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The Stolen Train (Otkradnatiyat vlak)

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The Stolen Train
(Otkradnatiyat vlak)
Ukradennyj poezd Poster.jpg
Russian Poster
Country BUL-com.jpg Bulgaria
Directed by Vladimir Yanchev
Release Date 1971
Language Bulgarian
Studio Boyana Film
Gorky Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Andrey Cherkezov Stefan Ilyev
Colonel Tushev Georgi Kaloyanchev
German ambassador Alfred Rebane
General Stenkenbauer Uno Loit
Damyan Dimitar Buynozov
Lt. Rubashkin Boris Tokarev
Darina Dorotea Toncheva
Sasha Dobrinka Stankova

The Stolen Train (Bulgarian title Otkradnatiyat vlak, Russian title Ukradennyj poezd) is a 1971 Bulgarian-Soviet war movie. The story takes place in September 1944 when Bulgaria declared war to Germany. A group of high-rank German military and diplomatic personnel try to leave Bulgaria for neutral Turkey via a railroad.

The following weapons were used in the film The Stolen Train (Otkradnatiyat vlak):


Walther P38

Many German and Bulgarian officers carry Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
A Bulgarian officer draws his P38.
Plainclothes Colonel Tushev (Georgi Kaloyanchev) holds his P38.
A German colonel (Mikhail Gluzsky) fires his Walther at deserters.

Luger P08

Capt. Andrey Cherkezov (Stefan Ilyev) carries a Luger P08 pistol.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Capt. Cherkezov holds a locomotive engineer at gunpoint.

Tokarev TT-33

Soviet officers are armed with TT-33 pistols. They are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
A Soviet officer (Oleg Golubitsky) with TT in hand.

Makarov PM

An anachronistic Makarov PM is seen in hands of General Stenkenbauer (Uno Loit) in the final scene until he is disarmed by Soviet Lt. Rubashkin (Boris Tokarev). It can be used as a substitution for Walther PP.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
General Stenkenbauer tries to commit suicide.
Lt. Rubashkin with Stenkenbauer's pistol in hand.

Mauser Pocket Pistol

Darina (Dorotea Toncheva) carries a pistol that appears to be a Mauser Pocket Pistol, supposedly Model 1914.

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 6.35mm
A little blurry view of Darina's pistol.
Darina fires her pistol. The shape of the front sight matches Model 1914 better than Model 1934.
Darina in ambush.

Sauer 38H

In one scene the German ambassador (Alfred Rebane) is seen with a nickel plated Sauer 38H pistol.

Sauer 38H, war-time simplified version without decocker
The ambassador draws a pistol...
...and fires.

Submachine Guns


Most German and Bulgarian guards in the train are armed with MP40 SMGs.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A German soldier with MP40 in the night scene.
A close view of the MP40.
Oberleutnant (Mauri Raus) is armed with the MP40.
A Bulragian guard with MP40.
Oberleutnant and some of his soldiers are armed with MP40s.


Most Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet soldiers with PPSh-41s.
A soldier with PPSh in ambush.
Lt. Rubashkin (Boris Tokarev) and two soldiers with PPSh.
Lt. Rubashkin in ambush.
An old soldier (Ivan Ryzhov) with PPSh.


In one scene a guard in the train fires a PPS-43.

PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPS-43 fires from the window.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Mannlicher M1896

Mannlicher M1896 carbines, a Bulgarian-issued version of Austro-Hungarian Mannlicher M1895, are used by Bulgarian soldiers.

Steyr M1895 Short Rifle (M1930 Conversion) - 8x56 mm R. The Bulgarian rifle looks very similar.
One of the resistance fighters holds a Mannlicher carbine.
A barrel of Mannlicher carbine is seen.
One of the Bulgarian soldiers holds a Mannlicher carbine.

Mauser Karabiner 98k

Several Bulgarian resistance fighters are seen with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A 98k rifle is seen at the left.
Uncle Manol (Vasil Vachev) holds a 98k.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Some Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldiers with PPSh-41 SMGs and M91/30 rifles.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.Is are seen in several scenes, used by Bulgarian resistance fighters and a Turkish border guard.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
A barrel of a rifle in hands of resistance fighter is seen at the right.
A Turkish border guard holds a rifle.
A barrel of the rifle.

Sturmgewehr 44

A Sturmgewehr 44 is carried by Damyan (Dimitar Buynozov).

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Damyan with StG 44 jumps into the locomotive tender.
Damyan fires.
A close view of Damyan's Sturmgewehr. A muzzle blank firing adapter can be seen.

Machine Guns


A Madsen machine gun is seen in Damyan's car. It is never used in action. The machine gun is seen only partially but can be identified due to the shape of the perforated barrel shroud and the flash hider.

Madsen light machine gun
A muzzle is seen.
A barrel is seen behind Damyan.
Damyan (Dimitar Buynozov) holds the machine gun.

Degtyaryov DP-27

A Degtyaryov DP-27 is seen in hands of a German guard in the train. It lacks its typical disk magazine and conical flash hider, supposedly to make it look different from the Soviet machine gun.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Otkradnatiyat vlak-DP-1.jpg
Otkradnatiyat vlak-DP-2.jpg

Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23

Highly anachronistic IL-28 jet bombers stand for Soviet bomber planes in several scenes. They are armed with Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 auto guns.

Nudelman Rikhter NR-23 - 23mm
A barrel of NR-23 in tail mounting of IL-28 is seen behind Capt. Kozlov (Roman Khomyatov).

AA Gun

A small caliber AA gun is briefly seen on a train. It's hard to identify it for sure thought it can be a 37-mm M1939 (61-K).

Otkradnatiyat vlak-AAGun.jpg

Hand Grenades

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 hand grenades are carried by Soviet soldiers and Bulgarian resistance fighters.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
The first and the third men from the right carry F-1 grenades on their belts.
A resistance fighter with a Mannlicher carbine in hand carries an F-1 on his belt.

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