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Soviet Border (Na granitse)

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Soviet Border (Na granitse)
Na granitse 1938.jpg
Original Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Ivanov
Release Date 1938
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Ivan Tarasov Nikolay Kryuchkov
Stepanida Vlasova Yelena Tyapkina
Varvara Vlasova Zoya Fyodorova
Yerofey Vlasov Nikolay Vinogradov
Sgt. Anton Mikhalkov Stepan Krylov
Volkov Erast Garin
Capt. Numata Yuri Lavrov

Soviet Border (original title Na granitse ("On the border") is a Soviet 1938 B&W movie directed by Aleksandr Ivanov. It depicts a local Soviet-Japanese conflict in mid-1930s on the border of USSR and Manchukuo.

The following weapons were used in the film Soviet Border (Na granitse):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are service sidearms of Soviet Border Guard officers. Several saboteurs also are armed with Nagants.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N
Unnamed Border Guard lieutenant escorts arrested Volkov.
Capt. Ivan Tarasov (Nikolay Kryuchkov) holds a Nagant during the battle.

Nambu Type 14

Capt. Numata (Yuri Lavrov) and several other Japanese Imperial Army officers are armed with Nambu Type 14 pistols.

Early Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Capt. Numata threatens Varvara.
Numata pistol-whips captured Anton Mikhalkov.
An officer (Faivish Arones) holds a Nambu during the battle.

Mauser C96

Most Japanese Imperial Army officers carry Mauser C96 pistols. Mauser pistols are also seen in hands of saboteurs and former White Army cossacks, like Volkov (Erast Garin), Nikodim Gubin (Nikolay Michurin) and Usvakh (Evgeniy Nemchenko).

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Saboteur Usvakh, disguised as a Soviet Border Guard soldier, draws his Mauser.
He fires through the window.
Nikodim Gubin draws a Mauser.
Camouflaged Volkov aims a Mauser.
A Japanese officer with a Mauser is shot by Soviet sniper.
A Japanese officer threatens Varvara Vlasova.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Soviet Border Guard soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, mostly seen with attached bayonets.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Sgt. Anton Mikhalkov (Stepan Krylov) aims his rifle. Pvt. Mito (K. Bzarov) carries the similar rifle at the background.
Sgt. Mikhalkov and an unnamed soldier carry M91/30 rifles with bayonets while on patrol.
Bolts and stocks of the rifles are seen.
Capt. Ivan Tarasov (Nikolay Kryuchkov) holds an M91/30 rifle.
Anton Mikhalkov and Varvara (Zoya Fyodorova) take rifles when the Japanese attack interrupts their wedding.
Mikhalkov, as he was in black suit, goes to battle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle

During the battle Soviet snipers use M91/30 rifles, fitted with VP or PE sniper scopes.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle with PE scope - 7.62x54mm R
A sniper takes aim.

Mosin Nagant M1907

A Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine is seen on the wall in Vlasov's house.

Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
An M1907 carbine and a shashka sabre in scabbard are seen on the wall below the portrait of Stepanida Vlasova late husband.

Arisaka Type 38

Japanese Imperial Army soldiers are armed with Arisaka Type 38 rifles. Some of former White Army Cossacks are also seen with Arisaka rifles.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A White Cossack (a second role of Stepan Krylov in the movie) holds an Arisaka rifle.
Japanese troops cross the border river.
Japanese soldiers ready for attack.
A centry is surprised by the old hunter Yerofey.
Stepanida Vlasova (Yelena Tyapkina) grabs an Arisaka from a slain Japanese soldier.
Varvara (Zoya Fyodorova) bayonets Capt. Numata.

Arisaka Type 38 Carbine

What appears to be an Arisaka Type 38 carbine is seen in hands of a White Cossack.

Arisaka Type 38 Carbine - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
The man sleeps with a carbine in hands.

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" Musket

The rifle, used by the aged hunter Yerofey Vlasov (Nikolay Vinogradov), appears to be a Winchester 1866 Musket.

Winchester 1866 Musket - .44 RF
Yerofey Vlasov takes his rifle.
Vlasov in battle.
Another view of the same scene.
A good view of the barrel of the rifle allows to identify is as musket version of "Yellow Boy".


Double Barreled Shotgun

A double barreled shotgun is seen in hands of a Chinese hunter Lee Soong-sin (uncredited) in one scene.

A hunter holds his shotgun.
External hammers are seen.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

During the battle Soviet Border Guard soldiers use Maxim M1910 machine guns.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A close view of the Maxim.
A general view of the Maxim. It has a smooth water jacket.
Yerofey Vlasov (Nikolay Vinogradov) mans the machine gun when the gunner is slain.

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine guns are used by Japanese troops. They replace unobtainable Japanese light machine guns, such as Type 96.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Japanese soldier fires a DP-27. The machine gun lacks the typical conical flash hider.
Two DPs are seen when Japanese troops cross the border river.
A close view of the barrel.


Mills Bomb

Volkov (Erast Garin), the chief saboteur, uses several hand grenades against border guards. They appear to be some version of Mills Bomb.

No. 36M Mk.I "Mills Bomb" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
A Border Guard soldier takes a Mills grenade from captured Volkov.


RG-14/30 hand grenades are used by Soviet border guards.

RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
A Border Guard soldier throws a grenade durind the battle.
Another soldier with a grenade is seen at the background.


76 mm regimental gun M1927

Soviet 76 mm regimental gun M1927 stand for Japanese field artillery.

76 mm regimental gun M1927 - 76.2x385 mm R
Japanese artillery opens fire.

152 mm howitzer M1937 (ML-20)

In the final scene Soviet 152 mm howitzer M1937 (ML-20) return fire to Japanese artillery.

152 mm Howitzer-gun M1937 (ML-20) - 152 x 547 mm R
ML-20 opens fire.


In the final scene Soviet BT-5 tanks attack Japanese troops.

A BT-5 in attack.

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