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Axe. 1943 (Topor. 1943), The

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The Axe. 1943 (Topor. 1943)
Topor-43 2021 Poster.jpg
Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Vadim Ostrovskiy
Release Date 2021
Language Russian
Studio Tromedia
Belroskino
Distributor NTV
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ivan Ilyich Rodin Andrey Smolyakov
Capt. Odintsov Aleksandr Golubev
Col. Alyoshin Dmitriy Shevchenko
Capt. Belov Ivan Shibanov
Marshal Zhukov Boris Galkin
Nikolay Rodin Nikolay Kozak
Maj. Konstantinov Sergey Zharkov


The Axe. 1943 (Topor. 1943) is a 2021 Russian two-part made for TV war film directed by Vladimir Semenovykh. It is a sequel to The Axe (Topor) (2018). In Summer 1943 a Soviet scout group where Ivan Ilyich Rodin (Andrey Smolyakov) serves performs a mission behind enemy lines and discover a German tank division that the Soviet headquarters is unaware about. But the scouts are ambushed, and the injured commander orders Rodin to return and bring the news. But after the return Rodin is suspected in disinformation as the same division is discovered by another scout group in a very different place. Rodin has not only to prove his truth but also to avenge his comrades-in-arms.


The following weapons were used in the film The Axe. 1943 (Topor. 1943):


Handguns

Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by the division commander Col. Alyoshin (Dmitriy Shevchenko) and the commander of the scout group Capt. Odintsov (Aleksandr Golubev).

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Col. Alyoshin carries his revolver in holster.
Alyoshin surrenders his revolver when he is arrested.
Odintsov captures a German tank crewmember.

Luger P08

Ivan's younger brother Nikolay Rodin (Nikolay Kozak), a Major of the German Brandenburg special forces unit, carries a Luger P08 pistol.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Maj. Nikolay Rodin carries the Luger in holster.
Nikolay Rodin draws his pistol in the climactic scene.
He aims at Ivan...
...but is gunned down by Capt. Odintsov.

Submachine Guns

PPSh-41

Many Soviet soldiers and officers, including Ivan Rodin (Andrey Smolyakov) and Capt. Belov (Ivan Shibanov), are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns. Both drum and stick magazines are seen.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Capt. Belov holds a PPSh during the mission behind enemy lines.
Ivan Rodin holds a PPSh.
A Sergeant with a PPSh accompanies Col. Alyoshin.
Kasymov (Igor Radnaev), a scout of Capt. Odintsov's group, fires a PPSh during the battle with Maj. Nikolay Rodin's Brandenburgers.
Kruglov (uncredited), another scout of Capt. Odintsov's group, fires his PPSh in the same scene.
Kasymov guards captured Nikolay Rodin.
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Somov (Dmitriy Pustilnik) carries Ivan Rodin's PPSh (Somov's own weapon is a PPS-43, see below).
Kruglov fires his PPSh during the final battle.
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Two of the soldiers, accompanying Marshal Zhukov, are armed with PPSh-41s with stick magazines.
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Soviet scouts with PPSh-41s on promotional images.

PPS-43

Capt. Odintsov (Aleksandr Golubev) and Starshina Somov (Dmitriy Pustilnik) are armed with PPS-43 submachine guns.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Odintsov (in center) and Somov with their PPS-43 submachine guns.
Odintsov fires his PPS during the battle with Maj. Nikolay Rodin's Brandenburgers.
Somov fires his PPS in the same scene.
Somov's PPS is seen from another side.
Odintsov holds a PPS.
Somov fires at a Feldgendarm (Wehrmacht military police).
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Somov in the final battle.
Odintsov and Somov with PPS-43s on a promotional image.

MP38

Capt. Odintsov (Aleksandr Golubev) is armed with an MP38 when he is disguised as a Feldgendarm. An MP38 is briefly seen in hands of a German soldier.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A German soldier fires at Ivan Rodin who hides in a river. In the next moment this soldier's MP38 switchtes to an MP40.
Odintsov, in the Feldgendarmerie uniform, aims an MP38 at a Lieutenant of the tank troops.
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Odintsov fires at the said Lieutenant who tries to escape.

