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Storm Over Asia (Potomok Chingis-Khana)

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Storm Over Asia
(Potomok Chingis-Khana)
Potomok Chingis-Khana Poster.jpg
Original Russian Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin
Release Date 1928
Language Silent movie
Studio Mezhrabpomfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Bair Valéry Inkijinoff
British General I. Dedintsev
Red commander Aleksandr Chistyakov
Fur merchant Viktor Tsoppi
British soldier Karl Gurnyak

Storm Over Asia (original title Potomok Chingis-Khana ("The Heir to Genghis Khan")) is a Soviet 1928 silent B&W movie directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin (Minin and Pozharsky, The Death Ray (Luch smerti)). In 1920 British troops occupy Mongolia (this is a pure fictional event). Young Mongolian hunter Bair quarrels with deceitful British fur merchant, wounds him in a brawl and runs away from pursuing soldiers. Soon Bair joins a Red partisan unit but he is captured in a battle and sentenced to death. Suddenly a British missionary who is skilled in Mongolian language and history finds out that Bair wears an amulet that belongs to a direct heir to Genghis Khan. The British general plans to use Bair as a ruler of Mongolia under British protectorate. But Bair soon understands these plans and leads the uprising.

The following weapons were used in the film Storm Over Asia (Potomok Chingis-Khana):



M1911 pistols are main sidearms of British officers.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A British officer draws a pistol at Mongolian herdsman who tries to save his cattle.
The British general (I. Dedintsev) holds a pistol while his car rides through dangerous Mongolian steppe.
A British soldier (Karl Gurnyak) who is given an order to execute Bair draws an M1911. The grip is seen.
The soldier aims at Bair.
A British officer cleans his M1911.

Nagant M1895

A British officer is briefly seen with a revolver in one scene. It is most likely a Russian Nagant M1895.

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930 - 7.62x38N
A British officer holds a revolver.


Winchester Model 1895

British troops are armed with Winchester Model 1895 rifles (Boris Barnet appears as one of Winchester-wielding British soldiers). In reality British army never used Winchester 95, but these guns were most likely the only foreign rifles, available for movie makers in large quantities. Some Red partisans also use Winchesters.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever
British soldiers stand in formation with aimed rifles.
Soldiers threaten the Mongolian people.
A soldier aims during the battle against partisans.
A partisan aims a Winchester.
A soldier (Karl Gurnyak) escorts Bair.

Mosin Nagant M1891

A mix of Infantry and Dragoon Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are used by Red partisans.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
A partisan aims an M1891 rifle.
A closer view of the same man.
A partisan with an M91 Dragoon rifle.
Another partisan holds an M91.
A partisan carries an M91 Infantry rifle during the march. Its stock seems to be damaged and fixed by a rope.
One more partisan with an M91 Infantry rifle.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

One partisan carries a Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifle.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
Storm Over Asia-Rifle-8.jpg

Arisaka Type 38 Carbine

What appears to be an Arisaka Type 38 Carbine is seen in hands of a Red partisan.

Arisaka Type 38 Carbine - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A partisan aims his rifle.

Unidentified rifle

A Red partisan carries a rifle that bears resemblance with a carbine version of Mannlicher M1895.

A partisan holds unidentified carbine.

Shotguns and Muskets

Bolt Action Shotgun

What appears to be a Mosin Nagant M1891 rifle, converted to a shotgun, is seen in hands of a partisan. It is an early version of so called Frolovka.

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 Gauge
Typical features of Mosin rifle together with the lack of protruding magazine leads to a conclusion that it's a converted shotgun.

Matchlock Musket

Several Red partisans are armed with archaic Matchlock Muskets. In the opening scene Bair is seen with a hunting gun that is also possible to be a matchlock but it is seen very unclear.

Ottoman Matchlock Musket, 17th Century
Bair enters the yurt.
Another view of Bair's long gun.
A partisan loads his musket.
Another partisan takes aim. The matchlock is seen.

Machine Guns

Colt M1895

Colt M1895 machine guns are used by British troops and Red partisans. Most likely the machine guns are of Russian contract M1895/14 model.

Colt 1895/14 machine gun, Russian contract version - 7.62x54mm R
British soldiers deploy a Colt machine gun against Red partisans.
The Red commander (Aleksandr Chistyakov) captured a machine gun.
A close view of the barrel.
A general view of the Colt machine gun.

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