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In the Name of the Fatherland (Vo imya Rodiny)

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In the Name of the Fatherland
(Vo imya Rodiny)
Vo imya Rodiny DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin
Dmitriy Vasilyev
Release Date 1943
Language Russian
Studio TsOKS
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Ivan Nikitich Safonov Nikolay Kryuchkov
Marfa Petrovna Safonova Yelena Tyapkina
Lt. Ivan Ivanovich Globa Mikhail Zharov
Valya Anoshchenko Maria Pastukhova
Dr. Nikolay Kharitonov Vladimir Gribkov
Mariya Kharitonova Olga Zhizneva
Maj. Aleksandr Vasilyevich Vasin Fyodor Kurikhin
Battalion Comissar Ilyin Pyotr Aleynikov
German General Vsevolod Pudovkin

In the Name of the Fatherland (Vo imya Rodiny) is a Soviet 1943 B&W war drama movie directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Dmitriy Vasilyev and based on the play "Russian People" by Konstantin Simonov. In Autumn 1942 Ivan Globa and Valya Anoshchenko perform a mission in a Soviet town, currently occupied by Nazi troops. They need to desinformate a German general about the plans of Soviet troops, so Globa pretends to be a defector.

The following weapons were used in the film In the Name of the Fatherland (Vo imya Rodiny):


Nagant M1895

Maj. Aleksandr Vasin (Fyodor Kurikhin) has a Nagant M1895.

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.
Vasin draws his Nagant.
Vasin's revolver is seen at the right.


Ruby Pistol

Capt. Ivan Safonov's (Nikolay Kryuchkov) personal handgun is a Ruby pistol. He gives it to Valya Anoshchenko (Maria Pastukhova). An identical pistol (most likely the same prop) is hold by Hilfspolizei Kozlovsky (Mikhail Chepel).

Gabilondo Ruby - .32 ACP
Kozlovsky threatens Marfa Petrovna Safonova.
Capt. Safonov carries the Ruby in TT holster.
Safonov draws his pistol.
The long grip of Ruby is seen.
Another view of Ruby pistol in hands of Valya.

Luger P08

German officers, including General (Vsevolod Pudovkin), Col. Werner (Boris Poslavsky), Capt. Rosenberg (Aleksandr Rumnev), carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a 1917 dated handgun.
The general carries Luger in holster.
A German officer holds his Luger during the attack.
Capt. Rosenberg fires his Luger.
A closeup of the pistol.
Col. Werner carries the Luger holster.
NCO Lemke (uncredited) holds his Luger in the final scene.

Submachine Guns

Suomi KP/-31

Soviet soldiers use Suomi KP/-31 SMGs, standing for PPD-40s and PPSh-41s.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm
A soldier holds a Suomi SMG at the left.
A soldier with Suomi in attack.
A close view of the SMG.
A soldier at the left holds a Suomi in final scene.


Some PPSh-41s are also seen.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Soviet soldier holds his PPSh in the final scene.
A soldier at the right holds a PPSh.


Some German soldiers are armed with MP38 SMGs.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A closeup of MP38.
A soldier with MP38 in the final scene.


Some German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A closeup of MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are main weapons of Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier holds M91/30 rifle at the background.
A closeup of barrel and bayonet.
Soviet soldier in action.

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Many German soldiers are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles, often with attached bayonets.

Early Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Late Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier knocks the door with the buttstock of his rifle.
A closeup of Gewehr 98.
German soldier with Gewehr 98 in action.
Lange-Visier rear sight can be seen.

Wz. 29 Mauser

What appears to be Polish Mauser Wz. 29 Mauser rifle is hold by a German soldier.

Wz. 29 Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Vo imya Rodiny-Mauser98-3.jpg

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Soviet troops use Maxim M1910 machine guns.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet Maxim in action. This is the model with smooth water jacket.

Maxim MG08

German troops use Maxim MG08 machine guns.

Maxim MG08 on 'sledge' mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German MG08 in action.
MG08 on 'sledge' mount is seen at the right.


During the final attack of Soviet troops abandoned MG34 on tripod is seen on position.

MG34 on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Vo imya Rodiny-MG34-1.jpg

Other Weapons


A Soviet soldier uses RPG-40 anti-tank grenade.

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.
A soldier readies RPG-40 grenade.


A self-propelling mockup of a German tank. It has three turrets, main and two small and looks lke a crossbreed between Soviet T-28 and German Neubaufahrzeug.

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