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The Defense of Volochayevsk

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The Defense of Volochayevsk
(Volochayevskiye dni)
Volochayevskiye dni poster.jpg
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Georgi Vasilyev
Sergey Vasilyev
Release Date 1938
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Andrei Nikolai Dorokhin
Masha Varvara Myasnikova
Col. Ushijima Lev Sverdlin
Poruchik Grishin Yuri Lavrov
Yesaul Vasily Gushchinsky
Sailor Bublik Boris Blinov
Yegor Kvitko Vladimir Lukin
Cunning Old Man Boris Chirkov
Captured Japanese soldier Bari Haydarov
Chieff of parisan stabe Aleksey Matov

The Defense of Volochayevsk is the US release title for the 1938 Soviet movie Volochayevskiye dni(Russian: Волочаевские дни, lit Volochayevka Days). The story took place at the end of Russian Civil War during the invasion of the Imperial Japanese Army on the Russian Far East.

The following weapons were used in the film The Defense of Volochayevsk:


Nagant M1895

Several characters uses Nagant M1895s. After close inspection, this is 1930th models, anachronistic for the times of Russian Civel War.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Yesaul (Vasily Gushchinsky) with the holstered revolver. Only grip can be seen.
Partisan with the nagant during the battle with Japanese intervents.
Poruchik Grishin (Yuri Lavrov) with the nagant during the night diversion.
Andrei (Nikolai Dorokhin) with the nagant. Note the angular front sight.
Andrei aims.
Andrei brandishes his revolver during the final battle.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

Sailor Bublik (Boris Blinov) briefly uses Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
Bublik (at the right) aims.
Bublik (at the center) with the revolver.
Bublik (at the center) with the revolver, tiked on the belt.
Revolver is partly seen on the belt.

Unknown Revolver

One partisan briefly seen carry an unknown holstered revolver.

Only grip is seen.

Unknown Handgun

Col. Ushijima (Lev Sverdlin) carry an unknown pistol in the holsters for Nambu Type 14.

Ushijima (at the left) with the holstered pistol.

Muskets & Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Fyodor (Pavel Volkov) gave his Double Barreled Shotgun to Col. Ushijima. At least one partisan uses Double Barreled Shotgun (most likely, the same movie prop) at the several scenes.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 gauge
Fyodor hands his shotgun...
...to Col. Ushijima.
Col. Ushijima with the shotgun.
Partisan with theshotgun on thesling.
Partisan reloads his shotgun during the battle with Japanese soldiers.

Unknown Musket

An unknown musket was used by one of the partisans. It's was seens only partly, but the flash from the blasting aperture means that's flintlock of matchlock musket. Such firearms were widely used by native peoples of Siberia in Russian Empire.

Musket is seen at the bottom. Note the very long ramrod.
Musket fires. Note the large muzzle flash, typical for black powder's guns and the flash from the blasting aperture.


Mosin Nagant M91/30

Near all partisans, Red and White arme soldiers uses Mosin Nagant M91/30s.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Andrei fires his mosin-nagant.
Partisan (Ivan Sizov) with the rifle.
Partisan fires during the shootout with the Japanese soldiers.
The Cunning Old Man (Boris Chirkov) disarmes the White Army soldier.
Trofimych (Aleksandr Morozov) with the rifle on shoulder.
Partisan with the rifle.
Partisan with the rifle.
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Partisan with the rifle.

Arisaka Type 38

Bayonet attached Arisaka Type 38 is the standart firearm of near all Imperial Japanese Army soldiers.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Japanese soldier with the rifle.
Bayonet attached rifle. Muzzle is seen.
Japanese soldier (Bari Haydarov) fires.
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Japanese soldiers exicute peasants.
Japanese soldiers with the rifles at the film climax.
Bublik with the numerous rifles, captured from Japanese soldiers.

Machine Gun

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 (most likely, the single movie prop, due only single gun is seen onscreen) was used by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers, White Army soldiers and partisans. Maxim was also mounted on MS-1 tank, mounted on place of 37mm cannon.

Maxim 1910 with 'Sokolov' wheel mount, w/o shield - 7.62x54mmR
Patisan fires his maxim at the Japanese soldiers.
Japanese soldiers exicute peasants.
Japanese soldier readies his maxim...
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...before was killed.
Partisan ambushed Japanese soldiers.
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Maxim barrel is seen on mounted on the MS-1.

Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Gun

Japanese soldiers uses Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Gun at the several scenes. Most likely, the single movie prop, due only single gun is seen onscreen.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel / 7.92x57mm Mauser / 11mm Gras
Japanese soldier fires.
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Japanese soldiers fires their machine gun during the final battle.
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RG-14 hand grenade

Several partisans uses RG-14 hand grenades.

RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
Trofimych with the two grenades on the belt.


76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

Japanese soldiers fires 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 at the last battle.

76.2 mm (3-inch) field gun M1902 - 76.2 x 385mm R
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M1902 fires.


Red Army uses MS-1, visually modified to resemble Renault FT-18 equipped by the Maxim machine gun mounted on place of 37mm cannon, at the last battle.

MS-1 at the Moscow museum of Armed Forces
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Maxim barrel is seen.
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