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Fighting Film Collection No. 8 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 8)

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Fighting Film Collection No. 8
(Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 8)
DVD Cover for No. 7 and 8
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Leonid Lukov
Nikolay Sadkovich
Release Date 1942
Language Russian
Studio Tashkent Film Studio
Kiev Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Hotić Ivan Novoseltsev
Speaker of resistance radio in Belgrad Tatyana Okunevskaya
Mirćo Osip Abdulov
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Mikhail Yurchenko Mark Bernes
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Makar Boris Andreyev
Jr. Sgt. Savva / Yugoslavian resistance fighter Pyotr Aleynikov
Red Army Sr. Lt. Ivan Pereverzev
German NCO Lavrenti Masokha

Fighting Film Collection No. 8 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 8) is the eighth issue of Boyevoy kinosbornik series, released in February 1942. It contains two segments: "Noch nad Belgradom/Night Over Belgrade" and "Tri tankista/Three in a Tank". The first depicts an episode of the activities of Yugoslavian resistance, and the second tells a story about the heroical Soviet tank crew.

The following weapons were used in the film Fighting Film Collection No. 8 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 8):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are service sidearms of Soviet tank crewmembers: tank commander Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Mikhail Yurchenko (Mark Bernes), driver Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Makar (Boris Andreyev) and gunner Jr. Sgt. Savva (second role of Pyotr Aleynikov in the film). Some other Soviet officers also use Nagants. Both pre- and post-1930 Nagants are seen.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A Red Army officer with a Nagant in hand leads his soldiers in attack in documentary footage.
Yurchenko with a Nagant.
Makar fires at German soldiers at the river crossing.
Another view of Makar's revolver.
Savva holds a Nagant. This is a pre-1930 version with rounded front sight.
Yurchenko holds Savva's Nagant.



TT-33 pistols are used by German officers and NCO and Yugoslavian resistance fighters in "Night Over Belgrade".

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Red Army Sr. Lt. (Ivan Pereverzev) carries a TT holster in the opening scene.
A German officer (Ivan Bobrov) in charge of a patrol holds a TT-33.
The German commandant Oberleutnant Fischer (Aleksandr Khvylya) carries a TT in holster.
During the attack on the radio station two Yugoslavian resistance fighters (Pyotr Aleynikov in German uniform at the left and uncredited man at the right) hold TT-33 pistols.
Another view of the same scene.
A resistance fighter (Vasiliy Zaychikov) who earlier posed as a waiter holds Fischer's TT.
The officer (Ivan Bobrov) with a TT after he shot the speaker of resistance radio.
Resistance fighters (Hotić (Ivan Novoseltsev) at the left) fire at Fischer.

FN Model 1903

Hotić (Ivan Novoseltsev) uses an FN Model 1903 in "Night Over Belgrade".

FN Browning Model 1903 - 9x20mm Browning Long
Hotić holds his pistol at the background in the scene on radio station.
A view from the muzzle.


In "Night Over Belgrade" German NCO Max (Lavrenti Masokha) carries a Ruby pistol. Some Yugoslavian resistance fighters also use Ruby pistols.

Gabilondo Ruby - .32 ACP
Max cocks his pistol.
He threatens Mirćo (Osip Abdulov).
A close view of the pistol.
A resistance fighter (Pyotr Aleynikov) holds a Ruby pistol.
A resistance fighter (Vasiliy Zaychikov) holds Commandant Fischer at gunpoint with a Ruby pistol.

Mauser M1914

In "Three in a Tank" German officers use Mauser M1914 pistols (probably a single piece, reused by several characters).

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR
A commander of AT gun crew holds a Mauser 1914.
Two officers (the first, in peaked cap, uncredited, and the second, in steel helmet, - the second role of Lavrenti Masokha in the film) carry Mauser pistols in holsters. Note that their uniform is a mix of German and Bulgarian.
The first officer with the pistol.
Another view of the Mauser 1914.
The second officer climbs atop the Soviet tank.
He is surprised by Savva.
A closer view of the pistol when the officer is taken alive.
A good view of the grip of the pistol of first officer.

Submachine Guns

Degtyaryov PPD-34/38 (early)

A Degtyaryov PPD-34/38 SMG is seen in documentary footage.

Early Degtyaryov PPD-34/38- 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Soviet soldier with PPD-34/38.


Tokarev SVT-38

In "Night Over Belgrade" German soldiers and Yugoslavian resistance fighters use out of place SVT-38 rifles. SVT-38s are also used by Red Army soldiers in the interlude sequence.

Tokarev SVT-38 - 7.62x54mm R
A Red Army soldier (at the left) holds an SVT-38 in the opening scene.
A closer view of the rifle.
A German NCO (Stepan Kayukov) carries an SVT-38 in "Night Over Belgrade".
Max (Lavrenti Masokha) holds an SVT-38.
Another view of Max's SVT-38.
Yugoslavian resistance fighter (Pyotr Aleynikov) takes an SVT-38 from hidden gun cache.
Another resistance fighter with SVT-38.
A soldier (Andrey Miroshnichenko) with SVT-38 in the interlude sequence. The bayonet is seen perfectly.
A soldier (Aleksey Dolinin) with SVT-38 in the final scene.

