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Our Mothers, Our Fathers

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Our Mothers, Our Fathers
Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
Film poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Philip Kadelbach
Release Date March 17, 2013
Language German
Studio teamWorx Produktion fur Kino und Fernsehen GmbH
Distributor Music Box Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Wilhelm Winter Volker Bruch
Friedhelm Winter Tom Schilling
Greta Katharina Schüttler
Charlotte Miriam Stein
Viktor Goldstein Ludwig Trepte
Dorn Mark Waschke
Hauptmann Feigl Maxim Mehmet
SS-Standartenführer Hiemer Sylvester Groth
Lilja Christiane Paul

Our Mothers, Our Fathers, also known as Generation War, is a 2013 German three-part World War II miniseries. Berlin in the summer of 1941, shortly before the German attack on the Soviet Union: five young Berliners say goodbye to each other, as three of them have to go to the Eastern Front as soldiers. Like almost all Germans, Wilhelm, Charlotte, Friedhelm, Greta, and Viktor firmly believe that the war will soon be over and Germany will be victorious. How wrong the friends are is history. The film shows the fates of the five 20-something Berliners who are unexpectedly caught up in the turmoil of a cruel war, after which nothing is the same as it was before. Their stories are representative of what had such a profound impact on an entire generation.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries Our Mothers, Our Fathers:


Walther P38

The Walther P38 is used by German officers including by Wilhelm Winter (Volker Bruch) and Hauptmann Feigl (Maxim Mehmet). It is also seen in the hands of SS-Sturmbannführer (Major) Dorn (Mark Waschke) and SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) Hiemer (Sylvester Groth). The leader of the Polish partisans Jerzy (Lukas Gregorowicz) also used this pistol.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Wilhelm Winter points his Walther P38 at captive Soviet political commissar.
A rear view before he pulls the trigger (Ep. 1).
Jerzy holds his Walther P38 (Ep. 3).

Luger P08

Luger P08s can be seen in hands of Krystyna (Franziska Böhm), Jerzy, Viktor Goldstein (Ludwig Trepte), and SS-Standartenführer Hiemer.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Krystyna carries a Luger during meeting with Alina and Viktor (Ep. 2).
A Luger P08 thrown on a ground by Jerzy. Viktor picks it up in the next scene.
SS-Standartenführer Hiemer aims his Luger P08 (Ep. 3).

Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 is the standard sidearm of Soviet military officers.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Soviet officer fires his TT at German soldiers (Ep. 1).
A Soviet sergeant (André Borning) lowers a TT-33 (Ep. 3).

Nagant M1895

A Nagant M1895 is briefly seen carried by Alina (Alina Levshin) in Ep. 3 "Ein anderes Land".

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38mmR
Alina takes cover with the Nagant revolver.

Submachine Guns

MP 40

The MP40 are widely used by German troops.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
An Unteroffizier (Sergeant) stands up with his MP 40.
Wilhelm Winter fires his MP 40.
After making a decision about what happens next, Wilhelm readies his submachine gun.
During the defence of a German trench, Wilhelm fires his Mp 40 in rage (Ep. 1).
The NCOs of Wilhelm waiting for orders hold their MP 40s.
The Unteroffizier fires the MP 40.
Wilhelm changes the magazines; a rarely seen procedure throughout the series; since the MP 40s are mostly seen firing more than 32 rounds.
Friedhelm picks up an MP 40 from a fallen comrade without an ammo check (Ep. 2). In the following desperate attack he fires almost forty shots.
Jerzy aims his MP 40 at a train (Ep. 3). The charging handle is in the safe position and switches between the scenes magically.


Several Soviet soldiers use PPSh-41s.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet soldiers with their PPSh-41s expose themselves from cover.
A Soviet soldier secures a room with his PPSh-41 (Ep. 2).


Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is the main weapon of German troops. Polish partisans also used these rifles. Some rifles have hooded front sights. Notable characters are Friedhelm Winter (Tom Schilling), Schmidt (Martin Bruchmann), Freitag (Ludwig Blochberger), Koch (Antonio Wannek), Bartel (Joel Basman), Lawinsky, Schneider (David Zimmerschied), Eins (Benjamin Trinks), Zwei (Tino Mewes), and Oberfeldwebel (Staff Sergeant) Krebs (Bernd Michael Lade).

Throughout the series, a variety of Karabiner 98ks are used; the standard early version, the mid-war version with hooded front sights, and late-war models with welded barrel bands. In addition to this, some Czechoslovakian-manufactured Kar98ks are also seen.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karabiner 98k with S84/98 III bayonet - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karabiner 98k made in Czechoslovakia - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The muzzle of Friedhelm's Kar98k is seen which has a late-war barrel band. Since this scene takes place at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, this barrel band is anachronistic.
Bartel forces to two Soviet soldiers to surrender.
A first person view of Koch aiming his Czech Kar98k a at cat (Ep. 1).
Friedhelm watches a cornfield with Karabiner 98k at the ready.
German soldiers hold their Karabiners in a Polish forest.
A German soldier fires his Karabiner 98k.
Friedhelm places a 5-round stripper clip on top of the chamber (Ep. 2).
A German soldier fires Czech-made Kar98k rifle (note the winter trigger guard on the rifle, a common feature on post-war Czech manufactured Kar98k rifles). Like the MP 40s, the Karabiners also have "extended" magazines throughout the series. In this case, eight shots were fired without reloading.
Viktor takes aim with his Karabiner. Note the PREDUZECE 44 and Mod.98 markings; the first one is a feature of reworked Kar98ks in Yugoslavia after the war.
He fires the carbine duing the ambush of the train.
Friedhelm aims his rifle at a partisan (Ep. 3).

