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H.M. Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy)

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H.M. Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy)
H.M. Deserters DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country POL.jpg Poland
HUN.jpg Hungary
Directed by Janusz Majewski
Release Date 1986
Language Polish
Studio Mafilm
Zespol Filmowy "Zodiak"
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jan "Kania" Kaniowski Marek Kondrat
Benedek Lajos Zoltán Bezerédy
Moritz Haber Wiktor Zborowski
Chudej Róbert Koltai
Giuseppe Baldini Jacek Sas-Uhrynowski
Lt. Franz von Nogay Wojciech Pokora
Mitzi Anna Gornostaj
Capt. Wagner Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

H.M. Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy) is a 1986 Polish-Hungarian WWI comedy, directed by Janusz Majewski. It depicts the misadventures of a multinational quintet of Austro-Hungarian soldiers in 1918. A sequel was released in 1998.

The following weapons were used in the film H.M. Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy):


Mle 1892 Revolver

In the final scene, an officer (Edward Zentara) draws an Mle 1892 Revolver and fires into the air.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
C.K. dezerterzy-Revolver-1.jpg

Steyr M1912

During the conflict between Lt. von Nogay (Wojciech Pokora) and Capt. Wagner (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz), the latter draws a Steyr M1912. A Steyr pistol is also used by the gendarmes Sergeant (Leon Niemczyk), whom Kania (Marek Kondrat) disarms.

Steyr Hahn Model 1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm Steyr
Capt. Wagner draws the pistol.
A view from the muzzle.
The pistol in a drawer.
Kania holds the gendarme at gunpoint with his own pistol.


Karabiner 98k

While Steyr Mannlicher M1895 rifles would be correct for Austro-Hungarian military, the soldiers carry Mauser rifles of many models. Most of these rifles are anachronistic Karabiner 98ks. Some of 98k rifles appear to be "Kriegsmodell" version.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karabiner 98k "Kriegsmodell" - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Kania (Marek Kondrat) carries a Mauser rifle while patrolling the streets. Note the simplified upper barrel band, typical for the "Kriegsmodell".
Benedek (Zoltán Bezerédy) aims his Mauser at a civilian, taking him for a spy.
Kania (Marek Kondrat) carries a Karabiner 98k with attached bayonet.
A good view of the sword bayonet.
A soldier crawls in the trenches, holding a Karabiner 98k "Kriegsmodell".
Benedek and Chudej (Róbert Koltai) hold 98k rifles.
Benedek aims his rifle in the final scene.
The German soldiers aims 98k rifles at rebelling Austro-Hungarian soldiers. Both standard and "Kriegsmodell" rifles are seen.

vz. 16/33 Czech Mauser

Some vz. 16/33 Czech Mauser carbines are also seen.

Czech vz. 16/33 carbine - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier carries a short Mauser rifle. The distance between the barrel bands, the closed top of the handguard and the shape of the front sight allow to identify it as a vz. 16/33 carbine.

vz. 24 Czech Mauser

Some vz. 24 Czech Mauser rifles are also seen.

Czech vz. 24 rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Kania (Marek Kondrat) carries a vz. 24 Mauser. This is a version with a double set of sling swivels, both below and on the side of the stock. Some sources claim that such versions were issued to cavalry troops while others don't differ it from the standard vz.24. The front sight without the protector is common for early production.

Karabiner 98k Rework

A number of rifles are Karabiner 98k with straight bolt handles. These are probably rework rifles, fitted with Gewehr 98 or vz.24 bolts.

C.K. dezerterzy-Mauser-10.jpg
Soldiers carry Mauser rifles, closely resembling the 98k except for the straight bolt handles. As the rifle has a notch on the stock, used for a turned down bolt handle, this Mauser may be a rework of a 98k with a G98 or vz.24 bolt.
During the encounter with a Slovak deserter, Kania uses a Mauser rifle with a straight bolt handle. Here, it is seen at the right.
Kania fires his Mauser in the same scene.

Unidentified Mauser Rifle

Chudej (Róbert Koltai) carries a Mauser rifle. It differs from a 98k by a groove on the stock and differently placed lower barrel band.

Machine Guns

Unidentified machine gun

In the final scene, the German squad has a pair of machine guns. They are seen very briefly and unclearly. Due to the shape of the mountings, they can be identified as either the Schwarzlose Machine Gun Model 07/12 or Maxim MG08.

Schwarzlose MG M. 7/12 - 8x50mmR Mannlicher.
Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
C.K. dezerterzy-MG-1.jpg
Schwarzlose tripod or MG08 four-leg mounting?

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