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How I Unleashed World War II

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Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa
DVD Cover
Country POL.jpg Poland
Directed by Tadeusz Chmielewski
Release Date 1970
Language Polish
Studio PRF "Zespol Filmowy"
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pvt. Franek Dolas Marian Kociniak
Teresa Joanna Jedryka
Józef Kryska Wirgiliusz Gryn
Partisan "The Wolf" Stanislaw Gronkowski
Gestapo officer Emil Karewicz
Gestapo man Mieczyslaw Stoor
Captain Letoux Jan Swiderski
Sgt. Kiedros Waclaw Kowalski
Capitano Witold Kaluski
Sgt. Hopkins Lech Ordon

How I Unleashed World War II (original: Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa) is a 1970 Polish war comedy by Tadeusz Chmielewski on based of the popular novel Przygody kanoniera Dolasa (english: The Adventures of Gunner Dolas) by Kazimierz Sławinski. Starring Marian Kociniak as Pvt. Franek Dolas. The story is divided into three parts. In first part is hero captured by Germans, but he manages to escape from prison camp (Stalag). While trying to go back to Poland to join the battle against the occupiers, he unwillingly travels across Europe. In part two, he is forced into service in the French Foreign Legion in the Middle East. He manages to escape their service and wanted to join the British forces, but unwittingly fell into their captivity. Later he even manages to incorporate into the Italian army. The story concludes, in part three, with Franek returning to Poland, where he meets a partisans and falls in love with radio operator Teresa (Joanna Jedryka). Film, in a very funny way, shows European nations (Poles, Germans, French, Serbs, Greeks, British, Italians,) as seen by an average Pole. Originally black and white, it was digitally colorized in 2000 by the Hollywood company Dynacs Digital Studios, as requested by the Studio Filmowe "Oko" and TV Polsat.

The following weapons were used in the film How I Unleashed World War II:


Walther P38 pistol

German officers are seen with a Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm



Beretta Model 1934

Italian Captain (Witold Kaluski) holds a service Beretta M1934 pistol.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP.
Witold Kaluski-Beretta M1934.jpg

SACM Model 1935A

Teresa (Joanna Jedryka) is armed with a SACM Model 1935A pistol.

SACM Model 1935A - 7.65 x 22mm Longue
Teresa drew on Pvt. Franek Dolas a pistol hidden in a basket with a transmitter.
It was a type of pre-war French military pistol. The specimen in this picture is not working, so it was in the scene where she shoots replaced by anachronistic Pw wz. 33.

Pw wz.33

Teresa (Joanna Jedryka) fires a Polish Pw wz.33 in Germans.

Pw wz.33 - 7.62x25mm. Produced at the Radom factory in Poland between 1952 and 1956.
Joanna Jedryka-portret.jpg


Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

Capt. Letoux (Jan Swiderski) pulls a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver on Pvt. Franek Dolas.

Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver - 11 x 17mmR
Jan Swiderski-MAS1873.jpg

Enfield No. 2 Mk I*

Trying to win the Enfield No. 2 Mk I* revolver, Dolas plays cards against another soldier, but loses his own shoes instead.

Enfield No. 2 Mk I* - .38 S&W

Nagant M1895 Revolver

Partisan´s commander Józek Kryska (Wirgiliusz Gryn) with a Nagant revolver in his belt. In the end of the film he gives it to Pvt. Franek Dolas.

Nagant M1895 Pistol - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo).
Wirgiliusz Gryn-Nagant M1895.jpg

Submachine guns


German soldiers and also partisans are armed with a MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Partisan´s commander Józek Kryska (Wirgiliusz Gryn) disguised as a German soldier.

Pvt. Franek Dolas (Marian Kociniak) opens fire on Germans when the trigger accidentally snags on a tree limb.

Sten Mk II

Various characters used also a Sten Mk II submachine gun.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm.
Sgt. Hopkins (Lech Ordon) carries a Sten gun.
Polish resistance fighter with a Sten gun fires in German soldiers.

Beretta Model 38/42

Italian soldiers are equipped with a Beretta Model 38/42 submachine guns.

Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm.
Sgt. Kiedros (Waclaw Kowalski) with his submachine gun.
An Italian soldier gives his submachine gun voluntarily to Pvt. Franek Dolas (Marian Kociniak).

Beretta Model 38A

Soldiers of the French Foreign Legion are seen also with a Beretta M38 submachine guns.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm


Capt. Letoux (Jan Swiderski) holds a ​​MAS-38 submachine gun in his hand.

MAS-38 Submachine gun - 7.65mm.
Jan Swiderski-MAS-38.jpg

Lanchester Mk. I

Pvt. Franek Dolas (Marian Kociniak) loots a Lanchester Mk. I submachine gun.

Lanchester Mk. I - 9x19mm
Marian Kociniak-Lanchester.jpg


Polish partisan (left) armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns with drum magazines.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev


Carcano M91 Rifle

Italian soldier in the port holds a Carcano M91 Rifle in hand.

Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5mm.

Karabiner 98k

German soldier (left) holds a Karabiner 98k rifle.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

In the British army camp Pvt. Franek Dolas ran at a Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I - .303 British
Marian Kociniak-LeeEnfield.jpg

Berthier Rifle

In the film, most of the French Foreign Legionnaires armed Berthier Rifles but is very difficult to capture high-quality shot, where it is possible to identify the gun.

Berthier Model 1907-15 Rifle
Berthier Model 1907-16 Rifle

Wz. 29 Mauser

Polish troops in 1939 are equipped with Wz. 29 Mauser rifles.

Wz. 29 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Polish soldier (left) with a rifle over his shoulder.
Pvt. Franek Dolas slept with a rifle under his head in a train and woke up in Germany.

Machine guns

Bren Gun

Pvt. Franek Dolas (Marian Kociniak) worry attack on the Bren Gun, carried by a legionnaire.

Bren Mk1 - .303 caliber
FrL-Bren Mk1.jpg

Browning 1919A4

French legionnaire is preparing to fire a Browning 1919A4 heavy machine gun.

Browning 1919A4, fitted with bolt latch - .30-06

Degtyaryov DS-39

Italian soldier with a Degtyaryov DS-39 was captured by Pvt. Franek Dolas. In movie was probably used as a substitute for the Italian Breda Modello 37 machine gun.

Degtyaryov DS-39 - 7.62x54mmR
Is-Breda Model M37.jpg

Degtyaryov DP Series Machine Gun

Polish partisans in guards post with a Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R

Maxim MG08

German soldiers in the guards post with a Maxim MG08 machine gun.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser


German guards in POW camp also use the MG42.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa-MG42-Add1.jpg

Hand grenades

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Pvt. Franek Dolas (Marian Kociniak) is equipped with a F-1 hand grenade.
Partisan called "The Wolf" (Stanislaw Gronkowski) with a MP40 submachine gun and hand grenade on his belt.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Before German soldiers on the sandbags is a Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade



PzB-39 German anti-tank rifle and Panzerfausts can be seen on parapet of the sandbags.

PzB-39 Anti-tank rifle - 7.92×94 mm (Patrone 318)


Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead

8 cm Paw 600 (8H63)

The bridge over the river defended the 8 cm Paw 600 German anti-tank cannon.

Panzerwurfkanone PWK 8 H 63
8 cm Paw 600-HIUWWII.jpg

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