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Battle for Moscow

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Battle for Moscow
Bitva za Moskvu
Film poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
GDR.jpg East Germany
CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
VIET.jpg Vietnam
Directed by Yuri Ozerov
Release Date 1985
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Filmove studio Barrandov
FAFIM Viet Nam
Main Cast
Character Actor
Yosif Stalin Yakov Tripolsky
Georgy Zhukov Mikhail Ulyanov
Konstantin Rokossovskiy Aleksandr Goloborodko
Vyacheslav Molotov Nikolai Zasukhin
Kliment Voroshilov Vladimir Troshin
Ivan Konev Mikk Mikiver
Adolf Hitler Akhim Petri
Heinz Guderian Erik Veldre
Fedor von Bock Ernst Heise

Battle for Moscow(Russian Title: Bitva za Moskvu/Битва за Москву) is a 1985 Russian/East German/Czechoslovak/Vietnamese World War II drama directed by Yuri Ozerov. The film consists of two parts. In first part (named Aggression) shows the events that took place in Summer 1941 on the Eastern front: the sudden Nazi Germany's attack on Soviet Union and heroic defense of the Brest Fortress. In second part (named Operation Typhoon) shows battle for Moscow, in which German troops has suffered their first major defeat in World War II. This battle was one of the largest during the War, with more than a million total casualties.

The following weapons were used in the film Battle for Moscow:


Tokarev TT-33

Tokarev TT-33 is the standard sidearm of Russian officers. In movie mostly seen holstered

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet Army Captain armed with the Tokarev TT-33

SPSh Flare Pistol

Russian SPSh Flare Pistol 26.5mm
Soviet Army Captain fires SPSh Flare Pistol

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Georgy Zhukov's PPSh-41 on a table
Soviet Army soldiers with the PPSh-41 submachine guns take part in a legendary 1941 military parade on Red Square. All troops were leaving Red Square straight to the front line


German troops widely use MP40 submachine guns in this movie.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
German Army vanguard on a bus stop Krasnaya Polyana (25 km from Moscow). It was the place of closest advance by the German army to Moscow in 1941. German soldiers armed with the MP40 submachine guns. Also you can see MG34 machine guns mounted on motocycles. Actually it visually modified PK machine guns


Mosin Nagant Rifle

Full-length Mosin Nagant Rifle

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54R
The commander of 21st Army's 63rd Rifle Corps Lieutenant General Petrovsky (Yuriy Yakovlev) leads his troops into battle trying to escape the encirclement. He holds full-length Mosin Nagant Rifle
Podolsk infantry school cadets armed with the full-length Mosin-Nagant rifles. 2000 cadets of Podolsk infantry school and 1500 cadets of Podolsk artillery school fought against the superior forces of the German Army during October 1941. Most of them were killed in action (2500 cadets). But during battle they killed up to 5000 German soldiers and officers and destroyed up to 100 German tanks
Soviet soldier holds the Mosin-Nagant rifle

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M38 carbines is a standard weapon of the Soviet artillery gun crews

Soviet Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet gunner loads 152mm ML20 howitzer-gun. He armed with the Mosin Nagant M38 carbine

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Soviet Army Captain holds captured Karabiner 98k
German soldiers escorted captive Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (Irina Shmeleva) to the execution place. Zoya was one of the most revered heroes of the Soviet Union


PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle 14.5x114mm
The soldiers of 316th Infantry Division ready to open fire with PTRD-41 antitank rifles. There was a heavy fighting near the village of Dubosekovo when twenty-eight soldiers from the 1075th Regiment of 316th Division destroyed eighteen German tanks
Soviet soldier fires the PTRD-41 AT rifle

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP-27 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
Moscow militiaman fires Degtyaryov DP-27 at approaching German troops
Podolsk infantry school cadet fires the DP-27
Soviet soldier fires DP-27 at German tank crew

Degtyaryov DT

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Hull mounted DT in the T-34 tank

PK Machine Gun (modified to resemble MG 34)

Real MG 34 can be seen only in documentary footage. Other MG 34s used in this movie are visually modified PK machine guns

A picture of the original MG 34 and PK conversion
Fake MG 34 mounted on Tatra OT-810 half-tracked personnel carrier (Czech variation of German SdKfz. 251 personnel carrier)

Maxim M1910/30

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet soldiers fire Maxim machine gun during battle at Borodino field
Maxim M1910/30 with the old type of cooling jacket can be seen on the top of trench
Maxim M1910/30 in M-4 AA quad mounting
Soviet soldiers fire M4 anti-aircraft QUAD mount for Maxim machine gun. Note one of the machine guns has old type of cooling jacket
M4 anti-aircraft QUAD mount on a river armored boat

37-mm M1939 (61-K)

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
61-K automatic air defense gun can be seen on Brest fortress territory

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
French volunteers carry Model 24 Stielhandgranatees in their belts. 638th French Infantry Regiment fought together with the German troops against the Soviet Army at Borodino field in November 1941


Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.
RPG-40 antitank grenades on a top of trench
Soviet soldier holds two RPG-40 grenades. Note this grenades have smooth top. Real PRG40 has hole for detonator
The politruk (political commissar) Clochkov (Aleksandr Voyevodin): Brothers! Russia is immense, but there is nowhere to retreat – Moscow is behind us!


