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Tanks for Stalin (Tanki)

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Tanks for Stalin
Tanki 2018.jpg
Russian Poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Kim Druzhinin
Release Date 2018
Language Russian
Studio MediaTrest
28 Panfilovtsev Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mikhail Ilyich Koshkin Andrey Merzlikin
Lt. of State Security Pyotr Andreevich Mizulin Anton Filipenko
Lidiya Kataeva Aglaya Tarasova
Vasiliy Krivich Dmitriy Podnozov
Nikolay Kayrat Sergey Stukalov
Arkadiy Kirillov Dmitriy Tsutskin
Yuriy Maksaryov Andrey Dezhonov
Nikolay Kucherenko Dmitriy Girev
Aleksandr Morozov Georgiy Bolonev

Tanks for Stalin (Tanki) is a Russian 2018 war action film directed by Kim Druzhinin. The plot is inspired by the real events of April-May 1940 when chief designer of the brand new T-34 tank Mikhail Koshkin and his team underwent a 2,000-kilometre drive from Kharkov to Moscow for a demonstration of the tanks to the Soviet leaders. In the film, the story is retold in a completely implausible way, including the absurdic White bandits (in 1940!), German saboteurs and a Abwehr spy who infiltrated the Koshkin's team (in reality, the T-34 was a surprise for Nazis when Wehrmacht first encountered this tank in June 1941).

The following weapons were used in the film Tanks for Stalin (Tanki):


Nagant M1895

Several White bandits hold Nagant M1895 revolvers.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Two bandits hold Nagant revolvers.
A bandit with a Nagant.
A bandit (Anton Paderin) aims his revolver.
Same character holds the driver of the first tank Vasiliy Krivich at gunpoint. He wears the insignia of Yefreytor of the Drozdovskiy regiment of the White Army.
Another White bandit holds the driver of the second tank Nikolay Kayrat at gunpoint.



Lt. of State Security Pyotr Andreevich Mizulin (Anton Filipenko) carries a TT-33. Two slightly different pistols are seen in his hands in various scenes, both of anachronistic post-1947 version.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Mizulin draws his pistol from the holster.
Mizulin aims.
Mizulin holds his pistol.
During the encounter with the White bandits, Mizulin's TT switches to another prop. This pistol has a different blueing and a reddish color of the chamber.
The pistol falls on the ground.
Mizulin interrogates Vasiliy Krivich who is exposed as a German spy. In this scene the pistol switches back to the first prop.

Mauser C96

The chieftan of the White bandits "Batya" ("Daddy") (Yuriy Itskov) and two of his men are armed with Mauser C96 pistols.

Mauser C96 "Pre-War Commercial" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A bandit at the right holds a Mauser C96.
Another bandit aims his Mauser pistol. This scene looks as if the extras from a film about the Civil War mixed up the film set.
Batya's Mauser on the table.
Batya holds his Mauser.

Submachine Guns


Several German saboteurs are armed with MP38 submachine guns.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A saboteur (Vladimir Veryovochkin) at the right holds an MP38.
Two saboteurs carry MP38s.
The commander of the saboteurs Gozzo (Aleksey Ovsyannikov) fires an MP38.



An SVT-40 is carried by a Red Army soldier during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol in 1939. It may be used as a stand-in for correct SVT-38.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A soldier in center carries an SVT.
Same soldier is seen at the far right.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Red Army soldiers during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol and the NKVD guards of the Kremlin carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Several soldiers on the battlefield hold M91/30 rifles (best seen the one in hands of a sitting soldier at the right).
The guards of the Kremlin with rifles with bayonets.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Several German saboteurs, including their commander Gozzo (Aleksey Ovsyannikov), White bandits, Soviet Militsioners and Red Army artillerymen carry Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Gozzo and other saboteurs with M38 Carbines.
A good view of Gozzo's carbine.
The White bandits with M38 Carbines.
A White bandit with a Nagant revolver in hand and a carbine on sling.
A White bandit carries a carbine.
Pyotr Mizulin (Anton Filipenko) uses a captured carbine to knock the lock off the door.
The Militsioners carry carbines.
The artillerymen carry carbines in the night scene.