Zastava M48 Mauser

Friedhelm and Dorgerloh (Paul Maaß) can be seen armed with the M48 Yugoslavian Mauser, despite the fact that this is impossible; the M48 is a post-war Mauser that started in production in 1948, years after this is set.

Zastava Puška M.48 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Dorgerloh aims his Mauser at approaching Soviet soldiers (Ep. 1).
Friedhelm aims his Yugoslavian Mauser during the shooting down of Soviet peasants.
While approaching to the remaining peasant he cycles the bolt handle. The M48 crest is slightly visible on the receiver. Only early M48, M48A, and M48B were stamped with this crest.
After stepping closer, he points it at the woman (Ep. 2).

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Soviet soldiers and Polish partisans can be seen armed with the full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30s. Friedhelm and Viktor also can be seen with this rifle.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Soviet soldier fires his rifle at Wilhelm. During this scene it fires semi-automatic.
Soviet soldiers in winter camouflage charge with Mosin Nagant rifles and PPSh-41s (Ep. 1).
Soviet soldiers repel a German attack.
Friedhelm wearing a Soviet uniform with a Mosin Nagant (Ep. 2).
Stanislawski with a Mosin Nagant before the ambush.
Viktor aims the full-length Mosin Nagant rifle at a German soldier.
A front view of the scene (Ep. 3).

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

The Mosin Nagant M44 Carbines are used by Polish partisans. Viktor also can be seen with this carbine in a continuity error.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
The Soviet soldier jumping off the sandbags is armed with an M44 Carbine (Ep. 2). This scene takes place during the battle of Kursk in July 1943 making the appearance of the carbine anachronistic.
A Polish partisan advances with a Mosin Nagant M44 carbine through a field.
Another Polish partisan with the Mosin Nagant M44 carbine pinned down by rifle fire.
An M44 carbine is held by Viktor which is a continuity error (Ep. 2).

Mauser 98 Sporter

A scoped Mauser 98 Sporter is used by Polish partisan Francizek (Michael Ihnow).

Mauser 98 Sporter Model B - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Francizek stands in front of Viktor which offers a good view of the rifle (Ep. 2).
Another detailed view of the Mauser 98 sporter.
Francizek aims the scoped Mauser.
Cycling the bolt handle (Ep. 3).


Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in the hands of a Polish peasant (Janusz Cichocki) and Stanislawski (Adam Markiewicz) in the second episode.

Charles Parker 1878 - 12 gauge
The Polish peasant aims his shotgun at Viktor and Alina.
Stanislawski holds the shotgun and looks at Alina.

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG 34 is very briefly seen in the first episode.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG 34 on a parapet of trench.

MG 42

The MG42 is used by German troops and Polish partisans. First, this machine gun can be seen in Summer 1941 episodes which is clearly an anachronism.

MG 42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
A German soldier fires the MG 42. Note the machine gun loaded with blanks
A closer view of the same machine gun's ammo belt (Ep. 1).
A German soldier fires the MG 42 while standing in an incorrect way. It was trained to hold the folded bipod in one hand and to stabilize the machine gun with the sling around the neck.
A machine gun team lays down suppressing fire. The shooter leans forward into the machine gun so that the bipod creates a counter-pressure that enables better aiming.
The receiver is seen in a close up (Ep. 2).
Jerzy lugs a captured MG 42 over his shoulder (Ep. 3).

Goryunov SGM

The Goryunov SGM is used by the Soviet Army and can be seen in Summer 1941 episodes which is another anachronism.

Goryunov SGM - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet machinegunners fires SGM.
A Goryunov SGM behind a barricade.

Maxim M1910/30

In Ep. 3 "Ein anderes Land", a Maxim M1910/30 is briefly seen fired by Soviet soldiers.

Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture - 7.62x54mmR
Soviet machinegunners operate the Maxim M1910/30.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Some German soldiers use Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Stielhandgranate Modell 24
Bartel takes one Stielhandgranate from a box.
A German soldier throws a stick grenade.
Bartel tucks a grenade under his arm after screwing of the cap. The porcelain ball is seen.
Throwing the Stielhandgranate (Ep. 2).

Grenade Launchers


Soviet soldiers used the Panzerfaust antitank grenade launchers during battle for the telegraph station. German soldiers can be seen armed with this weapon only in documentary footage

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
A Soviet soldier unflips the sight while getting out a window.
The same soldier fires another Panzerfaust (Ep. 2).


Tellermine 42

The Tellermine 42 appears two times in the series; right in the first episode, which is an anachronism since it takes place in 1941, and in the third episode. In the latter, Wilhelm, Karow (Marek Harloff), and other penal battalion soldiers are seen handling them.

Tellermine 42
The pressure cap of a Tellermine hidden in a swamp is visible (Ep. 1).
A Tellermine lies next to Karow digging a hole for it.
Wilhelm takes his anti-tank mine to place it in a hole. The fuse is seen next to it (Ep. 3).


122 mm Howitzer M1938

A disabled Soviet 122 mm Howitzer M1938 (M-30) is briefly seen in the first episode "Eine andere Zeit".

121.92 mm (4.8 inch) howitzer
A distant view of the howitzer. Note the anachronistic T-34/85 medium tank on the left.
The howitzer is seen behind Wilhelm and Feigl.

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