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To Survive Until Dawn (Dozhit do rassveta)

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To Survive Until Dawn
(Dozhit do rassveta)
Dozhit do rassveta poster.jpg
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Viktor Sokolov
Mikhail Yershov
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Ivanovsky Aleksandr Mikhajlov
Pvt. Pivovarov Aleksei Goryachev
Sgt. Lukashov Aleksei Pankin
Petty Officer Dyubin Nikolai Kuzmin
Yaninka Svetlana Orlova

To Survive Until Dawn (a direct translation of original title Dozhit do rassveta) is a 1975 Soviet war drama directed by Viktor Sokolov and Mikhail Yershov and based on the same name novel by Vasil Bykov. In late November 1941, during the Battle for Moscow, a Soviet commando group under the command of Lt. Ivanovsky (Aleksandr Mikhajlov) is sent behind enemy lines in order to find and destroy the ammunition depot. But their mission went wrong from the start...

The following weapons were used in the film To Survive Until Dawn (Dozhit do rassveta):

Submachine guns


A PPSh-41 is the weapon of main character Lt. Ivanovsky (Aleksandr Mikhajlov).

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
One of the scouts of Capt. Volokh's group holds a PPSh in the opening scene.
Lt. Ivanovsky with PPSh during the ski raid.
Ivanovsky fires a PPSh during the night encounter with German soldiers.
Wounded Ivanovsky gives his PPSh to Pvt. Pivovarov (Aleksei Goryachev).


In the opening scene Capt. Volokh (Vadim Spiridonov), Lt. Ivanovsky (Aleksandr Mikhajlov), Pogrebnyak (Aleksandr Yanvaryov) and several other scouts of Volokh's group use captured MP40 SMGs. MP40 are also briefly seen in hands of German soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Two German soldiers with MP40s convoy captured Pogrebnyak.
Pogrebnyak, saved by Ivanovsky's soldiers, picks up an MP40 of a German soldier.
Capt. Volokh (at the left) holds an MP40.
Lt. Ivanovsky with MP40.
One of Volokh's scouts fires an MP40 single-hand.
Ivanovsky fires an MP40.
A German soldier with MP40 guards the fuel depot.


Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Most members of the group - Sgt. Lukashov (Aleksei Pankin), Pvts. Pivovarov (Aleksei Goryachev), Krasnokutskiy (Pavel Kashlakov), Zayats (Yuriy Chuprin), Sudnik (Valeriy Filonov), Khakimov (N. Dautov), and Kudryavets (A. Bondarenko) - are armed with Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines. Lt. Ivanovsky (Aleksandr Mikhajlov) carries Pivovarov's carbine in the final scene.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
Sudnik holds a carbine.
Lukashov carries a carbine.
Pivovarov holds a carbine.
Lukashov carries a carbine.
Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine is seen near gravely wounded Pvt. Khakimov (N. Dautov).
Pivovarov carries a carbine.
Wounded Lt. Ivanovsky with Pivovarov's carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are briefly seen in hands of Soviet soldiers in several scenes.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier in center holds a full-length rifle.
A soldier with M91/30 rifle in trench.

Mauser Rifle

In the final scene a German soldier holds some Mauser rifle, possibly a Karabiner 98k.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Dyubin (Nikolai Kuzmin) carries a DP-27 machine gun.

DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Dyubin carries a DP when the group goes to the raid.
Close view on the muzzle of DP. Dyubin also carries Zayats' M38 Carbine.
Dyubin readies his DP for battle.

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is seen in Soviet trench.

Maxim 1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR.
A Maxim is seen in Soviet trench.

MG 34

A machine gun that is supposed to be an MG 34 is seen mounted on a motorcycle.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German motorcycle with machine gun is seen during the opening credits.


DShK heavy machine gun in triple AA mounting is seen in documentary footage of the Battle for Moscow.

DShK 1938 on wheeled mounting - 12.7x108mm

37mm 61-K AA Autocannon

37mm 61-K AA Autocannon is seen in documentary footage of the Battle for Moscow.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR

Other Weapons

RPG-40 Anti-tank Grenade

In the final scene Lt. Ivanovsky uses a grenade. It is seen in darkness but its shape and size resembles RPG-40.

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.
Ivanovsky readies the grenade, pulling the pin with his teeth.
Ivanovsky blows the grenade.

45mm 53-K AT Gun

45mm 53-K AT guns are seen during the opening credits.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
A 45mm gun in action.
A 45mm gun on a road under attack of German planes.



85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) - 85x629mm R
85mm 52-K AA guns are seen in documentary footage of the Battle for Moscow.

A Soviet battery of 76.2mm ZiS-3 field guns under attack of German troops. In reality ZiS-3 appeared only in 1942.
122mm A-19 heavy field gun is seen in documentary footage.
152mm Br-2 heavy gun is seen in documentary footage.


T-44 tanks are visually modified as German Pz.IV of late modifications with long guns. Such version of Pz.IV didn't exist during the Battle for Moscow.
M3 Scout Car that was supplied to USSR via lend-lease appears as a German APC (seen on the bridge).
A Soviet postwar BTR-152 stand for a German APC.
BT-7 tank is seen in documentary footage of the Battle for Moscow.
T-35 heavy tank is seen in documentary footage of the Battle for Moscow.

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