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The Brest Fortress (Brestskaya Krepost)

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The Brest Fortress
(Brestskaya Krepost)
Brest Fortress-poster.jpg
Film poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
BELARUS.jpg Belarus
Directed by Aleksandr Kott
Release Date 2010
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Central Partnership
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sashka Akimov Aleksey Kopashov
Lieutenant Andrey Kizhevatov Andrey Merzlikin
Commissar Efim Fomin Pavel Derevyanko
Major Pyotr Gavrilov Aleksandr Korshunov
Kolka Maksim Kostromykin
Sonya Anna Tsukanova
Captain Zubachev Sergey Tsepov
Pochernikov Evgeniy Tsyganov
Shura Pochernikova Tatyana Kamina

The Brest Fortress (Russian: Brestskaya Krepost / Брестская крепость) is a 2010 Russian-Belarusian World War II drama film directed by Aleksandr Kott. The film tells about the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress, which had taken upon the first strike of Nazi troops on June 22, 1941. The Brest Fortress has become one of the great symbols of the Soviet resistance in World War 2.

The following weapons are featured in the film Brest Fortress (Brestskaya Krepost), The:


Luger P08

Luger P08 is carried by German troops. Some Soviet characters also use this weapon.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Shura Pochernikova (Tatyana Kamina) fires a Luger P08 at German soldiers.
Sashka Akimov (Aleksei Kopashov) gives a flask of water to wounded border guard while holding a Luger P08 in his right hand.
He charges the Luger P08 magazine.

Tokarev TT-33

Tokarev TT-33 is used by Soviet officers.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The commander of the 9th frontier outpost, Andrey Kizhevatov (Andrey Merzlikin), fires his Tokarev TT-33 at German soldiers during the melee.
Out of ammo.
A Soviet officer fires his TT-33 in another melee near the eastern fort.
The regiment commander, Major Pyotr Gavrilov (Aleksandr Korshunov), with his TT-33.
Lieutenant Grigoryev (Evgeniy Kharitonov (II)) holds the TT-33.

Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 is used by Soviet officers.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant
Soviet lieutenant with his Nagant M1895.

Submachine Guns


MP38 is used by German soldiers.

MP38 - 9x19mm. The submachine gun of the German Military before 1940
MP38 on the left.
German soldier fires the MP38 submachine gun.
German soldier holds his MP38 submachine gun.


PPD-40 is used by Soviet troops.

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Lieutenant Kizhevatov holds his PPD-40.
Lieutenant Kizhevatov fires his PPD-40 during a night attack.


Mosin Nagant

The Mosin Nagant Rifles and Mosin Nagant M38 Carbines are the mainstay weapons of the fortress defenders. Some rifles have hex receivers, as they were manufactured before 1936.

Full-length Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Close up of the Mosin Nagant rifles. Note the difference between hex and round receivers.
Red Army soldier with the Mosin Nagant rifle with the hex receiver. Note the spike bayonet on the right side of the rifle.
Red Army soldiers fire their rifles.
NKVD border guards fire their Mosin Nagant rifles.
Soviet Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
A 9th Frontier Outpost Border Guard fires his Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine.
Red Army soldier fires his M38 Carbine.

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is the mainstay weapon of the German soldiers. Some Soviet troops also use their captured Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldier holds his rifle.
German soldier fires his Karabiner 98k during the attack of the 9th Frontier Outpost.
German soldiers charge their Karabiner 98k during the execution of regimental commissar Efim Fomin.
Soviet soldier with a trophy Karabiner 98k. Note the straight bolt handle and missing rear sight.

Tokarev SVT-40

A Soviet sniper is seen using the scoped Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A Soviet sniper is seen with his Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle on the left.
Close up of the SVT-40. Note that the PU scope seen used is not original scope for SVT-40, it was meant for the Mosin-Nagant rifle. It is also anachronistic as the PU scope was first made in late 1942.

Machine Guns

PK Machine Gun (modified to resemble MG34)

A modified PK or PKM stands in for an MG-34, because the filmmakers only had a single genuine MG-34. This mock up was also used in The Star (Zvezda).

