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Shattered Sky (Raskolotoe nebo)

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Shattered Sky (Raskolotoe nebo)
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Modern Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Anatoliy Ivanov
Release Date 1979
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Grishka Yuriy Tyshler
Daniil Semyonovich Shchepkin Aristarkh Livanov
Leonid Leopoldovich (Leon) Sventitskiy Sergey Nikonenko
Mariya Antonina Leftiy
Lt. Col. Viktor Nikolayevich Cherkizov Ernst Romanov
Poruchik Aleksandr Tubenshlyak Yuri Mochalov
Poruchik Mariupolskiy Dmitri Mirgorodsky
Katya Alla Sigalova

Shattered Sky (Raskolotoe nebo) is a Soviet 1979 mini-series directed by Anatoliy Ivanov. During the Great War several Russian military pilots are trained in France. After Russian revolution 1917 they return back, and the Civil war splits former comrades-in-arms between Reds and Whites.

The following weapons were used in the film Shattered Sky (Raskolotoe nebo):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used by both Reds and Whites, notably Daniil Semyonovich Shchepkin (Aristarkh Livanov) and Leonid Leopoldovich (Leon) Sventitskiy (Sergey Nikonenko), former Russian Army and White Army Poruchiks and later Red Army pilots, and White Army Lt. Col. Viktor Nikolayevich Cherkizov (Ernst Romanov). Revolvers are of anachronistic post-1930 version.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
White Army Poruchik Mariupolskiy (Dmitri Mirgorodsky) holds a Nagant during the flight.
Molochkov (Viktor Miroshnichenko), a member of Special Department (military counterintelligence of Red Army), holds a Nagant.
Shchepkin holds his Nagant. This gun is a personal award weapon, and thus plays a significant role in the plot.
Shchepkin hands his Nagant to Sventitskiy.
Red Army commander Mikhail Konyaev (Yuriy Nazarov) holds a Nagant.
Wounded Sventitskiy holds a Nagant.
Lt. Col. Cherkizov holds a Nagant.
A Nagant falls from Cherkizov's dead hand.
Konyaev (at the left) holds a Nagant while Shchepkin picks up Cherkizov's revolver...
...and finds out that this is his own award gun.


Mauser C96 "Bolo"

Red Army pilot Yakov Gnevnyy (Abesalom Loria) carries a Mauser C96 "Bolo" pistol, out of time for 1919.

Mauser C96 Short Barreled "Bolo" Model - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Gnevnyy carries a Mauser in wooden holster-stock.
A good view of the grip.
Mikhail Konyaev (Yuriy Nazarov ) holds Gnevnyy's Mauser.
Konyaev holds Mauser ammo.
Wounded Gnevnyy holds his pistol.

Percussion Cap Pistol (Possibly Mockup)

A Percussion Cap Pistol is seen on the wall. Its general shape also causes suspicion that it can be a single barreled shotgun, mocked up as percussion cap pistol.

A pistol and a pair of cavalry swords are seen on the wall.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Red Army soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles, standing for original M91s. In one scene Daniil Shchepkin (Aristarkh Livanov) is seen with a rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A rifle of Red Army sentry (Leonid Yanovsky) is seen at the left.
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Red soldiers with M91/30 rifles on convoy.
Shchepkin holds a rifle.
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Red soldiers of Konyaev's unit with rifles.
Soldiers of the Red air squadron with rifles.
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Red soldiers with rifles.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is seen mounted on a makeshift mounting for air gunnery training. A Maxim on standard Sokolov mount is used by Konyaev's soldiers.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
A general view of the mounting.
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Yakov Gnevnyy (Abesalom Loria) with Maxim.
Red soldiers with a Maxim.


An MG08/15 is used as aircraft machine gun.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Daniil Shchepkin (Aristarkh Livanov) fires an MG08/15, mounted on his plane.



The series shows a wide variety of handgun holsters, including some anachronistic.

British pilots Henry Lowford (V. Beliy) and unnamed one (Aleksandr Zadneprovsky) carry holsters for Smith & Wesson No.3 Russian Model revolvers, standing for Webley revolver holsters.
Russian Army pilots with Nagant holsters.
Shchepkin carries a Nagant holster.


Full size replicas (on land) and scale models (in flight) of WW1 era airplanes are seen in the series.

Farman recognaissance plane on airfield
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Farman in flight.
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Nieuport fighter planes.
A mockup of air bomb, used by White Army pistol Poruchik Baron Aleksandr Tubenshlyak (Yuri Mochalov) during the aerial bombardment.


Documentary footage of Russian Civil war is seen in the series.

76.2mm field gun on railway flatcar.
An armoured train.
Soldiers with Maxim M1910 machine guns and Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles.

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