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The Adjutant of His Excellency (Adyutant ego prevoskhoditelstva)

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The Adjutant of His Excellency
(Adyutant ego prevoskhoditelstva)
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Original Poster for 2-part Theatrical Release Version
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Evgeniy Tashkov
Release Date 1969
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Pavel Andreevitch Koltsov Yuriy Solomin
Gen. Vladimir Zenonovich Kovalevsky Vladislav Strzhelchik
Col. Nikolay Grigoryevich Schukin Vladimir Kozel
Tatyana Schukina Tatyana Ivanitskaya
Yura Lvov Aleksandr Milokostyj
Ataman Angel Anatoli Papanov
Miron Osadchiy Viktor Pavlov
Martyn Yanovich Latsis Evgeniy Tashkov
Vikentiy Pavlovich Speransky Nikolai Gritsenko
Poruchik (Lt.) Mikki Igor Starygin

The Adjutant of His Excellency (Adyutant ego prevoskhoditelstva) is a Soviet 1969 mini-series directed by Evgeniy Tashkov. The story is set in 1919-1920, during the Russian civil war. Pavel Andreevitch Koltsov (Yuriy Solomin), an agent of Red intellegence service, infiltrates the White Volunteer Army and becomes an adjutant to General Kovalevsky (Vladislav Strzhelchik). He successfully performs several operations, including the uncover of the White agent in Reds headquarters, but at last Koltsov has to expose his true identity when he destroys the train that delivers British tanks, sent to White troops, to frontline.

The following weapons were used in the film The Adjutant of His Excellency (Adyutant ego prevoskhoditelstva):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are most widely used handguns in the series. Both pre- and post-1930 versions can be seen. In various scenes Nagants are used by Capt. Pavel Koltsov (Yuriy Solomin), Yura Lvov (Aleksandr Milokostyj), White Army officers Rotmistr (Capt.) Volin (Oleg Golubitsky), Col. Lebedev (Yuri Leonidov), Poruchik (Lt.) Mikki (Igor Starygin), Red Army commander Nikolay Sirotin (Andrei Petrov), Cheka operatives Semyon Krasilnikov (Evgeniy Shutov), Pyotr Frolov (Nikolai Timofeyev), Sazonov (Valentin Grachyov), Klyonkin (Artur Nishchenkin), Ataman Angel's brigands Miron Osadchiy (Viktor Pavlov), Timka (German Yushko), Pavlo (Mikhail Kokshenov), Red agent Startsev (Evgeniy Teterin), White agent "Bald" (Sergey Polezhaev), a prison guard (Mikhail Bocharov) and some uncredited Reds and Whites.

Note: as there are too many Nagant-wielding characters, some screenshots are placed on talk page.

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.
A brigand fires his Nagant during the attack on the train.
Koltsov fires a Nagant during the attack on the train.
Volin hold a Nagant during the escape on tachanka cart.
Miron uses a Nagant in confrontation with Pavlo.
Krasilnikov aims a Nagant. In most scenes he is seen with a Mauser C96 pistol.
Klyonkin holds a Nagant during the arrest of Vikentiy Speransky.
Yura on shooting range.
Koltsov on shooting range.
Mikki holds a Nagant. This is pre-1930 version.
Sirotin aims his revolver at Miron.
Koltsov readies his revolver in the climactic scene.
Kolstov's second Nagant is of pre-1930 version.


Mauser C96

In Ep.1 Ataman Angel (Anatoli Papanov) carries a Mauser C96 pistol. During the escape of a group of Whites and Reds, previously captured by Angel's men, Ataman's Mauser is seen in hands of Capt. Evgeniy Rostovtsev (Valentin Smirnitskiy). A number of holstered Mausers can be seen among the guns, delivered by Miron Osadchy to White agents in Kiev.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Angel draws his Mauser...
...and hands it to his orderly Timka (German Yushko).
Timka loads the Mauser.
Angel takes the pistol back.
Rostovtsev with Angel's Mauser.
Rostovtsev fires.
Mauser holsters (3) are seen in a pile of weapons.

Mauser C96 M1930

Anachronistic Mauser C96 M1930 is a personal handgun of Cheka operative Semyon Krasilnikov (Evgeniy Shutov) (in one scene he is seen with a Nagant revolver instead of his usual Mauser). A C96 M1930 is also used by one of Angel's brigans.

Mauser C96 M1930 - 7.63x25mm Mauser. Note the stepped barrel.
A brigand kills a White officer during the attack on the train. Note the typical step on the barrel.
Krasilnikov's Mauser in holster.
Krasilnikov holds his Mauser.


In Ep. 1 a White officer holds a pistol that appears to be an M1911A1. Probably the same gun is also seen among the guns, delivered by Miron Osadchy to White agents in Kiev. An A1 would be anachronistic, but at the distance it passes for a temporally accurate, if unlikely, pre-A1.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
A White officer in center holds an M1911-style pistol, most likely A1. Note that he carries a holster for TT-33.
Another view of the scene. Other officers are armed with Nagant revolvers.
A barrel of M1911 (1) is seen in a pile of weapons.

Ortgies 7.65mm Pocket Pistol

What appears to be an anachronistic Ortgies 7.65mm pistol is also seen among the guns, delivered by Miron Osadchy to White agents in Kiev.

