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The Road Home (Synovya)

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The Road Home (Synovya)
Synovya DVD.jpg
Modern DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Ivanov
Release Date 1946
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Riga Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Yanis Oleg Zhakov
Ilga Lidiya Smirnova
Valdemar Nikodim Gippius
Karlis Vasiliy Merkuryev
Christina Lidiya Sukharevskaya
The Miller Vasili Vanin
Milda Anna Petukhova
Von Grabbe Vitali Politseymako

The Road Home (US release title; original title Synovya ("Sons")) is a Soviet B&W 1946 war drama, directed by Aleksandr Ivanov. The story is set in German occupied Latvia. A Latvian farmer Yanis is arrested by Germans, being suspected in helping partisans. He makes an escape but is arrested by his younger brother Valdemar who chooses to serve occupation power. Escaping again, Yanis joins a Soviet Latvian partisans unit. In order to capture Yanis, Germans use his family as a lure, but partisans outwit and defeat enemies.

The following weapons were used in the film The Road Home (Synovya):


Tokarev TT-33

A partisan (Vasili Leonov) dual-wields TT-33 pistols when firing at German patrol. TT pistol is also seen in hands of a German soldier during the pursue after Yanis in forest.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
An SS soldier with a dog participates in pursue after Yanis. His handgun appears to be a TT.
A partisan fires at German soldiers.

Luger P08

German officers and NCOs, including Major Von Grabbe (Vitali Politseymako), Oberleutnant Brenner (Grigoriy Shpigel) and Oberleutnant Rotter (Yu. Ototskiy), carry Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A German NCO at the left holds a P08.
An SS soldier with a dog participates in pursue after Yanis. He holds a Luger.
Brenner holds a Luger during the pursue after Yanis in forest (he has insignia of SS Untersturmführer despite being credited as Oberleutnant).
Brenner fires his Luger in another scene.
Rotter holds a Luger (he has insignia of SS Obersturmführer despite being credited as Oberleutnant).
He fires at pursuing Yanis.
Grabbe, disguised as a woman, fires his Luger during grapple with Yanis.

Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 is used by a German soldier in one scene.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
An SS soldier with a dog participates in pursue after Yanis. He holds a Mauser C96.

Submachine Guns


German soldiers, including Gefreiter Valdemar (Nikodim Gippius), and Soviet partisans use MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A soldier guards railroad.
An Obergefreiter (Lev Stepanov) fires at escaping Yanis and Andys (the character has insignia of SS Rotenführer).
The same character carries his MP40.
SS soldiers with MP40s.
The commander of Soviet partisans unit (Gennadiy Michurin) carries an MP40.
A partisan carries MP40.
A partisan (Vasili Leonov) carries an MP40.
Valdemar holds an MP40 (at the left).


At least a single MP38 is seen in hands of a soldier from Brenner's SS unit.

MP38 - 9x19mm


Karabiner 98k

SS soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles in numerous scenes. 98k rifles are also used by partisans.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Soldiers capture escaped Yanis (Oleg Zhakov) and Andys (Pavel Shtraus).
An SS soldier holds a 98k rifle with bayonet.
A soldier on guard holds a 98k rifle with bayonet.
During the ambush on Yanis' farm most soldiers are armed with 98k rifles.
A partisan at the left holds a 98k rifle.
Yanis fires at Rotter in the final scene.
Another view of Yanis' rifle in the same scene.

Mauser vz. 16/33

In one scene Yanis (Oleg Zhakov) holds a rifle that appears to be Czech vz. 16/33 (German index Gewehr 33/40 (t)).

Czech vz. 16/33 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Yanis holds a Mauser rifle. Note the groove on stock that allows to differ this rifle from Karabiner 98k.
A good view of vz. 16/33 rifle in hands of German soldier. Note the groove on stock that allows to differ this rifle from Karabiner 98k.

Mauser Gewehr 98

A full length Mauser rifle is seen in hands of a soldier during the ambush on Yanis' farm. This are most likely a Mauser Gewehr 98 of post-1918 version (it has a flat rear sight rather that Lange-Visier) or its Czech or Polish 1920s derivative.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
BRNO Vz.98/22 Czech Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A standing soldier holds a full length Mauser rifle.

Unidentified Mauser Rifle

Short Mauser rifles with side mounted sling swivels are seen in several scenes (probably a single reused prop). Such unusual position of swivels is common for cavalry models of Mauser 98 family.

Yanis (Oleg Zhakov) holds a rifle, captured from a German soldier. The bottom sling swivel is seen.
The rifle has straight bolt handle and a groove on stock.
The top sling swivel is seen.
What appears to be the same rifle with side mounted swivels is seen in hands of a soldier on motorcycle.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Soviet partisans use a DP-27 during the attack on German headquarters. A DP is also seen mounted on a motorcycle of Red Army unit.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
Partisans fire a DP.
A DP is seen mounted on motorcycle.

Degtyaryov DA

Degtyaryov DA machine guns are seen mounted on motorcycles of Red Army unit. This is correct as DA machine guns, outdated for aircraft service, were sometimes converted for land service and mounted on cars and motorcycles.

DA machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
DA machine guns are mounted on motorcycles. The shape and position of front sights allows to differ DA from similar looking DT.

MG 34

German soldiers and Soviet partisans use MG 34 machine guns in several scenes.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 is seen on the top of the train with prisoners.
An MG 34 is deployed in ambush on Yanis' farm.
A partisan carries an MG34 at the background during the attack of German headquarters.

Other Weapons

OSSh-42 Flare Pistol

A partisan (Vasili Leonov) uses a flare pistol in one scene. It looks similar to SPSh Flare Pistol but seems to have a trigger guard so it is supposed be an OSSh-42, earlier flare pistol also designed by Georgy Shpagin.

OSSh-42 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm

RM-40 Mortar

A Soviet 50mm RM-40 light mortar is used by German soldiers. Later partisans use the same mortar.

Soviet 50-mm RM-40 Mortar
SS soldiers with a mortar. The shape of bipod allows to differ RM-40 from similar RM-38.
Partisans raise a mortar on rooftop.



Valdemar carries a Luger P08 holster.
In the final scene Valdemar carries a universal holster for Walther P38 and Luger P08.


In the final scene Red Army soldiers use Lend-Lease M3 Scout Car armoured cars.


152mm ML-20 gun-howitzers are seen in documentary footage.
Katyusha rocket launchers are seen in documentary footage.

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