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Girl from the Legend (Devushka iz legendy), The

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The Girl from the Legend
(Devushka iz legendy)
Devushka iz legendy Poster.jpg
Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Georgi Bzarov
Akmal Akbarkhodzhaev
Release Date 1980
Language Russian
Studio Uzbekfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mayna Khasanova Shoira Tursunbayeva
Abdukarim Khamza Umarov
Shakir Madyarov Dzhavlon Khamrayev
Ivan Vasilyevich Shuvalov Yuriy Nazarov
Valikhan Kuatbai Abdreimov
Usmanbek Mokhammed Rafikov
Abdullah Rustam Turayev
Zamon Nazrulla Saibov

The Girl from the Legend (a direct translation of original title Devushka iz legendy) is a Soviet Uzbek 1980 made for TV two-part movie directed by Georgi Bzarov and Akmal Akbarkhodzhaev. It depicts the life of Uzbek girl Mayna Khasanova (Shoira Tursunbayeva) who becomes a revolutionary and then Red Army soldier during the Russian Civil war and was awarded by the Order of the Red Banner.

The following weapons were used in the film The Girl from the Legend (Devushka iz legendy):


Nagant M1895

Bolshevik Shakir Madyarov (Dzhavlon Khamrayev) uses a Nagant M1895 revolver during the attack on the train. Later a Nagant is seen in hands of an officer of Emirate of Bukhara army. Both pre- and post-1930 versions are 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.
Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38N. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Madyarov holds a Nagant. This is a pre-1930 version.
Madyarov holds a Nagant during the defence of Kogon cotton factory. Here he has a post-1930 revolver.
A Bukharan officer holds a Nagant while escorting arrested workers.


Mauser C96

A Mauser C96, mostly used with attached holster-stock, is a personal handgun of Mayna Khasanova (Shoira Tursunbayeva). She captured this gun from a Emirate of Bukhara high rank official Valikhan (Kuatbai Abdreimov). C96 pistols are also carried by several Red commanders.

C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser fitted with holster-stock - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Valikhan attaches the holster-stock to his Mauser when going on hunt.
Mayna holds her Mauser during the attack on the train.
Another view of the same scene.
Commander of Red unit Abdukarim (Khamza Umarov) (in center) carries a Mauser C96 in holster.
Mayna fires her pistol during the defence on Kogon cotton factory.
Commissar of Kogon Revolutionary Committee (Revcom) Ivan Vasilyevich Shuvalov (Yuriy Nazarov) carries a Mauser in holster. This holster with an award plating appears in several other films by Uzbekfilm.
Mayna, currently Red Army soldier, awarded by the Order of the Red Banner, carries a Mauser in holster.
A closeup of Mayna's Mauser in holster.
Mayna in action during the last battle against Usmanbek's Basmachi.

Tokarev TT-33

A bright chrome plated TT-33, anachronistic for 1920s, is a personal handgun of Usmanbek (Mokhammed Rafikov), high rank commander of Bukharan army and Qurboshi (Basmachi chieftan) after the fall of Emirate.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Usmanbek carries his pistol tucked in the belt.
Usmanbek carries the same pistol while commanding the Emirate troops during the suppression of Kogon uprising.
Usmanbek, currently a Qurboshi, with his signature gun.
Usmanbek fires.
Usmanbek, disguised as a Red Army soldier, fires during the shootout with Mayra and Abdullah.

Rifles and Muskets

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are widely used by revolutionaries, Red Army and Emirate of Bukhara army soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Uprising peasants of Mayna's native kishlak (village) Guzar have only a single rifle.
Uprising workers of Kogon carry M91/30 rifles.
Rifles in Kogon Revcom.
A Bukharan soldier holds an M91/30 rifle during the battle for Kogon cotton factory.
A defender of the cotton factory fires an M91/30 rifle.
A close view of the barrel of M91/30 rifle in hands of a wounded worker.
Ivanych (uncredited) carries an M91/30 with bayonet.
Red soldiers carry M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also by revolutionaries, Red Army and Emirate of Bukhara army soldiers and Basmachi.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Revolutionaries use M38 Carbines during the attack on the train.
A close view of Zamon's (Nazrulla Saibov) carbine.
Abdullah (Rustam Turayev) fires at Usmanbek's Basmachi.
Nigmat (Dzhamal Khashimov) fires his carbine in the same scene.
In the scene in Kogon Revcom a man in white turban holds an M38 Carbine. In previous moment he had an M44 Carbine (see below).
Zamon with M38 Carbine during the defence of Kogon cotton factory.
Abdullah with M38 Carbine.
Adbullah fires his carbine during the final shootout with Usmanbek's Basmachi.

Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbines are also seen in several scenes, often switching with M38 Carbines. They all have bayonets removed, so it is possibly to be a single prop, reused several times.

Mosin Nagant M1944 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
In the scene in Kogon Revcom a man in white turban holds an M44 Carbine with removed bayonet. Next moment it switches to an M38 Carbine.
Boitbey (Khabibulla Karymov) (at the left) holds an M44 carbine with removed bayonet in the same scene.
A White Cossack Ermolaev (Yevgeni Krasavtsev) holds an M44 Carbine with removed bayonet.
Abdullah (Rustam Turayev), currently Red Army soldier, carries an M44 Carbine with removed bayonet instead of previously seen M38.

Enfield Pattern 14

Enfield Pattern 14 rifles are used by Mirad-Mirza's and Valikhan's henchmen, Bukharan soldiers and Basmachi.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
Mirad-Mirza's men escort arrested Abdukarim. The buttstock of the rifle matches P14 model rather than M1917.
Valikhan's men carry Enfield rifles during the hunt.
Abdukarim and his friends disarms a prison guard.
A Bukharan soldier, holding an Enfield rifle, is attacked by revolutionaries.
His rifle is broken.
Bukharan soldiers with Enfield rifles in action.
Kabul (Sharif Kabulov), one of the last henchmen of Usmanbek, holds an Enfield.
Usmanbek's henchman Habib (Yakhye Faizulayev), disguised as a Red Army soldier, holds an Enfield rifle. The groove on the stock matches P14 model rather than M1917.
Habib fires his Enfield at the background during the shootout with Mayra and Abdullah.

Karabiner 98k

Bukharan soldiers and Basmachi also use anachronistic Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Kabul (Sharif Kabulov) with 98k rifle at the right.
A Bukharan soldier with 98k rifle escorts arrested workers.
One of Usmanbek's men (at the left) carries a 98k rifle.

Karamultuk Matchlock Musket

A karamultuk, typical Central Asian kind of Matchlock Musket, is used by aged hunter Hassan (Khabib Narimanov), Mayna's father.

Central Asian Karamultuk ("Black Gun") Matchlock Musket
Karamultuk is mounted on a bipod.
Karamultuk fires (a pyrotechnical charge is used).
Hassan holds his gun.
Mayna holds her father's gun.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27 (visually modified to resemble Lewis)

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine guns, visually modified to resemble Lewis, are used by Burharan soldiers and revolutionaries (probably a single prop is used).

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Lewis Gun - .303 British
An Emirate Army soldier fires a fake Lewis during the attack on the train.
One of Abdukarim's Red fighters fires a fake Lewis.
An Emirate soldier fires a fake Lewis during the battle for Kogon cotton factory.
A close view of the muzzle.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 is used by revolutionaries during the battle for Kogon cotton factory.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Fatima (Uktam Lukmanova) fires the Maxim.
The machine gun uses anachronistic metal-link belt.

Other Weapons

Dummy Training Grenade

During the battle for Kogon cotton factory one of the defenders uses a hand grenade that appears to be a dummy training stick grenade. It stands for RG-14 hand grenade.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
RG-14 Russian hand grenade



Shakir Madyarov carries a kirza (Russian type of artificial leather) Nagant holster of Soviet pattern.
Red Army commander-in-chief Mikhail Frunze (Roman Khomyatov) and several other commanders carry kirza Nagant holsters of Soviet pattern.
Mauser C96 holster-stock.


Field guns, used by Red Army, appear to be mockups, and pyrotechnical effects are used to imitate artillery fire. Same looking props are seen in several other films by Uzbekfilm.

Guns on railway station.
Guns in action.

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