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Story of a Real Man

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Story of a Real Man
(Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke)
Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke poster.jpeg
DVD cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Stolper
Release Date 1948
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Aleksey Meresyev
(the real man was named Maresyev)
Pavel Kadochnikov
Commissar Vorobyev Nikolai Okhlopkov
Vasiliy Vasilyevich Aleksei Dikij
Stepan Ivanovich Vasiliy Merkurev
Zinochka Lyudmila Tselikovskaya
Klavdiya Mikhaylovna Tamara Makarova
Colonel Boris Babochkin
Petrov Aleksandr Mikhaylov (II)
Varvara Lyubov Sokolova
Naumov Lev Sverdlin

Story of a Real Man (Russian: Повесть о настоящем человеке; Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke) is a Soviet 1948 war drama, directed by Aleksandr Stolper and adapted from the novel by Boris Polevoy which it turn is based on the real story of Soviet pilot Aleksey Maresyev (in the novel and film he is called Meresyev). After being shot down in air battle in April 1942, he survived 18-day-long journey in snow-covered forest but his legs were badly injured. In hospital, both of his legs were amputated above the knee. Despite this, Maresyev mastered the control of his prosthetic devices, made the returning to flying and served in Soviet Air Forces until the end of the war, becoming a fighter ace.

The following weapons were used in the film Story of a Real Man:


Tokarev TT-33

Numerous characters, include Aleksey Maresyev (Pavel Kadochnikov) and Colonel (Boris Babochkin) uses Tokarev TT-33s.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Aleksey Maresyev pulls his TT at the wild bear.
Aleksey Maresyev holds the TT after firing it.
The TT is partly seen in Aleksey Maresyev's hand.
Aleksey Maresyev through his TT away.
Colonel with the holstered pistol (pointed by the red arrow).
Another view of Colonel's sidearm.
Aleksey Maresyev's holstered sidearm is pointed by the red arrow.

Submachine Guns


One Red Army soldier very briefly holds PPSh-41.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A soldier with the gun on the sling (pointed by the red arrow). The muzzle of Mosin-Nagant (see bellow) is seen at the right.


Numerous Nazi German soldiers are armed with the MP40s

MP40 - 9x19mm
A Nazi German soldier with the MP40.
A slightly better view of his MP40.
Another German soldier carries a similar gun (the barrel is pointed by the red arrow).
Nazi German soldier at the background with the MP40 on the sling.
Numerous Nazi German soldiers hold the MP40s.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

What appeared to be Mosin Nagant M1891/30 can be very briefly seen carrying by the Red Army soldier.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54R
A Red Army soldier with the Mosin-Nagant on the sling. Another soldier at the left hold PPSh.

Mauser Rifle

At least two Nazi German soldiers carry Mauser rifles. One of them, with a straight bolt handle, is possibly a Vz.24 Czech Mauser.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Nazi German soldier holds the rifle.
A bolt handle of similar looking rifle in the hands of other German soldier is seen (pointed by the red arrow).


Nudelman-Suranov NS-23

Soviet La-9 fighter planes, seen in the movie, are armed with four Nudelman-Suranov NS-23 autocannons, mounted over the engine.

Nudelman-Suranov NS-23 aircraft automatic cannon - 23x115 mm
Povest o nastoyashchem cheloveke plane 2 3.jpg
Four synchronized NS-23 autocannons are mounted over the engine and fire through the propeller arc.

MG 151

MG 151 autocannons are main guns of German FW 190 fighter planes.

Mauser MG 151 aircraft automatic cannon - 15x96 mm or 20x82 mm
Four wing mounted autocannons are seen.


Luger holster

A holster for Luger P08 is seen on the belt of Nazi German radioman (uncredited). It seems to be empty.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a blank adapted movie gun.
Radioman with the holster (pointed by the red arrow). Note how flat is the top of the holster

7.5 cm Pak 40

Destroyed 7.5 cm Pak 40 is seen on the battle-field.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
The Pak 40 is partly graved under the snow.


Several abandoned German tanks are seen at the two points.

Numerous tanks are seen at the background.
A Soviet BA-64 armored car, used as an abandoned German vehicle, is seen at the background, center.
A closer view of BA-64.
Another perspective. The Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track APC is seen.
A rear part of the BA-64 is seen.

Combat Planes

Various combat planes are operated by Red and Nazi German air forces. Aleksey Meresyev had crashed the Yak at the film beginning.

Meresyev's crashed Yak is seen at the left.
Another view of Meresyev's Yak.

Post-war La-9 planes are used by the Red airs forces, as a stand-in for wartime La-5FN.

Red Army La-9 during the raid.
La-9 on the airfield.
A good view of La-9.
A view from the other side.
La-9 during the battle.
La-9 purses the German Focke Wulf.
A perfect view of the La-9.

U-2/Po-2 training planes and light bombers can be seen at the several points.

Red army bomber U-2 on the airfield.
Numerous U-2s bombers which is used as trained planes.
Another view of the same U-2s behind Naumov (Lev Sverdlin).
The U-2 during the flight.
A closer view of U-2.

The Focke Wulfs is the standard combat planes of Nazi German air forces.

A group of German Focke Wulfs is seen.
Numerous Focke Wulfs during the battle.
A good view of the Focke Wulf.
Another perspective.

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