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Sign of Disaster (Znak bedy)

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Sign of Disaster
(Znak bedy)
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DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Mikhail Ptashuk
Release Date 1987
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Stepanida Bogatka Nina Ruslanova
Petrok Bogatka Gennadiy Garbuk
Guzh Vladimir Ilyin (II)
Potap Kolondyonok Yevgeny Platokhin
Antos Nedoseka Aleksey Zaytsev
Novik Vladimir Gostyukhin
Kornila Vladimir Kuleshov
German Feldwebel Kaspars Puce

Sign of Disaster (Znak bedy; also released in English as Ill Omen) is a 1987 (filmed 1986) Soviet two-part made for TV war drama based on the same title novel by Vasil Bykov and directed by Mikhail Ptashuk. The plot depicts the tragedy of middle-aged peasant couple Petrok (Gennadiy Garbuk) and Stepanida (Nina Ruslanova) in Nazi-occupied Belorussia.

The following weapons were used in the film Sign of Disaster (Znak bedy):


Nagant M1895

An unnamed Hilfspolizei (Leonid Yanovsky) holds a Nagant M1895 revolver when he threatens Petrok. In a flashback scene, set in late 1920s, the village Militsioner Vasiliy Goncharik (Aleksandr Timoshkin) carries a Nagant.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
The Nagant is seen in Goncharik's dead hand.
The Hilfspolizei aims his Nagant at Petrok. He also carries a Karabiner 98k rifle on sling.
Another view of the same scene.

Luger P08

German Hauptmann (Capt.) (Aleksey Maslov) and Feldwebel (NCO) (Kaspars Puce) carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The Feldwebel carries the Luger holster.
The Hauptmann cocks his Luger.
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He holds the pistol.
The Feldwebel holds his pistol.


Karabiner 98k

German soldiers and Hilfspolizei, including Guzh (Vladimir Ilyin (II)), Potap Kolondyonok (Yevgeny Platokhin), and Antos Nedoseka (Aleksey Zaytsev), carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
Two rifles of German soldiers lean against the hedge. The one at the right has the late version of the top barrel band.
German cook Karl (Arvo Kukum├Ągi) carelessly leaves his rifle standing in the yard at night. The rifle has the late version of the top barrel band.
Stepanida steals Karl's rifle and throws it into the well. Due to a continuity error, the rifle switches to an early version of Kar 98k.
A sentry carries the Kar 98k rifle with bayonet.
Kolondyonok carries his rifle when he is dragging the body of a murdered shepherd boy.
Guzh holds his rifle.
Nedoseka carries his rifle.
An unnamed Hilfspolizei (Leonid Yanovsky) carries a rifle.
Kolondyonok carries his rifle when the Hilfspolizei arrest Petrok.
Guzh carries his rifle in the same scene.

Mosin Nagant "obrez"

In a flashback scene, set in late 1920s, Guzh (Vladimir Ilyin (II)) carries a Mosin Nagant "obrez" sawed-off rifle.

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Guzh threatens Stepanida. The position of the crossbolt allows to guess that the base rifle is an M91/30 rather than an M91.
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Guzh puts the "obrez" back in his bosom.


In the final scene Stepanida gets and hides an unexploded aerial bomb. This is a Soviet post-war OFAB-100-120, identified by the ring tail fin and the blunt nose. The marking "W-25L" on the body is probably intended to make it look like a German bomb.

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Stepanida rolls the bomb to the prepared pit.

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