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Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?

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Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?
Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben?
Stalingrad dogs.jpg
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Frank Wisbar
Release Date April 7, 1959
Language German
Studio Deutsche Film Hansa
Distributor Deutsche Film Hansa
Main Cast
Character Actor
Gerd Wisse Joachim Hansen
Major Linkmann Wolfgang Preiss
Krämer Peter Carsten
Katja Sonja Ziemann
Feldwebel Böse Horst Frank
Generalfeldmarschall Friedrich Paulus Wilhelm Borchert

Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? is a 1959 West-German film, directed by Frank Wisbar and based on the novel of the same name by Fritz Wöss. The young, Nazi-influenced First Lieutenant Wisse is transferred to Stalingrad in the fall of 1942 as a liaison officer. Although the German troops have conquered the city with great losses, but are already encircled by the Red Army. Many ordinary soldiers have realized that they are at the opponent's mercy. But with orders from the top, the officers under General Paulus still believe in victory. As the situation worsens dramatically, Wisse recognizes the futility of this war and turns more and more away from the Nazi ideology. In the cold, almost without ammunition and food, he fights for survival on the side of the lost 6th Army.

The title is a reference to a quotation from Frederick the Great. He is said to have cried to his fleeing soldiers in anger during the battle of Kolin, who lost Prussia against Austria: "You damned rascals, do you want to live forever?". The movie was released almost simultaneously with the German award-winning film The Bridge and has many similarities to the 1993 Stalingrad.

The following weapons were used in the film Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?:


Luger P08

Oberleutnant (First lieutenant) Gerd Wisse (Joachim Hansen) is briefly seen with a Luger P08 pistol as he flees from Soviet soldiers in the ruins of Stalingrad.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Wisse unlocks his Luger taken from his pocket.
A slightly better view of the pistol.

Sauer Model 1913

The personal weapon of Major Linkmann (Wolfgang Preiss) is a Sauer Model 1913 Pocket Pistol which is only seen in one short scene in the movie.

Sauer Model 1913 - .32 ACP
Major Linkmann pulls out his Sauer pistol...
...to threaten Wisse.
A promotional picture.
The pistol lies on Linkmann's table.

Submachine Guns


The main submachine gun of German and Romanian soldiers is the MP41 which is used by the main characters Gerd Wisse, Feldwebel (Sergeant) Böse (Horst Frank), Wachtmeister Kunowski (Günter Pfitzmann), Leutnant Fuhrmann (Gunnar Möller) and Major Linkmann. Oddly enough, the wooden stocks were removed and replaced with MP40 stocks. Despite this, the typical fire selector is visible.

Maschinenpistole 41 - 9x19mm
Wisse aims at two Soviet soldiers sneaking up to his comrades.
"No prisoners are taken here. On no sides!"
Kunowski charges his MP to shoot a Soviet PoW.
After being deterred by Wisse, he examines the Soviet food bag.
Major Linkmann with his MP to form a Kampfgruppe.
Sgt. Böse holds the submachine gun in the field hospital.
Wisse sitting next to Linkmann's hanging MP41. Note the fire selector and plunger rotator on the end cap.


PPSh-41s are the primary weapon of the Red Army. Oberleutnant Wisse picks up a PPSh-41 while disguised as a Russian.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Soviet soldier holds his PPSh into the air while getting hit.
Soviet soldiers advancing with PPSh-41s during street fighting.
Wisse looks at a dead Soviet lying next to a PPSh.
Red Army soldiers and disguised Wisse with their PPShs slung over the shoulders.
Gerd Wisse with a PPSh-41 on a promotional picture.


Karabiner 98k

German, Romanian, and Soviet soldiers use Karabiner 98ks. The use of this rifle is correct for the Romanians who were imported by the Germans. An even better choice would be the VZ-24 Czech Mauser that was the Romanian standard rifle in World War Two. For the Soviets, however, the rifle stands in for the Mosin Nagant M91/30.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Several frightened Romanians carrying their Kar98ks during the beginning of "Operation Uranus"; the Red Army counter offensive.
Two German soldiers dragging a wounded have Karabiners on their backs.
Krämer (Peter Carsten) holds his rifle.
Later Krämer aims at Major Linkmann.
Many Karabiners in a heap of weapons.

