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Archiv des Todes

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Archiv des Todes
Archiv des Todes-cover.jpg
Country GDR.jpg GDR
Language German
Channel DDR1
Creator Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Genre Espionage
Broadcast 1980
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 13
Main Cast
Character Actor
Georg Jürgen Zartmann
Boris Gojko Mitic
Hauptmann Ernst Gerd Blahuschek
Janek Leon Niemczyk
Heiner Krzysztof Stroinski
Standartenführer Hauk Alfred Struwe
Major Zirrgiebel Hannjo Hasse
Hauptmann Frenzel Harald Warmbrunn
Obergefreiter Henselmann Helmut Schellhardt
Renate Wiesner Renate Blume

Archiv des Todes (English: Archive of death) is a East German produced spy adventure television series. The storyline centers around four World War II resistance fighters who attempt to get the location of a secret Third Reich archive to the allies before it is moved to avoid the advance of Soviet forces. The show was produced in 1979 and its 13 episodes were finally broadcast one year later on DDR1.

The following weapons were used in the television series Archiv des Todes:


Luger P08

The Luger P08 can be seen by numerous characters in the series.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm

File:Jürgen Zartmann-Luger P08.jpg
Georg (Jürgen Zartmann) in hiding armed with a Luger P08 pistol.
Major Zirrgiebel (Hannjo Hasse) fires upon Boris with his Luger P08.
A German military police sergeant attempts to shoot Georg with his pistol.
Boris (Gojko Mitic) holds a German soldier in check with his Luger P08.
Renate Wiesner (Renate Blume) fires in self-defense with her service pistol.

Walther PP

The Walther PP is used by Obersturmfuhrer Beisel (Joachim Tomaschewsky).

War Time Walther PP - .32 ACP
Obersturmführer Beisel (Joachim Tomaschewsky) unloads his Walther PP pistol at Georg.

Mauser Pocket Pistol

The Mauser Pocket Pistol is used by Hanka (Barbara Brylska) when she confronts a doctor.

1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 6.35mm
Hanka (Barbara Brylska) holds a Mauser Pocket Pistol to the doctor´s head .

Submachine guns


The MP40 is also seen by a numerous amount of characters in the series.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A Wehrmacht soldier opens fire on Boris with his MP40 from the sidecar of a motorcycle.
Hauptmann Ernst (Gerd Blahuschek)(right) disguised as a military patrolman armed with the MP40.
Boris (Gojko Mitic) picks up the submachine gun.
Heiner (Krzysztof Stroinski) in the uniform of a German soldier with a submachine gun.
Hanka (Barbara Brylska) wields a MP40.
File:Jürgen Zartmann.MP40.jpg
Georg (Jürgen Zartmann) disguised as an MP searches the apartement of Biesel.
Janek (Leon Niemczyk) (right) reloads his MP40.


The PPSh-41 is used by the Red Army soldiers.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Red Army soldiers were armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.


Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by Janek (Leon Niemczyk), and numerous guards.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Janek (Leon Niemczyk) armed with a Karabiner 98k rifle.
A guard fires on the fleeing prisoners.
The army deserter points his Karabiner 98k rifle.
German firing squad with rifles.

Machine guns

MG 34

German soldiers can be seen equipped with MG 34 machine guns.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers equipped with MG 34 machine gun

Hand grenades

F-1 hand grenade

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
German soldier hung with F1 hand grenades.
Boris (Gojko Mitic) throws grenades at his the pursuers.
Heiner (Krzysztof Stroinski) connects the hand grenades to his belt.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

The Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenade

Obersturmführer Beisel (Joachim Tomaschewsky) wants to blow himself and Georg into the air by Model 39 Eihandgranate.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
German troops were equipped with Model 24 Stielhandgranaten.
Standartenführer Hauk (Alfred Struwe) prepares to throw a hand grenade into the shaft below the archive.



Some characters are seen with Leuchtpistole.

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
A German officer is going to fire a flare.
Hauptmann Ernst (Gerd Blahuschek) with a Leuchtpistole.


Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
File:Jürgen Zartmann-Panzefaust.jpg
Georg (Jürgen Zartmann) equipped with the Panzerfaust.

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