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The Star (Zvezda) (1949)

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The Star (Zvezda)
Zvezda 1949 Poster.jpg
Original poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Ivanov
Release Date 1949
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Travkin Anatoliy Verbitskiy
Sgt. Mamochkin Nikolai Kryuchkov
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Anikanov Vasiliy Merkuryev
Lt. Mesheryakov Aleksei Pokrovsky
Pvt. Katya Simakova Irina Radchenko
Sgt. Tatiana Ulybysheva Lidiya Sukharevskaya
Col. Serbichenko Oleg Zhakov
Col. Alyev Movsoun Sanani

The Star (original title Zvezda) is a 1949 Soviet war movie about a group of Soviet scouts working behind enemy lines in Summer 1944 ("Zvezda" is a name of this special group). The film is directed by Aleksandr Ivanov and based on a story by Emmanuil Kazakevich. It was remade in 2002.

The following weapons were used in the film The Star (Zvezda) (1949):


Tokarev TT-33

Soviet officers and some NCOs carry Tokarev TT-33 pistols. They are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
A TT is seen in hands of a scout of Travkin's unit during the training in close combat.
Lt. Mesheryakov (Aleksei Pokrovsky) holds a TT.

Vis wz. 35

In one scene Lt. Travkin (Anatoliy Verbitskiy) holds a pistol that looks larger than TT and has different shape of the frame. It is seen only in distance but can be guessed to be Vis wz. 35.

Vis wz. 35 - 9x19mm - Right side
Lt. Travkin holds a pistol.

Nagant M1895

During the fight in the barn one of Soviet scouts fires a Nagant M1895 revolver.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N
A Nagant revolver is seen.

Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are seen in hands of German officers.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German warrant officer holds a Luger.

Walther P38

Walther P38 pistols are seen in hands of German officers.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A German officer with a P38 in hands shouts orders to his soldiers.

Submachine Guns


Most Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Pvt. Golubovsky (Yu. Abicht) (at the left) and Sgt. Mamochkin (Nikolai Kryuchkov) with PPSh-41 SMGs.
Four of Lt. Travkin's scouts with PPSh SMGs; Starshina Anikanov (Vasiliy Merkuryev) at the right.
Pvt. Brajnikov (Nikolai Stepanov) with PPSh.
Lt. Travkin (Anatoliy Verbitskiy) holds a PPSh.

Some PPSh-41s with stick magazines are also seen.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun with 35 round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
One of the scouts carries a PPSh with stick magazine.


Most German soldiers carry MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A sentinel holds an MP40. One of the sleeping soldiers is also armed with an MP40.
Soldiers with MP40 are combing the forest.
German soldiers surround a barn where Soviet scouts made a hideout.
A close view of MP40.


MP38s are also seen in hands of German soldiers.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A German soldier holds an MP38 during the shootout in the barn.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Some Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54R
A scout of Travkin's unit trains in close combat with a M91/30 rifle with bayonet.
Sgt. Mamochkin (Nikolai Kryuchkov) disarms his comrade-in-arms during the training.
One of the soldiers, helping wounded Lt. Mesheryakov, is armed with M91/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891

What appears to be a pre-1930 version of Mosin Nagant Infantry rifle, a direct ancestor of M91/30, is seen in Soviet trenches.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
The shape of the business end of one of the rifles matches original M1891 Infantry rifle.

Karabiner 98k

Some German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
One of the sleeping German soldiers is armed with a 98k rifle.
A German sentinel (Lev Stepanov) holds a 98k rifle.
A sword bayonet is seen.

Machine Guns

MG 34

MG 34 machine guns are briefly seen in several scenes.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 is mounted on motorcycle sidecar.
An MG 34 is mounted on a car.

Maxim M1910/30

In the opening scene Soviet soldiers carry Maxim M1910/30 machine guns during the march.

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
A soldier carries a Maxim. Spade grips are seen.

Degtyaryov DT

A Degtyaryov DT, mounted on T-34 tank, is seen in the final scene.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A front-mounted DT machine gun on T-34 tank.

Browning M2HB

An M45 Quadmount with four Browning M2HB machine guns is seen in the opening scene. It is mounted on M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage, a version of better known M16 MGMC. This vehicle was supplied under Lend Lease to USSR.

Browning M2HB in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG
A quad Browning guards the position of the divisional staff.

Hand Grenades


Sgt. Mamochkin (Nikolai Kryuchkov) uses RGD-33 hand grenades in several scenes.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Mamochkin readies to throw a grenade.


During the fight in the barn Starshina Anikanov (Vasiliy Merkuryev) throws an RPG-40 anti-tank grenade, using it as anti-personnel.

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.
Anikanov readies a grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades are used by both German and Soviet soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A German soldier carries a "Potato Masher", tucked at his belt.
Sgt. Mamochkin (Nikolai Kryuchkov) holds a Stielhandgranate.

Other Weapons

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

A flare pistol, most likely an OSP-30, is seen in hands of Lt. Travkin (Anatoliy Verbitskiy) during the crossing of the frontline.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
A flare pistol is seen. Its general shape matches OSP-30.


In the opening scene Soviet soldiers carry several PTRD-41 anti-tank rifles.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
Soldiers carry PTRD AT rifles during the night march.

BM-37 Mortar

In the opening scene Soviet soldiers 82-mm BM-37 mortars.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar
A soldier carries the barrel of the mortar.
Another soldier carries the baseplate.

7.5 cm Pak 40

A battery of 7.5 cm Pak 40 is seen in one scene.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
German artillerymen sleep next to their cannons.



T-34 tanks.
IS-2 heavy tanks.


122-mm A-19 heavy field gun.
122-mm M-30 howitzers.
152-mm D-1 howitzers.

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