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Take Him Alive (Vzyat zhivym)

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Take Him Alive (Vzyat zhivym)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vadim Lysenko
Release Date 1983
Language Russian
Studio Odessa Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Vasiliy Romashkin Fyodor Sukhov
Lt. Grigoriy Kurzhakov Aleksandr Potapov
Commissar Andrey Danilovich Garbuz Igor Efimov
Maj. Karavayev Yury Solovyov
Gen. Dobrokhotov Leonid Nevedomsky
Sr. Lt. Ivan Kazakov Georgiy Nazarenko
Bogdan Shovkoplyas Aleksandr Ignatusha
Aleksandr Prolyotkin Sergey Makovetskiy
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Zhmachenko Viktor Pavlov
Ivan Rogatin Aleksandr Bespalyy

Take Him Alive (Vzyat zhivym) is a Soviet 1983 (filmed 1982) three-part mini-series directed by Vadim Lysenko and adapted from the novel by Vladimir Karpov. The main character is Lt. Vasiliy Romashkin (Fyodor Sukhov), commander of a reconnaissance platoon on Soviet-German front.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries Take Him Alive (Vzyat zhivym):



TT-33 are service sidearms of Soviet officers, including Lt. (later Sr. Lt. and Capt.) Vasiliy Romashkin (Fyodor Sukhov), Lt. (later Sr. Lt., Capt. and Maj.) Grigoriy Kurzhakov (Aleksandr Potapov), and Sr. Lt. (later Capt.) Ivan Kazakov (Georgiy Nazarenko).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version
Kurzhakov whose family perished in the first days of the war shoots at German POWs in a fit of rage.
Romashkin draws a TT during his first battle.
A good view of Romashkin's TT holster.
Kuzhakov raises a TT when leading his company in attack.
Romashkin holds a TT when stops a trio of defectors.
Romashkin with a TT in hand helps wounded Pyotr Nagorniy.

Luger P08

A German officer holds a Luger P08 during the operation of Romashkin's unit against German headquarters. What appear to be a P08 is seen in hand of a German officer during the massacre in Soviet field hospital.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German officer fires his pistol at a doctor in Soviet field hospital.
A German officer fires his Luger at Soviet scouts, attacking the German headquarters.
The jointed arm of the Luger locks in rear position.
Aleksandr Prolyotkin (Sergey Makovetskiy) carries a holster for P08. It's impossible to say if there is a pistol inside.

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 submachine guns are most widely used weapons of Soviet troops. They are seen in hands of Lt. Vasiliy Romashkin (Fyodor Sukhov), Lt. Grigoriy Kurzhakov (Aleksandr Potapov), Capt. Ivan Kazakov (Georgiy Nazarenko), war correspondent Capt. Kim Ptitsyn (Aleksandr Lenkov), and soldiers and sergeants of Romashkin's platoon - Bogdan Shovkoplyas (Aleksandr Ignatusha), Aleksandr Prolyotkin (Sergey Makovetskiy), Ivan Rogatin (Aleksandr Bespalyy), Zhmachenko (Viktor Pavlov), Goloshchapov (Anatoli Yurchenko), Konoplyov (Vladimir Zaytsev), Mikola Tsymbalyuk (Vladimir Shakalo), Zhuk (Valeriy Zaytsev), Luzgin (Viktor Bychkov) and others.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Kurzhakov with PPSh and Romashkin with M91/30 rifle.
Zhuk reloads his PPSh. Luzgin's PPSh is seen on the wall.
Goloshchapov carries a PPSh, wrapped in white cloth.
Zhmachenko carries a PPSh.
Romashkin and Kazakov with PPSh.
War correspondent Ptitsyn makes photos of the battlefield; his PPSh is seen on the ground next to him.
Konoplyov with a PPSh.
Romashkin carries a PPSh.
Vzyat zhivym-PPSh-12.jpg
Sgt. Kuzma Pryakhin (Aleksandr Zhdanov) fires a PPSh during the crossing of Dniepr. Next to him Romashkin reloads his PPSh.
Rogatin with a PPSh and Zhuk with MP40 and Prolyotkin's PPSh during the assault of Konigsberg in April 1945.


