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The Red Ghost (Krasnyy prizrak)

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The Red Ghost
(Krasnyy prizrak)
Krasnyy prizrak Poster.jpg
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Andrey Bogatyrev
Release Date 2021
Language Russian
Studio ABC Film Company
Main Cast
Character Actor
The Red Ghost Aleksey Shevchenkov
"Ded" (Grandfather) Vladimir Gostyukhin
"Prostachyok" (Simpleton) Yuriy Borisov
Vera Polina Chernyshova
SS-Hauptsturmführer Braun Wolfgang Cerny
Lyonya alias "Hitler" Mikhail Gorevoy
Ninochka Olga Stashkevich
"Moryachok" (Sailor) Pavel Abramenkov

The Red Ghost (Krasnyy prizrak) is a 2021 Russian war thriller directed by Andrey Bogatyrev. In December 1941 a small group of Soviet soldiers tries to break from the German encirclement. They are engaged in a hopeless battle with the enemy, but a mysterious person called "The Red Ghost" comes to help them.

The following weapons were used in the film The Red Ghost (Krasnyy prizrak):


Nagant M1895

One of the weapons of The Red Ghost (Aleksey Shevchenkov) is a Nagant M1895. Nagants are also used by Politruk (Vyacheslav Shikhaleev), Moryachok (Pavel Abramenkov) and a villager Kostya (Konstantin Simonov). In the final scene Hauptsturmführer Braun (Wolfgang Cerny) takes the revolver of killed Moryachok.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
The Red Ghost holds a Nagant.
The Red Ghost fires at taken by surprise Germans.
The Red Ghost aims at Braun.
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The Red Ghost reloads the revolver.
Two Nagants are seen in the pile of guns, together with MP38 submachine guns and Karabiner 98k and vz. 24 Czech Mauser rifles.
Kostya fires at Germans.
Politruk's Nagant is seen in holster.
A Nagant near Moryachok's dead body.
Braun picks up Moryachok's Nagant.

Walther P38

Walther P38 are widely used by German officers and soldiers, seen in hands of Hauptsturmführer Braun (Wolfgang Cerny), Hauptmann (Capt.) Klein (Paul Orlyanskiy), soldier Günther (Mikhail Melin) and others. The Red Ghost (Aleksey Shevchenkov) and Prostachyok (Yuriy Borisov) use captured P38s in various scenes. Only a single pistol is seen in a time, so possibly a single prop is reused throughout the film.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
The Red Ghost carries a P38, taken from killed Unterfeldwebel (NCO) Otto (Yuriy Maslak).
A blurry but identifiable view of Braun's P38.
Klein aims his pistol at pregnant Vera.
Günther holds Klein's pistol.
A Walther in opened holster is seen on the table.
Prostachyok holds the P38.
Soldier Herman (uncredited) aims a P38 at a village boy.
Lyonya (Mikhail Gorevoy) throws himself at Herman.

Luger P08

While Luger P08 pistol isn't used in the film, it is seen in hands of SS-Hauptsturmführer Braun (Wolfgang Cerny) on film posters. Judging by the barrel, a Denix replica is used.

Denix Luger P08 non-firing replica
A fragment of the film poster shows SS-Hauptsturmführer Braun holding a Luger P08.

Submachine Guns


Politruk (Vyacheslav Shikhaleev) carries a PPSh-41 submachine gun.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
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Politruk in battle.
A close-up of the PPSh-41.
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The PPSh is seen firing.
Politruk holds his PPSh.


A number of German soldiers and NCOs, notably Hauptsturmführer Braun (Wolfgang Cerny) and Unterfeldwebel Koch (Oleg Klyonov), carry MP38 submachine guns. Moryachok (Pavel Abramenkov) and Prostachyok (Yuriy Borisov) use captured MP38s.

MP38 - 9x19mm
Moryachok with the MP38.
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Koch with the MP38.
A good view of the early type charging handle of the MP38.
Moryachok with the MP38.
Gebirgsjager (mountain troops) Unteroffizer Armand (uncredited) with the MP38.
Braun with the MP38.
The deactivation jumper can be seen in the muzzle of Braun's MP38.
Braun's MP38 has a late type charging handle that appeared only in 1942.
Prostachyok fires the MP38.

MP40 (Denix)

The commander of German Gebirgsjager (mountain troops) unit Steiger (Yuriy Utkin) carries an MP40 submachine gun that is most likely a Denix non-firing replica. MP40s are also briefly seen in hands of several soldiers.

Denix non-firing replica of MP40
Steiger carries an MP40.
Steiger and one of his soldiers hold MP40s.
Krasnyy prizrak-MP40-3.jpg
Close-ups of Steiger's MP40 allow to guess it to be a Denix replica.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Kostya (Konstantin Simonov) is armed with a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Kostya carries the M91/30 rifle.
Kostya holds the rifle.
Kostya's rifle is seen at the foreground.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle

The Red Ghost (Aleksey Shevchenkov) uses a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 Sniper Rifle in battle.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 Sniper Rifle with PU 3.5x sniper scope and down turned bolt handle - 7.62x54mm R
Prostachyok (Yuriy Borisov) examines the rifle.
The Red Ghost readies his rifle.
A close-up of the muzzle and the front sight.
A close-up of the bolt and the sniper scope.
The Red Ghost with the rifle.
He takes aim. The Nagant holster is seen on the belt.
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He holds the rifle in close combat with Braun who is armed with a Karabiner 98k with bayonet.

