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Generation of Victors (Pokolenie pobediteley)

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Generation of Victors
(Pokolenie pobediteley)
Pokolenie pobediteley DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vera Stroyeva
Release Date 1936
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Aleksandr Nikitovich Mikhaylov Boris Shchukin
Yevgeni Svetlov Nikolay Khmelyov
Sofiya Morozova Kseniya Tarasova
Varvara Postnikova Vera Maretskaya
Stepan Ermolaevich Klimov Nikolai Plotnikov
Niko Gotseridze Vladimir Kandelaki

Generation of Victors (Pokolenie pobediteley) is a Soviet 1936 historical drama, directed by Vera Stroyeva. It depicts the fate of several young men in Russian Empire who became revolutionaries and partisipate in underground struggle and 1905 Russian Revolution.

The following weapons were used in the film Generation of Victors (Pokolenie pobediteley):


Nagant M1895

Bolshevik Aleksandr Nikitovich Mikhaylov (Boris Shchukin) and some other revolutionaries use Nagant M1895 revolvers. Niko Gotseridze's (Vladimir Kandelaki) Mauser C96 pistol (see below) switches to a Nagant during the battle on barricade.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
A revolutionary railway worker holds a Nagant.
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Mikhaylov with a Nagant.
Gotseridze fires his Nagant. Note the pre-1930 front sight.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model

Yasha Kartuzov (A. Trushin) uses a Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolver during the battle on barricade.

Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model - .44 Russian
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Yasha fires at government soldiers from the rooftop. He also carries a Double Barreled Shotgun.
Another revolutionary holds a Smith & Wesson revolver at the background.
Yasha holds his revolver on barricade.

Unidentified revolvers

A policeman, escorting convict Aleksandr Mikhaylov, carries a revolver in holster. The holster is a standard Nagant, but the revolver is significantly smaller.

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A Feldfebel (senior NCO) of the Semyonoskiy Lifeguard Regiment carries a compact, possibly top-break, revolver during the attack on barricade. It is possibly a small Smith & Wesson model, original or European version.

For comparison: Smith & Wesson 4th Model Double Action - .32 S&W
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During the battle on barricade Aleksandr Mikhaylov (Boris Shchukin) hands a revolver to Sofiya Morozova (Kseniya Tarasova). It appears to be a small nickel plated revolver with swing-out cylinder that opens to left, so the gun is probably some Smith & Wesson model (original or European version).

For comparison: Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector Third Model. Nickel plated
Sofiya Morozova reloads the revolver.
Mikhaylov fires. The general shape of the revolver looks similar to Smith & Wesson models, and it is smaller than Military & Police revolver.
Another view of the revolver.
Sofiya again takes the revolver.
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The revolver is seen in hand of wounded Mikhaylov.

Later in the same scene Mikhaylov holds a different revolver with longer barrel.

The barrel is seen. The revolver is larger than previously seen Mikhaylov's gun.
The revolver is seen only partially.


FN Model 1900

An officer of the Semyonoskiy Lifeguard Regiment carries FN Model 1900 pistol during the attack on barricade. FN Model 1900 pistols were never issued as service weapon in Russian Army but officers often purchased these guns privately.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
The officer fires.
The officer raises his soldiers in attack...
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...and leads them with pistol in hand.

Mauser C96

Niko Gotseridze (Vladimir Kandelaki) carries a Mauser C96 pistol. This gun seems to have its barrel permanently blocked. Later Gotseridze is seen firing a Nagant revolver.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The Mauser pistol is partially seen when Gotseridze carries it tucked in his belt.
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Gotseridze holds his pistol. The muzzle of the pistol seems to be blocked.

Unidentified pistol

Bolshevik Stepan Ermolaevich Klimov (Nikolai Plotnikov) uses a compact pistol that resembles Korovin TK or Mauser Model 1914 Pocket Pistol (both versions anachronistic for 1905).

For comparison: Korovin TK - .25 ACP
For comparison: M1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR
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Mosin Nagant M1891

During the revolutionary events of 1905 Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are widely seen in hands of police, soldiers of the Semyonoskiy Lifeguard Regiment and revolutionaries. Both Infantry and Dragoon models are seen.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle in original configuration - 7.62x54mm R
Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A Strazhnik (the rank in rural police in Russian Empire) with M91 Infantry rifle guards railway.
Soldiers on march.
Revolutionaries with M91 rifles.
A revolutionary with M91 rifle. This is M1891 Infantry rifle (note the typical open-top handguard), fitted with M1910 rear sight and with holes for rifle sling instead of swivels.
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Soldiers attack the barricade.
Revolutionaries on rest. M91 Infantry rifles are seen at right and left.
An M91 Dragoon rifle is seen at the left.
Soldiers fire. They are armed with M91 Infantry rifles. Second from the front is M1910 version with enclosed handguard.
Revolutionaries fire M91 Infanry rifles.


Single Barreled Shotgun

Some revolutionaries are armed with Single Barreled Shotguns.

A revolutionary holds a single barreled shotgun.
Another view of the gun.
Revolutionaries at the left and right carry shotguns.
Revolutionaries with Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles, single and double barreled shotguns.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Some revolutionaries are armed with Double Barreled Shotguns.

Yasha Kartuzov (A. Trushin) carries a double barreled shotgun.
Revolutionaries with Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles, single and double barreled shotguns.
Double barreled shotgun is seen in center.
Kartuzov fires his shotgun.

Other Weapons

Hand Grenade

During the battle on barricade Varvara Postnikova (Vera Maretskaya) throws hand grenades. In reality only makeshift hand bombs were used during 1905 events, but these grenades look more like ball hand grenades of WW1 era.

Varvara's motions match pulling the pin.
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Varvara throws a grenade.



An okolotochniy nadziratel (chief police officer rank) carries a glossy leather holster for Nagant revolver.
A gorodovoy (policeman) carries Nagant holster. The lanyard connect his hand with the holster, so he is holding a Nagant that isn't seen.
A gorodovoy carries Nagant holster.

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