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The Hot Snow (Goryachiy Sneg)

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The Hot Snow (Goryachiy Sneg)
Goryachi Sneg Poster.jpg
Cinema Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Gavriil Yegiazarov
Release Date 1972
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Kuznetsov Boris Tokarev
Lt. Drozdovsky Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr.
General Bessonov Georgi Zhzhyonov
General Vesnin Anatoli Kuznetsov
Tanya Tamara Sedelnikova
Sgt. Ukhanov Yuriy Nazarov
Sgt. Chubarikov Aleksei Pankin
Pvt. Rubin Konstantin Tyrtov
Pvt. Sergunenkov Aleksandr Kavalerov

The Hot Snow (Goryachiy Sneg) is a 1972 Soviet war movie directed by Gavriil Yegiazarov. The movie is based on eponymous novel by Yuri Bondarev. The story takes place in December 1942, when the soldiers of a Red Army antitank gun battery face the onslaught of German armored division trying to relieve the besieged German troops in Stalingrad.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Hot Snow (Goryachiy Sneg):


Nagant M1895 Revolver

One of the main characters, Lt. Drozdovsky (Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr.), is armed with Nagant M1895 revolver.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo). This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time Issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A holstered Nagant M1895 revolver is seen at the side of Lt. Drozdovsky.
Lt. Drozdovsky (Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr.) with his Nagant revolver in hand.

TT-33 Pistol

Most Soviet officers including one of the main characters, Lt. Kuznetsov (Boris Tokarev), 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.
Lt. Kuznetsov (Boris Tokarev) with TT-33 pistol and Sgt. Ukhanov (Yuriy Nazarov) with PPSh-41 submachine gun.
General Vesnin (Anatoli Kuznetsov) fires his TT-33 pistol when his car is attacked by the German ambush.
Mortally wounded General Vesnin still holds his discharged TT-33.
A good view on the standard TT holster at the side of Lt. Kuznetsov.

Submachine guns


Several Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
Soviet soldiers with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles and PPSh-41 submachine guns.
Lt. Kuznetsov (Boris Tokarev) with TT-33 pistol and Sgt. Ukhanov (Yuriy Nazarov) with PPSh-41 submachine gun.
PPSh-41 is seen on the wall of the blindage.
Col. Osin (Igor Ledogorov) fires his PPSh-41 at the German ambush.
Lt. Kuznetsov (Boris Tokarev) with his PPSh-41.


MP40 submachine guns are briefly seen in hands of German soldiers.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm.
A German tanker leaves his damaged tank with MP40 in hands.
A Soviet soldier with captured MP40 in the final scene.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

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

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R.
Soviet soldiers with M1891/30 rifles and PPSh-41 submachine guns.
Soviet soldiers with M1891/30 rifles with bayonets.
A soldier in the blindage with his M1891/30 rifle. Note that the bayonet is attached backwards. This is a exclusively cinematic practice; in reality such practice was banned by service manuals.
A soldier carries several rifles taken from his wounded comrades.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

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

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R. This was modified to become the M44 which replaced it, entering combat trials in 1943, becoming fairly common in 1944.
Pvt. Sergunenkov (Aleksandr Kavalerov) with his M1938 carbine near the horse with a broken leg.
Sgt. Ukhanov (Yuriy Nazarov) fires M1938 carbine to finish off the horse with a broken leg.
The M1938 carbine is seen on the wall of the blindage. At the table is General Bessonov (Georgi Zhzhyonov), commander of the field army.

Machine guns

Degtyaryov DP-28 Light Machine Gun

Degtyaryov DP-28 light machine gun is seen in the opening scene.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R.
Lt. Drozdovsky (Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr.) with DP-28 during the German air attack on the railroad station.
Lt. Drozdovsky fires at the German airplanes.
Lt. Drozdovsky reloads his DP-28.

Degtyaryov DT Machine Gun

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are seen on T-34 tanks. They are also mocked up as German MG34 on Tiger tanks (which are visually modified T-34s).

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R.
A machine gun is seen on the fake Tiger.
General Bessonov (Georgi Zhzhyonov) near the destroyed German tank. A machine gun is seen.

Maxim M1910/30 Machine Gun

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are seen in the Soviet trenches.

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 is blurry seen in the Soviet trenches.
A broken Maxim is seen.

Other weapon

PTRS-41 Antitank Rifle

PTRS-41 AT rifle is seen in the Soviet trenches.

PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm.
A PTRS-41 AT rifle in the Soviet trenches.

RPG-40 Anti-tank Grenade

In one scene Soviet soldiers use AT grenades against German tanks. These grenades are dummy training version of RPG-40.

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.
Lt. Drozdovsky handles two AT grenades to Pvt. Sergunenkov and orders him to attack German tanks.
Pvt. Sergunenkov (Aleksandr Kavalerov) with two AT grenades hidden under his coat (the handles are seen).
Lt. Kuznetsov (Boris Tokarev) attacks the German tank with the AT grenade.

Automatic AA gun M1939

37mm M1939 AA gun is seen in the opening scene.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR.
The 37mm AA gun is mounted on the train.
The 37mm AA gun fires at German airplanes attacking the railroad station.



The artillerymen equips the position for the 76.2mm ZIS-3 field gun.
The same scene, another view on the gun.
ZIS-3 fires at the German tanks.
122mm A-19 heavy field gun on the march.

Tanks and Armored Cars

The Tiger tank is really a visually modified T-34.
Side view on the fake Tiger.
T-34 visually modified as the destroyed German self-propelled gun.
Soviet T-34-85 tank.
The BTR-152 APC is seen among tanks. It acts as a German APC though it's wheeled, not half-track as real German APC were.

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