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Day of Division Commander (Den komandira divizii)

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Day of Division Commander
(Den komandira divizii)
Den komandira divizii DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Igor Nikolayev
Release Date 1983
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Col./Maj. Gen. Afanasy Beloborodov Valeri Tsvetkov
Brigade commissar Mikhail Bronnikov Aleksey Safonov
General of the Army Georgy Zhukov Mikhail Ulyanov
Lt. Gen. Konstantin Rokossovsky Aleksandr Mikhaylov
Aleksandr Bek Vyacheslav Yezepov
Kombrig Zasmolin Vladimir Zamanskiy

Day of Division Commander (literal translation of the Russian title Den komandira divizii) is a Soviet 1983 war movie directed by Igor Nikolayev. It depicts several days of the Battle for Moscow in December 1941, focusing on the counteroffensive of the 9th Guards Rifle Division under the command of Maj. Gen. Afanasy Beloborodov.

The following weapons were used in the film Day of Division Commander (Den komandira divizii):


Tokarev TT-33

Most Soviet officers carry TT-33 pistols in holsters. Sometimes the pistols are seen in action.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Maj. Gen. Afanasy Beloborodov (Valeri Tsvetkov) (at the left) carries the TT in holster.
The grip of the TT is seen in holster of an officer.
A Lieutenant holds his TT in attack.

Submachine Guns


Some Soviet soldiers and officers are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The scouts, armed with PPSh-41s, return from the mission.
The sentry with PPSh.
The soldier at the left holds his PPSh in attack.
The platoon commander, armed with PPSh, covers under enemy fire.
The soldier in the staff of the division carries the PPSh.
The scouts under command of Capt. Rodionov (Viktor Chebotaryov) go on mission. Their PPSh-41s are covered with camouflage wrapping.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Most Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, often with attached bayonets.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier at the left carries M91/30 rifle.
A soldier with M91/30 rifle with bayonet in attack.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles cover under enemy fire.
The Maxim M1910/30 machine gun on positions. The gunner's assistant is armed with M91/30 rifle.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles on march.

Custom Mosin Nagant

One of the soldiers in the staff of the division carries a Mosin Nagant short rifle that turns out to be custom shortened M1891, visually resembling M1907 Carbine. Same props are seen in other Gorky Film Studio production, like Ne stavte Leshemu kapkany....

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
The soldier in center carries short rifle on sling.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP-27 light machine guns are used by Soviet infantry in several scenes.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier with the DP-27 in attack.
A soldier carries the DP-27 on march.

Maxim M191/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by Soviet soldiers in several scenes.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
The Maxim in white winter camouflage on positions.
The Maxim is mounted on sledge.
The Maxim on positions. The gunner's assistant is armed with M91/30 rifle.
A soldier carries the Maxim on march through the snow-covered forest.

Other Weapons


During the march soldiers carry PTRD-41 AT rifles.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
The PTRD is seen at the right.
The PTRD is seen at the background.

BM-37 Mortar

During the march soldiers carry mortars that appear to be 82-mm, probably BM-37 model.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar
The barrel of the mortar is seen at the background.

45-mm 53-K AT Gun

45-mm 53-K AT gun is seen on march.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
45-mm AT gun on march. The gun is covered with white winter camouflage.



76.2 mm (3-inch) field gun M1902 - 76.2 x 385mm R.
76.2mm (3-inch) M1902/30 field gun on march. The gun is covered with white winter camouflage.


BA-20 light armoured car. The vehicle appears to be modern replica, and the machine gun in the turret is also mockup (real BA-20s were armed with Degtyaryov DT machine guns).
Postwar AT-P artillery tractor, fitted with fake turret, stands for Red Army light tank, like T-60.
T-34 in attack.
KV-1 in attack. This is the modern replica, based on IS-2 chassis.

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