TM-62M Anti-Tank Mine

TM-62M anti-tank mine
Russian Komsomol saboteurs placing TM-62 anti-tank mine in a snow on a road. It's an anachronism. TM-62 was introduced only in 1960s


45mm Anti-tank Gun M1937 (53-K)

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45mm (1.77 in)
Russian gunners firing 45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K) at the German tanks

76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

The 76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3).

M1942 divisional gun (ZiS-3) - 76mm
ZiS-3 without muzzle brake can be seen in Aggression

7.5 cm Pak 40

7,5 cm-Pak 40 anti-tank gun.
German 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun abandoned by retreating German troops. Actually Pak 40 entered service on Eastern Front only in spring of 1942

122 mm Howitzer M1910/30

The 122mm howitzers M1910/30 can be seen in Aggression

76mm Air Defense Gun M1931 (3-K)

76mm 3-K air defense gun can be seen on Brest fortress territory behind the 61-K automatic air defense gun

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K)

85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) - 85×629mm R
85mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (52-K) fires at German tanks

122 mm Howitzer M1938 (M-30)

122mm howitzers M1938 (M-30) fire at German troops during battle at Borodino field

152 mm Howitzer-gun M1937 (ML-20)

The 152 mm howitzer M1937 (ML-20).

152 mm Howitzer-gun M1937 (ML-20) - 152 x 547 mm .R
152mm howitzer-gun M1937 (ML-20) fires at approaching German troops

Gun Platforms


The BA-20 armored car replica built on a GAZ-69 chassis

Tatra OT-810

There are a lot of Tatra OT-810 half-tracked personnel carriers represented as German SdKfz. 251 personnel carriers were used in this movie. Some of them were armed with visually modified PK machine guns. Some have gun turret. Probably represented as Sd.Kfz. 251/9 "Stummel" self-propelled gun

Czech Tatra OT-810 half-tracked personnel carrier
Group of Tatra OT-810 personnel carriers. Some personnel carriers have gun turret


BT-5 light cavalry tank were widely used by Russian Army at first period of WW2. Most of BT tanks used in movie were built on T-34 tank chassis

BT-5 replicas built on T-34 chassis. Nearest tank represented as BT-5RT command tank. It's equipped with radio (note an antenna at the top of turret)


Soviet T-34-76 medium tank


Soviet T-34-85 medium tank fires at German tanks. Actually T-34-85 tanks entered service only in 1944

PzKpfw III

Scale Model of PzKpfw III tank

Fake PzKpfw IV

Fake Panzer IV Ausf.F2 medium tank built on T-34 chassis. Actually Ausf.F2 entered service only in spring of 1942
Fake Panzer IV Ausf.F2 medium tanks built on T-44 chassis

Kliment Voroshilov KV-1

Kliment Voroshilov KV-1 heavy tank built on IS-2 chassis

Fake PzKpfw VI Tiger

Fake PzKpfw VI Tiger tank can be seen in some scenes. It's an anachronism


In some episodes post-war T-62s were used as German tanks.

Soviet T-62s, playing German tanks, advance.

German Diving Tank

German Diving Tank tank forces the Bug river. Actually it's Soviet T-55 medium tank

BM-13 Katyusha rocket launcher

BM-13 Katyusha rocket launchers fire at the German troops during battle of Mtsensk. Actually there are fire BM-21 Grad rocket launchers. They are hidden behind BM-13. By the way it is a real firing! Not a visual effect!


Czechoslovakian Zlin.326 Training aircraft represented as Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter

L-200 Morava

Czechoslovakian L-200 Morava light passenger aircrafts represented as Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter-bombers

Yakovlev Yak-18

Yakovlev Yak-18 training aircrafts represented as Ilyushin Il-2 ground-attack aircraft

Documentary Footage

MG 34

The MG 34.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
German soldier carries the MG 34.
Twin MG 34 machine gun anti-aircraft mount

DShK Heavy Machine Gun

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
Soviet soldiers fire triplex mount DShK heavy machine guns. Note the shape of muzzle brakes

PzKpfw II

German Panzer II light tank

PzKpfw IV

German Panzer IV medium tank armed with the 75mm low-velocity gun

Char 2C Super-heavy Tank

Char 2C Super-heavy Tank. Each tank had been named after one of the ancient regions of France. This one named Normandie

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers

Heinkel He 111

Heinkel He 111 medium bombers

283mm Krupp K5

Krupp 28-cm-Kanone 5 railway gun

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