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The Battalions Request Fire (Batalyony prosyat ognya)

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The Battalions Request Fire
(Batalyony prosyat ognya)
Batalyony prosyat ognya Poster.jpg
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Bogolyubov
Vladimir Chebotaryov
Release Date 1985
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Boris Yermakov Aleksandr Zbruev
Lt. Segei Kondratyev Aleksandr Galibin
Col. Gulaev Oleg Efremov
Medical Sgt. Maj. Shura Yelena Popova
Sgt. Zhora Vitkovsky Igor Sklyar
Lt. Orlov Nikolai Karachentsov
Col. Iverzev Vadim Spiridonov
Sgt. Maj. Tsygichko Boryslav Brondukov
Pvt. Derevanko Vadim Andreev

The Battalions Request Fire (Batalyony prosyat ognya) is a 1985 Soviet four-part war movie directed by Aleksandr Bogolyubov and Vladimir Chebotaryov and starring Aleksandr Zbruev and Oleg Efremov. The movie is based on eponymous novel by Yuri Bondarev. The story takes place in September 1943 during the offensive of Red Army on Dnieper River.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Battalions Request Fire (Batalyony prosyat ognya):


TT-33 Pistol

All Soviet officers are armed with Tokarev TT-33 pistols. The pistols are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Tula Arsenal (Soviet Union) Note CCCP printing around the star on the plastic grips.
Capt. Yermakov (Aleksandr Zbruev) fires his TT.
Yermakov holds his pistol.
Yermakov with his TT.

Walther P38

A Walther P38 is taken from a German machine gunner by Sgt. Vitkovsky (Igor Sklyar).

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Sgt. Vitkovsky struggles with German machine gunner who holds a P38.
Sgt. Vitkovsky aims P38 at German POW.
Vitkovsky holds P38.

Submachine guns


Most Soviet officers and several soldiers carry PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
A Soviet soldier fires his PPSh.
Col. Gulaev (Oleg Efremov) with PPSh.
Lt. Orlov (Nikolai Karachentsov) carries a PPSh.
Capt. Yermakov (Aleksandr Zbruev) with PPSh.
Orlov and Yermakov fire their PPSh-41s. A PTRD-41 AT rifle is seen next to them.


MP40 submachine guns are briefly seen in hands of German soldiers. Sgt. Vitkovsky (Igor Sklyar) carries a captured MP40 as his main weapon.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm.
Sgt. Vitkovsky fires his MP40.
Sgt. Vitkovsky with MP40 and Capt. Yermakov (Aleksandr Zbruev) with PPSh-41.
German soldiers are armed with Sturmgewehr 44 and MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

Most Soviet infantry soldiers are armed with full-length Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, often with bayonets.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R.
Soviet soldier fires his M1891/30 rifle. At the background a Maxim M1910/30 machine gun is seen.
Sgt. Maj. Tsygichko (Boryslav Brondukov) with M1891/30 rifle.
Soviet soldiers with M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Soviet artillerymen are armed with M1938 carbines which is historically correct.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Artillerymen carry M1938 carbines.
Another artilleryman with M1938 carbine.
A soldier holds his M1938 carbine. Next to him Sgt. Vitkovsky (Igor Sklyar) fires an MG34.

Mauser Karabiner 98k Rifle

Karabiner 98k rifles are briefly seen in hands of German soldiers.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
A German soldier at the left holds a 98k rifle. A soldier at the foregroung carries a PK machine gun visually modified to resemble MG34.

Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

Anachronistic Sturmgewehr 44s are seen in hands of German soldiers.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
German soldiers are armed with StG 44 and MP40.
A German soldier with StG 44. At the background is seen a German tank which is a visually modified T-54.

Machine guns

Degtyaryov DP-28 Light Machine Gun

Degtyaryov DP-28 light machine guns are used by Soviet soldiers.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R.
A Soviet soldier carries a DP at his back.
Capt. Yermakov (Aleksandr Zbruev) stands next to DP-28.

Degtyaryov DT Machine Gun

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are seen on T-34 tanks.

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

Maxim M1910/30 Machine Gun

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by Soviet soldiers.

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 Maxim M1910/30 machine gun is seen at the background.
A Maxim M1910/30 machine gun in trench.

PK (visually modified to resemble MG34)

Visually modified PKs stand for MG-34s that are used by German soldiers. In one scene Sgt. Vitkovsky (Igor Sklyar) fires a captured MG34.

A picture of the original MG34 and PK conversion
A German soldier carries a fake MG34.
Sgt. Vitkovsky (Igor Sklyar) with MG34. Next to him a soldier holds a Mosin Nagant M1938 carbine.
A close view at disguised PK. 7.62x53mm R blank cartridges can be seen.
Another view at Vitkovsky firing MG34.

DShK Machine Gun

DShK machine guns are seen mounted on ISU-152 self-propelled guns. This is an anachronism for 1943.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
A DShK is seen on ISU-152 at the background.
A DShK fires at German plane in the final scene.

Other weapon

PTRD-41 Antitank Rifle

PTRD-41 AT rifles are used by Sovier soldiers, including Lt. Orlov (Nikolai Karachentsov).

PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm.
Soviet soldiers carry PTRD-41 during the night march.
A PTRD in trench.
Lt. Orlov fires PTRD at German tanks.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate grenades are used by German soldiers. Captured Model 24s are seen in hands of Soviet soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade.
Two Stielhandgranate are seen tucked at Sgt. Vitkovsky's (Igor Sklyar) belt.

RGD-33 stick grenade

RGD-33 grenades are used by Soviet soldiers, often in bundles.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
A Soviet soldiers readies to throw a bundle of RGD-33 grenades at German tank.
A bundle of RGD-33 is seen in trench.

BM-37 Mortar

82mm BM-37 Mortars are used by Sovier soldiers.

82mm BM-37 mortar
Soldiers carry disassembled BM-37 mortar during the night march. One of the mortar crew carries a bipod, another one - a baseplate, and the third one (seen partially at low right) carries a barrel. Also two soldiers with PTRD-41 AT rifle are seen.
A mortar is seen on the position.



76.2mm ZIS-3 field guns.


T-34 tank.
T-10M heavy tanks. In reality these tanks appeared only in late 1950s.
ISU-152 heavy self-propelled gun.
T-54, visually modified to resemble German Panther tank.

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