Mauser Model 1935

At least one German soldier can be briefly seen carrying a Belgian Mauser Model 1935 rifle.

Fusil Modèle 1935 - 7.65x53mm
The soldier in the middle between chaplain Busch (Alexander Kerst) and Wisse. The typical "ear" protectors are seen.

Carcano M91/38

An Italian Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle is seen carried by a Sovie soldier. Near at the end of the movie a German soldier throws a Carcano into a heap of weapons.

Carcano M91/38 - 6.5x52 mm
The Soviet soldier on the left next to Katia (Sonja Ziemann).
Note the shape of the magazine and the type of the barrel on the left.

Mauser Standard Modell

Many German, Romanian and Soviet soldiers are briefly seen wielding Mauser Standard Modells, recognizable by the straight bolt handle, grasping grooves, and the under-barrel mounted sling swivel.

Mauser Standard Modell - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German with the rifle over his back at the railway station.
Another soldier on the left has a Standard Modell. The grasping groove is seen.
A clearer view of one rifle. Note the straight bolt handle.
The last Romanian soldier in the line carries a Standard Modell.
More Romanians in retreat lug their Mausers.
A German soldier shots a Soviet counterpart.

Machine Guns

MG 42

Various MG42s are used by German soldiers including Kunowski and Romanian soldiers. The MGs are shown with post-1943 vertical charging handles instead of the period-appropriate and rare slab-sided horizontal handle.

Maschinengewehr 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Two Romanian soldiers operate an MG42 on November 19th, 1942. Note the Dutch-made M34 helmets which were delivered to Romania as the M39.
A detailed view of the post-1943 charging handle.
An MG42 in a German dugout.
German soldiers repel a Soviet attack.
Gefreiter (Acting Corporal) Schmidt fires the Machine Gun.
A German fires the MG from the hip.

Hand Grenades

Geballte Ladung

During the first day of the Soviet attack, Oberleutnant Wisse uses a Geballte Ladung to destroy a Soviet T-34/65 "tank".

Model 24 "Geballte Ladung" ("Bundled Charge")
Wisse waits for an opportunity with the Bundled Charge.
Having succeeded in sneaking up to a tank, he throws the grenade in the open hatch.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Obergefreiter (Corporal) Krämer (Peter Carsten) is seen throwing a Model 24 Stielhandgranate in the direction a Soviet squad. Later he is seen with a grenade on his belt.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
A Model 24 Stielhandgranate being thrown by him.
Another Stielhandgranate tucked in his belt while presenting his new pal to his friends.


10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 16

The Romanian artillery department of General Codreanu (Paul Hoffmann) is equipped with WWI German Feldhaubitze 16 howitzers.

Leichte Feldhaubitze 16 - 105x155mmR
Two covered howitzers stationied in the Romanian camp.
The howitzers under attack.
an overturned Feldhaubitze.
One howitzer in the middle.

Tellermine 35

A Romanian soldier lays a Tellermine 35 on a Soviet tank.

Tellermine 35
Wisse gives the mine to the Romanian.
The Romanian placed the mine on the tank.

10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40

A 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40 can be seen.

Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40 field gun displayed in Hämeenlinna Artillery Museum - 105mm
The Feldhaubitze on the right.

Anti Tank Gun

German soldiers use an unknown AT Gun in the streets of Stalingrad.

For comparison: 7.5 cm Pak 97/38 - 75x350mm R
Dywtlf at-gun.jpg

Fake Tank

The tanks in the movie are dummy tanks that were mounted on a tractor. This configuration can be seen also in the 1959 movie The Journey.

Acting as a (not accurate) T-34/85.
Acting as a German Panzer of Oberstleutnant Kesselbach (Richard Münch).
Acting as a German Panzer of Generaloberst Hoth (Karl John).

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