballon in the basement of the hospital.
Lidiya Karpovna holds a grenade during the car chase.
A flashback scene reveals Chapkis planting the grenade.

Granatwerfer 34 Mortar

When German mortars shell the Soviet positions, two of the three mortars on screen are Granatwerfer 34.

8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
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Mortars in center and at the right are GrW 34 while the one at the left is a BM-37.

BM-37 Mortar

One of the three German mortars turn out to be a Soviet BM-37.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar, early model
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A BM-37 is seen at the left.

Anti-Personnal Mine

During the chase after Zickler's group, Bodoev finds a planted anti-personnel mine. The scouts describe it as a German Springmine that contains 365 (360 in reality) steel balls. What is seen, differs from the S-Mine with its typical three-pronged pressure fuze; the fuze itself looks more like Soviet grenade fuze UZRG.

Bodoev carefully cleans the mine. The fuze is seen.


152 mm howitzer M1937 (ML-20)

Soviet 152 mm howitzer M1937 (ML-20) are used to depict the German artillery. In reality, captured ML-20s were highly prized in Wehrmacht and adopted as 15.2 cm KH 433/1(r), so the usage of this guns against the Soviet troops is not impossible. As the guns are shown firing without any artillerymen near them, most likely these are CGI.

152 mm Howitzer-gun M1937 (ML-20) - 152 x 547 mm .R
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Pz. IV Tank Scale Models

An episode looks funny when a German General Wiedel (Dmitriy Podnozov) is developing an upcoming military operation, moving small models of Pz. IV tanks on the map.

The tanks on a "log road".
General moves the models.

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