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Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny)

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Long Miles of War
(Dolgie vyorsty voyny)
Dolgie vyorsty voyny-DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Karpov
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ananyev Vadim Yakovlev
Klimchuk Yuri Duvanov
Karpenko Nikolai Fedortsov
Svist Aleksandr Vdovin
Falin Aleksandr Serskiy
Ovseyev Boris Shcherbakov
Grinevitch Boris Rudnev
Pilipenko Gennadi Ovsyannikov
Vasyukov Aleksandr Zhdanov
Zina Bogdanova Svetlana Kryuchkova

Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny) is a Soviet 1975 made for TV war movie directed by Aleksandr Karpov and based on short stories by Vasil Bykov. Each of the three series of the movie tells about a small episode of war: the first one, The Cry of Cranes, tells about a small group of Soviet soldiers who defend a position in August 1941, the second one, The Rapid Attack, takes place in March 1942 and depict an attack of Soviet infantry company on German positions on a hilltop, and the third one, At Sunrise, takes place in May 1945 and tells about one of the last battles of the war. All three series are united by the main character of the movie, Lt. (later Sr. Lt. and Major) Konstantin Ananyev (Vadim Yakovlev).

The following weapons are seen in the movie Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny):


Nagant M1895

A Nagant M1895 revolver is Petty officer Karpenko's (Nikolai Fedortsov) sidearm. It is seen only in holster.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N cartridge (aka 7.62 Nagant ammo). This example was dated 1939 manufacture and was a War time Issued weapon. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A grip of Nagant is seen in holster.

Tokarev TT-33

Various Soviet officers and petty officers carry Tokarev TT-33 pistols. They are mostly seen in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Lt. Grinevitch (Boris Rudnev) holds his TT in The Rapid Attack.
Medical service petty officer Zina Bogdanova (Svetlana Kryuchkova) holds a discharged TT in At Sunrise.

Walther P38

German officers are seen with Walther P38 pistols. Several Soviet officers carry captured Walthers.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
St. Lt. Ananyev (Vadim Yakovlev) draws P38 from his holster in The Rapid Attack.
A P38 is seen next to wounded Lt. Grinevitch (Boris Rudnev) in The Rapid Attack. Later in this scene Grinevitch's P38 switches to TT-33.

Submachine Guns


A PPD-40 is carried by Lt. Ananyev (Vadim Yakovlev) in The Cry of Cranes until he gives it to Pvt. Klimchuk (Yuri Duvanov) who uses this SMG in battle. In the firing scenes PPD is substituted with a PPSh-41.

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Lt. Ananyev with PPD-40.
Pvt. Klimchuk holds PPD-40 and a spare drum magazine.
Klimchuk with PPD-40 is seen behind petty officer Karpenko (Nikolai Fedortsov) who holds Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun.


Most Soviet soldiers in The Rapid Attack and At Sunrise are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs with drum magazines. In The Cry of Cranes a PPD-40 is substituted with PPSh in firing scenes.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Pvt. Klimchuk (Yuri Duvanov) readies to fire a PPSh that appears as a substitution for Klimchuk's PPD-40.
Klimchuk fires PPSh-41.
Sgt. Tsvetkov (Anatoly Vedyonkin) carries a PPSh-41 in The Rapid Attack.
Petty officer Pilipenko (Gennadi Ovsyannikov) holds a PPSh-41 with stick magazine at the background.
Soviet soldiers with PPSh submachine guns in The Rapid Attack.
Lt. Tereshchenko (Valeriy Shushkevich) fires PPSh-41 in At Sunrise.


A PPS-43 is used by Sgt. Orlov (Aleksandr Potapov) in At Sunrise. For a short time he gives it to Klimchuk (Yuri Duvanov).

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Klimchuk holds a PPS.
Orlov with a PPS.


Most German soldiers are armed with MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A captured MP40 is seen on the wall in The Rapid Attack.
A German soldier holds a Soviet POW at gunpoint with his MP40 in The Rapid Attack.
German soldiers with MP40s surrender in the final scene in At Sunrise.


