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The Crash of the Emirate (Krushenie emirata)

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The Crash of the Emirate
(Krushenie emirata)
Krushenie emirata Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Vladimir Basov
Latif Faiziyev
Release Date 1955
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Tashkent Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze Evgeniy Samoylov
Valerian Vladimirovich Kuybyshev Vladimir Krasnopolskiy
Sherali Yakubov Sanat Divanov
Oigul Nelya Ataullaeva
Ignat Georgiy Yumatov
Nastenka Roza Makagonova
Jafar Razak Khamrayev
Said Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara Abbas Bakirov
British Col. Paley Andrey Fayt
White Army Col. Osipov Vladimir Balashov

The Crash of the Emirate (Krushenie emirata) is a 1955 Soviet historical movie directed by Vladimir Basov and Latif Faiziyev. The movie depicts the events of Summer 1920 when the Emirate of Bukhara, a Central Asian state and former protectorate of Russian Empire, was taken by Red Army under the command of Mikhail Frunze.

The following weapons were used in the film The Crash of the Emirate (Krushenie emirata):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen in several scenes, used by both Reds and Whites. The revolvers are of post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A former White officer (Vladimir Basov), acting on instructions of British agent Col. Paley (Andrey Fayt), holds a Nagant in assassination attempt on Frunze and Kuybyshev.
He fires.
A close view of the officer's Nagant.
A Basmach in center holds a Nagant.
The commander-in-chief of the Turkestan front Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze (Evgeniy Samoylov) carries a Nagant in holster.
White Army Col. Osipov (Vladimir Balashov), Sardar (commander-in-chief) of Bukhara, carries a Nagant in holster. This is a universal holster for Nagant and TT-33 pistol; such pattern was issued only in late 1930s.
During the street combat Red Army man Ignat (Georgiy Yumatov) fires a Nagant at dagger-wielding Bukhara soldier.
Jafar (Razak Khamrayev), former Bukhara blacksmith turned commander of Red East Muslim regiment, holds a Nagant.
Red commander Yasniy (Mikhail Pugovkin) holds a Nagant in battle.
Victorious Red Army men and Bukhara rebels fire a salute. Nagants are seen in hands of Frunze (left background) and Yasniy (right background).


Mauser C96

Uzbek Bolshevik Sherali Yakubov (Sanat Divanov) carries a Mauser C96. Mauser pistols are also used by Basmachi (Central Asian Muslim rebels).

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Qurboshi (chieftan) (Saat Talipov) carries a Mauser C96 in his belt.
Another Qurboshi leads his men in attack with a Mauser in hand.
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Basmachi with Mauser pistols in battle.
Sherali carries his Mauser in wooden holster. This holster is a custom item, looking different from a standard Mauser holster-stock. Same piece is seen in School of Courage (Shkola muzhestva), filmed by same studio a year earlier.
Sherali in action.
Another view of Sherali's Mauser.

FN Model 1910

The member of the Revolutionary Military Council of Turkestan front Valerian Vladimirovich Kuybyshev (Vladimir Krasnopolskiy) carries an FN Model 1910 pistol. A high rank officer of Bukhara army (Artavazd Kefchiyan), credited as "Turkish officer", is also seen with an FN 1910. In the final scene when victorious Red Army men and Bukhara revolutionaries fire their guns in salute, Kurban Saidov (Abdusalom Rakhimov), a Bukhara coppersmith and paricipant of the uprising against Emir, holds a handgun that is possibly the same FN 1910.

FN Model 1910 - .380 ACP
Kuybyshev carries an FN 1910 in holster; a small part of grip is seen.
The holster is a standard FN 1910 model.
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The Turkish officer fires his pistol.
The grip is seen when the Turkish officer drops his gun.
Kurban Saidov (at the right, in red coat) raises a handgun that seems to be the same FN 1910.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Most Red Army men, Bukhara army soldiers and Emir's guards and rebelling Bukhara people are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles.

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Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
Ignat fires his M91 rifle at a White officer who makes an assassination attempt of Frunze and Kuybushev.
Red Army men in action.
Yuldash Akhunbaev (K. Alimdzhanov), the commander of the Red unit of local peasants, reloads his rifle.
A Bukhara rebel peasant loads his rifle.
Sherali Yakubov (Sanat Divanov) carries a rifle.
Kurban Saidov (Abdusalom Rakhimov) holds a rifle.
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A soldier of Emir's guard fires at Ignat.
A Red Army man with rifle during the assault of Bukhara.
A Red Army man with rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In one scene Ignat carries an M91/30 rifle instead of previously seen M91 Infantry.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Ignat carries an M91 Dragoon rifle.
Another view of Ignat's rifle.

Winchester Model 1895

Winchester Model 1895 rifles are seen in hands of Bukhara army soldiers and Basmachi.

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A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54 Russian. Note the loading bridge over the reciever
A Basmach on horse carries a Winchester 1895.
One more Basmach with a Winchester.
A peasant of Akhunbayev's Red unit grapples with a Basmach for the rifle. Another Winchester is seen at far left.
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Bukhara army soldiers break in a house.
Emir's guards escort arrested woman.
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Sherali Yakubov (Sanat Divanov) with a Winchester 1895, captured from Emir's guard.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Red troops, rebelling Bukhara people and Emis guards use Maxim M1910 machine guns.

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Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
An Austin armoured car of Red Army is armed with two Maxim M1910 machine guns.
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Red Army men carry disassembled Maxims.
Two Maxims fire at Basmachi. Ignat (Georgiy Yumatov) is the gunner of the Maxim at the left.
A close view of Ignat firing the Maxim.
During the uprising in Bukhara rebelling people use a Maxim. Gunner's assistant pours water in the water jacket.
A close view of pouring water into the small hole at the rear end of the barrel from a canteen. This process is rarely seen on screen.
Emir's guards fire a Maxim.

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 (or, less credible, early Maxim M1910) machine guns are also seen.

Maxim 1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim with ribbed water jacker is seen in the hideout of Bukhara revolutionaries.

Other Weapons

RG-14/30 Hand Grenade

RG-14/30 hand grenades are seen in several scenes, used by Kurban Saidov (Abdusalom Rakhimov), Sherali Yakubov (Sanat Divanov) and Ignat (Georgiy Yumatov).

RG-14/30 hand grenade.
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Kurban Saidov carries a grenade in his belt.
Sherali holds a grenade during the assault of Bukhara.
Mortally wounded Ignat holds a grenade.



76.2mm M1902 (or, more likely, M1902/30 with L30 barrels) are used by Red Army and Bukhara troops.

A close view of the barrel.
Bukhara army artillery.
Red artillery on positions.
Bukhara army artillery in action.
Red artillery in action.


Red troops use Austin armoured cars. The screen vehicles are faithful replicas of Austins of 1st and 3rd series. It looks like two armoured cars of 1st series and one of 3rd series are seen in the movie, that perfectly correspond the real 53rd armoured automobile Turkestan squad that participated in the assault of Bukhara.

One of Red armoured cars. It is armed with two Maxim M1910 machine guns in turrets. The shape of the driver's cab roof matches Austin 1st series (pattern 1914).
Another view of the Austin.
Two Austins in action. Both match 1st series.
A side view of the Austin. Its hull has long rear part that matches 3rd series (pattern 1916).

An armoured train of Red Army is seen in the movie. It is seen only partially but the shape of the armoured wagons match OB-3 pattern of WW2 era.

Two artillery wagons of the armoured train are seen. While the wagons are possibly genuine (but of different era), the guns in turrets appear to be mockups.
The guns doesn't recoil when "firing".
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Another gun turret, with a different looking gun.

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