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Native Shores (Rodnye berega)

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Native Shores (Rodnye berega)
Rodnye berega DVD.jpg
DVD with four Soviet war movies,
including "Rodnye berega"
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Braun
Nikolai Sadkovich
Release Date 1943
Language Russian
Studio Tashkent Studio of Feature Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sofya Ivanovna Faina Ranevskaya
Sgt. Vasiliy Kustov Daniil Sagal
Pvt. Pyotr Savkin Anatoliy Nikitin
Pvt. Semyon Lyashenko Andrey Miroshnichenko
Battalion Commander Ivan Pereverzev
Lt. Sergey Lazarev Valentin Shcheglov
Starshina (Petty Officer) Ivan Bobrov
Seaman Dmitry Dyomin Dmitriy Vuros
Captain 1st Rank Aleksandr Khvylya
Radio Operator Lidiya Smirnova

Native Shores (Rodnye berega) is a Soviet 1943 B&W war movie directed by Vladimir Braun and Nikolai Sadkovich. It consists of two segments, both of which take place in Summer 1942 on the Black Sea coast. In the first segment "Tri gvardeytsa" ("Three soldiers of Guard unit") a small group of Soviet soldiers is sent on commando mission in a German-occupied coastal town. The second segment, "Propavshiy bez vesti" ("Missing in action") depicts the adventures of the crew of Soviet motor torpedo boat that appears without fuel near the lighthouse that is now manned by Germans. Due to unclear reasons the movie was never released in USSR, only in mid-2000s it was found in Gosfilmofond Archive and released on DVD.

The following weapons were used in the film Native Shores (Rodnye berega):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are carried by some of the crewmembers of the motor torpedo boat.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N
A seaman crawls with a Nagant in hand.
A seaman (Semyon Goldshtab) holds a Nagant and a PPD-40 SMG.
The crewmembers of motor torpedo boat fire a salvo during the burial at sea. Two Nagants are seen at the left.

Tokarev TT-33

In several scenes Soviet officers are seen with pistols that are most likely TT-33s.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
A officer holds a pistol.
An officer at the left holds a pistol.
The crewmembers of motor torpedo boat fire a salvo during the burial at sea. A TT is seen at the far left.

Luger P08

In one scene a German officer holds a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A slain German officer drops his pistol.

Submachine Guns

PPD-34/38 (early)

Some Soviet soldiers and officers, including the battalion commander (Ivan Pereverzev), carry Degtyaryov PPD-34/38 SMGs.

Early Degtyaryov PPD-34/38 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The battalion commander carries a PPD-34/38.
A soldier with PPD-34/38 is seen at the right.
Soldiers with PPD-34/38s and PPD-40s stand in formation.
The battalion commander with a PPD-34/38 on sling greets the victorious group of Sgt. Kustov.
Lt. Sergey Lazarev (Valentin Shcheglov) carries a PPD-34/38.
The crewmembers of motor torpedo boat fire a salvo during the burial at sea. A PPD-34/38 is seen in center.


Some Soviet soldiers and seamen carry PPD-40 SMGs.

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A soldier at the right carries a PPD-40.
A seaman cleans his PPD-40. A drum magazine is seen next to him.
Starshina (Ivan Bobrov) fires a PPD-40 during the shootout on the lighthouse.
Lt. Sergey Lazarev (Valentin Shcheglov) fires a PPD-40 in the same scene.
A seaman (Semyon Goldshtab) fires a PPD-40.
The crewmembers of motor torpedo boat fire a salvo during the burial at sea. Two PPD-40s are seen in center.


Sgt. Vasiliy Kustov (Daniil Sagal), Pvts. Pyotr Savkin (Anatoliy Nikitin) and Semyon Lyashenko (Andrey Miroshnichenko) are armed with PPSh-41 SMGs. In one scene PPD-34/38 in hands of the battalion commander (Ivan Pereverzev) switches to PPSh and then back to PPD.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Three PPSh-41s are seen on the wall in the opening scene.
Sgt. Kustov carries a PPSh.
Kustov with a PPSh and RGD-33 hand grenade in action.
The battalion commander's (Ivan Pereverzev) PPD-34/38 switches to PPSh-41.

Tokarev M1927

During the battle on the lighthouse a German soldier carries a gun that isn't seen clear but it's general outlook greatly resembles Tokarev M1927 submachine gun. It was an experimental weapon, chambered for 7.62mm Nagant cartridges. Tokarev SMG was never adopted for service but several hundred pieces were produced for extensive trials, so one of these guns could appear in the movie.

