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The Turncoat

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The Turncoat
Der Überläufer
German DVD Cover
Country GER.jpg Germany

POL.jpg Poland

Language German
Channel Das Erste
Genre War Drama
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 4
Main Cast
Character Actor
Walter Proska Jannis Niewöhner
Wanda Zielinski Malgorzata Mikolajczak
Wolfgang Kürschner Sebastian Urzendowsky
Willi Stehauf Rainer Bock
Maria Rogalski Katharina Schüttler

The Turncoat is a 2020 four-part film drama directed by Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe, Colonia) based on the novel of the same name by Siegfried Lenz. Summer 1944: Wehrmacht soldier Walter Proska has to go back to the Eastern Front. There he ends up with the unit of Willy Stehauf, a ruined bunch that fights in vain in the swamps of Rokitno against mosquitoes, partisans, and gradual madness. His officer's cruelty, his regime-critical comrade Wolfgang, but above all his love for partisan Wanda, also make Walter increasingly doubt the meaning of the war.

The following weapons can be seen in the miniseries The Turncoat:


Luger P08

German officer Wilhelm „Willi“ Stehauf (Rainer Bock) is armed with a Luger P08 pistol.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
Stehauf unlocks his Luger (Ep. 1).
He presses the pistol into Walter's belly (Ep. 1).
The Luger being fired by him (Ep. 2).

Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 is used by the Polish partisan Wanda Zielinski (Malgorzata Mikolajczak).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Wanda points her TT at Walter's head to wake him up (Ep. 2).
Again, she is seen holding the pistol at Walter (Ep. 2).

Walther P38

The leader of the partisan group is seen with a Walther P38.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
The leader threatens Zwiczosbirski (Ep. 2).
A few moments later, he takes aim at Walter (Ep. 2).
A view of the black grips (Ep. 2).

Submachine Guns


MP40 are used by Stehauf and some partisans in Episode 2.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Stehauf opens fire with his MP.
The partisan in center. Note the Kar98 on the left with straight bolt handle.
Another partisan about to disarm Walter with his MP40 in hand.


PPSh-41 submachine guns with 35-stick and 71-drum magazines are used by Soviet Soldiers. Zwiczosbirski (Adam Venhaus) brings two captured PPShs to Stehauf. In the third episode, Walter uses a PPSh against some Volkssturm members.

PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun with 71-round drum magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Zwiczosbirski with his captured PPShs enters the bunker (Ep. 2).
At the end of the second episode, two Soviet soldiers force Walter to surrender.
Walter, now in the Red Army, makes use of a PPSh with stick magazine (Ep. 3).
He searches Kurt Rogalski's (Shenja Lacher) farmhouse (Ep. 3).
Soviet guards with PPShs at the Hohenschönhausen prison, which was later used as an East-German Stasi prison (Ep. 3).
Some Soviet soldiers at the Inner German border carry their submachine guns (Ep. 4).


Some PPS-43 submachine guns are also used by Soviet soldiers in Episode 3.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The soldier on the left carries a PPS-43.
A PPS being fired by another Russian at encircled German soldiers.


Karabiner 98k

Walter Proska (Jannis Niewöhner), Wolfgang Kürschner (Sebastian Urzendowsky), Paul Zacharias (Florian Lukas), Zwiczosbirski (Adam Venhaus), Helmut Poppek (Mathias Herrmann) and the soldier on the train (Holger Handtke) are seen with Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Kar98k of the soldier on the train with late war welded barrel band (Ep. 1).
Walter takes his Karabiner after the train crash (Ep. 1).
Wolfgang leans on with his carbine (Ep. 1).
First person view of Walter's Kar98 (Ep. 2).
Paul on patrol carries his rifle (Ep. 2).
Walter chambers his carbine when he sees a partisan (Ep. 2).
Zwiczosbirski who has talked himself into a frenzy points his Kar98k at his officer (Ep. 2).
A young Volkssturm member aims his Mauser at Walter (Ep. 3).

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Feldgendarmerie at a railwaystation are seen with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier to the left has a Gew. 98.
A good view of the Lange Visier rear sight.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Some Polish partisans and Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles. As in the Soviet Army, Wolfgang Kürschner uses also one of them.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Snowy Mosin-Nagant rifles hooked together on the left (Ep. 3).
Wolfgang with his Mosin-Nagant on the back seat of a car (Ep. 3).

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

What appears to be a Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine with a removed folding bayonet is seen carried by one Soviet soldier.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
The soldier with his carbine over his back (Ep. 3).

Machine Guns


An MG34 is briefly seen mounted on a post-war Czech OT-810 half-track standing in for an accurate Sd.Kfz. 251.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser


76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

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

M1942 (ZiS-3) 76mm Divisional Gun - 76mm

F-1 hand grenade

What appears to be an F-1 hand grenade is thrown by a Soviet soldier in Episode 3.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
He takes a swing to throw the grenade into the barn

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