At least one MP38 is seen in The Cry of Cranes.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Two captured German SMGs are seen. One of them is definitly an MP38 while the other can be MP38 or MP40.
Typical longitudinal grooving on the receiver can be seen.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Most Soviet soldiers in The Cry of Cranes carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, often with bayonets.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R.
Soviet soldiers with M1891/30 rifles. At the right Lt. Ananyev (Vadim Yakovlev) holds a PPD-40 SMG.
A close view at the rifle, lying on the ground.
Pvt. Falin (Aleksandr Serskiy) aims his rifle.
Pvt. Ovseyev (Boris Shcherbakov) fires his rifle.

Sturmgewehr 44

In The Rapid Attack a German soldier carries a weapon that is supposed to be a Sturmgewehr 44. It is seen very briefly and blurry.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine guns are widely used by Soviet soldiers.

Degtyarev DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Petty officer Karpenko (Nikolai Fedortsov) with DP-27 in The Cry of Cranes.
Karpenko fires his DP-27.
Pvt. Klimchuk (Yuri Duvanov) fires DP-27 after Karpenko was wounded.
Sr. Lt. Ananyev (Vadim Yakovlev) fires DP-27 in The Rapid Attack.
A closer view at the machine gun in the same scene.
Ananyev and Pvt. Zakirov (Radner Muratov) with the machine gun.

MG 34

German soldiers use MG 34 machine guns in several scenes. Soviet soldiers also use captured MG 34s.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Pvt. Ovseyev (Boris Shcherbakov) fires a captured MG 34 in The Cry of Cranes.
Pvt. Klimchuk (Yuri Duvanov) fires MG 34 in the same scene.
Paul (Paul Butkevich) holds an MG 34 in At Sunrise.
Klimchuk fires MG 34 in At Sunrise.

Goryunov SG-43

A Goryunov SG-43 is briefly seen in The Rapid Attack. Due to unknown reason it is mounted not on wheeled mount but on a bipod. In reality the only version of Goryunov machine gun, fitted with a bipod, is a Hungarian KGK G├ęppuska but it also has a pistol grip while the machine gun seen in the movie has spade grips.

Goryunov SGM - 7.62x54mm R

Goryunov SGMT

An SGMT machine gun is mounted on the AT-P armored tractor that appears as a German tank.

SGMT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R. Solenoid-operated version intended for use as a coaxial weapon on tanks.

Kalashnikov PK

Anachronistic PK Machine Guns are used by Germans in The Cry of Cranes.

PK Machine Gun, note the larger curved gas block and the thicker fluted barrel that was found on the original weapon - 7.62x54mm R
A PK is mounted on BTR-40 that appears as a German APC.
A PK is mounted in the sidecar of the German motorcycle.

Hand Grenades


Soviet soldiers are seen with RGD-33 hand grenades in The Cry of Cranes.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
A Soviet soldier carries two RGD-33 grenades.
Pvt. Klimchuk (Yuri Duvanov) (at the right) carries two RGD-33 and an F-1 hand grenade.
Fragmentation sleeves are seen.


Soviet soldiers are seen with F-1 hand grenades in The Cry of Cranes.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
An F-1 is seen on the belt of Soviet officer.
Two soldiers carry F-1 grenades.
Petty officer Karpenko (Nikolai Fedortsov) has an F-1 grenade on his belt.


A dummy version of an RPG-40 AT hand grenade is used by Pvt. Svist (Aleksandr Vdovin) in The Cry of Cranes.

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade
Pvt. Svist readies to throw a grenade at German tank.


An RPG-43 is briefly seen in one scene in The Rapid Attack.

Soviet RPG-43 anti-tank grenade

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers use Model 24 Stielhandgranate in several scenes.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade.
A close view at German grenade in a second before the explosion.

Other Weapons

PTRD-41 AT rifle

A PTRD-41 is used by Pvt. Svist (Aleksandr Vdovin) in The Cry of Cranes.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
Svist with PTRD among other soldiers.
Svist aims his PTRD.
Svist fires at German tanks.


Panzerfausts are used by German soldiers in At Sunrise.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
A German soldier carries a Panzerfaust at the background.
A German soldier fires a Panzerfaust. It looks like a real Panzerfaust is used in this scene.

45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

A 45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K) is seen in The Cry of Cranes.

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


A PT-76 and BTR-40 appear as German tank and APC.
A close view at PT-76 turret. A machine gun is seen near the barrel of the gun, but it's impossible to identify if this is an SGMT (on the early versions of PT-76) or PKT (on the late versions).
A fake German tank. It is based on the AT-P armored tractor, and the turret is a mockup.

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