Tokarev M1927 submachine gun - 7.62x38N
A German soldier fires the SMG. Note the size and position of charging hangle that matches Tokarev SMG.
Another angle of view.
A side view, blurry due to fast mostion.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

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

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier with M91/30 uses an IPS personal flotation device.
A soldier in center carries an M91/30 rifle.

Tokarev SVT-38

Some Soviet soldiers are armed with Tokarev SVT-38 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-38 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier holds SVT-38 with bayonet.
A soldier at the top left aims an SVT-38.

Tokarev SVT-40

Some Soviet soldiers are armed with Tokarev SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
Two soldiers carry SVT-40 rifles with bayonets.

Mauser Gewehr 98

Mauser Gewehr 98 rifles are seen in hands of German soldiers.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier fires his rifle during the shootout on the lighthouse. Typical Lange-Visier sight allows to identify the exact model.

M98/29 Persian Mauser

In one scene Sofya Ivanovna (Faina Ranevskaya) holds a Mauser rifle, taken from a slain German soldier. It appears to be an M98/29 Persian Mauser, identified by the shape of the front sight and the sling swivel, placed unusually close to the muzzle end.

Czech produced Persian Mauser 98/29 with bayonet - 8x57mm
Sofya Ivanovna holds the rifle with bayonet, taken from a dead German soldier.

Mauser Rifles

Except for abovementioned Gewehr 98s, in several scenes German soldiers are seen with other Mauser-style rifles, often with attached sword bayonets. They are mostly seen unclear so the exact model is hard to be identified. Possibly there are several different models.

A soldier fires a Mauser rifle during the battle for the town.
A close view of the rifle. It has a straight bolt handle.
A soldier crawls with a Mauser rifle in hands.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine guns are used by Soviet troops during the attack of the coastal town. All DP-27s, seen in the movie, lack their conical flash hiders, supposedly due to the problems when firing blank cartridges in full auto mode.

Degtyaryov DP-27 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A DP-27 is mounted on the bow of an A-3 inflatable boat.
A soldier fires the DP.
A close view of the barrel.
A DP is mounted on a boat.

Degtyaryov DA

A single Degtyaryov DA machine gun is mounted on Soviet G-5-class motor torpedo boat. Twin DA-2 machine guns are mounted on MBR-2 hydroplanes.

Degtyaryov DA machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Two seamen at DA machine gun on a torpedo boat.
A seaman fires the DA at enemy plane.
A close view of the same scene.
Degtyaryov DA-2 twin machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Twin DA-2 on MBR-2 hydroplane.
Another view of DA-2.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 (or possibly Maxim M1910) machine guns are used by Soviet troops.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Maxim machine guns are mounted on the bows of boats.
A Maxim fires from a boat, supporting the landing.
Soldiers in center carry a Maxim from a boat to the land.


German troops use MG34 machine guns in several scenes. They are mostly mounted on tripods.

MG34 on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The barrel of MG34.
MG34 on tripod.
German soldiers fire at landing Soviet troops.


During the battle for the town a machine gun is used by German soldiers. It appears to be a 1930s modification of Maxim MG08/15, fitted with a fore mounted bipod.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The machine gun fires from the roof.

Other Weapons

RGD-33 Hand Grenades

RGD-33 hand grenades are used by Soviet soldiers and seamen. German soldiers also use RGD-33 grenades instead of correct Model 24 Stielhandgranate.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
Sgt. Vasiliy Kustov (Daniil Sagal) throws a grenade.
A German soldier next to the officer holds two grenades.
A seaman with a grenade in hand.
A seaman carries wounded Lt. Lazarev. He is armed with an RGD-33 grenade and a Nagant in holster.

RM-38 Mortar

During the commando mission Sgt. Vasiliy Kustov (Daniil Sagal) fires a 50-mm RM-38 Mortar.

A drawing of Soviet 50-mm M1938 mortar
Sgt. Kustov carries the mortar.
Kustov holds the mortar.
A close view of the muzzle.
Kustov loads a mortar shell.
A general view of the mortar in action.

7.5 cm Pak 97/38

During the battle in the town German soldiers use a 7.5 cm Pak 97/38 AT gun.

7.5 cm Pak 97/38 anti-tank gun - 75x350mm R
The typical perforated muzzle brake is seen at the left.
German soldiers move the cannon on the battlefield.


G-5-class motor torpedo boat.
Soviet Novik-class destroyer stands of a Krigsmarine ship. It is armed with 4"/L60 Pattern 1911 naval guns and 18" torpedo tubes.

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