Vz. 24 Czech Mauser

Many German soldiers, including Adler (German Segal), August (Ilya Kiporenko), Günther (Mikhail Melin), Bruno (Andrey Kurganov) and Wolf (Nikolay Orlovskiy), are armed with vz. 24 Czech Mauser rifles (Wehrmacht designation Gewehr 24(t)). Captured rifles are seen in hands of The Red Ghost (Aleksey Shevchenkov), Moryachok (Pavel Abramenkov), Prostachyok (Yuriy Borisov) and Kostya (Konstantin Simonov). The rifles lack grasping grooves on the stocks that is probably a result of post-war (or even modern) rework (for example, Yugoslav vz.23/24 rifles underwent such rework with using elements of Kar 98k stocks). Some rifles have hooded front sight that was issued to the late production series of Vz. 24.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Adler (German Segal) carries a rifle on sling. The typical Czech front sight can be seen.
Günther (Mikhail Melin) carries a Gewehr 24(t) rifle with a hooded front sight. Throughout the film, Günther's rifle several times switches between Gewehr 24(t) and Kar 98k.
A soldier aims a rifle, also with hooded front sight.
The Red Ghost aims a captured rifle.
Hauptsturmführer Braun (Wolfgang Cerny), caught naked in a village bathhouse, grabs a rifle that Wolf threw to him.
Kostya with a Gewehr 24(t) rifle.
Prostachyok aims a Gewehr 24(t) rifle.
A spotter of the mortar crew carries a Gewehr 24(t) rifle. Notably, he wears an outdated M1916 steel helmet.
Moryachok with a Gewehr 24(t) rifle.
Braun fires a Gewehr 24(t) rifle. In this scene his rifle switches from a Kar 98k to a Gewehr 24(t).

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are also used by many German soldiers.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
In the opening scene Ded (Vladimir Gostyukhin) carries a Kar 98k. For the most of the film, he is armed with a "Berdanka" shotgun.
Günther (Mikhail Melin) carries a Kar 98k. In the following scene he is armed with a Gewehr 24(t) rifle.
A sentry Paul (Anton Anosov) with a Kar 98k rifle.
Another sentry (Vitaliy Lobachyov) is sleeping on duty.
Moryachok (Pavel Abramenkov) and sentry Johan (Anton Uspenskiy) are fighting over a rifle.
Captured Kar 98k rifles are seen on the table.
Hauptsturmführer Braun (Wolfgang Cerny) aims a Kar 98k. In this scene his rifle several times switch between a Kar 98k and a Gewehr 24(t).
Braun holds a rifle with attached bayonet.
Braun in close combat with The Red Ghost. His rifle differs from the one seen before, having more reddish color of the stock and more dark blueing.
Braun and The Red Ghost in close combat. In this scene the bayonet of Braun's rifle is additionally fixes with a piece of wire.
The actor of the frontline propaganda brigade Lyonya nicknamed "Hitler" (Mikhail Gorevoy) carries a rifle, taken from Herman.

Karabiner 98k Dummy

A rubber prop of Kar 98k rifle is used by Ninochka alias Krasnoarmeyka (Red Army woman) (Olga Stashkevich) in the close combat.

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Krasnoarmeyka beats a German soldier with a rifle. It is clearly visible that the gun is curved.


"Berdanka" Shotgun

For the most of the film, Ded (Vladimir Gostyukhin) is armed with a "Berdanka" shotgun. In the final scene the shotgun is used by Kostya (Konstantin Simonov).

Berdanka bolt action shotgun - 28 Gauge
Ded aims the shotgun.
Ded holds his "Berdanka".
A close-up of the bolt.
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Ded on the position.
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Kostya with Ded's "Berdanka".

Machine Guns


An MG42, anachronistic for December 1941, is used by the German unit. The machine gun is seen in hands of Oberschutze (a Private First Class rank) Schmidt (Andrey Myasnikov), soldier Bruno (Andrey Kurganov), and then the captured gun is used by Politruk (Vyacheslav Shikhaleev) and Moryachok (Pavel Abramenkov).

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Schmidt with the MG42.
Bruno fires the MG42.
A close-up of the machine gun.
Abandoned MG42.
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Politruk fires the MG42.
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Moryachok with the MG42.


While DP-27 machine gun isn't used in the film, it is seen in hands of Moryachok (Pavel Abramenkov) on a promotional image.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
A battle scene on a promotional image shows Moryachok firing a DP-27 (at the background left). Also note Nurse Vera (Polina Chernyshova) holding a Karabiner 98k while in the film she doesn't use any gun.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Several German soldiers use Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Unterfeldwebel Koch (Oleg Klyonov) prepares to throw a grenade.
The Red Ghost (Aleksey Shevchenkov) throws a grenade in a German trench.
A German soldier with an MP40 and a grenade.
A soldier with a grenade is gunned down point-blank by Kostya.
Unteroffizer Armand (uncredited) with an MP38 and a grenade.
A soldier readies to throw a grenade.
Herman (uncredited) carries a grenade tucked into his belt.
Lyonya "Hitler" (Mikhail Gorevoy) uses Herman's grenade as a melee weapon, proving the Russian nickname of this weapon "kolotushka" (beater).

Granatwerfer 34 Mortar

A Granatwerfer 34 Mortar is used by the German unit.

8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
The soldiers deploy the mortar.
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Another view of the mortar.
The baseplate is seen.
A soldier, loading the mortar, is gunned down by The Red Ghost and drops the mine.



English language release poster

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