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The Scouts (Razvedchiki)

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The Scouts (Razvedchiki)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Igor Samborsky
Aleksei Shvachko
Release Date 1968
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Captain-Lieutenant Viktor Kurganov Ivan Mikolaychuk
Starshina 2nd stage Sashko Makarenko Leonid Bykov
Miklos Gabor Konstantin Stepankov
Pvt. Vasiliy Sigaev Aleksei Smirnov
Glavny starshina Chernyak Andrei Sova
Koberidze Gizhuri Kobakhidze
Marie Lyudmila Marchenko
Lt. Kashkin Vitali Doroshenko

The Scouts (Razvedchiki) is a Soviet 1968 war movie directed by Igor Samborsky and Aleksei Shvachko. In December 1944, Soviet troops are fighting for a major city on the Danube (meaning Budapest). The river is heavily mined. A recon group of the Soviet Navy under the command of Captain-Lieutenant (Lieutenant Commander) Kurganov is assigned a mission to get plans for a safe fairway from the German headquarters.

The following weapons were used in the film The Scouts (Razvedchiki):



Sashko Makarenko (Leonid Bykov) is seen with a TT-33 pistol when he acts under disguise of a local civilian.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Makarenko holds a TT.

Luger P08

Capt.-Lt. Viktor Kurganov (Ivan Mikolaychuk) carries a Luger P08 when he is disguised as an SS officer. Miklos Gabor (Konstantin Stepankov) and numerous German officers use Lugers in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer fires a Luger P08 during the Soviet attack.
Kurganov is SS uniform draws a Luger.
Kurganov holds a Luger.
Two German officers (Rudolfs Dambrans and Vitold Janpavlis) carry Luger holsters.
A German officer (Rudolfs Dambrans) holds a Luger.
Miklos Gabor with a P08.
A dark but close view of Gabor's pistol.

Submachine Guns


Most Soviet troops are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns. Capt.-Lt. Viktor Kurganov (Ivan Mikolaychuk) carries a PPSh with stick magazine, others, including Starshina 2nd stage (second class petty officer) Sashko Makarenko (Leonid Bykov), Pvt. Vasiliy Sigaev (Aleksei Smirnov), Nikolay (Anatoli Yurchenko), Koberidze (Gizhuri Kobakhidze), and Lt. Kashkin (Vitali Doroshenko), use PPSh-41s with drum magazines.

PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Kurganov with a PPSh with stick magazine in the opening scene. Three other scouts are armed with PPSh with drum magazines.
Sashko Makarenko, arrested for violation of discipline, takes a PPSh from his escort (Boryslav Brondukov) and fires at attacking German plane.
The said escort soldier stands in bewilderment when Makarenko returns him the PPSh.
Nikolay (at the left) and other scouts with PPSh-41s.
Kurganov holds a PPSh with stick magazine.
A scout at the left fires a PPSh.
A muzzle flash shows Sigaev's PPSh during the battle on the clock tower.
Lt. Kashkin and other sailors with PPSh-41s fighting their way to rescue Kurganov's group.


Sashko Makarenko (Leonid Bykov) and several other men of Kurganov's unit carry MP40 submachine guns. MP40s are also widely used by German soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier with MP40 on motorcycle.
Miklos Gabor (Konstantin Stepankov) with MP40.
Makarenko fires at German soldiers in the port.
Makarenko fires MP40 during the battle of the clock tower.
German soldiers with MP40s.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Some Soviet soldiers, notably Vasiliy Sigaev (Aleksei Smirnov), carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Sigaev holds an M91/30 rifle when he describes to his comrades how he meets a tiger from destroyed zoo.
Another view of Sigaev's rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also seen.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A female military traffic controller (Svetlana Kondratova) carries an M38 Carbine.
The barrel of the carbine is seen.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
German soldiers with 98k rifles on slings on patrol.

Assault Rifles


In mass scenes Soviet soldiers carry AK-47 assault rifles (a platoon or a company of Soviet Army with service weapons was assigned to act in the mass scenes, as it was in many other Soviet war films).

Type III AK-47 with laminated stock - 7.62x39mm
A soldier carries an AK on march.
Another soldier carries an AK in same scene.
Soldiers with AKs in attack in the final scene.

Machine Guns and Autocannons

Degtyaryov DP-27

Glavny starshina (chief petty officer) Chernyak (Andrei Sova) fires a DP-27 when the group retreats on a boat under the enemy fire.

Degtyaryov DP-28 - 7.62x54mm R
Chernyak fires the DP.

MG 34

German MG 34 machine guns are seen in several scenes.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier fires at Soviet recon group in the opening scene.
An MG 34 fires at Soviet scouts on the clock tower.
Another view of the machine gun.

Goryunov SGMB

A Goryunov SGMB is seen mounted on a BTR-152 APC. Both the vehicle and this version of the SG-43 machine gun are post-war models.

Goryunov SGMB, mounted on BTR-152 - 7.62x54mm R

37-mm M1939 (61-K)

37-mm M1939 (61-K) AA autocannons are seen on march in the opening scene.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
37mm 61-K AA gun on march.

Other Weapons

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

In the opening and the climactic scenes Capt.-Lt. Viktor Kurganov (Ivan Mikolaychuk) fires an OSP-30 Flare Pistol.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Kurganov fires a flare, signalling for attack.

F-1 Hand Grenade

Vasiliy Sigaev (Aleksei Smirnov) uses several F-1 hand grenades during the battle in the clock tower.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Despite the darkness, an F-1 can be seen in Sigaev's hand.


122mm M-30 howitzer on march.
A post-war BTR-152 APC is seen at the background left.
Post-war T-54 tanks on march.
T-54 in attack in the final scene.
A destroyed Tiger-style tank is a mockup, based on BTS-2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle on T-54 chassis.
Fake Tiger on street.

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