Mosin Nagant "obrez"

The bandit "Borodatiy" ("Bearded") (Igor Grabuzov) is armed with a Mosin Nagant "obrez" sawed-off rifle. The rear sight allows to identify the base rifle as the original M1891. Another bandit is also seen with an "obrez", likely the same prop reused.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 "Obrez" - 7.62x54mm R. The screen gun has similar configuration but is made of M91 rifle.
The "obrez" in hands of Borodatiy. Note the M91 rear sight.
Another bandit with the "obrez" is gunned down during the attack. The wrapping on the barrel is the same that on Borodatiy's gun.
Borodatiy holds Lida Kataeva as hostage.
Another view of Borodatiy's "obrez" in the same scene.
Borodatiy holds his gun in another scene.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on various Soviet tanks. Only barrels are seen. These guns are most likely modern replicas.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A frontal DT on an experimental T-34 tank.
A turret DT on a T-37A tank.
Frontal DT machine guns on two experimental T-34 tanks.
A DT is seen inside the T-34.
DT machine guns on a T-35 tank (in the frontal small turret) and an SMK tank (frontal).
DT machine guns on a T-35 tank, in the rear small turret and coaxial with the 45 mm gun in the rear medium turret.

RPD-44 (visually modified as MG34)

The German saboteurs use two RPD-44 machine guns, visually modified to resemble an MG34.

RPD-44 - 7.62x39mm
MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The saboteurs prepare the machine gun for action. The man at the foreground holds the belt drum.
A saboteur (Vladimir Veryovochkin) fires a machine gun.
Another machine gun in action.
A close-up of the barrel.
The belt drum and the belt are seen.
A good view of the RPD receiver.

Other Weapons


An RPG-40 anti-tank grenade is seen in hands of German agent Schulz (Leonid Timtsunik).

Soviet RPG-40 anti-tank grenade. The manual for use of grenade is seen on its body.

45 mm 53-K AT Gun

A 45 mm 53-K AT gun is briefly seen in the night scene.

M1937 (53-K) anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
A 45 mm AT gun.
The artillery commander (Vladimir Kapustin) at the gun.



According to the filmmakers, one of the two "main characters" - first experimental T-34 tanks is a visually modified T-34-85, while another one is based on an armored recovery vehicle T-34-T which is in turn a rebuild wartime tank. Other tanks, seen in the movie, seem to be a mix of genuine vehicles, full-size replicas and CGIs.

A destroyed T-37A light tank on the battlefield at the Khalkhin Gol in 1939.
A T-38 light tank is seen at the right in the same scene.
A row of BT-7 tanks on the Kharkov tank factory. Most tanks don't have the turrets installed yet. This scene seems to be a CGI.
Two T-34 tanks are assembled on the factory.
A T-34 on march. The turret is rotated backwards.
The muzzle of the tank gun.
A good view of the turret.
Tanks are demonstrated to Soviet leaders near Kremlin. A T-35 heavy tank is seen at the left, an SMK heavy tank at the right.
A SU-100Y SPG is seen to the left of T-35.
KV-2 heavy tank and partially seen SU-100Y.
Another view of T-35 and SU-100Y.
Another view of SU-100Y and KV-2.
Two T-34 in Moscow after the drive from Kharkov.


The footage, both documentary and from 1949 film Stalingradskaya bitva, is used in the movie.

T-34 tanks on the parade in Moscow on November 7, 1941.
A good view of a frontal Degtyaryov DT machine gun on a T-34 tank.
Soviet soldiers with Mosin Nagant Rifles, a 45 mm 53-K AT gun and a T-34 tank in a footage from Stalingradskaya bitva.
A DP-27 in the same scene.
A PTRD-41 AT rifle and a 53-K AT gun in the same scene.
T-34 tanks in attack.
T-34 and BT-7 tanks and OT-130 flamethrowing tank.
A T-34 and a T-26 mod. 1939 tanks.
A T-34-85 tank.
A T-34-85 tank supports the attack of the soldiers, armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.
Soldiers with PPSh-41s ride atop the T-34.

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