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The Interpreter (Perevodchik)

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The Interpreter
Perevodchik 2013 Poster.jpg
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Andrey Proshkin
Broadcast 2014
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 4
Main Cast
Character Actor
Andrey Petrovich Starikov Vitaliy Khaev
SS-Sturmbannführer Martin Leitner Joachim Paul Assböck
Aleksandra Konstantinovna Starikova Larisa Malevannaya
Avdotya Starikova Karina Andolenko
SS-Untersturmführer Georg Stieber Georg Blumreiter
SS-Hauptscharführer Franz Saurich Petar Zekavica
Tamara Chernykh Anna Ukolova
Semyon Chernykh Kamil Tukaev

The Translator (Perevodchik) is a Russian 2014 (filmed 2013) war drama mini series. The plot is set in a Nazi occupied Soviet town of Taganrog. The local school teacher Starikov (Vitaliy Khaev) has to serve as a translator for the German Sicherheitsdienst (SD) to save himself and his family.

The following weapons were used in the film The Interpreter (Perevodchik):


Luger P08 (Denix)

Initially the head of the SD in Taganrog Sturmbannführer Martin Leitner (Joachim Paul Assböck) carries a Luger P08. The markings reveal the gun as a Denix replica. Later Leitner is armed with a Walther P38.

Denix Luger P08 non-firing replica
Leitner threatens Starikov.
Another view of the same scene. The markings can be seen on the front part of the frame.
Leitner holds his pistol.

Walther P38

SD officers Sturmbannführer Martin Leitner (Joachim Paul Assböck), Untersturmführer Georg Stieber (Georg Blumreiter) and Hauptscharführer Franz Saurich (Petar Zekavica) carry Walther P38 pistols. Andrey Petrovich Starikov (Vitaliy Khaev) hold a P38 in several scenes.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Zaurich draws his pistol in the scene of the execution.
Stieber carries a pistol in holster.
Leitner holds a P38.
He readies the pistol.
Leitner suggests Starikov to take the gun and test himself if he is resolute enough to kill an enemy.
Starikov with Leitner's pistol.
Leitner carries his sidearm in a universal holster for P08 and P38.
Starikov takes a P38 from Stieber's holster.
Starikov readies the pistol.
Leitner holds his P38 when he bents over wounded Starikov.

Dummy pistol

Saurich carries a holster for a FN Model 1922 or a similar pistol with a dummy gun inside.

The dummy pistol grip is seen in Saurich's holster.
Saurich's holster is a pattern, common for FN Browning 1922.
The dummy pistol grip is seen in Saurich's holster.

Submachine Guns


MP40 submachine guns are seen in hands of several German soldiers and officers. Andrey Starikov (Vitaliy Khaev) is armed with an MP40 in the climactic scene. Two MP40s are seen on screen, one of the early model and another one of the late model, with different cocking handles and magazine wells.

MP40 - 9x19mm
An officer at the left carries an MP40 when the German troops enter Taganrog.
A close-up of the barrel of an MP40 in the scene in Starikov's flat.
A soldier fires at Starikov's neighbour Vanik.
Starikov fires an MP40. This is an early model with a slab-sided magazine well.
Starikov holds another MP40 that he took from a killed soldier. This is a late version with a ribbed magazine well.
Sturmbannführer Leitner (Joachim Paul Assböck) hands an MP40 to his secretary Hause (Anatoliy Falynskiy) (this character has mixed insignia of SS-Scharführer and SS-Unterscharführer). This MP40 is an early version.
When Starikov breaks into Leitner's office, his MP40 switches to an early version due to a continuity error.
Starikov's MP40 on the floor.
Starikov's MP40 again swithces to a late version. Note that the charging handle is of the pattern that was adopted only in Spring 1942.


When Starikov's first MP40 runs dry, he takes an MP38.

