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The Drummer's Fate (Sudba barabanshchika)

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The Drummer's Fate
(Sudba barabanshchika)
Sudba barabanshchika-1955-DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Viktor Eisymont
Release Date 1955
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Seryozha Batashov Sergei Yasinsky
Pyotr Batashov Daniil Sagal
Valentina Batashova Alla Larionova
Nikolay Polovtsev Andrei Abrikosov
"Uncle Vasya" Viktor Khokhryakov
"Old Man Jakov" Leonid Pirogov

The Drummer's Fate (original title Sudba barabanshchika) is a 1955 Soviet B&W children adventure movie directed by Viktor Eisymont and based on the novel by Arkadi Gajdar. The story takes place in late 1930s USSR. The main character is twelve years old boy Seryozha Batashov, the son of military engineer Pyotr Batashov. Once a secret document that Batashov kept at home was lost due to negligence of Batashov's wife Valentina, Seryozha's stepmother. Batashov is suspected in espionage and arrested, Valentina immediately divorces him and soon leaves the town with her new husband, so Seryozha remains alone. After some time a stranger appears and claims himself to be Valentina's brother. Soon the boy spots strange activities of "Unkle Vasya" who is very interested in Batashov's works.

The following weapons were used in the film The Drummer's Fate (Sudba barabanshchika):

FN Model 1900

An FN Model 1900 that belongs to Valentina's new husband Viktor Belyaev (Lev Lobov) is an important plot device.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Belyaev shows his pistol to Seryozha.
A close view. A plate with inscription "To V.S. Belyaev for excellent marksmanship" is fitted to the pistol.
"Uncle Vasya" finds the pistol in the drawer.
Seryozha aims the pistol in the climactic scene.

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine

On the photo that depicts Pyotr Batashov, his friend Nikolay Polovtsev and Batashov's late wife during the Russian Civil war both Batashov and Polovtsev carry rifles that appear to be Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Note the short barrel of the rifle that matches M07 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant Rifle

Mosin Nagant rifles of unclear version are seen in Batashov's dream about his participation during the Russian Civil war.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A Red Army cavalryman carries a rifle on sling. Due to its length it's most likely an M91 Dragoon or M91/30 model.

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