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Red Tanks (Tankisty)

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Red Tanks (Tankisty)
Tankisty DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Zinovij Drapkin
Robert Malman
Release Date 1939
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Loginov Aleksandr Kulakov
Sgt. Karasyov Ivan Kuznetsov
Sgt. Melnikov Vladimir Chobur
Division Commander Smirnov Georgiy Gorbunov
Division Commissar Tkachenko Mikhail Volsky
Gen. von Buller Ivan Orlov
Col. von Harten Vasiliy Merkuryev
Commissioner of the "Supreme Ruler" Dmitri Dudnikov
Radio Operator Stepan Krylov
Liaison Officer Boris Schlichting

Red Tanks (original title Tankisty ("Tankists") is a Soviet 1939 B&W war movie directed by Zinovij Drapkin and Robert Malman. It depicts a Nazi Germany invasion in USSR and and the following victorious counteroffensive of the Red Army (as it was expected before the real war began). The main characters are three crewmembers of BT-5 tank, commander Lt. Loginov, gunner Karasyov and driver Melnikov.

The following weapons were used in the film Red Tanks (Tankisty):


Tokarev TT-33

All Soviet tankists carry TT-33 pistols. Some use them in action, notably Sgt. Karasyov (Ivan Kuznetsov) and Sgt. Melnikov (Vladimir Chobur).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Melnikov draws his pistol to fire through a porthole.
Karasyov holds his pistol while on a recon mission.
Division Commander Smirnov (Georgiy Gorbunov) holds a TT in the final scene.

FN Model 1900

In the final scene an FN Model 1900 is seen in hands of Gen. von Buller (Ivan Orlov). In one scene a German officer holds an FN Model 1900.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
A German officer holds a pistol when he and his soldiers try to capture damaged Soviet tank.
Von Buller (at the left) holds an FN Model 1900.

Pocket pistol

In the final scene Col. von Harten (Vasiliy Merkuryev) holds an unidentified pocket pistol.

Von Harten (at the right) holds a pistol.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In the final scene Red Army soldiers carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Barrels and bayonets of M91/30 rifles are seen at the background.

Arisaka Type 38

Arisaka Type 38 rifles are used by German soldiers. Probably due to the lack of Mauser rifles they were substituted with "foreign-looking" Arisaka.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
An Arisaka with typical sword bayonet is seen in a pillbox.
A German soldier holds an Arisaka at the foreground during the assault of damaged Soviet tank.
A soldier manages to insert the barrel of his rifle in porthole, imprudently opened by Sgt. Karasyov.
Another soldier holds an Arisaka rifle.

Unidentified rifes

German soldiers carry rifles that aren't seen clear enough to be identified. Possibly they are abovementioned Arisaka or some Mauser model.

A German cavalryman falls from his horse under the fire of Soviet tanks.
German soldiers fire their rifles.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on Soviet tanks.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A coaxial DT is mounted in turret.
Lt. Loginov (Aleksandr Kulakov) dismounts DT and uses it to fire from a port in the rear of the turret.
Loginov fires.
After Loginov is wounded, Sgt. Melnikov (Vladimir Chobur) fires the DT.
DT machine guns are mounted in small turrets of T-28 tank.

Maxim M1910/30

In one scene a Maxim M1910/30 machine gun is used by German soldiers, standing for MG08.

Russian Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
German soldiers fire a Maxim. Note the ribbed water jacket.

Maxim M1910

Early Maxim M1910, identified by smooth water jacket, is also used by German troops.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
German soldiers fire a Maxim with smooth water jacket.
Another view of the Maxim.

Other Weapons

45 mm anti-tank gun M1932 (19-K)

45 mm AT guns 19-K stand for German 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 guns.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in). M1932 is an early version that differs in shield and wheels.
The crew moves AT gun on position.
AT gun fires at Soviet tanks.



BT-5 in action.
A closer view.
A T-26 with conical turret (late version) leads a column of early T-26s.
A T-26 with cylinder turret (early version) slowly down a steep cliff.
A T-28 tank in attack.

76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

The 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902.

76.2 mm (3-inch) field gun M1902 - 76.2 x 385mm R
76.2mm M1902 field gun stands for a German gun.
Another view of the cannon. The gun shield is visibly modified and adorned with enemy emblem.

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