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Branch aka (Expozitura) is a 2009 Czech TV crime series based on true events. The various episodes were filmed at the real locations of the crimes of the infamous Berdych gang, which was operational between 1996 and 2004. The real life Berdych gang specialized in robberies, assaults, extortion and murder, usually with impunity, due to their connections with corrupt local police. Many times the gang itself impersonated police and SWAT units in order to perpetrate their crimes.
In some episodes, the show dealt with specific cases, but the overall arc of the show focused on incorruptible police detective Tereza Hodačová (Hana Vagnerová), who is newly assigned to the “Unit for Combating Organized Crime (OBOZ) and her partner Captain Dan Chládek (Robert Jasków). These two characters apparently represent the real life police majors, Helen Kahn and Thomas Gregor. The two protagonists find opposition not only from their underworld opponents like Mob boss Arnold Mráz (David Prachar) or gangster Drobeček (Martin Sitta), but also their own own corrupt police colleagues Vladimír Orava (Pavel Zednícek) and Ota Kovčín (Jan Dolanský).
The protagonists efforts create a lot of unease not only amongst the Gang and other underworld characters, but amongst the corrupt leaders within their own government and law enforcement units. The real life police heroes took down the Berdych gang in 2004 and their trial in 2006 netted the group varied sentences from 8 to 17 years in prison.
The following weapons can be seen in the TV series Branch:
Glock 17 is the service weapon of Czech Police in the series.
Some cops, include Ota Kovčín (Jan Dolanský), are equipped for service with Beretta 92FS pistols.
"Pre-B" CZ 75
Several characters is seen with a "Pre-B" CZ 75 pistol.
CZ 75 Compact
A CZ 75 Compact is used by a lawyer (Alice Snyrichová) in the third episode.
A Russian hitman is seen with a SIG-Sauer P226 pistol in Episode 11.
Taurus Model 689
Boss Arnold Mráz (David Prachar) is forced to "commit suicide" with his Taurus Model 689 revolver.
Beretta 92F Non Gun
The hitman (Jirí Korn) uses a Beretta 92F Non Gun in the 5th episode.
Bruni Olympic 5
Filmmakers used for the purpose of safe shooting a Bruni Olympic 5 revolver.
Bullet In The Pen
A prisoner in 11th episode has shoot at Dan Chládek by the pen with a built-in mechanism with a single bullet.
H&K MP5 SD6 Spring Airsoft Gun
Members of URNA (Czech SWAT) carry the H&K MP5 SD6 Spring airsoft guns.
A police sniper with SVD Dragunov shoots the lawyer in the 3rd episode.
SIG Sauer SSG-3000
In 5th episode policeman uses a SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 sniper rifle.
Mauser 98 custom sniper rifle
The hitman in 5th episode (Jirí Korn) used a silenced take-down sniper rifle built on a Mauser M98-pattern action.
The gangster disguised as policeman in 14th episode uses a Benelli M3 during the robbery.
The assassins tried to remove the boss Mráz by using the FIM-92A Stinger missiles in 9th episode.