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Young Eagles (Noored kotkad)

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Young Eagles
(Noored kotkad)
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Movie Poster
Country EST.jpg Estonia
Directed by Theodor Luts
Release Date 1927
Language Silent (Estonian intertitles)
Studio Siirius Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tammekänd Arnold Vaino
Laansoo Juhan Nõmmik
Lepik Ruut Tarmo
Forest-guard's daughter Aksella Luts
Laansoo's mother Amalie Konsa

Young Eagles (Noored kotkad) is the 1927 Estonian silent war comedy. The story takes place during the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920). Three young men volunteered for the army. The first one was the rich student Tammekänd (Arnold Vaino), the second one was a smith Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik), the last one was a poor farmer Lepik (Ruut Tarmo). Nevertheless, they become a very close friends and fought together till Estonian victory. This film is one of very few (if even not the only) survived Estonian silent movies.

PS Due the bad conservation of the cine-film, several scenes was damaged, so screenshots may be different aspect ratio.

The following weapons were used in the film Young Eagles (Noored kotkad):


Percussion Dueling Pistol

Tammekänd (Arnold Vaino) uses the Percussion Dueling Pistol in his memories.

Mang in Graz Match Percussion Dueling Pistol - .38 inch
Perfect view of the dueling pistols in the box.
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Second (uncredited) grabs the pistol.

Nagant M1895

Several Bolshevik soldiers can be seen armed with the Nagant M1895 revolvers. Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik) disarms on of them and uses his Nagant to shot another two.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930 - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo).
Revolver on the floor.
Close view of the Nagant in the Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik) hands.
Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik) fires captured nagant.
Bolshevik soldiers fires his revolver.

Mauser C96 "Broomhandle"

Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" can be seen in the holster of one of the Estonian military leader. Only grip can be seen.

Mauser C96 "Pre-War Commercial" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
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Mosin Nagant M1891

Both Bolshevik and Estonian armies were armed with the Mosin Nagant M1891s. Tammekänd (Arnold Vaino), Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik) and Lepik (Ruut Tarmo) use Mosin Nagants as well.

Full-length, Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
Rifles on the wall.
Tammekänd (Arnold Vaino) in ambush.
Bolshevik soldier fires.
Bolshevik soldiers with the rifles.
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Rifles on the wall at the left.
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Perfect view of the rifle.

Sporterized Mauser Rifle

Forest-guard's daughter (Aksella Luts) gave the father's Sporterized Mauser Rifle to Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik) for repairs at the film beggining. One of the Estonian soldiers uses Sporterized Mauser Rifle (most likely, the same prop) during the last battle.

Forest-guard's daughter (Aksella Luts) hands the rifle to Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik).
Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik) with the rifle.
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Rifle shape is seen.
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Laansoo (Juhan Nõmmik) gave the rifle back to girl.
Estonian soldier with the rifle.
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Unknown Short Rifle (Mannlicher-Schonauer ?)

One of the Estonian commanders carry an unknown short rifle on the shoulder. It's may be Mannlicher-Schonauer.

Mannlicher-Schonauer - 6.5 mm × 54 Mannlicher-Schönauer.
Commander with the rifle at the far right.
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Bolt is seen.
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Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Three Estonian soldiers fires Maxim M1910 during the last battle.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Estonian soldiers fires.
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View from another side.
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Madsen M1916

Another Estonian soldiers fires Madsen machine gun at the same battle. The shape of the forend of the barrel and the magazine match M1916 model in 7.62x54R caliber. It can be distinguished from the earlier Russian Madsen M1904 by the shape of the magazine and the number of slots in the barrel casing.

Finnish conrtact Madsen M/20 - 7.62x54R mm. The earlier Madsen M1916 looked similar, only without the flash suppressor.
Estonian soldiers fires.
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View from another side.
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Novitsky-Fyodorov Grenade

Tammekänd (Arnold Vaino) takes Novitsky-Fyodorov Grenade from killed Bolshevik soldier and uses it to blow up Bolshevik headquarters.

Novitsky-Fyodorov grenade Ten-pounder.
Tammekänd (Arnold Vaino) takes the grenade.
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Close Up.
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Heavy Weapon

British 18-Pounder

Estonian soldiers captured several British 18-Pounder from the Bolshevik army and use it against its former user.

Ordnance QF 18-pounder Field Gun Mk II, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Estonian turns the British 18-Pounders to Bolshevik's base.
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Another view of the same scene.
British 18-Pounder is reloaded.
Estonian soldiers loads the British 18-Pounder.
This British 18-Pounder a few second later.
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Russian 6-inch M1909 or M1910

Estonian soldiers fire Russian 6-inch M1909 or M1910 howitzer.

Howitzer is firing.

76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

White soldiers, possibly Finnish or German, use a 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 mounted on the armored train.

76.2 mm (3-inch) field gun M1902 - 76.2 x 385mm R
The 76 mm divisional gun M1902, mounted on the armored train.

Armored train

White forces use an armored train during the last battle.

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