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The Naval Mettle (Morskoy kharakter)

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The Naval Mettle
(Morskoy kharakter)
Morskoy kharakter-DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vasili Zhuravlyov
Release Date 1970
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Andrey Krotkikh Boris Tokarev
Pompey Karasyov Nikolai Kryuchkov
Colonel Yakov Arkhipov Pyotr Glebov
Colonel Vasili Filatov Vladimir Druzhnikov
Aleksandr Surnin Vladimir Kostin
Yefim Korzh Aleksandr Lukyanov
Tatyana Lyudmila Gladunko

The Naval Mettle (Morskoy kharakter) is a Soviet 1970 war movie directed by Vasili Zhuravlyov and based on several stories by Leonid Sobolev. The story depicts the participation of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet Marines in the defence of the city of Odessa in 1941.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Naval Mettle (Morskoy kharakter):


Tokarev TT-33

Several Soviet officers carry TT-33 pistols. They are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Colonel Arkhipov (Pyotr Glebov) holds a TT pistol.

Walther P38

In one scene a German officer (Valentin Bryleev) is seen with a Walther P38.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A German officer holds a P38 and a Model 24 Stielhandgranate.

Shpagin SPSh Flare Pistol

An SPSh Flare Pistol is used by Tatyana (Lyudmila Gladunko).

Russian SPSh Flare Pistol 26.5mm
Tatyana loads her SPSh...
...and fires it.
Another view at SPSh.

Submachine Guns


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

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Yefim Korzh (Aleksandr Lukyanov) with a PPSh.
Andrey Krotkikh (Boris Tokarev) and Aleksandr Surnin (Vladimir Kostin) with PPSh-41s.
Andrey Krotkikh with a PPSh.
A Marine officer (Vladimir Protasenko) with a PPSh.
Tatyana (Lyudmila Gladunko) with a PPSh.


German soldiers carry MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German officer fires an MP40.
Pompey Karasyov (Nikolai Kryuchkov) fires a captured MP40.
A German soldier with MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

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

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A Marine with a M1891/30 rifle with bayonet in attack.
A Marine hits a German soldier with the buttstock of his rifle.
A Marine with a M1891/30 rifle is seen at the background.

Tokarev SVT-40

Many Soviet Marines are armed with Tokarev SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A Marine with SVT.
A Marine with SVT escorts German POWs.
Two SVTs are seen at the foreground, one of them is with sword bayonet.
Andrey Krotkikh (Boris Tokarev) carries an SVT.
Marines with STVs in attack.
A sentinel with SVT.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Soviet Marines use Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns.

DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Morskoy kharakter-DP-1.jpg
Pompey Karasyov (Nikolai Kryuchkov) with a DP-27.
A Marine fires DP-27.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 machine gun is seen in one scene. It can be indetified by its smooth water-jacket that is typical for Maxims manufactured during the WW1 and in early 1920s.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim M1910 is mounted on a rowboat.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by Soviet Marines.

Maxim 1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Marine fires a Maxim M1910/30.
Andrey Krotkikh (Boris Tokarev) fires a Maxim M1910/30.

MG 34

MG 34s are used by German soldiers.

MG 34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 is seen on German positions.
A barrel of MG 34 is seen.
German soldiers fire MG 34.

Goryunov SGMB

Goryunov SGMB, pedestal mounted version of Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun, are mounted on BTR-60P. They are seen in post-war scene.

Goryunov SGMB, mounted on BTR-152 - 7.62x54mm R
Morskoy kharakter-SGMB-1.jpg
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Goryunov SGMT

A coaxial Goryunov SGMT machine gun is mounted on PT-76 tank, seen in post-war scene.

SGMT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R. Solenoid-operated version intended for use as a coaxial weapon on tanks
The barrel of coaxial SGMT is seen.

Degtyaryov-Shpagin DShK

DShK heavy machine gun is mounted on a patrol boat.

DShK on naval mounting - 12.7x108mm
A DShK is seen on the bow of a patrol boat.
A barrel of DShK can be seen.

Vladimirov KPV

KPV heavy machine guns are seen in naval mountings.


A twin 2M-5 mounting is used on Project 123K torpedo boats.

KPV heavy machine gun in 2M-5 twin naval mounting - 14.5x114mm
Morskoy kharakter-2M5-1.jpg
A 14.5-mm 2M-5 is seen on the stern of a torpedo boat.


Another vesion of twin mounting is a 2M-7, used on patrol boats.

KPV heavy machine gun in 2M-7 twin naval mounting - 14.5x114mm
A 14,5-mm 2M-7 is seen on the bow of a patrol boat.

37-mm V-11

37-mm V-11 AA twin mountings, naval version of 61-K, are seen on a Soviet cruiser.

37-mm V-11 twin naval automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
Three V-11 mountings.
V-11 AA guns fire at German planes.
Petty officer Guschin (Eduard Izotov) is seen next to the barrels of his V-11.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by German soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade.
A German soldier readies to throw a grenade but is shot.
A German officer (Valentin Bryleev) holds a Walther P38 and a Model 24 Stielhandgranate.

Dummy Hand Grenade

A hand grenade is carried by Andrey Krotkikh (Boris Tokarev) during the training. It is supposed to be a dummy mockup used for basic training.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
Andrey Krotkikh with Tokarev SVT-40 rifle and a grenade.


Triple 180-mm turrets on the Kirov-class cruiser of the Soviet Navy.
100-mm B-34 AA gun on the Kirov-class cruiser of the Soviet Navy.
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Morskoy kharakter-Tank-3.jpg
T-34 tanks are viually modified to resemble German tanks. Several different mockups are seen.
Soviet T-34-85 tank, anachronistic for 1941.
Morskoy kharakter-PT76-1.jpg
PT-76 amphibious light tanks are seen in post-war scene.

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