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They Fought for Their Country

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They Fought for Their Country
(Oni srazhalis za Rodinu)
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DVD cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Distributor RUSCICO
Main Cast
Character Actor
Piotr Lopakhin Vasiliy Shukshin
Nikolay Strel'tsov Vyacheslav Tikhonov
Ivan Zvyagintsev Sergey Bondarchuk
Alexandr Kopytovskij Georgiy Burkov
Pvt. Nekrasov Yuri Nikulin
Natalya Stepanovna Nonna Mordyukova

They Fought for Their Country (Russian Title: Oni srazhalis za Rodinu/Они сражались за Родину) is a 1975 World War II drama directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. The film tells about the heavy defensive battles on the approaches to Stalingrad in July 1942, about heroism and sacrifice of ordinary soldiers.

The following weapons are featured in the film They Fought for Their Country:


Tokarev TT-33

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Seriously wounded Russian officer tries to go on the attack with his Tokarev TT

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Russian soldier with his PPSh-41 submachine gun
Confused Russian soldier fires at German troops
Closeup of PPSh-41 with the 71-rounds drum magazine


MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
German soldier tries to reload his MP40 submachine gun during the melee


Mosin Nagant Rifle

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54R
Russian soldier with his Mosin Nagant rifle
Another Russian soldier.

Assault rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

The few German soldiers can be seen with the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles. Those rifles were not in service in the German army in 1942.

Sturmgewehr 44 7.92x33mm

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP-27 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
Russian soldier fires Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine gun at German troops

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim 1910/30 with wheel mount and shield - 7.62x54R
Russian soldier carries Maxim machine gun
Russian soldiers fire Maxim M1910/30 at enemies. This machine gun has the large filler cap on the top of the water jacket

37-mm M1939 (61-K)

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37×252SR
Russian soldiers fire 37-mm M1939 (61-K) at German bombers

Hand Grenades

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
F-1 hand grenade lying on the ground

Undefined anti-tank grenade

Russian soldier used anti-tank grenade to destroy a German tank

Anti-tank rifles


The PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle is used by Russian forces. They are never shown being fired.

PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle 14.5x114mm


PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle 14.5x114mm
Russian soldier takes aim his PTRD-41 AT rifle at German tanks
Russian soldier fires PTRD-41
The cartridge box with 14.5x114mm cartridges


45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
Russian gunners firing 45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

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

M1942 divisional gun (ZiS-3) - 76mm
Russian gunners firing ZiS-3 at the German tanks

122 mm howitzer M1938 (M-30)

Closeup of Russian 122 mm howitzer M1938

Fake German tanks

The fake German tank was built on the Soviet T-34-85 tank chassis.
The fake German tank was built on the Soviet T-54/55 tank chassis
Soviet T-54/55 tank mocked-up to look like a German tank


Original cinema poster for They Fought for Their Country (Oni srazhalis za Rodinu) (1975).

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