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Signum Laudis

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Signum Laudis
Signum Laudis-poster.jpg
Cinema poster
Country CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by Martin Hollý
Release Date 1980
Language Czech
Studio Filmové studio Barrandov
Slovenská filmová tvorba Koliba (SFT)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Cpl. Hoferik Vlado Müller
1st Lt. Kostolany Jirí Kodet
LCpl. Lorisch Jirí Zahajský
Pvt. Müller Vítezslav Jandák
Pvt. Reischl Jan Skopecek
Pvt. Steiner Jan Pohan
Pvt. Kostka Zdenek Dusek
Pvt. Richter Jirí Kodes
Capt. König Josef Bláha
Gen. Berger Ilja Prachar

Signum Laudis (English title: The Medal) is a 1980 Czechoslovak war film. The story takes place on the Russian front during WWI. Corporal Hoferik (Vlado Müller) conquers and temporarily retains a narrow strip of land, although in heavy battle almost his entire unit fallen. For this receive this high medal called Signum Laudis. But things change, comes an enemy counterattack, and shows that, for the military leadership Hoferik is at once a nuisance.

The following guns were used in the film Signum Laudis:

Steyr M1912

Austro-Hungarian Army officers uses a Steyr M1912 pistol as a service weapon.

Steyr Hahn Model 1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm Steyr
File:Jirí Kodet-gun.jpg
1st Lt. Kostolany (Jirí Kodet) arrests Hoferik.

Steyr Mannlicher M1895

A standard weapon of the Austro-Hungarian soldier was a Steyr Mannlicher M1895 rifle.

Steyr M1895 Short Rifle (M1930 Conversion) - 8x56R
File:Vlado Müller-Mannlicher M95.jpg
Cpl. Hoferik (Vlado Müller) regularly cleans his rifle.
File:Jirí Zahajský-Mannlicher M95.jpg
LCpl. Lorisch (Jirí Zahajský) pointed a gun at Hoferika.
Pvt. Steiner (Jan Pohan) keeps guard with the rifle.
File:Jirí Kodes-Mannlicher M95.jpg
Pvt. Richter (Jirí Kodes) (right) trying to aim well.
Pvt. Reischl (Jan Skopecek) (second left) was included in the firing squad.

Maxim MG08/15

Austro-Hungarian soldiers were armed with MG08/15 light machine guns.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
File:Vítezslav Jandák-Maxim MG08-15.jpg
Pvt. Müller (Vítezslav Jandák) reflects by fire from machine gun the attack Russian cavalry.
File:Zdenek Dušek-Maxim MG08-15.jpg
Pvt. Kostka (Zdenek Dusek) carries a light machine gun on his shoulder.

ZB-53 / Vz.37 Machine Gun

In the film was also used ZB-53 / Vz.37 mocked as a Schwarzlose M1907/24 and Maxim M1910 heavy machine guns.

ZB 53 / Vz.37 machine gun on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Corporal Hoferik (Vlado Müller) replaced tired machine gunner.
ZB-53 / Vz.37 heavy machine gun mocked as Russian Maxim M1910.

Model 43 Stielhandgranate

Corporal Hoferik (Vlado Müller) and other soldiers in the film used Model 43 Stielhandgranate, which is an anachronism.

Model 43 Stielhandgranate
Signum laudis-M43 Stielhandgranate.jpg

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