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We Will Come Back (Sekretar raykoma)

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We Will Come Back
(Sekretar raykoma)
Sekretar raykoma Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Ivan Pyryev
Release Date 1942
Language Russian
Studio TsOKS
Main Cast
Character Actor
Stepan Gavrilovich Kochet Vasili Vanin
Col. Makenau Mikhail Astangov
Natasha Marina Ladynina
Gavrila Fedorovich Rusov Mikhail Zharov
Sasha Rusov Mikhail Kuznetsov
Semyen Abramovich Rotman Boris Poslavsky
Lt. Albrecht alias Lt. Orlov Viktor Kulakov
Vasiliy Glushchenko Evgeniy Grigorev

We Will Come Back (US release title; original title Sekretar raykoma ("The District Secretary"), Eglish subtitled version Russian Guerrillas) is a Soviet 1942 B&W war movie directed by Ivan Pyryev. The film depicts the struggle of Soviet partisans unit, lead by the District Secretary Stepan Kochet (Vasili Vanin), against the occupational Nazi German troops under the command of Col. Makenau (Mikhail Astangov). When first attempts to destroy the partisans fail, Makenau infiltrates his spy Lt. Albrecht (Viktor Kulakov), who poses himself as Soviet Lt. Orlov, into the partisans unit. "Orlov"'s attempts are almost crowned with success but he is uncovered by radio operator Natasha (Marina Ladynina). Kochet uses "Orlov" to give Makenau disinformation about the meeting of partisans commanders. Partisans lure enemy troops in ambush and are victorious.

The following weapons were used in the film We Will Come Back (Sekretar raykoma):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used by Soviet partisans. Both pre- and post-1930 versions can be seen.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Stepanov (uncredited), partisans sentry, lays dead, still holding his Nagant.
Natasha (Marina Ladynina) hands her Nagant to "Orlov" (Viktor Kulakov) (nevertheless she is again seen with a Nagant next moment).
"Orlov" fires his revolver.
Natasha (Marina Ladynina) forces "Orlov" (Viktor Kulakov) to man the Maxim under the threat of her Nagant. Her revolver has the rounded front sight of pre-1930 version.
A view of Natasha's Nagant from the muzzle.
A German officer fires a Nagant revolver in the final scene.
Stepan Kochet (Vasili Vanin) fires at Makenau in the final scene.
Natasha holds a Nagant in the final scene.


Tokarev TT-33

A Tokarev TT-33 pistol is a personal handgun of Stepan Kochet (Vasili Vanin). Some other Soviet partisans carry TT holsters but it's hard to say if there are pistols inside. Due to continuity errors, Col. Makenau's (Mikhail Astangov) Luger P08 switches to TT in two scenes.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Kochet's TT is seen.
Makenau fires a TT at captured partisan.
Makenau fires a TT in the final scene.
Kochet (in center) holds a TT in the final scene.
He fires at Makenau.

Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are carried by German officers, including Col. Makenau (Mikhail Astangov). Some Soviet partisans carry Luger holsters but it's hard to say if there are pistols inside.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a 1917 dated handgun.
Natasha (Marina Ladynina) holds an unloaded Luger P08. Next moment it switches to Nagant M1895 revolver.
Feldwebel Vogel (Grigoriy Shpigel) holds a Luger at the left.
Col. Makenau holds his pistol during the interrogation of captured Stepan Kochet (Vasili Vanin).
Kochet manages to grab Makenau's pistol.
He holds Makenau at gunpoint.
]A German officer leads his soldiers, holding a Luger, in the final scene.
Makenau's adjutant (Georgiy Georgiu) (at the left) aims his Luger in the final scene.

Mauser C96

Smolyak (Anatoliy Alekseev) carries a Mauser C96 pistol.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Smolyak carries his Mauser tucked into the belt.

Submachine Guns

Suomi KP/-31

Suomi KP/-31 SMGs are widely used by Soviet partisans, standing for Soviet PPD-40s.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm
Two Red Army officers (Nikolay Bogolyubov at the left) carry Suomi SMGs in the opening scene.
A Suomi is seen at the background.
A partisans commander at the right carries a Suomi.
A German soldier at the foreground holds a Suomi.
Potapenko (Aleksandr Antonov) carries a Suomi (at the left). He also has a Nagant holster but it looks too flat and empty.
A partisan in center fires a Suomi.
Sasha Rusov (Mikhail Kuznetsov) (at the right) holds a Suomi.
Semyon Rotman (Boris Poslavsky) (at the left) holds a Suomi in the final scene.


