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The Secret Brigade (Konstantin Zaslonov)

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The Secret Brigade (Konstantin Zaslonov)
Konstantin Zaslonov Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer
Vladimir Korsh-Sablin
Release Date 1949
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Konstantin Sergeevich Zaslonov Vladimir Druzhnikov
Party Secretary Yuriy Tolubeev
Andrey Petrovich Aleksandr Khvylya
Anton Petrovich Kroplya Gleb Glebov
Shurmin Vladimir Dorofeyev
Semyon Krushina Vladimir Dedyushko
Generalkommissar Wilhelm Kube Yakov Malyutin
Commandant Neuhaus Vladimir Solovyov
Councillor Hirt Gennadiy Michurin

The Secret Brigade (US release title; original title Konstantin Zaslonov) is a Soviet B&W 1949 war drama, directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer and Vladimir Korsh-Sablin. The story is based on real events, depicting the person of Konstantin Sergeevich Zaslonov, railroad engineer who becomes the leader of Soviet underground struggle in German-occupied town of Orsha in Belorussia, and later a commander of all partisan forces in the Orsha region.

The following weapons were used in the film The Secret Brigade (Konstantin Zaslonov):


Luger P08

Commandant of Orsha Neuhaus (Vladimir Solovyov) uses a Luger P08 pistol in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Neuhaus fires at Soviet underground fighter Alekseev (Anatoliy Alekseev) who was caught while placing a coal bomb.
Neuhaus interrogates arrested underground fighter Timka Dokutovich (Vladimir Balashov).


A Ruby style pistol is used by German chief of Orsha railway junction Councillor Hirt (Gennadiy Michurin) when he threatens engineer Zaslonov.

Gabilondo Ruby - .32 ACP
Hirt aims his pistol at Zaslonov.

Submachine Guns


Many Soviet partisans use PPSh-41 SMGs.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A PPSh is seen in partisans camp.
A partisan cleans his PPSh.
A female partisan radio operator (Elvira Lutsenko) carries a PPSh.
Konstantin Zaslonov (Vladimir Druzhnikov), now commander of all partisan forces in the Orsha region, raises his PPSh during a partisans meeting.
A partisan commander Semyon Krushina (Vladimir Dedyushko) carries a PPSh in same scene.
Semenikhin (Vladimir Maryev) carries a PPSh (at the left) in same scene.


German soldiers and Soviet partisans widely use MP40 SMGs.

MP40 - 9x19mm
An MP40 is seen on the table in partisans camp.
Partisan Petrus (Nikolai Stepanov) carries an MP40.
A frozen German sentry on railroad carries an MP40.
A German soldier guards a prison.
A German sentry raises an alarm.
German soldiers with MP40s during the interrogation of Timka Dokutovich.
A young partisan next to the banner carries an MP40 during the meeting.
Anton Kroplya (Gleb Glebov) holds an MP40 in same scene.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are used by Soviet partisans.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A bearded partisan in center holds a Mosin Nagant rifle.
Semyon Krushina (Vladimir Dedyushko) fires his rifle.
Partisans mine a railway bridge. They are armed with M91/30 rifles and MP40 SMGs.

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are seen in several scenes.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A number of Mauser rifles is seen in partisans camp. Possibly not all of them are 98k, but some definitely are.
A guard in German concentration camp holds a Mauser rifle with bayonet, probably a 98k.

Mauser Gewehr 98

Some German soldiers and Soviet partisans use Mauser Gewehr 98 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German sentry carries a full length Mauser rifle, most likely a G98.
A partisan fires a G98 rifle.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Soviet partisans use DP-27 machine guns.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
A partisan with DP-27.
Andrey Petrovich (Aleksandr Khvylya), secretary of Vitebsk regional party committee, fires a DP.
Partisans' DP in action.


German soldiers and Soviet partisans use MG34 machine guns.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG34 is seen in Soviet partisans base.
A guard in German concentration camp with MG34.

Maxim M1910

Soviet partisans also use a Maxim M1910 machine gun.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Partisans fire a Maxim. It seems to have a smooth water jacket so can be identified as M1910.

Other Weapons

Leuchtpistole Flare Pistol

Soviet underground fighters use Leuchtpistole flare pistols to signal Soviet bombers during the air raid on Orsha railway station.

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm

3.7 cm Pak 35/36 AT Gun

A 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 AT gun is seen in documentary footage.

3.7 cm Pak 35/36 anti-tank gun - 37x249 mm R



A German soldier at the right carries a holster for Nagant M1895 revolver.
Kurt (Sergey Filippov), Commandant Neuhaus' deputy, carries a Luger holster.
Neuhaus carries a Luger holster.
A partisan carries a Nagant holster.


During the partisans meeting Zaslonov makes a speech, using a captured German armoured vehicle as a tribune. The vehicle seems to be a StuG III Ausf. F/G assault gun.


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