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Tali-Ihantala 1944 is a 2007 Finnish war movie about the Battle of Tali-Ihantala in 1944 between Finland and the Soviet Union. The battle was the final and largest battle of the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War (1941–1944). Director Åke Lindman (Beyond the Front Line) tells the story from the Finnish viewpoint only about their critical defensive victory against overwhelming odds to save the Finnish capital Helsinki from capture by the Red Army. The Battle of Tali-Ihantala is considered the largest battle ever fought in the Nordic countries. The characters and actions are based on true events and stories of veterans. The movie uses many authentic weapons and equipment, some of them used in the actual battle sixty three years before. This movie is also known in English as 1944: The Final Defence or Battle for Finland: Tali-Ihantala 1944.
The following weapons were used in the film Tali-Ihantala 1944:
A Finnish captain uses a Lahti L-35 pistol.
A few Finnish officers are seen with a Luger P08.
A Finnish soldier is briefly seen with a Russian Nagant 1895 Revolver. A Soviet officer is later seen with the revolver.
The majority of the Finnish army is armed with Suomi KP/-31s.
PPSh-41s are used by Soviet soldiers which are equipped with the 35-round stick or 71-round drum magazines.
At least, one PPS-43 is held by a Soviet soldier riding a T34/85.
Some Soviet soldiers are armed with PPD-40 SMGs.
Finnish soldiers use Finnish M39 as their main battle rifle.
The Finnish Civil Guard M/28M/28-30 is also seen used by Finnish soldiers.
Mosin Nagant P26
Soviet and soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant P26 rifles standing for Russian variants. Some Finnish soldiers are also seen with this rifle.
A Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle is briefly seen in the hands of a Soviet soldier.
Finnish and Soviet soldiers are seen with DP-28s.
Finnish heavy machine gun teams are armed with a Maxim M/09-21.
A Maxim M/32-33 is also used by Finnish troops.
The secondary weapons of the T-34s are Degtyaryov DTs. The Finnish StuGs are also armed with these machine guns, which is historically correct as the Finnish army had replaced the original MG34 with the DT on these vehicles during WWII.
Some Finnish soldiers use Panzerfausts to take out Soviet tanks.
Nearly at the end of the movie, some Finnish soldiers are armed with Panzerschrecks.
OF-15 Hand Grenade
Finnish soldiers use French OF-15 hand grenades with m/35 fuses.
Kasapanos Explosive Charge
The Finnish tank commander uses a Kasapanos Explosive Charge to defend his tank from advancing Soviet soldiers.
A Soviet soldier attacks a Finnish tank with a RGD-33 stick grenade.
5 cm Pak 38
Finnish soldiers are seen preparing 5 cm Pak 38s before the Battle of Tali Ihantala.
7.5 cm Pak 40
A 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun is also seen used by the Finns.
45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)
A destroyed 45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K) is seen on the street.
152 H 88-37
Finnish army uses ex-Soviet 152 H 88-37 howitzers.
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A8/N
Focke-Wulf 190 replicas made by the German company "Flug Werk" GmBH are seen from the German Detachment "Kuhlmey" stationed at Immola airfield in Finland.
Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G
The Finnish army in the movie uses real German Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G assault guns which can also be seen in the 2004 movie Beyond the Front Line.
A Finnish, ex-Soviet, T-26 is briefly seen joining other ex-Soviet tanks in one scene 28 mins into the movie but is not seen again during the subsequent fighting.
Finnish and the Soviet army also use real T-34/76.
Finnish and Soviet armies use real KV-1 heavy tanks
Soviet army self-propelled gun was seen destroyed at the side of the road. during the Finnish counter-attack.