MP40 submachine guns are widely used by German troops. Aleksandr Prolyotkin (Sergey Makovetskiy), Zhuk (Valeriy Zaytsev) and several other soldiers of Romashkin's platoon also use MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
German soldiers with MP40 under the fire of Soviet infantry.
Vzyat zhivym-MP40-2.jpg
German soldiers fire their MP40 during the massacre in Soviet field hospital.
Rogatin (Aleksandr Bespalyy) picks up an MP40 during the raid on German positions.
Zhuk holds an MP40.
Zhuk fires his MP40.
A view of the muzzle of MP40.
Kurzhakov (Aleksandr Potapov) with MP40.
Vzyat zhivym-MP40-10.jpg
German soldiers with MP40s during the attack on German headquarters.
Prolyotkin carries an MP40.
A close view of MP40 in hands of one of scouts.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Many Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles. Lt. Vasiliy Romashkin (Fyodor Sukhov) takes an M91/30 rifle from a slain soldier in his first battle.

Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Vzyat zhivym-Mosin-2.jpg
Soldiers of Romashkin's platoon carry M91/30 rifles with and without bayonets.
Romashkin takes a rifle from a slain soldier.
Romashkin and a soldier at the background fire at attacking German infantry.
A view through the rifle sight.
Romashkin reloads the rifle.
A closeup of the bolt and receiver. The hex receiver indicates pre-1936 manufactured rifle.
Soldiers stand in formation with M91/30 rifles with bayonets. Konstantin Korolevich (Nikita Lysenko) is at the left, and Mikola Tsymbalyuk (Vladimir Shakalo) in center.
Vzyat zhivym-Mosin-11.jpg
Pyotr Nagorniy (Evgeniy Solyakov) carries an M91/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also used by Soviet soldiers.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Pvt. Kuzma Pryakhin (Aleksandr Zhdanov) with M38 Carbine.
A trio of defectors surrender their weapons. A soldier at the left (Rudolf Mukhin) holds an M38 Carbine.
Pyotr Nagorniy (Evgeniy Solyakov) with his M91/30 and M38 Carbine, taken from the defector.

Karabiner 98k

German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
A German soldier carries a 98k rifle in the episode, set during the Battle for Moscow in January 1942.
German soldiers fire at Soviet scouts in the episode, set in Autumn 1942.
A soldier reloads his 98k rifle in same scene.
A soldier at the left carries a 98k rifle.
Another soldier with a 98k rifle.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine guns are widely used by Soviet troops.

Degtyaryov DP-28 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier in center carries a DP-27 in the episode, set during the Battle for Moscow in late Autumn 1941.
A soldier with a DP-27 in a dugout in same episode.
A DP-27 in action.
A soldier with DP-27 in the episode, set during the assault-crossing the Dnieper river in September 1943.

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 with smooth barrel jackets are seen in several scenes.

Maxim M1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim in trench in the episode, set during the Battle for Moscow.
Vzyat zhivym-Maxim-4.jpg
Same Maxim is used to repel a German night attack.
A Maxim on position.

MG 34

German troops use MG 34 machine guns in several scenes. Lt. Vasiliy Romashkin (Fyodor Sukhov) fires a captured MG 34 in one scene. All screen MG34 have bipods fitted under the guns’ center of gravity rather than under the muzzle; likely a single prop is reused throughout the movie.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German soldier fires at Soviet scouts in the episode, set in Autumn 1942.
A better view of the MG 34. Note the position of the bipod.
Vzyat zhivym-MG34-6.jpg
An MG 34 on German positions.
MG 34 in action.
Romashkin fires a captured MG 34.
Abandoned MG 34.


German tanks in the movie are mockups, built on the chassis of MT-LB armoured prime movers. Standard small turret of MT-LB with a PKT machine gun is removed from most of these mockups, but at least one such fake tank has the turret on place, and a firing machine gun can be seen.

PKT machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mm R
A real turret with a machine gun is seen in front of the large fake turret.
The machine gun is seen firing.

Other Weapons


A PTRD-41 is seen during the battle in late autumn 1941.

PTRD-41 - 14.5x114mm
A PTRD in action.
Another view of the anti-tank rifle.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

Lt. Vasiliy Romashkin (Fyodor Sukhov) uses an OSP-30 Flare Pistol in an episode, set in Summer 1942.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
Vzyat zhivym-OSP-1.jpg
Romashkin fires a flare pistol, signalling for attack
Another view of the flare pistol.

