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Sky Without Stars

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Sky Without Stars
Himmel ohne Sterne
Movie Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Helmut Käutner
Release Date October 14, 1955
Language German
Studio Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft (NDF)
Europa-Filmverleih AG
Distributor Europa-Filmverleih
Main Cast
Character Actor
Carl Altmann Erik Schumann
Anna Kaminski Eva Kotthaus
Willi Becker Georg Thomalla
Mischa Bjelkin Horst Buchholz
Hüske Siegfried Lowitz

Sky Without Stars is a 1955 West German film directed by Helmut Käutner. The young Anna Kaminski lives directly at the zonal border in Thuringia. Her son, whose father died in the war, lives with his grandparents in Bavaria, only a few kilometers to the west. Since she wants to see him again and again, she steals secretly across the border. At one of her aisles, she meets the Bavarian border police, Carl Altmann. The West German helps Anna to illegally bring her son to the East and both fall in love. But the only way to meet is between the borders in an abandoned train station. After all, Anna wants to finally flee to the Western sector with her son, but the borders are getting denser.

The following weapons were used in the film Sky Without Stars:


CZ 27

Bavarian Grenzpolizei including Carl Altmann (Erik Schumann) are armed with CZ 27 pistols. While Carl is seen carrying one in his holster, a border guard fires it at the end of the movie. Another CZ 27 is the personal sidearm of Willi Becker (Georg Thomalla) which he gives to Carl to protect himself and Anna.

CZ 27 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Carl's CZ in his holster at the border crossing.
"Take my gun anyway. If they capture you here, you will be dead."
Willi offers his pistol to Carl.
The pistol in Carl's hand. The grip can be seen.
A promotional picture of Carl holding the pistol.
A border guard fires his pistol at his GDR counterparts to scare them back.


Karabiner 98AZ

East German border guards are seen with Karabiner 98AZs.

Karabiner 98AZ - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A border guard demands the papers from the refugees citizens.
The same guard fires his carbine at the swimming Anna.
A good view of the stacking hook and the front sight.

Karabiner 98k

German border guards from the East and West are mainly armed with Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A view of the hooded front sight during border crossing of Willi.
Vopo Bröse's (Wolfgang Neuss) Karabiner over his shoulder.
He fires some warning shots in the wrong direction to allow Carl to escape.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is briefly seen used by a GDR Vopo and a Grenzpolizist.

World War II Era M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
The Vopo second from right with his slung carbine.
The West German border guard on the right holds his carbine.

Submachine Guns


Mischa Bjelkin (Horst Buchholz) and other Soviet soldiers are seen with PPSh-41s. As Carl runs for help for Anna, he is stopped by an East German patrol armed with these submachine guns.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Soviet sentry stands guard with his PPSh.
A close-up of a PPSh in the hands of a GDR border guard.
An East German border guard searching Carl armed with a PPsh.
While on his way to Anna, Mischa on bicycle carry his submachine gun.
Mischa holds his SMG in search of Anna.


Flare Pistol

An East German border guard uses an unknown Flare pistol to alert his Soviet comrades.

OSSh-42 - 26.5mm
He fires the flare pistol into the air.


Some T-34/85 mockup tanks can be seen near the Red Army camp.


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