Tokarev SVT-40

Some Soviet and German soldiers in "Three in a Tank" are armed with SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A German soldier holds an SVT-40 without magazine.
The bayonet is much shorter than the one of SVT-38 (see above).
Another soldier (at the left) holds an SVT-40, also without magazine.
One more soldier with SVT-40.
Red Army soldiers with SVT-40s (in center) and M91/30 rifles rescue the tank.
A victorious soldier raises his SVT.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In "Night Over Belgrade" Yugoslavian resistance fighters use Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles. In "Three in a Tank" M91/30 rifles are widely used by Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A man with M91/30 rifle listens the broadcast of resistance radio.
A man with M91/30 rifle leaves his home to join partisans.
A soldier with M91/30 rifle in documentary footage.
Soldiers rescue the tank crew.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles in attack. The one at the left strangely wears a German Stahlhelm helmet.
Soldiers fire M91/30 rifles.
A Soviet soldier bayonets a German officer.
A soldier with M91/30.

Mosin Nagant M1891

In "Night Over Belgrade" Yugoslavian resistance fighters also use Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles. Some Soviet soldiers in "Three in a Tank" are armed with M91s.

Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
A young woman (Natalya Gitserot) with M91 rifle.
Another view of M91.
A woman, armed with M91 rifle, carries her toddler. A barrel of another M91 is seen to the right of her.
A man at the left carries M91 rifle.
Some Soviet soldiers in "Three in a Tank" are armed with M91s.

Mosin Nagant Rifle

In some cases it's impossible to say if rifles of Yugoslavian partisans are M91s or M91/30s.

Partisans with Mosin Nagant Rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbine

In "Night Over Belgrade" several German soldiers, patrolling Belgrade streets, are armed with Mosin Nagant M1907 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant Model 1907 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Two soldiers at the left carry M1907 Carbines.
A soldier at the left carries M1907 Carbine.
A soldier in center carries M1907 Carbine.

Karabiner 98k

Some German soldiers in "Three in a Tank" are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier at the left holds a Mauser rifle, probably a 98k.
A soldier with a Mauser rifle is seen at the left.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on Soviet tanks in "Three in a Tank".

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A coaxial DT is seen in the turret of T-26.
Savva (Pyotr Aleynikov) fires the DT.
Another view of the DT.
The barrel.
Yurchenko (Mark Bernes) fires the DT.
The canvas bag for spent brass is seen below the machine gun.
The empty magazine and case castings for 45mm gun inside the tank.

Degtyaryov DP-27

A DP-27 without magazine is mounted on a German motorcycle, captured by Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Makar (Boris Andreyev).

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
DP is mounted on the motorcycle. It lacks the magazine. The black item over the machine gun appears to be a part of makeshift mounting.

Degtyaryov DA

DP-27, mounted on Makar's motorcycle, later switches to a Degtyaryov DA.

DA machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The DP switches to the DA that also lacks the magazine.
The barrel of DA is seen.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 machine gun is seen among the weapons of Yugoslavian resistance.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A resistance fighter (Pyotr Aleynikov) takes a Hotchkiss from hidden gun cache.

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 machine gun is used by German soldiers in "Three in a Tank".

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim fires at Soviet tank.
An officer replaces his inefficient soldier.
A view from background. Now the Maxim is manned by anoher officer (Lavrenti Masokha).

Hotchkiss M1914

A Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun is seen among the weapons of Yugoslavian resistance.

M1914 Hotchkiss Machine Gun with tripod - 8x50mmR Lebel / 7.92x57mm Mauser / 11mm Gras
A resistance fighter (Pyotr Aleynikov) takes a Hotchkiss from hidden gun cache.

Other Weapons


In "Night Over Belgrade" two German NCOs (Stepan Kayukov and Lavrenti Masokha) carry RGD-33 hand grenades.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Two soldiers at the right carry RGD-33 grenades.
The NCO (Stepan Kayukov) carries a pair of RGD-33.
Max (Lavrenti Masokha) carries an RGD-33.

Incendiary Bottle

Red Army soldiers use anti-tank incendiary bottles in documentary footage.


45mm 53-K AT Gun

German troops deploy a 45mm 53-K gun against the Soviet tank.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
The gun is moved on position.
It fires at Soviet tank.
The gun is destroyed by another tank.



BT-7 in documentary footage.
BT-5 in attack.
T-26 is damaged by enemy fire.
Inside T-26 turret. Savva loads the 45mm gun.
Inside T-26 turret.


122mm howitzers M1910/30 are seen in documentary footage.


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