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Liberation: Direction of the Main Blow

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Liberation: Direction of the Main Blow
Osvobozhdenie: Napravlenie Glavnogo Udara
DVD cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
GDR.jpg East Germany
POL.jpg Poland
Directed by Yuri Ozerov
Release Date 1969
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Marshall Georgy Zhukov Mikhail Ulyanov
Josef Stalin Bukhuti Zaqariadze
Adolf Hitler Fritz Diez
Capt. Orlov Boris Zajdenberg
Capt. Tsvetayev Nikolay Olyalin
Oberst Claus von Stauffenberg Alfred Struwe

Liberation: Direction of the Main Blow(Russian Title: Osvobozhdenie: Napravlenie Glavnogo Udara/Освобождение: Направление главного удара) is a 1969 Russian/East German/Polish World War II drama directed by Yuri Ozerov. It's a third part of five-part film series. Direction of the Main Blow focusing on one of the major Eastern Front campaign: Operation Bagration (the codename for the Soviet 1944 Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation, which cleared German forces from the Belorussian SSR and eastern Poland in Summer 1944). Also shown attempt of assassinate Adolf Hitler (also known as Operation Valkyrie).

Liberation is the most large-scale World War II film ever made in the Soviet Union.

The following weapons were used in the film Liberation: Direction of the Main Blow:


Tokarev TT-33

Tokarev TT-33 is the standard sidearm of Russian officers

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Wounded to death Gen. Vatutin (Sergei Kharchenko) holds his TT pistol

Walther P38

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Oberst Claus von Stauffenberg holds the Walther P38

Walther PP

A lot of German senior officers armed with the Walther PP pistoles. Mostly seen holstered

Post war Walther PP Pistol - .32 ACP.
Oberleutnant Werner von Haeften (Hans-Edgar Stecher) holds his Walther PP

Submachine Guns


Soviet troops and partisans widely use PPSh-41 submachine guns in this movie. Mostly with drum magazines

PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet partisan fires the PPSh-41


PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Polish soldier armed with the PPS-43 submachine gun


German troops widely use MP40 submachine guns in this movie. Some Russian soldiers and partisans also use captured MP40s

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
Killed German soldier armed wit the MP40
German officers aim their MP40s at plotters


Mosin Nagant Rifle

Full-length Mosin Nagant Rifle

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54R
Few full-length Mosin Nagant Rifles stand on a ground

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet soldiers with the Mosin Nagant M38 carbines force a swamp

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers run with the Karabiner 98k rifles

M1 Garand

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
American soldier holds the M1 Garand. He can be seen in documentary footage

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

DP-27 machine gun, 7.62x54mm R
Soviet partisan holds the Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun. He can be seen in documentary footage. Another DP-27 machine guns can be seen only in the background

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun

Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun On 'Sokolov' mount with shield - 7.62x54mm R
Capt. Tsvetayev fires the Goryunov SG-43 Machine Gun

KPV Heavy Machine Gun

KPV heavy machine guns in ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft mount - 14.5x114mm
KPV heavy machine guns in ZPU-4 quad anti-aircraft represented as German 2 cm Flak 38 fire at Soviet fighter


Undefined Flamethrower


45mm Anti-tank Gun M1937 (53-K)

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45mm (1.77 in)

7.5 cm PaK 40

Partisans accompanies a 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun.

7.5 cm-Pak 40 anti-tank gun.

Gun Platformes


Soviet T-34-85 medium tank forces a swamp


SU-100 self-propelled tank destroyer seen at the background. This footage from previous series

Fake PzKpfw VI Tiger

Burning German PzKpfw VI Tiger heavy tank converted from Soviet T-44 tank. IS-3 (Iosif Stalin) heavy tank can be seen to the right

Fake German PzKpfw V Panther

German PzKpfw V Panther tank converted from Soviet IS-2 tank. This footage from the first series

BM-13 Katyusha rocket launcher

BM-13 Katyusha rocket launchers on a road. First BM-13 pulls the ZiS-3 divisional gun


Czechoslovakian Zlin.326 Training aircrafts represented as Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters

Yakovlev Yak-18

Yakovlev Yak-18 training aircrafts represented as Russian fighters

Messerschmitt Bf.109

Scale Model of Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter can be seen in Normandie-Niemen episode. The Normandie-Niemen was a fighter squadron (later regiment) of the French Air Force. It served on the Eastern Front together with the Soviet Air Force

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