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The Silent Barricade

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The Silent Barricade
Silent Barricade,The-cover.jpg
DVD Cover
Country CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by Otakar Vávra
Release Date 1949
Language Czech
Studio Ceskoslovenský Státní Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Hošek Jaroslav Prucha
Halina Barbara Drapinska
Patrolman Brucek Jaroslav Marvan
Kroupa Vladimír Smeral
Nedvedová Marie Vásová
The sergeant Robert Vrchota
The charcoal burner Jirí Plachý
Josef Hosek jr. Antonín Sura
Jarda Nedved Jaroslav Mares
SS petty officer Radovan Lukavský

The Silent Barricade (orig. Němá barikáda) is a Czechoslovak war film from the period of the Prague uprising, which in 1949 ​​the director Otakar Vávra made according to the novel written by Jan Drda. The story tells of Prague's citizens, who organized resistance against Panzer Division SS was coming to Prague. In Troja, their building of barricades on the bridge and their defense showed the citizens' great effort and heroism.

The following guns were used in The Silent Barricade:


Luger P08

A German officer carries a Luger P08.

Luger P08 9x19mm
German officer pulls his gun.
Insurgents disarm him.

Walther P38

Some German officers are armed with Walther P38s .

Walther P38 pistol - 9x19mm
A P38 is found in a sniper's hide

CZ 38

Gendarmerie carry CZ 38 pistols.

9×17mm Browning Short
Patrolman Brucek (Jaroslav Marvan) holds his CZ 38.

Submachine guns


SS soldiers and insurgents carry MP40s.

MP40 - 9mm.
An SS petty officer (Radovan Lukavský) aims his MP40.
The insurgents aim their weapons at the Czech Radio building.
Halina (Barbara Drapinska) carries an MP40 as she helps defend the barricade.
Patrolman Brucek (Jaroslav Marvan) with his MP40 at the barricade.


Among the weapons hidden during WWII by insurgents were also several a MP38 submachine guns.

MP38 submachine gun - 9x19mm
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The charcoal burner (Jirí Plachý) carries his MP38 submachine gun.
Communist interbrigadist Kroupa (Vladimír Šmeral) writes password: NO PASARAN!

PPSh-41 / PPSh-43 Submachine Gun

A Soviet soldier sitting on a T-34 holds a PPSh-41 submachine guns.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev


Karabiner 98k

The main weapon of German soldiers is the Karabiner 98k rifle. Some insurgents also carry the weapon

Mauser Karabiner 98 aka 98K - 7.92x57mm
Wehrmacht soldiers guard a weapons shipment.
The sergenat (Robert Vrchota) carries a captured rifle on his back.
Nedvědová (Marie Vášová) learns to handle a rifle.
Patrolman Brucek (Jaroslav Marvan) holds a rifle at the barricade.
Halina (Barbara Drapinska) aims her Kar98k at an SS Soldier.

VZ-24 Czech Mauser

Czech police and soldiers are armed with VZ-24 Czech Mauser.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Czech railwayman carries both types of Mauser rifles.
Hošek (Jaroslav Prucha) carries a rifle on his shoulder.

Machine guns

MG 34 Panzerlauf

A German soldier is seen with an MG 34 Panzerlauf machine gun.

MG 34 Panzerlauf - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German guard mans his MG 34 Panzerlauf.


The Czech insurgents used captured MG42 machine guns against the Germans.

MG42 with bipod extended - 7.92mm Mauser
Barricade fighters at the station find an MG42 machine gun.
A Czech insurgent fires an MG42 at the Germans.

Hand grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German troops and the resistance fighters use Model 24 Stielhandgranates.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Hosek Jr. (Antonín Sura) finds a hand grenade .
Halina (Barbara Drapinska) throws a grenade at the SS-men.
The sergeant (Robert Vrchota) arms a hand grenade.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

A grenade stash in the sniper's hideout contains some a Model 39 Eihandgranates and VZ 21 hand grenades.

The Model 39 Eihandgranate hand grenade
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VZ 21 hand grenade

HG 21 offensive hand grenade
German-Model 39 grenade.jpg



The Czech insurgents use the Panzerfaust to combat German armoured vehicles.

Luger P08 9x19mm
A barricade fighter holds a Panzerfaust.
Josef Hošek Jr. (Antonín Sura) about to use his rocket.

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