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Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh)

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Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh)
Trial of the Road DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksei German
Release Date 1971/1985
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lazarev Vladimir Zamansky
Lokotkov Rolan Bykov
Petushkov Anatoly Solonitsyn
Solomin Oleg Borisov

Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh) is a 1971 Russian war movie by Aleksei German. It was released only in 1985. The plot of the movie release the drama of Russian POW who was forced to serve Germans and now has to pass a deadly trial in order to prove that he is not a traitor.

The following weapons are seen in the movie Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh):


Luger P08 Pistol

Luger P08 pistol is seen in hands of Lazarev (Vladimir Zamansky) and Inga (Anda Zaice).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Lazarev, disguised as a German soldier, readies his MP40 SMG and P08 pistol for the "trial on the road".
Lazarev disguised as a German soldier is firing P08.
Lazarev is arrested by Petushkov (Anatoly Solonitsyn) so his P08 is taken away from him.
Inga, disguised as a German NCO, is firing P08 in Russian traitor who exposed her being the partisan.

Walther P38 Pistol

Lokotkov (Rolan Bykov), commander of the Russian partisan detachment, is seen with Walther P38 pistol in one scene but never fires it. German officers also use P38.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm.
Lokotkov (Rolan Bykov) with P38.
Wounded German officer (Nikolai Vashchilin) fires P38.


Mosin Nagant Rifle

Mosin Nagant rifles are used by Russian partisans.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR.
Partisan (Pavel Kormunin) with Mosin Nagant rifle M1891/30 in ambush.
Mitka (Gennadi Dyudyayev) with Mosin Nagant rifle M1891/30.
Partisan with Mosin Nagant rifle M1891/30.
Two partisans enter a barn, one with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 and the other with MP40 SMG.

Submachine guns


MP40 are used by German soldiers and several Russian partisans including Lazarev (Vladimir Zamansky) and Solomin (Oleg Borisov).

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Solomin (Oleg Borisov) (on the left side of the screenshot, back to camera) carries MP40.
Mitka (Gennadi Dyudyayev) holds the MP40 at the left.
Two partisans enter a barn, one with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle and the other with MP40.
Lazarev (Vladimir Zamansky) disguised as a German soldier prepares his MP40 SMG and P08 pistol for the "trial on the road". Near him is Solomin (Oleg Borisov), his MP40 is not seen.
German motorcyclist with MP40.
German soldier is firing MP40.


PPSh-41 are used by several Russian partisans.

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Trial of the Road-PPSh-1.jpg
Trial of the Road-PPSh-2.jpg

Sturmgewehr 44

In one scene a German soldier is seen with a weapon that look like Sturmgewehr 44. The story take place in December 1942 so StG 44 is an anachronism.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Soldier at the right side of the screenshot carries something very similar to StG 44.

Machine guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP light MG is used by Russian partisans.

DP-27 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
Old partisan (Fyodor Odinokov) with DP.

MG 34

MG 34 is mounted on German motorcycles. It is also seen in twin mountings on the riverboat in the flashback summer scene.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser,
German motorcyce with MG 34 mounted in the sidecar.
MG 34 in twin mounting on the bow of the tugboat.
Trial of the Road-MG-twin-2.jpg
MG 34 in twin mounting on the barge with Russian POWs.

PK machine gun mocked up as MG42

In battle scenes German soldiers use PK machine guns very roughly mocked up as MG42. In final scene Lazarev (Vladimir Zamansky) fires this MG from lockout tower. It is PK, not PKM (that can be understood from the form of buttstock).

PK Machine Gun, note the larger curved gas block and the thicker fluted barrel that was found on the original weapon - 7.62x54mm R
Trial of the Road-PK-MG42-1.jpg
German soldier is firing fake MG42.
Fake MG42 is mounted on lockout tower.
Trial of the Road-PK-MG42-4.jpg
Lazarev (Vladimir Zamansky) is firing fake MG.
Close view on buttstock of the fake MG.


The only real MG42 is seen in final scene. It is not firing.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Trial of the Road-MG42.jpg

Other weapons

BM-37 mortar

82mm BM-37 mortar
Russian 82mm BM-37 mortar acting for German 81.4mm mortar.

MS-2 booby trap mine

MS-2 booby trap mine
Old partisan (Fyodor Odinokov) plants MS-2 booby trap mine.


Cinema poster of Trial of the Road (1986)

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