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Special Destination Force (Otryad osobogo naznacheniya)

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Special Destination Force
(Otryad osobogo naznacheniya)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vadim Lysenko
Release Date 1978
Language Russian
Studio Odessa Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Ozyoryn Leonhard Merzin
Wilhelm Stromm Uldis Pucitis
Viktor Grachyov Leonid Shumskiy
Gudzha Babluani Elgudzha Burduli
Ivan Prokopenko Pavel Remezov
Sasha Mudryakov Sergei Ivanov
Marina Strelnikova Marina Troshina

Special Destination Force (Otryad osobogo naznacheniya) is a 1978 Soviet war movie directed by Vadim Lysenko. The story takes place in Summer 1942. A Soviet special detachment under the command of Major Ozyoryn is sent to German rear in order to destroy a secret Soviet rocket system that could fall into enemy hands.

The following weapons were used in the film Special Destination Force (Otryad osobogo naznacheniya):


Khaidurov TOZ-36

A TOZ-36 sporting revolver is a personal sidearm of Major Ozyoryn (Leonhard Merzin). In reality this revolver appeared only in 1962. This is a rather strange choice, obviously made only for the "cinema effect".

TOZ-36 - 7.62x38R V-1
Ozyoryn aims his revolver.
Ozyoryn holds TOZ-36 and TT-33.
Ozyoryn with TOZ-36 and TT-33.


Margolin MTs

Viktor Grachyov (Leonid Shumskiy) and Ivan Prokopenko (Pavel Remezov) carry Margolin MTs pistols. In reality this pistol appeared only in 1948.

MTsM, later version of MTs, with magazine removed - .22 LR
Two members of special forces fire Margolin pistols during the training.
A Margolin pistol is seen in Grachyov's case that also contains a folded bow and arrows.
Grachyov fires two MTs pistols akimbo.

Tokarev TT-33

Ozyoryn (Leonhard Merzin), Gudzha Babluani (Elgudzha Burduli) and Marina Strelnikova (Marina Troshina) carry Tokarev TT-33 pistols. During the shootout in the swamp Ozyoryn fires his TT akimbo with TOZ-36 revolver.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Ozyoryn holds his TT.
Ozyoryn holds TOZ-36 and TT.
Ozyoryn with TOZ-36 and TT.
Ozyoryn holds discharged TT.
Babluani fires his TT at German patrol.

Luger P08

Ivan Prokopenko (Pavel Remezov) takes a Luger P08 from a German officer and uses it himself.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
Prokopenko takes a Luger from a holster of a German officer.
Prokopenko aims his pistol.

Submachine Guns


German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs. Soviet commandos widely use captured MP40s.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Ivan Prokopenko (Pavel Remezov) with MP40.
A German soldier fires MP40.
A German soldier with an MP40. This item lacks plates on its pistol grip. Later the same MP40, captured from a slain German soldier, is seen in hands of Sasha Mudryakov (Sergei Ivanov).
Major Ozyoryn (Leonhard Merzin), disguised as a German officer, fires MP40 at pursuing German motorcyclists.
A German cavalryman with MP40.
Sasha Mudryakov holds an MP40.
A German officer fires MP40 in the final scene.
Ozyoryn holds MP40 in the final scene.


In one scene Ozyoryn (Leonhard Merzin) is seen with an MP38. It later switches to MP40.

MP38 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Ozyoryn, disguised as a German officer, holds an MP38 (it can be identified due to longitudinal grooving on the receiver). Next to him Grachyov (Leonid Shumskiy) aims SGMB machine gun.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In several scenes Soviet soldiers are seen with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R.
Two soldiers with M1891/30 rifles.

Unidentified sniper rifle

A sporting sniper rifle is seen on the opening credits.


Machine Guns

MG 34

German soldiers use MG 34 machine guns in several scenes. They are never seen firing.

MG 34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 is mounted on the motor boat.
German soldiers with MG 34 in bunker.
Another view at MG 34 in the same scene.
A closer view at the barrel.
MG 34 in the final scene.

Goryunov SGMB

A Goryunov SGMB, a pedestal mounted version of Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun, is mounted in BTR-152 that stands for German APC.

Goryunov SGMB, mounted on BTR-152 - 7.62x54mm R
An SGMB is seen mounted on BTR-152.
Ozyoryn and Grachyov carry SGMB.
Viktor Grachyov (Leonid Shumskiy), disguised as a German soldier, fires the machine gun.
Close views at SGMB.

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is briefly seen in the opening scene.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A typical shield of Russian Maxim can be seen.

Hand Grenades


Gudzha Babluani (Elgudzha Burduli) carries several RGD-33 hand grenades during the mission.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Gudzha's RGD-33s lack fragmentation sleeve.

Unidentified grenade

Hand grenades of unknown model are used by Ozyoryn's group in one scene. They are supposed to be dummy training grenades.

Sasha Mudryakov (Sergei Ivanov) gives Ozyoryn several hand grenades. In this scene Ozyoryn and Grachyov are disguised as German soldiers.
At the background Marina Strelnikova (Marina Troshina) holds several grenades.
Ozyoryn (Leonhard Merzin) throws a grenade at pursuing German motorcyclists.


Soviet English language poster

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