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The Battle of Russia

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The Battle of Russia is a 1943 American propaganda film and the fifth film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight documentary series. The documentary focuses on the history of the Russian people and the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany (for propaganda reasons, the film does not mention communism in any way).

The following weapons were used in the film The Battle of Russia:


Luger P08

A German soldier is seen with what appears to be a Luger P08.

P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum

Tokarev TT-33

A Red Army soldier uses what appears to be a Tokarev TT-33.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The soldier holds the pistol, note the lanyard.

Submachine Guns

Degtyaryov PPD-40

Red Army soldiers use Degtyaryov PPD-40s.

Degtyaryov PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev


Red Army soldiers use PPSh-41 submachine guns.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A young boy assembles a PPSh.

MP 28

A German soldier uses an MP 28.

Haenel MP 28/II - 9x19mm Parabellum
The German soldier in the sidecar holds the MP 28; the magazine appears to have been removed.

MP 40

Partisans and German soldiers are armed with MP 40 submachine guns.

MP 40 - 9x19mm
The partisans holds up a MP40


Fedorov Avtomat

A Siberian hunter uses a Fedorov Avtomat; this is the only known surviving footage of this weapon being fired.

Fedorov Avtomat M1923 - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
The hunter fires his rifle.
The rifle is seen cycling.

Mosin Nagant M1891

The Mosin Nagant M1891 is seen in stock footage from the First World War. A Siberian hunter uses a Mosin.

Mosin Nagant M1891 with attachable M91 bayonet - 7.62x54mmR
Russian soldiers march with what appear to be Mosin Nagants.
The hunter fires his rifle.
The hunter works the bolt.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Red Army soldiers are seen drilling with Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
The soldiers practice with their bayonets. Note the hooded front sight.

Sniper rifle

A Red Army sniper uses a Mosin Nagant with a scope.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 with PE scope - 7.62x54mmR
The sniper fires the rifle.
The sniper works the bolt

Tokarev SVT-38

The Tokarev SVT-38 is used by the Red Army.

Tokarev SVT-38 - 7.62x54mmR

Tokarev SVT-40

A soldier in the treches outside Leningrad uses a Tokarev SVT-40 with a scope.

Tokarev SVT-40 with PU sniper scope - 7.62x54mmR


The PTRS-41 is used by the Red Army.

PTRS-41 - 14.5x114mm
Two soldiers carry a PTRS

Mauser Gewehr 1898

What appears to be Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles are seen in stock footage of a German military parade.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Kaiser reviews his troops.

Mannlicher M1893

What appears to be Mannlicher M1893 rifles are used by Romanian soldiers.

Pușcă cu repetiție Mannlicher, Model 1893 - 6.5x53mmR Mannlicher
Romanian soldiers march with their rifles; the Mannlicher-style magazine can be faintly seen.

Vz. 24 Czech Mauser

Romanian soldiers carry rifles that appear to be Vz.24 Czech Mausers.

Puška vzor 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Romanian soldiers march with their rifles.

Mannlicher-Schönauer Y1903/14

Greek Evzones are seen with Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles.

Mannlicher-Schönauer Y1903/14 - 6.5x54mm Mannlicher-Schönauer
Greek Evzones march with their rifles.

M1903 Springfield

American soldiers can be seen with what appear to be M1903 Springfield rifles.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06 Springfield

Karabiner 98K

German soldiers are armed with Kar98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier escorts a convoy of horses; Wehrmacht logistics relied heavily on horses and wagons.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

British soldiers can be seen with Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* with Pattern 1907 Bayonet - .303 British

Unknown Rifle

An old man is seen with an unknown rifle.

The old man watches over the fields


Muskets are used by Swedish soldiers at the 1709 Battle of Poltava and by Napoleon's soldiers.

Swedish soldiers march with muskets. This footage was taken from the 1937 biographical film Peter the Great.
Napoleon's army retreats.

Machine Guns


A Wehrmacht soldier uses a rather obsolete MG08/15.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier holds the machine gun.

MG 34

The MG 34 is used by the Wehrmacht.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier fires an MG 34

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are used by the Red Army.

Maxim M1910 - 7.62x54mmR
The soldier fires the machine gun.


The DShK is used by the Red Army.

DShK - 12.7x108mm
Two DSHKs are mounted on a train car.

Degtyaryov DP

The Degtyaryov DP is used by the Red Army.

Degtyaryov DP - 7.62x54mmR


F-1 hand grenade

Red Army soldiers use F-1 hand grenades.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
The soldier holds the grenade.

Stick grenades

Some Red Army soldiers use stick grenades.

The soldier throws the grenade.


ROKS-3 Flamethrower

A Red Army soldier is seen with a ROKS-3 flamethrower.

The soldier fires the flamethrower.


Swedish and French troops use muzzleloading artillery.

Swedish soldiers fire the cannon. This footage was taken from the 1937 film Peter the Great.
Napoleon's army retreats.

21 cm Mörser 10

21 cm Mörser 10 howitzers are used by the German Army in stock footage from the First World War.

Langer Mörser Model 10 - 210mm

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