MP40 SMGs are widely used by German soldiers and Soviet partisans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Red Army officer at the left carries MP40 in the opening scene.
German soldiers stand in formation with MP40 SMGs.
Col. Makenau's adjutant (Georgiy Georgiu) carries MP40 in center.
Semyon Rotman (Boris Poslavsky) loads the MP40.
MP40 is seen on the wall in partisans headquarters.
Aged partisan Kuzmich (uncredited) (at the right) carries the MP40.
"Orlov" (Viktor Kulakov) carries the MP40.


Some MP38s are also seen.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Stepan Kochet (Vasili Vanin) holds the MP38.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Many partisans, including Natasha (Marina Ladynina), Sasha Rusov (Mikhail Kuznetsov), Sedov (Evgeniy Nemchenko), Anikeev (Nikolai Khryashchikov) and Kletnyuk (Vladimir Uralsky), are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
A civilian volunteer carries the M1891 rifle in the scene of the evacuation from the town.
A civilian volunteer at the left carries what appears to be an M1891 rifle that has strangely short muzzle, probably partially broken.
A sentry at the entrance of the district committee of the Communist Party holds the M91 with bayonet.
Sasha Rusov carries the M91 rifle.
A partisan carries M91 rifle.
Natasha holds an M91 rifle at the right.
Natasha reloads her rifle.
Kletnyuk's rifle is seen next to him.
A partisan at the left carries M91 rifle.
Anikeev holds M91 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Partisans also use Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles but they are rather rarely seen.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Partisans surprise German soldiers. M1891/30 rifle is seen at the foreground.

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine

Some Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbines are also used by partisans.

Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A female partisan carries M07 Carbine.
Young partisan carries M07 Carbine.
Partisans surprise German soldiers. Some partisans, including Natasha (Marina Ladynina) (in straw hat in center) and Darya (Valentina Telegina), are armed with M07 Carbines.

Vz. 24 Czech Mauser

Some partisans carry Mauser rifles that appear to be Vz.24 Czech Mausers.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A partisan at the left holds a Mauser Vz.24.
Another view of the rifle. Unlike original Czech rifles, this one lacks the protector on the front sight. Such outlook is typical for Lithuanian-issued version of Vz.24, known as "Model 24L".
Vasiliy Glushchenko (Evgeniy Grigorev) holds same looking Mauser (at the right).
Another view of Glushchenko's rifle (at the right).

Mannlicher M1895

German soldiers are also armed with Mannlicher M1895 rifles.

Original Austro-Hungarian Steyr Mannlicher M1895 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher
Several Mannlicher M1895 rifles are seen at the left in the scene when German soldiers take grain from peasants.
Soldiers run to their rifles when partisans launch a surprise attack.

Wz. 29 Mauser

Most German soldiers and many Soviet partisans are armed with Polish Wz. 29 Mauser rifles (Wehrmacht index Gewehr 298 (p)). They are identified by large protectors of the front sight and full-length handguards. All rifles are used with attached bayonets.

Polish Wz. 29 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers fire their rifles during the mass execution of Soviet people.
Soldiers reload.
A German soldier fires his rifle during the attack of partisans.
A partisan at the left carries a Wz.29 rifle.
A partisan on guard.
The same character holds his rifle.
A German soldier on guard in the headquarters.
German soldiers with Wz.29 rifles.
Darya (Valentina Telegina) (in center) and a partisan at the left hold Wz.29 rifles.
Semyon Rotman (Boris Poslavsky) holds a Wz.29 rifle in the final scene.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Gavrila Fedorovich Rusov (Mikhail Zharov) is armed with a Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers.

Russian TOZ-B double barreled side by side shotgun - 16 Gauge
Gavrila Fedorovich Rusov carries his shotgun.
He uses his shotgun in action (at the left).
The shotgun is seen at the right.

Bolt Action Shotgun

What appears to be a "Berdanka" or "Frolovka" bolt action shotgun is briefly seen in hands of a partisan.

