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The Russians Are Coming

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The Russians Are Coming
Die Russen kommen
Movie Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
Directed by Heiner Carow
Release Date December 3, 1987
Language German
Studio Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Günter Walcher Gert Krause-Melzer
Igor Wiktor Perewalow
Christine Dorothea Meissner
Father Bergschicker Norbert Christian
Mother Bergschicker Karla Runkehl

This is for the 1987 East German drama. For the 1966 American comedy with a similar title, see here.

The Russians Are Coming is an East German movie which was filmed in 1968 but was only released in 1987. Spring 1945 in a small town on the Baltic Sea. The 15-year-old Günter still believes in the final victory. He is the fastest in the hunt for a Russian boy, an escaped foreign worker. The Russian is shot by the village policeman. Günter proudly accepts the Iron Cross and volunteers for the front. Neither the mother nor the teacher can stop him. Soviet soldiers attack him the first time, but he can flee home. Shortly after the Soviet army occupied the place, Günter is arrested for murdering the foreign worker.

The following weapons were used in the film The Russians Are Coming:


Unidentified Pistol

An unidentified pistol can be seen in a Leutnant's holster.

A possible guess could be a Walther PP or PPK.


Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by a Police officer (Hans Hardt-Hardtloff) and Hitler Youth members.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The officer unlocks his carbine...
...and takes aim at the young forced laborer. Note the uncommon front sight.
Many Kar98ks on a truck.
Left behind carbines of Hitler Youth lying in the grass.

Sturmgewehr 44

Three German soldiers are seen with Sturmgewehr 44. Günter Walcher (Gert Krause-Melzer) can also be seen with a picked up abandoned STG.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
The two German soldiers on the right with the assault rifles.
Desperate Günter fires into the air.
A slightly different view offers more details of the rifle.
Citizens overwhelm a sentry guarding a food warehouse armed with a Sturmgewehr.

Submachine Guns


Near all Red Army Soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.

PPSh-41 with 71-round drum magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet soldier greets Günter with his PPSh.
Two soldiers stand in front of Günter to get him to the Soviet headquarters.
A PPSh over a soldier's back.

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG 34 is briefly seen among the Kar98ks in the truck.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
The MG 34's barrel can be seen behind the MG 42 seen in the center.


The MG42 lies also in the truck.

Maschinengewehr 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG42 can be seen in center among the Kar98ks.


Movie Kolberg

The 1945 German Propaganda movie Kolberg is shown to the Hitler Youth in a cinema.

Prussian soldier uses a musket.
A Flintlock pistol is used by a French soldier.


Günter and Bernd are seen with Panzerfausts when they were sent to the front.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
The two boys hold their Panzerfausts inside a barn.
Bernd's launcher on the floor.
The Panzerfaust of Günter lies next him.
Some left behind Panzerfausts of Hitler Youth members eyed by Günter.

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

The 76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3).

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun - 76mm


A Red Army column enters the Mecklenburg town from the southwest. At first, this column is misinterpreted by Günter's father as British Tanks, that occupied Lübeck a day before (which was the 11th Armoured Division on May 2, 1945). According to this statement, this unnamed town must be near Lübeck, however, American and British forces in early May also reached the Cities of Wismar and Schwerin, which are located around 43.5 miles (70km) east of Lübeck. So this statement is historically incorrect since it would have been occupied by the Western allies at that time.

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