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The Third Flare (Tretya raketa)

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The Third Flare (Tretya raketa)
Tretya raketa DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Richard Viktorov
Release Date 1963
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pvt. Vasily Loznyak Stanislav Lyubshin
Sgt. Zheltykh Georgi Zhzhyonov
Pvt. Petrov Spartak Fedotov
Pvt. Lukyanov Igor Komarov
Pvt. Krivenok Yuriy Dubrovin
Pvt. Zadorozhny Leonid Davydov-Suboch
Lusya Nadezhda Sementsova

The Third Flare (Tretya raketa) is a 1963 Soviet war movie directed by Richard Viktorov and based on the same name novel by Vasil Bykov. The story takes place in Summer 1944 and depicts the fate of the crew of AT gun.

The following weapons were used in the film The Third Flare (Tretya raketa):

Submachine Guns


Many Soviet soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs with both drum and stick magazines.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm
PPSh-41 with 35 round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm
One of the artillerymen carries a PPSh while towing the 45-mm AT gun.
Sgt. Zheltykh (Georgi Zhzhyonov) holds his PPSh with stick magazine.
Pvt. Loznyak (Stanislav Lyubshin) with PPSh.


Several Soviet soldiers, including Pvt. Zadorozhny (Leonid Davydov-Suboch), carry PPS-43 SMGs.

Soviet PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Zadorozhny's PPS is seen in the trench.
Zadorozhny holds his PPS.
A soldier with PPS-43 is seen in the final scene.


German soldiers are armed with MP40s.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
An MP40 is seen on the body of slain German soldier.


Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Pvt. Lukyanov (Igor Komarov) carries a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Lukyanov (at the left) carries a rifle while towing the 45-mm AT gun.
Lukyanov carries his carbine on sling.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Rifle

Some Soviet soldiers are seen with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier with M91/30 rifle is seen at the right.

Machine Guns

MG 34

During the battle Pvt. Krivenok (Yuriy Dubrovin) fires a captured MG 34.

MG 34- 7.92x57mm Mauser
Krivenok fires MG 34.
A view of the barrel.

Goryunov SG-43

A Goryunov SG-43 is briefly seen in the final scene.

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun On 'Sokolov' mount with shield - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldiers tow a Goryunov machine gun during the attack.

Other Weapons

Leuchtpistole Flare Pistol

In the final scene Vasily Loznyak (Stanislav Lyubshin) uses a Leuchtpistole flare pistol.

Leuchtpistole - 26,65mm
A close view of the grip.
Loznyak holds a flare pistol.
He fires at a German soldier.
Loznyak loads the last flare.

45 mm AT gun 53-K

The main characters form a crew of a 45-mm AT gun.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
The AT gun on position.
The artillerymen ready to open fire.
Loznyak (Stanislav Lyubshin) loads the gun.


Visually modified T-44s appear as German Königstiger tanks.

Tretya raketa-Tank-1.jpg
Tretya raketa-Tank-2.jpg

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