Berdanka bolt action shotgun - 28 Gauge
"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 gauge
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Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns are used by Soviet partisans.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
DP-27 (red 1) is seen in partisans camp.
DP-27 in action. The machine gun lacks its typical long conical flash hider.
Aleksandr Potapenko (Aleksandr Antonov) mans the DP-27 in action.
A partisan fires the DP-27 in the final scene.

Maxim M1910

During the battle Smolyak (Anatoliy Alekseev) and "Orlov" (Viktor Kulakov) fire the Maxim M1910 machine gun with smooth water jacket. Due to a continuity error, it several times switches places with Maxim M1910/30.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Smolyak opens fire at attacking German troops.
Natasha (Marina Ladynina) forces "Orlov" to man the Maxim under the threat of her Nagant.
The barrel of Maxim.

Maxim M1910/30

The Maxim M1910 several times switches places with Maxim M1910/30.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet Maxim M1910/30 and Finnish Maxim M/32-33 are seen in partisans camp.
Smolyak's Maxim M1910 (see above) switches to M1910/30.

Maxim M/32-33

Finnish Maxim M/32-33 machine gun is used by German troops. Later M/32-33 is seen in partisans camp.

Finnish Maxim M/32-33 - 7.62x54mmR
Col. Makenau's soldiers use a Maxim M/32-33 for the mass execution of Soviet people.
The same scene. Maxim is seen from behind.
Soviet Maxim M1910/30 and Finnish Maxim M/32-33 are seen in partisans camp.


German troops use MG34 machine guns in several scenes. Partisans also use MG34s, both on tripod and on bipod.

MG34 with 50 round belt drum Gurtrommel 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 is mounted on German motorcycle.
MG34 on tripod (red 2) in partisans camp.
"Orlov" (Viktor Kulakov) teach partisans the usage of MG34.
The same scene.
A good view of the tripod.
Feduyshin (Pyotr Lyubeshkin) and Sasha Rusov (Mikhail Kuznetsov) carry MG34s. Both machine guns are fitted with Gurtrommel 34 belt drums.
Rusov fires his MG34.
MG34 on tripod is seen in Col. Makenau's headquarters.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades are widely used by German troops and Soviet partisans.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
German soldiers stand in formation with MP40 SMGs and hand grenades.
Stepan Kochet (Vasili Vanin) carries a grenade.
Semyon Rotman (Boris Poslavsky) carries a grenade.
Smolyak (Anatoliy Alekseev) and "Orlov" (Viktor Kulakov) carry grenades.
Natasha (Marina Ladynina) carries a grenade.
Darya (Valentina Telegina) and Kuzmich (uncredited) carry grenades.

RGD-33 Hand Grenade

In the opening scene a sentry at the doors of the district committee of the Communist Party carries an RGD-33 hand grenade.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
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"Pineapple" hand grenade

In one scene a partisan uses a "pineapple" hand grenade. It is seen through thick smoke and cannot be identified but F-1 hand grenade seems a good guess.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Sekretar raykoma-Grenade-1.jpg

PzB-39 AT Rifle

A pair of German PzB-39 AT rifles is seen in partisans camp.

PzB-39 Anti-tank rifle - 7.92x94 mm (Patrone 318)
Aged partisan Kuzmich (uncredited) at the right holds a PzB-39 AT rifle.
Another view of the same scene.
Two PzB-39s are seen at the right in partisans headquarters.
PzB-39 is seen at the left together with MG34.

Granatwerfer 34 Mortar

During the attack on partisans camp German troops carry a Granatwerfer 34 Mortar. A GrW 34 is also used by partisans, manned by Semyon Rotman (Boris Poslavsky).

8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
German soldier carries the mortar barrel during the march in the forest.
A partisan carries mortar bipod.
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Rotman at the mortar. Uncredited partisan loads the mortar.

Granatwerfer 36 Mortar

A Granatwerfer 36 Mortar is seen in partisans camp.

5-cm leichter Granatwerfer 36 Mortar
GrW 36 is seen at the right.

37 mm anti-tank gun M1930 (1-K)

A 37 mm anti-tank gun M1930 (1-K) is seen in partisans camp.

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Mockups of German tanks. The one at the head of the column resembles German experimental Neubaufahrzeug.
Other tanks resemble Soviet T-35 heavy tanks.

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