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The Cuckoo

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The Cuckoo (Kukushka)
The Cuckoo English Poster.jpg
English Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Release Date 2002
Language Russian
Studio STV
Distributor STV
Main Cast
Character Actor
Veikko Ville Haapasalo
Ivan Viktor Bychkov
Anni Anni-Kristiina Juuso

The Cuckoo (original title Kukushka) is a 2002 Russian war drama movie directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin. The story takes place in September 1944 on the Soviet-Finnish front. Veikko, a Finnish soldier, and Ivan, a Soviet officer, meet in a small house of a Saami woman Anni.

The following weapons were used in the film The Cuckoo:

Nagant M1895

Ivan founds a Nagant M1895 revolver in a crashed Soviet plane.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Ivan takes a Nagant from a dead pilot.
A close view of the revolver.
Ivan with Nagant in hand.

Suomi KP/-31

In the opening scene a Finnish officer carries a Suomi KP/-31 SMG.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm Parabellum
A close view of the Suomi.
An officer carries his SMG.

Karabiner 98k

Veikko is armed with a Karabiner 98k rifle with sniper scope. The scope isn't a German one but a Soviet VP that was used with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle.

Karabiner 98k Sniper with Zeiss ZF42 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Finnish officer adjust the sniper scope.
He checks the rifle before giving it to Veikko.
Veikko aims.
A close view of the sniper scope.
Veikko with rifle in hand near Anni's house.

In the opening scene several German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A 98k with attached sword bayonet is seen in hands of a German soldier at the right.
A German soldier carries a 98k rifle with attached sword bayonet.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles. Many of them has bayonets attached backwards. This is a exclusively cinematic practice; in reality such practice was banned by service manuals.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R


An MG42 is seen in the opening scene.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A close view of MG42.
A German soldier carries an MG42.

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