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Poem of Kovpak: Snow-Storm (Duma o Kovpake: Buran)

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Poem of Kovpak: Snow-Storm (Duma o Kovpake: Buran)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Timofei Levchuk
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sidor Artemyevich Kovpak Konstantin Stepankov
Semyon Vasilyevich Rudnev Valentin Belokhvostik
Pyotr Vershigora Yuriy Sarantsev
Fyodor Karpenko Mikhail Golubovich
Vasily Nikolayev Nikolay Merzlikin
Zurab Toladze Zurab Kapianidze
Pavel Ustuyzhanin Mikhail Kokshenov
Dr. Galina Ocheret Silviya Sergeichikova

Poem of Kovpak: Snow-Storm (Duma o Kovpake: Buran) is a Soviet 1975 war movie directed by Timofei Levchuk. It is the second part of the tetralogy of films, depicting the activities of Soviet partisan unit under the command of Sidor Artemyevich Kovpak on Nazi-occupied territories of Ukraine in 1941-1944. The events, covered in Buran, take place from January to December 1942.

The following weapons were used in the film Poem of Kovpak: Snow-Storm (Duma o Kovpake: Buran):


Luger P08

German officers carry Luger P08 pistols in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer unsuccessfully tries to raise his soldiers in attack on snow-covered field under the heavy fire of partisan's Maxims.
Vasily Nikolayev (Nikolay Merzlikin) disarms a German officer.
Nikolayev holds the captured Luger.

Submachine Guns


Partisans widely use PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Partisans march through heavy snow-storm.
A partisan carries his PPSh on sling.
PPSh-41 is seen on the wall.
Petrov (Viktor Chekmaryov) fires the PPSh during the battle in January 1942.
Lenkin (Ivan Gavrilyuk) observes the field of recent battle.
Rudnev (Valentin Belokhvostik) with PPSh.
Pyotr Vershigora (Yuriy Sarantsev) appears from the plane with PPSh in hand.
Zurab Toladze (Zurab Kapianidze) with PPSh and Radik Rudnev (Pyotr Lastivka, Jr.) with MP40 in center.
Vershigora has a PPSh at his side while watching the railway bridge.


MP40 SMGs are widely used by both German troops and Soviet partisans.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Kolya Mudryi (Viktor Pivnenko) (at the left) carries MP40.
Zurab Toladze's (Zurab Kapianidze) MP40 is seen at the left.
German soldiers with MP40s in attack.
German soldiers under heavy fire of partisans.
A partisan in center carries the MP40.
Vasily Gurin (Aleksandr Anurov) (at the right) carries the MP40.
A partisan with MP40 in action.
Zurab Toladze (Zurab Kapianidze) with PPSh-41 and Radik Rudnev (Pyotr Lastivka, Jr.) with MP40 in center.


MP38 SMGs are also used by German troops and Soviet partisans.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A partisan (Viktor Polishchuk) carries MP38 during the winter march.
The same character fires his SMG.
A German officer aims his MP38.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many partisans are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A partisan fires during the winter battle.
Partisans repel the attack of German troops.
A partisan at the right carries M91/30. Note the turned down bolt handle, a feature of sniper rifles.
Two partisans in center carry M91/30 rifles during the river crossing.
Stepan Krymov (Leonid Slisarenko) on rest with his rifle next to him.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Some partisans carry Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A partisan holds M38 Carbine.


Some Soviet partisans, notably Medved (Viktor Plotnikov), use SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
SVT is seen at the right during the winter battle.
A partisan carries SVT.
Medved with SVT.

Karabiner 98k

Many German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles. Captured 98k rifles are used by partisans.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German artillerymen with 98k rifles.
German soldiers use 98k rifles in close combat.
A German soldier with 98k rifle.
A partisan carries 98k rifle.

Machine Guns and Autocannons

Degtyaryov DP-27

Partisans widely use Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A partisan (Ivan Simonenko) mans the DP-27 during the battle in January 1942.
Lenkin (Ivan Gavrilyuk) fires the DP-27.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by partisans. Both pre- and post-1941 versions are seen.

Russian Maxim 1910/30, post 1941 manufacture with top hatch on cooling jacket allowing it to be filled more quickly or with snow - 7.62x54mmR
Partisans ready the Maxim for battle.
Vasily Nikolayev (Nikolay Merzlikin) fires the Maxim.
Maxim in action.
Opanasenko (Aleksandr Lutsenko) fires the Maxim.
The Maxim is transported on horse cart.