Ortgies Pocket Pistol - .32 ACP
The barrel of supposed Ortgies (2) is seen.
A grip of the same pistol (2) is seen.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s, are widely used by Reds, Whites and brigands.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Angel's brigands aim their rifles at White officer during the attack on the train.
A brigand holds an M91/30 rifle with bayonet, attached backwards. This is a exclusively cinematic practice; in reality such practice was banned by service manuals.
A Red soldier on guard (Vasiliy Fushchich) holds an M91/30 rifle with bayonet.
A brigand fires at escaping tachanka.
Nikolay Sirotin (Andrei Petrov) holds an M91/30 rifle during the escape from Angel's gang.
M91/30 rifles, M38 Carbines and "obrez" sawed-off rifles are seen among the guns, delivered by Miron Osadchy to White agents in Kiev.
White agent Binskiy (Sergei Tseits) aims his rifle.
A White soldier escorts arrested Krasilnikov.
Sidorin (Ivan Matveev) guards the warehouse.
White Army soldiers stand in formation, greeting British and French officers.
White prison guards with M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Some original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are seen. Angel's brigand Antosha (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) carries an M91 Infantry rifle. A Dragoon rifle is seen in hands of a White soldier.

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle in original configuration - 7.62x54mm R
Antosha (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) holds a rifle while guarding captured officers.
The rifle is seen at the background.
Antosha reloads his rifle.
Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A White soldier at the right holds an M91 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also seen.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A brigand with M38 Carbine during the attack on the train.
Pavlo (Mikhail Kokshenov) with M38 Carbine.
Emelyanov (Yuriy Nazarov) (at the right) holds an M38 Carbine during the escape from Angel's gang.
Wounded Pavlo tries to reach his carbine.
M91/30 rifles, M38 Carbines and "obrez" sawed-off rifles are seen among the guns, delivered by Miron Osadchy to White agents in Kiev.

Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Several of Angel's brigands, notably Pavlo (Mikhail Kokshenov), are armed with "obrez" sawed-off rifles.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R. In Russian such weapon is called "obrez" which means "cut". It was mostly used by criminals and rebels.
A brigand fires his "obrez" during the attack on the train.
A brigand at the right carries an "obrez".
Pavlo with "obrez" (at the right).
Pavlo holds his "obrez".
M91/30 rifles, M38 Carbines and "obrez" sawed-off rifles are seen among the guns, delivered by Miron Osadchy to White agents in Kiev.


Berdan Shotgun

One of Angel's brigands, Nikita (Yuri Medvedev), is armed with a "Berdanka" bolt action shotgun. The shape of the stock and bolt handle allows to differ it from later "Frolovka" shotguns, based on Mosin Nagant rifles.

Berdanka bolt action shotgun - 28 Gauge
Nikita with his "berdanka".
Red commander Nikolay Sirotin (Andrei Petrov) disarms Nikita during the escape from Angel's gang. Later in the same scene Sirotin is seen with M91/30 rifle.

Double Barreled Shotgun

In one scene Pavlo's wife Oksana (Lyudmila Chursina) holds a Double Barreled Shotgun.

A shotgun is seen on the wall in the scene in Angel's "headquarters".
Oksana with a shotgun.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

A tachanka cart with Maxim M1910 machine gun is used during the escape from Angel's gang.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Angel's tachanka with Maxim M1910 during the attack on the train.
Another view of the tachanka. The inscription on the cart is a well known motto of so-called "Greens" (rebels, opposed to both Reds and Whites): "Beat the Whites until they turn red, beat the Reds until they turn white" (written with bad grammar).
Pavel Koltsov (Yuriy Solomin) mans the Maxim during the escape.
A closeup of the machine gun. The belt is loaded with blanks.
One more view of the Maxim.

Other Weapons

Flintlock Pistol

Antiquarian weapons are seen in the house of archaeologist Startsev (Evgeniy Teterin). Among them is a flintlock pistol of general Oriental outlook.

Turkish Flintlock Pistol.
The pistol is seen at the left. Looks like it has the lock removed.

Ottoman Musket

An Ottoman musket is also seen in Startsev's collection.

Ottoman Musket
A musket of Oriental outlook is seen behind Startsev.



The series shows a wide variety of handgun holsters, including some anachronistic.

White officer in center carries a holster for TT-33. He holds an M1911A1 pistol that hardly can fit in TT hoslter.
Capt. Viktor Osipov (Konstantin Zheldin) carries a Nagant M1895 holster.
Red Army commander Vasiliy Reznikov (Ivan Solovyov) carries a TT holster.
Capt. Koltsov's Nagant holster.
Col. Nikolay Schukin (Vladimir Kozel) carries an universal holster for Nagant and TT, issued in Red Army in 1930s.
Pyotr Frolov (Nikolai Timofeyev) carries a Nagant holster. This is a kirza (Russian type of artificial leather) holster of Soviet pattern.
A White officer at the left carries a holster for Makarov PM (probably without any gun inside).
Rotmistr (Capt.) Volin (Oleg Golubitsky) with TT holster.
British Army Col. Briggs (Aleksandr Barushnoy) carries an US Army issued holster for M1911A1.
Two White Army officers (Viktor Markin at the left) in the scene in port carry holsters for Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolvers. The holsters look flat and empty.

76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

The 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 are seen in several scenes.

76.2mm M1902 Field Gun


British tanks, issued to White troops, are seen in the final episode. These are full-size mockups of Mark V Composite. Probably the mockups are based on genuine Mark V Composites, preserved in Lugansk and Kharkov museums.

A tank is unloaded from a British steamer. Note the small "female" sponson for machine guns.
The tank is seen from another side. The sponson is "male" version, for 6-pounder gun.
In the scene of railway accident, organised by Koltsov, the tanks are scale models.

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