A picture of the original MG34 and PK conversion
German soldiers with PK Machine Gun mocked up as MG34.

MG 34

Some German soldiers carry real MG 34 Machine Guns, though they are never shown being fired. This was probably due to a lack of sufficient 7.92x57mm blanks or belts, as the weapon is never seen loaded. Some Soviet troops also use their captured MG 34s.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldier with his MG 34 come in the Soviet garrison hospital.
On the left, Soviet soldier with a captured MG 34.
Another shot of the same scene.
The MG 34 mounted on German motorcycle.

MG 34 Panzerlauf

The MG 34 Panzerlauf.

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Fake MG 34 Panzerlauf in mocked-up PzKpfw III tank. Note this shot is mirrored, as the machine gun and driver's hatch are on the wrong side.

PK Machine Gun

Replica of the BA-20 armored car carry PK Machine Gun with the front sight removed as their main armament in the film, rather than the correct (and probably unavailable) DT.

PK machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Close up of the PK, note the large curved gas block which differentiates this from a PKT. Also visible is the blank fire adapter on the muzzle of the weapon.

Maxim M1910/30

The defenders of the Brest fortress used several Maxim machine guns in this movie. Some Maxim machine guns have the large filler cap on the top of the water jacket, which appeared at the end of 1941.

Russian Maxim M1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Two Red Army soldiers with the Maxim.
Red Army soldier firing the Maxim.
The Maxim is seen.
Lieutenant Kizhevatov with the Maxim.
Lieutenant Kizhevatov fires the Maxim M1910/30 during his last stand.
Close up of Maxim M1910/30.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
German soldier with the M24 Grenade.
German soldier throws his grenade.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

The Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenade
Nikolai (Maksim Kostromykin) uses Model 39 Eihandgranate to blow up himself and a German officer.

RGD-33 Stick Grenade

RGD-33 High-Explosive Fragmentation stick grenade
The RGD-33 Stick Grenades in a transport configuration. Note some grenades with the fragmentation sleeve.
Sergeant major Kovtun (Yuri Anpilogov) joins together RGD-33 grenades to increase their destructive capacity.


OSP-30 Flare Pistol

Russian OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Captain Zubachev holds his Flare Pistol.
Captain Zubachev fires his OSP-30 Flare Pistol to signal the start of the attack.

Undefined automatic cannon

Messerschmidt Bf.109 shoots from an automatic cannon at Polikarpov I-16 during air combat. This gun has a low rate of fire like as MK 103. But this weapon was appeared on Bf.109 only in 1944. Also Bf.109 has two cannons in the nose in this movie. I guess it is fictional version of the Messerschmidt Bf.109 fighter.

Messerschmidt Bf.109 shoots from an automatic cannon at Polikarpov I-16 during air combat.

Tellermine 35

A German soldier is seen with a Tellermine 35.

Tellermine 35
The German on the right holds the mine.

Flammenwerfer 41

At the end of the movie, German troops use flamethrowers to destroy the Soviet resistance.

Flammenwerfer 41 flamethrower

45mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45mm (1.77 in)
The M1937 is seen.
Soviet artillery gunners fire the M1937 (53-K) anti-tank gun at the German tank.
Close up of the M1937 breech.

SC-1800 bomb

The Germans dropped a 1800 kg bomb on a Brest fortress, causing its defenders to surrender.

The Germans dropped a 1800 kg bomb on a Brest fortress.


Replica of the BA-20 armored car that also can be seen in Dnieper Line: Love and War.

Fake PzKpfw III

The fake German PzKpfw III tanks were built on the BMP infantry fighting vehicle chassis, and is an excellent mockup. This PzKpfw III also can be seen in Dnieper Line: Love and War.

German tank advancing.
German tank advancing.
Note the pyrotechnic wire under the tank barrel.
This mockup of the PzKpfw III tank was made of wood.

Fake Flammpanzer III

At the end of the movie, German troops use Flammpanzer III tank. In actuality these tanks appeared in 1943.

The fake German Flammpanzer III tank was built on the BMP chassis.
Note the flamethrower mounted under the tank barrel.

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