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Mutiny (Myatezh)

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Mutiny (Myatezh)
Myatezh 1929 Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Semyon Timoshenko
Release Date 1929
Language Silent
Studio Sovkino
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dmitriy Furmanov Anatoliy Alekseev (II)
Mikhail Frunze Pyotr Podvalnyy
Naya Furmanova Tatyana Guretskaya
Burov Ivan Razveyev
Vinchetsky Valeri Solovtsov
Karavayev Boris Babochkin
Cheusov Apollon Verin
Yeryskin Pyotr Kirillov

Mutiny (Myatezh) is a 1929 (filmed 1928) Soviet B&W silent war movie directed by Semyon Timoshenko and based on the same title story by Dmitriy Furmanov. In 1920, during the Russian Civil War, a Red Army battalion, stationed in the fortress of Verniy (modern Almaty, Kazakhstan), receives an order to march to front, but the battalion commander incites his men to mutiny against the Bolsheviks. A group of Bolsheviks under the leadership of commissar Furmanov, have to withstand the mutineers until the Red cavalry comes on rescue.

The following weapons were used in the film Mutiny (Myatezh):


Nagant M1895

Most Bolsheviks, including Dmitriy Furmanov (Anatoliy Alekseev (II)), Vinchetsky (Valeri Solovtsov), and Semenchuk (Pyotr Kuznetsov), as well as the leaders of the mutiny Karavayev (Boris Babochkin) and Cheusov (Apollon Verin), are armed with Nagant M1895 revolvers.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Furmanov's holstered Nagant.
Vinchetsky opens his Nagant holster.
Furmanov holds a Nagant in the night scene.
A Bolshevik (Konstantin Nazarenko) fires a Nagant (at the left).
Cheusov holds a Nagant when the mutineers storm the headquarters building, where the Bolsheviks organize the defense.
Another view of Cheusov's revolver.
Mutineer Petrov (Nikolay Sharap) holds a Nagant in the same scene.
Karavayev (at the left) and Cheusov hold their Nagants.
Vinchetsky loads the last cartridge in his revolver.

Mauser C96

One of the Bolsheviks, Kolyshev (Nikolay Pavlov), is armed with a Mauser C96 pistol.

Mauser C96 "Pre-War Commercial" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Kolyshev's Mauser on the table.
Kolyshev carries the Mauser in holster.
Kolyshev checks his pistol.
Kolyshev fires at the mutineers.
Kolyshev prepares for the last stand.

Unidentified pistol

Furmanov's wife Naya Furmanova (Tatyana Guretskaya) holds an unidentified pistol that is seen only in distance. Possibly this pistol is chambered in 6.35mm Browning caliber as such cartridge is seen when the Bolsheviks distribute their last ammunition.



Mosin Nagant M1891

The mutineers and the loyal Red Army men are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles, mostly of Infantry model although some Dragoon rifles can be seen.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
A local brigand fires at a Red sentry during the attack on the outpost in the opening scene.
Several M91 rifles are seen when the Red battalion is on rest.
A mutineer in center holds an M91 Infantry rifle.
A mutineer in center holds an M91 Infantry rifle.
The rifles of the mutineers. Both Infantry and Dragoon rifles are seen.
A close-up of several rifles.
During the battle on the Soviet-Polish front, a Red Army man raises an M91 Dragoon rifle, leading his comrades in attack.
A close-up of the bolt of a rifle in hands of a mutineer.
Repentant mutineers stand in formation with M91 Infantry rifles.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are used by both mutineers and Bolshevisks who organize defense in the headquarters building.

Maxim M1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Garrison of a Red outpost deploy a Maxim against the attacking brigands.
Two Maxims are seen when the Red battalion is on rest.
A Maxim guards the headquarters building.
The mutineers' Maxim on the fortress wall.
Another view of the same machine gun.
The besieged Bolshevicks also have a Maxim.
The mutineers' Maxim.
The Bolsheviks fire the Maxim at attacking mutineers.

Lewis (?)

What is supposed to be a Lewis machine gun is seen in hands of a Red Army man during the battle on the Soviet-Polish front.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
A large "tube", seen in center, is supposed to be a Lewis, nearly only portable machine gun with such thick barrel shroud. Other guess may be an MG08/15 but this weapon is rarely seen in Soviet films while Lewis guns are much more common.

Other Weapons

RG-14 Hand Grenade

Karavayev (Boris Babochkin) carries an RG-14 hand grenade. Some Red Army men also carry grenades.

RG-14 Russian hand grenade
A Red Army man near the machine gun carries three RG-14 grenades on his belt.
Karavaev carries an RG-14 grenade, tucked into his belt.
Another view of the grenade.



When the Bolsheviks prepare for the last stand, Vinchetsky holds four remainig cartridges on his palm. Two of them are Nagant, one is a 7.63mm Mauser and the fourth one is supposed to be a 6.35mm Browning, probably for Naya Furmanova's pistol.



The mutineers have two artillery pieces: a 3-inch M1902 field gun and a 3-inch M1909 mountain gun (the latter isn't used in action).

A 3-inch M1909 mountain gun, identified by the typical shape of the gun shield, is seen at the left.
Mutineers' 3-inch M1902 gun. The muzzle is covered.
The gun fires at the headquarters building.
An M1902 field gun is seen at the right, an M1909 mountain gun is partially seen at the left.

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