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Naked Among Wolves (1963)

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Naked Among Wolves
Nackt unter Wölfen
Movie Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
Directed by Frank Beyer
Release Date April 10, 1963
Language Czech
Studio Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Distributor VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb
Main Cast
Character Actor
Walter Krämer Erwin Geschonneck
André Höfel Armin Mueller-Stahl
Marian Kropinski Krystyn Wójcik
Rudi Pippig Fred Delmare
Leonid Bogorski Viktor Avdyushko
Herbert Bochow Gerry Wolff
Zacharias Jankowski Boleslaw Plotnicki
Maximilian Wurach Hermann Eckhardt

Naked Among Wolves is a 1963 East German drama movie directed by Frank Beyer and based on the novel of the same name by Bruno Apitz, which was published by Mitteldeutscher Verlag in 1958. January 1945: The front moves hourly closer to Buchenwald concentration camp, and the Waffen SS increases its daily "extermination quota". Several prisoners plan to rebel. Then the inmates Höfel and Pippig discover a little boy in a suitcase. But hiding him in the camp is not only extremely difficult, but it also endangers the work of the resistance.

The novel was first adapted for a film by Georg Leopold for GDR television in 1960. The actors Fred Delmare, Peter Sturm, Wolfram Handel, and Angela Brunner played the same roles in both film adaptations (in some cases even with the same dialogues). In 2015, a remake of the literary original directed by Philipp Kadelbach was shown on German television.

The following weapons were used in the film Naked Among Wolves:


Walther PP

Waffen SS officers like SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain; although his shoulder insignia is a mix of a Hauptsturmführer and Obersturmführer (First lieutenant)) Kluttig (Herbert Köfer) are armed with Walther PPs.

War Time Walther PP - .32 ACP
A close-up of Kluttig's Walther pointed at revolting prisoners.
After jumping on the commandant's moving car Kluttig fires at Krämer.
The extracted bullet from Krämer's body examined by Herbet Bochow.

Luger P08

Luger pistols are used by Rudi Peppig (Fred Delmare), SS-Hauptscharführer (Master Sergeant) Zweiling, SS-Oberscharführer (Technical sergeant; or SS-Standartenjunker (Officer Aspirant); the shoulder insignia is incorrect potrayed) Mandrill (Fred Ludwig), Herbert Bochow (Gerry Wolff), and Leonid Bogorski (Viktor Avdyushko).

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
The bottom of the grip part is seen in an SS-Sturmmann's (Acting Corporal) holster.
Two Lugers in Rudi's left hand.
SS-Hauptscharführer Zweiling kills a KZ inmate approached to him.
Max Müller (Peter Paul Goes) and another inmate hold the two Lugers removed from the hiding place.
Herbert brandishes a Luger as he reached the communication room.

Mauser C96

At least, one of the KZ inmates carries a Mauser C96.

Mauser C96 - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The inmate to the right running with his C96.

Submachine Guns


Waffen SS soldiers are seen with MP40s.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
Many SS soldiers equipped with MP40s awaiting the order to "clear" the camp.
Captured MP40s are used by KZ inmates.


Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by SS men and KZ inmates.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
SS soldiers drift exhausted Auschwitz prisoners to Buchenwald.
Two lines of SS men form a path for the inmates.
A KZ inmates puts a captured Kar98k from its hidding place.
A view of the buttstocks of two carbines held by inmates who take off their shoes.
One of the inmates fires at an SS gunner on a tower.
Another inmate shoots his Karabiner. Note the uncommon front sight.

Karabiner 98k Sporter

KZ inmates also wield some sporter variants of the Karabiner 98k.

Karabiner 98k Sporter - 7.92x57mm; for comparison. The screen used variant has a straight bolt handle and standard Kar98k stock with a side-mounted sling.
KZ inmates uncover hidden rifles. Note the straight bolt handle and the notch for a turned-down one between the hand of the inmate touching the rifle and the bag to the right.
The barrel is partially seen; held by the left inmate.

Machine Guns

MG 34

Several MG 34s are deployed by SS soldiers.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 on Lafette tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Two MG 34s are mounted on each side of the main entrance tower.
One of the gunners (an SS-Schütze; Private) gets hit. All the MGs of the SS have their buttstocks removed when being mounted on the tripods for better weapon handling.
A captured MG is operated by the KZ inmates coordinated by Herbert Bochow.
The MG is shot empty; the stock is seen.
An SS soldier on a watchtower mows down some charging KZ prisoners. Note the Waffen-SS coat of arms which is misplaced and not quite attached to the helmet (these were actually painted on). As already mentioned with the ranks the uniforms are not portrayed correctly.
The prisoners overwhemled the guard tower. The Lafette is perfectly seen.


Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Two Model 24 Stielhandgranates are briefly seen when the inmates arm themselves.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Soviet prisoner Leonid Bogorski hands over the stick grenades.

15 cm sIG 33

A 15 cm sIG 33 is stationed in front of the KZ Buchenwalds main entrance.

Schweres Infanteriegeschütz (sIG) 33 - 149.1 mm (5.87 in)

Panzerfaust 60/100

As the font comes closer and closer and the situation comes to a head, Panzerfausts are distributed to SS soldiers as a measure to destroy the camp.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
Several Panzerfausts lying inside a truck.
An SS-Unterscharführer (Sergeant) and SS-Schütze carry their received launchers.

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