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 hand grenades are used by Soviet soldiers.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
During the night raid on German positions, Romashkin (Fyodor Sukhov) throws a grenade without releasing a pin in order to frighten a German soldier and take him alive.
Romashkin picks up the intact grenade.
Aleksandr Prolyotkin (Sergey Makovetskiy) uses an F-1 grenade to blow up an explosive charge during the assault of Konigsberg in April 1945.

Dummy Training Grenade

Dummy training stick grenades, seen in several scenes, stand for RG-14/30 and RGD-33 hand grenades.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
Konstantin Korolevich (Nikita Lysenko) with a stick grenade and a PPSh-41.
Vzyat zhivym-Grenade-2.jpg
One of Romashkin's scouts throws a stick grenade during the attack on German headquarters.

45 mm anti-tank gun 53-K

A 45mm anti-tank gun 53-K is seen in the scene of the Battle for Moscow.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
Vzyat zhivym-45mm-1.jpg
A 45mm gun fires at German tanks.


MT-LB armoured prive movers with fake turrets are used as German tanks.

Fake German tanks in attack.
Vzyat zhivym-MTLB-3.jpg
Close view of visually modified MT-LB.


Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns, mounted on various Soviet tanks, are seen in wartime documentary footage.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A frontal DT on a T-34.
DShK and DT in the turret of T-40 light tank.
A DT is mounted in the rear niche of the turret of BT-7 tank.

MG 34 Panzerlauf

A frontal MG 34 Panzerlauf is seen on a destroyed Pz.IV Ausf.G in wartime documentary footage.

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Vzyat zhivym-Chronicle-20.jpg

Degtyaryov-Shpagin DShK

A DShK heavy machine gun is seen in a turret of T-40 light tank in wartime documentary footage.

DShK 1938 on wheeled mounting - 12.7x108mm
DShK and DT in the turret of T-40.

Berezin UBT

Berezin UBT machine gun is seen mounted on Il-2 in wartime documentary footage.

Berezin UBT, a turret version of UB with spade grips - 12.7x108mm
UBT on Il-2 is seen.

MG 151

A 20mm MG 151 autocannon is seen mounted in a turret on FW 200C-3 Condor, captured in Stalingrad.

MG 151 aircraft automatic cannon - 15x96mm or 20x82mm
Vzyat zhivym-Chronicle-12.jpg

Volkov-Yartsev VYa-23

Volkov-Yartsev VYa-23 autocannons are seen mounted on Il-2 in wartime documentary footage.

Volkov-Yartsev VYa-23 - 23x152mmB
Il-2 fires wing mounted VYa-23.


122mm A-19 heavy field guns in the Battle for Moscow.
122mm M1910/30 field howitzer (early version with spoked wheels) in the Battle of Moscow.
122mm M-30 field howitzer in the Battle of Moscow.
Unidentified German heavy field gun (supposedly a 150mm model).
M-30 rocket launchers fire salvos during the Battle of Stalingrad.
152mm ML-20 gun-howitzers during the Battle of Kursk.
85mm 52-K AA guns used for salute in Moscow.


T-34-76 on the parade in Moscow in November 1941. This is a 1941 version with L-11 main gun.
T-40 light tank during the Battle of Moscow.
BT-7 during the Battle of Moscow.
Abandoned Panther tanks (left and background). This footage was taken in 1945 but in the movie it is used for the Winter 1941-1942 which is obviously incorrect.
Abandoned Tiger I. Same thing as with the previous footage.
T-70 light tank during the Battle of Stalingrad.
T-34-76 during the Battle of Kursk. This is a 1942 version with F-34 main gun.
Destroyed Elefand tank destroyer during the Battle of Kursk.
Destroyed Pz.IV Ausf.G.
Lend-Lease supplied Valentine tank during the crossing of Dniepr. This is a version with 2-pounder main gun,


German FW 200C-3 Condor, captured in Stalingrad. In the movie this footage is used for the Battle for Moscow which is obviously incorrect.
Soviet Pe-2 bombers in flight.
Soviet Il-2 in attack.

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