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The Foothold (Pyad' zemli)

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The Foothold
(Pyad' zemli)
Pyad zemli-DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Andrey Smirnov
Boris Yashin
Release Date 1964
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Aleksandr Motovilov Aleksandr Zbruev
Capt. Aleksey Babin Yevgeni Urbansky
Rita Tamashova Ellya Sukhanova
Capt. Bryl Sergei Kurilov
Shumilin Aleksandr Titov
Mezentsev Anatoly Golik

The Foothold (Pyad' zemli') is a Soviet 1964 war movie directed by Andrey Smirnov and Boris Yashin and based on the novel by Grigory Baklanov. The story depicts an episode of the battle for the lodgement on Dniester river in Summer 1944.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Foothold (Pyad' zemli):

Submachine Guns


Many Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs with drum magazines.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Lt. Motovilov (Aleksandr Zbruev) and a soldier with PPSh-41 SMGs.
A crawling soldier with PPSh is seen through the binoculars.


A PPS-43 is seen in the final scene of the movie.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A soldier at the left is armed with a PPS-43.


Captured MP40s are used by several Soviet soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A wounded soldier (Vladimir Shibankov) is armed with an MP40.
Capt. Bryl (Sergei Kurilov) with an MP40 leads the soldiers in attack.
Capt. Bryl holds his MP40.
A soldier with MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are seen in hands of Soviet soldiers.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier with an M91/30 rifle.
A soldier at the right holds an M91/30 rifle.
A soldier with an M91/30 rifle in attack.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1938 carbines are seen in hands of Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A crawling soldier with M38 carbine is seen through the binoculars.

Karabiner 98k

A Karabiner 98k is briefly seen in one scene.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A 98k is seen on the ground.

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG 34 is briefly seen in German trenches after the Soviet attack.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Pyad zemli-MG34-1.jpg

Hand Grenades


Soviet soldiers carry RGD-33 hand grenades.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Two RGD-33 grenades are seen on the ground.


An F-1 hand grenade is seen in the final scene.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
An F-1 is seen on the belt of a soldier.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Captured Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by Soviet soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade.
A soldier carries a pile of "Potato Mashers".


A 85-mm D-48 AT gun. It is a post-war model.
A 57-mm ZIS-2 AT gun.

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