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Izhora Battalion (Izhorskiy batalyon)

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Izhora Battalion
Izhorskiy batalyon DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Gennadiy Kazanskiy
Release Date 1972
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kolya Matveyev Viktor Zhukov
Lena Snegiryova Irina Yurevich
Chayka Sergei Priselkov
Ivan Boris Chirkov
Pavel Sergei Plotnikov
Viktor Andreyev Vasili Korzun
Fyodor Matveev Mikhail Khrabrov
Stepan Potapov Vladimir Maryev

Izhora Battalion (original title Izhorskiy batalyon) is a 1972 Soviet war movie directed by Gennadiy Kazanskiy. It depicts the story of a volunteer battalion, formed from the workers of Izhora Plant in Leningrad, and its participation in the Battle for Leningrad in Autumn-Winter 1941.

The following weapons were used in the film Izhora Battalion (Izhorskiy batalyon):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen in hands of Red Army commanders.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N
Andreev (Vasili Korzun) holds a Nagant.
An officer with Nagant leads his unit in attack.

Submachine Guns


Some Soviet soldiers carry PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Stepan Potapov (Vladimir Maryev) fires a PPSh.
A soldier with a PPSh.


A PPD-40 SMG is briefly seen in one scene.

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A PPD is seen at the left.


Some German soldiers are armed with MP38 SMGs.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A close view of MP38.
A German soldier with MP38 in close combat.
A Soviet soldier fires a captured MP38.


German soldiers also use MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German motorcyclist with MP40.
Kolya Matveyev (Viktor Zhukov) takes an MP38 from a dead German soldier.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Most Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, often with bayonets.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A volunteer soldier fires his rifle at the foreground.
Volunteer soldiers with M91/30 rifles in defence...
...and in attack.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles are also seen.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier in center fires an M91 Infantry rifle during the winter battle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 sniper rifles are seen in several scenes.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle with PU 3.5x sniper scope - 7.62x54mm R
An M91/30 sniper rifle is seen at the left.
Chayka (Sergei Priselkov) with a sniper rifle in a winter scene.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Some Soviet soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A volunteer soldier fires an M38 Carbine.

Ross Sporterized Rifle

In the scene when the volunteers are given weapons, Kolya Matveyev (Viktor Zhukov) receives a rifle that appears to be a sporterized version of Ross Rifle.

Sporterized Model 1910 Ross
Chayka (Sergei Priselkov) examines the rifle.
Kolya Matveyev holds the rifle.


Out of time and out of place AKMS are main firearms of Wehrmacht infantry.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
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A blank firing adapter is seen.


IZh-17 Shotgun

While patrolling the territory of Izhora Plant, the old worker Ivan (Boris Chirkov) is armed with an IZh-17 shotgun.

Izhmekh IZh-17 single barreled shotgun - 16 Gauge
Ivan carries a shotgun.

Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun

Another old worker Pavel carries a gun that appears to be a Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun.

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 Gauge
Pavel's "Frolovka" is seen at the left.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP-27 light machine guns are used by Soviet soldiers.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A DP is seen next to the dead gunner.
A DP is positioned inside an armoured shield.
A gunner fires his DP during the winter battle.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are also used by Soviet soldiers.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim is used to repel a German attack.
A Maxim in trench.

MG 34

An MG 34 is briefly seen during the German attack.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A very brief view of an MG 34 in hands of a German soldier.

Hand Grenades


Soviet soldiers carry RGD-33 hand grenades in several scenes.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
A volunteer soldier holds several RGD-33 grenades.


In one scene an old worker Ivan (Boris Chirkov) uses an RG-14/30 hand grenade.

RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
Ivan holds a grenade, waiting for German soldiers to come nearer.


85-mm 52-K AA Gun

A 85-mm AA gun fires at Ju-87 dive bombers.

76.2-mm ZIS-3 Field Gun

ZIS-3 guns on position.
A close view of the barrel.

Armoured Car

Several armoured cars are seen in the film. They are specially build replicas of improvised armoured cars, nicknamed Brontosaurus, that were built on Izhora Plant in Autumn 1941. They were armed with a 45-mm tank gun and two Degtyaryov DT machine guns. The replica cars fire a main gun and two machine guns but it's impossible to say what real armament they carry.

Two armoured cars in attack.
The main gun fires.
The front machine gun fires.
The coaxial machine gun fires.
All four armoured cars, used in the movie, are seen in the final scene. Two of them have the main gun in a turret while two others have only shields instead of turrets.


Genuine German Pz. III tanks are seen in one scene.

A damaged Pz. III is seen at the left. The tank at the right appears to be a mockup.

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