MP38 - 9x19mm
An MP38 (the one at the left) and an MP40 are seen on the crate.
Starikov takes the MP38.
He fires the MP38...
...until it runs dry.
Starikov throws the empty MP38 on the body of a killed soldier from whom he took an MP40 with a spare magazine.


Tokarev SVT-40

One or two German soldiers are armed with SVT-40 rifles.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
A soldier at the left carries an SVT-40.
An SVT is seen at the left.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Several Hilfspolizei, notably Andryukha (Oleg Shirshin) and Lyokha (Aleksey Timchenko), carry Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A Hilfspolizei patrols the town market.
Andryukha holds an M91/30 rifle.
Andryukha fires at a boy on a rooftop.
Lyokha (at the foreground) carries his rifle on sling while Andryukha's rifle leans against the motorcycle.
Both Lyokha and Andryukha carry their rifles on slings.
Andryukha aims his rifle at Starikov. Lyokha, driving the motorcycle, carries his rifle on sling.

Karabiner 98k

Most German soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
Karabiner 98k with bayonet - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This is a wartime version with hooded front sight.
German soldiers enter the school and order the schoolchildren to get away.
A soldier carries a Kar 98k.
A soldier convoys Starikov.
A soldier at the foreground holds a Kar 98k with bayonet during the execution of hostages.
A soldier at the left carries a Kar 98k with hooded front sight.
A soldier carries a Kar 98k with a bright yellow wood of the stock. Possibly this is a modern rework.
Soldiers of the firing squad aim their rifles during the mock execution of Starikov.
A soldier aims his rifle at Starikov in the final scene.
A production image shows a prop master carrying several Kar 98k.

Machine Guns

MG 34

MG 34 machine guns are seen in several scenes, mostly mounted on motorcycles.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. With Gurttrommel 34 - 50 round belt drum magazine.
An MG 34 is mounted on a motorcycle.
A close view of the MG 34.
An MG 34 is mounted on a motorcycle, used by Hilfspolizei Andryukha and Lyokha.
An MG 34 on a barricade of sandbags. The bipod is moved to the rear position.
The MG 34 is seen on a production image.

MG 34 Panzerlauf

An MG 34 Panzerlauf machine gun mounted on a German Pz III tank is most likely a mockup.

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The barrel of a frontal MG 34 Panzerlauf machine gun is seen.


A ZB-30 machine gun (on the German service it was known as MG 30(t)) is also seen on a motorcycle.

ZB-30 (deactivated) - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A motorcycle with a ZB-30 patrols the night town.
A ZB-30 is seen at the foreground.
The ZB-30 is seen on production images.


A ZB-53 (MG 37(t) on Wehrmacht service) machine gun is also used by the German soldiers.

ZB-53 (vz. 37) machine gun on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A ZB-53 on a road block.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

A number of German soldiers carry Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A soldier at the left carries a grenade tucked into his belt.
One of the soldiers carries a grenade.
Another soldier of the same group carries a grenade attached to his backpack.
A grenade is seen at the right.
A grenade is seen on a production image.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

During his fight, Andrey Starikov (Vitaliy Khaev) uses Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenades.

The Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenade
A pair of grenades on the crate.
Starikov takes a grenade.
He readies a grenade...
...and throws it.

45 mm 53-K AT Gun

A destroyed Soviet 45 mm 53-K AT gun is seen on the road.

M1937 (53-K) anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
A destroyed AT gun and a killed artilleryman.


Several German and Soviet armored vehicles are seen.

A Pz. III tank. This is a modern replica build on a BMP-1 chassis. This vehicle is seen in a number of 2010s productions.
The same Pz. III.
A good view of the barrels of the main gun and the MG34 Panzerlauf machine gun.
An Sd.Kfz. 222 armored car. This replica also can be seen in a number of 2010s productions.
The turret of the armored car is seen at the background. The barrel of the turret gun may be a mockup.
An abandoned BA-6 armored car, also a modern replica.

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