Wehrmacht troops widely use MG34 machine guns. Captured MG34s are used by partisans.

MG34 with 50 round belt drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Medved (Viktor Plotnikov) fires MG34 during the winter battle.
Opanasenko (Aleksandr Lutsenko) hands the MG34 to a partisan. Two more MG34s are seen at the left.
Tripod-mounted MG34 is abandoned by retreating German soldiers.
A partisan fires the MG34 during the night attack.

61-K AA Autocannon

The 37-mm M1939 (61-K) AA autocannon is seen in the scene when Kovpak visits Moscow in Summer 1942.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
The 37-mm autocannon is partially seen at the right.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

In one scene Pavel Ustuyzhanin (Mikhail Kokshenov) makes booby traps, using F-1 hand grenades.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Duma o Kovpake-Part2-F1-1.jpg
Ustuyzhanin makes booby traps.
A closeup of F-1.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are used by both German soldiers and Soviet partisans.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A German soldier carries two Stielhandgranates.
Wounded Pavel Ustuyzhanin (Mikhail Kokshenov) has a grenade at his belt.
Vasily Gurin (Aleksandr Anurov) (at the left) carries Stielhandgranate at his belt.
A partisan holds the bundle of Stielhandgranates, used as anti-tank weapon. Unlike German "Geballte Ladung", this bundle keeps the sticks of all grenades.


Partisans use PTRD-41 AT rifles while repelling German tank attack.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
A partisan carries PTRD.
Duma o Kovpake-Part2-PTRD-2.jpg
PTRD in action.
Two PTRD (No 1 and 2) and Wz. 35 anti-tank rifle (No 3) are seen on partisan base.


In the same scene partisans also use German PzB-39 AT rifles.

PzB-39 Anti-tank rifle - 7,92×94 mm (Patrone 318)
A partisan carries PzB-39.
A partisan mans PzB-39 at the left.

Wz. 35

Polish Wz. 35 anti-tank rifles (Wehrmacht index PzB 35(p)) are also used by partisans.

Wz. 35 anti-tank rifle - 8x107mm DS
A partisan in center is armed with MP40, two Model 24 Stielhandgranates and Wz. 35 AT rifle.
Wz.35 is seen on battlefield (at the right).
Wz.35 is seen on partisan base at the background.
Two PTRD-41 (No 1 and 2) and Wz. 35 (No 3) are seen on partisan base.

45-mm 53-K

45-mm 53-K AT guns are used by partisans. Zurab Toladze (Zurab Kapianidze) commands the artillery and personally mans one of these guns.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
45-mm AT gun on winter march.
45-mm gun on positions.
45-mm gun in partisans camp.
Partisans move two 45-mm guns on the river crossing.

7.5 cm Pak 40

Wehrmacht troops use 7.5 cm Pak 40 guns during the attempt to destroy partisans in January 1942.

7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun - 75x714mm R
Duma o Kovpake-Part2-PAK40-4.jpg
Duma o Kovpake-Part2-PAK40-5.jpg

Granatwerfer 34 Mortar

81.4-mm Granatwerfer 34 Mortars are used by Wehrmacht troops and partisans.

8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
Duma o Kovpake-Part2-Mortar-1.jpg
German soldiers carry GrW 34 mortars.
The GrW 34 (No 1) is seen in partisan camp together with BM-37 Mortar (No 2).

BM-37 Mortar

Partisans also use 82-mm BM-37 Mortars.

Soviet 82mm BM-37 Mortar
The BM-37 at the right.
The BM-37 (No 2) is seen in partisan camp together with Granatwerfer 34 Mortar (No 1).


The following guns are seen only in documentary footage, including in the movie.


A Soviet officer with TT-33 pistol is seen in the footage of Stalingrad battle.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Duma o Kovpake-Part2-TT-1.jpg

RM-38 Mortar

RM-38 Mortars are used by partisans.

Soviet 50-mm RM-38 Mortar
Duma o Kovpake-Part2-RM38-1.jpg



BTR-40s on winter road. They stand for German APC, despite being wheeled unlike German half-track SdKfz 250/251.
Visually modified PT-76 tanks stand for German tanks.


Partisans unload 76.2mm M1938 mountain gun from the plane.
M1938 Mountain gun is seen at the left.

See Also

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