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The White Darkness (Bílá tma)

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The White Darkness (Bílá tma)
Cinema poster
Country CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by František Cáp
Release Date 1948
Language Czech
Studio Československý státní film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pavel Kafka Július Pántik
Katka Mária Prechovská
Sasha Dugin Boris Andreyev
Rozka Kafková Natasa Tanská
Laco Pánek Jozef Budský
Jan Holeša Ladislav H. Struna
Zika Rudolf Deyl
'Strategist' František Dibarbora
German soldier Zdenek Hodr
German officer Radovan Lukavský

Bílá tma (English: The White darkness) is a 1948 Czech black-and-white war drama directed by František Cáp. This film was the first to artistically depict the Slovak National Uprising of 1944. A young doctor, Pavel Kafka, (Július Pántik) and nurse Katka (Mária Prechovská) shelter with a group of wounded partisans in an underground hideout until they are liberated by the Soviet Army. The theme of promoting friendship with the Red Army (and thus the USSR) permeates the entire film. For example, the story instills in the viewer the feeling that the Russian partisan Dugin (Boris Andreyev), pictured as a handsome, kind-hearted Russian guy, never has a moral crisis and is always at the right time at the right place.

The following guns were used in the 1948 Czechoslovak film The White Darkness (Bílá tma):

Submachine Guns


Doctor Pavel Kafka (Július Pántik), Nikolaj Grigorjevič Nazarov (Martin Tapák) and also most German soldiers are seen in film with an MP40 submachine gun.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Nikolaj G. Nazarov (Martin Tapák) (in middle) is armed with a German MP40. Sasha Dugin (Boris Andreyev) (right) carries a PPSh-41 with drum magazine.
File:Július Pántik-MP40.jpg
Doctor Pavel Kafka (Július Pántik) (in middle) with a captured SMG over his shoulder.
A German Gebirgsjaeger (Zdenek Hodr) is equipped with an MP40.


The partisans in the film are mostly armed with Soviet PPSh-41 submachine guns. They are seen with both 35 round stick magazines and 71 round drum magazines.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun with 35 round stick magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
File:Patizan-PPSh-41-Bílá tma.jpg
Laco Pánek (Jozef Budský) using a PPSh-41 with a stick magazine.
Jan Holeša (Ladislav H. Struna) holds the same type of SMG.
File:N Tanská-PPSh-41.jpg
Rozka Kafková (Natasa Tanská) retrieves a PPSh-41 to defend her patients.
File:Mária Prechovská-PPSh-41.jpg
Nurse Katka (Mária Prechovská) is seen in a firefight with this SMG.
Partisan Zika (Rudolf Deyl) also carries a PPSh-41 with a drum magazine.
Partisan 'Strategist' (František Dibarbora) (left) aims his SMG.


Sturmgewehr 44

Some German soldiers are armed with Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm.
File:Germans-sturmgewehr-Bílá tma.jpg
Multiple German soldiers armed with StG-44s advance.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

The partisans use captured German Model 24 Stielhandgranates and Model 39 Eihandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Sasha Dugin (Boris Andreyev) pulls a Model 24 Stielhandgranate from his.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

The Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenade
File:Partizan-F1 hg-Bílá tma.jpg
Partisan 'Demo' (Gustáv Valach) prepares to throw a grenade, most likely an Model 39 Eihandgranate.

VZ 34 hand grenade

Partisans are seen also with VZ 34 hand grenades.

HG 34 offensive hand grenade
File:M Prechovská-F-1hg.jpg
Nurse Katka (Mária Prechovská) gives a VZ 34 hand grenade into hand of injure partisan Adam (Jozef Sándor).
File:N Tanská-hg.jpg
Partisan Jano (Julius Bartfay) throw a VZ 34 hand grenade at German soldiers.

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