MP40

A number of German soldiers carry MP40 submachine guns. Some of them turn out to be Denix non-firing replicas.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Denix non-firing replica of MP40
A German soldier with MP40 (seems to be a Denix replica) is killed by Rodin. In previous scene he was seen with an MP38 (see above).
A Brandenburger Zakharchenko (stunt coordinator Igor Novosyolov) fires an MP40 during the battle with Odintsov's group. This is definitly a real MP40 as it fires correctly.
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A Feldgendarm with an MP40, seemingly a Denix.
For a moment, Odintsov's MP38 swithches to an MP40 due to a continuity error. This MP40 is also a Denix replica.
A driver of the radio direction finder car is killed by Rodin. His MP40 also seems to be a replica.
A radio operator fires from the car in the same scene. His MP40 is a real gun, and a very battered one.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

SVT-40

One of Odintsov's scouts and a German soldier are seen with SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A German dog handler holds an SVT-40.
A Soviet scout carries poorly seen SVT.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Several Soviet soldiers in trench are armed with Mosin Nagant Rifles, most likely M91/30.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet soldiers with Mosin Nagant rifles on positions in the night scene.
A Soviet soldier carries an M91/30 rifle on a promotional image.

Karabiner 98k

Many German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
Karabiner 98k with hooded front sight - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Feldgendarm on motorcycle carries a Kar 98k. This is a late model with hooded front sight.
A Brandenburger fires his rifles during the battle with Odintsov's group.
A soldier carries a rifle on sling.
A soldier at the foreground holds a rifle that is identical to Karabiner 98k but has straight bolt handle. Supposedly this is a rework Kar 98k with Gewehr 98 bolt. The barrel of the rifle is very battered.
Soldiers with Kar 98k rifles in the lorry. The same battered barrel is seen at the background left.
Another view of the soldiers in the lorry.
A Brandenburger fires his rifle.
A Jäger with a 98k rifle.
A rifle on the body of a Brandenburger.

Karabiner 98k Sniper Rifle

Major of the Brandenburg special forces Nikolay Rodin (Nikolay Kozak) uses a Karabiner 98k with Zeiss ZF39 sniper scope during the ambush on the Soviet scouts.

Karabiner 98k with Zeiss ZF39 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This sample has a hooded front sight unlike the screen gun.
A close-up of the scope.
Nikolay Rodin ambushes the scouts.
One more view of the rifle.
The front sight is seen.

Sturmgewehr 44

In one scene a German soldier holds an anachronistic Sturmgewehr 44 with an even more anachronistic Zielgerät 1229 Vampir infrared night vision device (it was first used in combat only in February 1945). The device is an inexact replica only marginally resembling the real Vampir.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
A soldier observes the Soviet scouts crossing the front line through the night vision device. The battery backpack is seen on the soldier's back.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

A DP-27 machine gun is seen in the Soviet trenches.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
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A DP-27 is seen in the night scene.
The machine gun opens fire.

MG42

MG42 machine guns are mounted on Feldgendarmerie motorcycles. Kasymov (Igor Radnaev) uses a captured MG42, covering with fire the retreat of the other scouts. Very likely a single prop is reused in all these scenes.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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An MG42 on the motorcycle.
An MG42 on another motorcycle.
An abandoned MG42 near the German headquarters.
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Kasymov with the MG42.

Other Weapons

SPSh Flare Pistol

A Soviet officer fires an SPSh flare pistol, signalling to attack.

SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
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RGD-33

Ivan Rodin (Andrey Smolyakov) throws an RGD-33 hand grenade during the battle with the Brandenburgers.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
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F-1

Deadly wounded Kasymov (Igor Radnaev) holds an F-1 hand grenade.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
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Trivia

German Pz V Panther tanks are mockups build on T-34 chassis.

A camouflaged Panther tank.
Germans use plywood mockups of Panther tanks to fool the Soviet scouts.

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