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Mercedes Gets Away from the Chase ('Mersedes' ukhodit ot pogoni)

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Mercedes Gets Away from the Chase
('Mersedes' ukhodit ot pogoni)
Mersedes ukhodit ot pogoni DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yuri Lyashenko
Release Date 1980
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Vladimir Loktev German Yushko
Lt. Aleksandr Yermolenko Igor Livanov
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Ivan Golovin Mikhail Golubovich
Sr. Sgt. Leonid Mikhaylov Anatoliy Rudakov
Col. Nikitin Yuri Motsarev
Col. Abt Heino Mandri
Diller Rein Kotkas

Mercedes Gets Away from the Chase (direct translation of original title 'Mersedes' ukhodit ot pogoni) is a 1980 Soviet war movie directed by Yuri Lyashenko. The story is set in Autumn 1943. A Soviet reconnaissance group in disguise of Wehrmacht soldiers makes a raid behind the enemy lines, using the captured Mercedes car. Their mission is to find out where the enemy fresh troops are being transferred.

The following weapons were used in the film Mercedes Gets Away from the Chase ('Mersedes' ukhodit ot pogoni):


Luger P08

While disguised as German officers, Capt. Vladimir Loktev (German Yushko) and Lt. Aleksandr Yermolenko (Igor Livanov) carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
Loktev draws the Luger while interrogating Lt. Schulte (Arnis Licitis).
Yermolenko fires the P08.

Walther PP

Lt. Schulte (Arnis Licitis) carries the Walther PP pistol in holster.

War Time Walther PP Pistol
Capt. Loktev (German Yushko) disarms Schulte.

Walther PPK

Lt. Schulte (Arnis Licitis) also carries the Walther PPK pistol in pocket as the backup gun.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP. Note the ring just behind the magazine.
Schulte draws his backup pistol.

Tokarev TT-33

Most Soviet officers carry Tokarev TT-33 pistols in holsters.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Col. Nikitin (Yuri Motsarev) carries the TT in holster.

Submachine Guns


All members of the Soviet reconnaissance group - Capt. Vladimir Loktev (German Yushko), Lt. Aleksandr Yermolenko (Igor Livanov), Sr. Lt. Bordziy (Anatoli Barchuk), Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Ivan Golovin (Mikhail Golubovich), Sr. Sgt. Leonid Mikhaylov (Anatoliy Rudakov), Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Kompaniyets (Boris Yurchenko), Sgt. Shaleykis (Vilori Pashchenko), Sgt. Dudar (Aleksei Goryachev) - carry MP40 SMGs. Numerous German soldiers and officers also are armed with MP40s.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
One of the scouts holds the MP40.
A German soldier on the road block holds the MP40.
A German soldier in motorcycle fires the MP40.
Golovin in ambush with MP40.
Loktev in ambush with MP40.
Yermolenko with MP40 and a pair of Model 24 Stielhandgranates.
Wounded Mikhaylov fires the MP40 at chasing German motorcyclists.
The German officer (Juozas Kiselius) cocks the MP40 in the final scene.
Diller (Rein Kotkas) holds the MP40 in the final scene.


PPSh-41 SMGs are seen in hands of Soviet soldiers and officers.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Two officers with PPSh-41 lead the column of march.
The PPSh is seen in Col. Nikitin's (Yuri Motsarev) headquarters.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

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

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles on march.
Soldiers with M91/30 rifles cover from the attack of German planes.

Karabiner 98k

Some German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The barrel of 98k is seen at the left.

Machine Guns and Autocannons

MG 34

Loktev's group have the MG 34 machine gun. In various scenes it is used by Lt. Aleksandr Yermolenko (Igor Livanov), Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Ivan Golovin (Mikhail Golubovich), and Sr. Sgt. Leonid Mikhaylov (Anatoliy Rudakov). MG 34 machine guns are also mounted on German APCs and motorcycles.

MG 34- 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 34 is mounted on BTR-152 APC that stands for German half-track.
MG 34 in Loktev's Mercedes.
Golovin takes the MG 34.
MG 34 is mounted on the motorcycle.
Yermolenko fires the MG 34 in the climactic scene.

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine guns are seen in the opening scene.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier at the left carries the DP-27 on march.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are seen in the opening scene.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Soldiers carry the Maxim on march.

M-4 quad mounting is seen during the attack of German planes of Soviet troops on the road.

Maxim M1910/30 in M-4 AA quad mounting
The M-4 in action.
A closeup of the barrels.
A closeup of the receiver. The belt is loaded with blank cartridges.


Anachronistic ZU-23 AA autocannon is seen in one scene.

ZU-23-2 - 23x152mm
The ZU-23 on position.
Another view of the ZU-23.


Equally anachronistic 57 mm S-60 AA autocannon is seen in the opening scene.

AZP S-60 - 57x348 mm SR
The S-60 is seen at the left.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

During the encounter of German road block one of the scouts holds the F-1 hand grenade.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
The scout readies the grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

In the climactic scene Lt. Aleksandr Yermolenko (Igor Livanov) takes a pair of Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Yermolenko with MP40 and a pair of Stielhandgranates.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

In one scene Capt. Loktev (German Yushko) fires the OSP-30 Flare Pistol.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Loktev readies the flare pistol...
...and fires the signal flare.

7.5 cm Pak 40

The 7.5 cm Pak 40 is seen in one scene.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
German soldiers at the PaK40 gun.


Postwar BTR-152 APCs stand for German half-tracks.

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