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The Sixth of July (Shestoe iyulya)

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The Sixth of July (Shestoe iyulya)
Shestoe iyulya Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yuli Karasik
Release Date 1968
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Yuriy Kayurov
Yakov Mikhaylovich Sverdlov Vladimir Tatosov
Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky Vasiliy Lanovoy
Nikolai Ilyich Podvoisky Vladimir Samoylov
Mariya Aleksandrovna Spiridonova Alla Demidova
Andrey Lukich Kolegyaev Ivan Solovyov
Yakov Grigoryevich Blumkin Vyacheslav Shalevich
Dmitry Ivanovich Popov Aleksandr Yanvaryov

The Sixth of July (Shestoe iyulya) is a Soviet 1968 B&W historical movie directed by Yuli Karasik. It depicts the events of Left Socialist Revolutionary Party (Left SR) uprising against the Bolsheviks in July 1918. The immediate cause of the conflict between Bolsheviks and Left SRs, who were previously formed coalition government, was the disagreement about the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk that was signed between Soviet Russia and the Central Powers. The uprising started on July 6 with the assassination of the German envoy Count Mirbach by two members of Left SR party. The uprising lasted for only one day and was crushed in the morning of July 7 by the troops, faithful to Bolsheviks.

The following weapons were used in the film The Sixth of July (Shestoe iyulya):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by several Left SRs, notably by Chekists Yakov Blumkin (Vyacheslav Shalevich) and Nikolay Andreev (uncredited) who assassinated Count Mirbach.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Blumkin fires at Mirbach (Nikolay Volkov, Sr.).
Another view of Blumkin's revolver.
Andreev holds a Nagant in the same scene.
The member of Central Committee of Left SR party Donat Cherepanov (Grigori Ostrin) confiscates a Nagant from the head of Cheka Felix Dzerzhinsky (Vasiliy Lanovoy), arrested by Left SRs.
One of the members of Popov's Battle Squad holds a Nagant (at the right) when convoying Dzerzhinsky.
A good view of Nagant holster of a member of the Battle Squad.


Mauser C96

Several Left SRs, notably the commander of the Battle Squad Dmitry Popov (Aleksandr Yanvaryov), and Bolsheviks carry Mauser C96 pistols. The pistols are mostly seen in holsters.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Mauser in holster is seen on the wall in Blumkin's office in Cheka building.
A Chekist, accompanying Felix Dzerzhinsky during the visit in Popov's Battle Squad, carries a Mauser in holster.
Popov carries a Mauser in holster.
One of the Left SRs, convoying arrested Dzerzhinsky, holds a Mauser.
A Left SR of Popov's Battle Squad (Aleksey Vanin) carries a Mauser in holster.

FN Model 1922

Out of time FN Model 1922 is a personal weapon of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Yuriy Kayurov), the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars (in reality Lenin owned an FN Model 1900).

FN Model 1922 - .32 ACP
Lenin takes the pistol.
The long barrel of Model 1922 is seen.
Lenin inserts the magazine.


Mosin Nagant M1891

Both sides of the conflict use Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles. These rifles appear to be a mix of Infantry and Dragoon (or similar looking M91/30) models.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
A sailor carries an M91 Infantry rifle.
Rifles of Left SRs of Popov's squad. These guns appear to be M91 Dragoon.
Rifles in stand. Both Infantry and Dragoon rifles are seen (note the longer and shorter barrels).
A fighter breaks a closed door with the buttstock of his rifle.
One of Popov's cavalrymen carries a rifle.
A sailor of Popov's squad (at the left) carries an M91 Infantry rifle.
A sailor of Popov's squad in action during the attack of Left SRs on the Fifth All-Russian Congress of Soviets.

Various rifles

Various rifles are seen in documentary photos, showing German and Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in 1918. They are mostly seen unclear, but the context of photos allows to make quite an educated guess.

Lebel Mle 1886 - 8x50mmR
Berthier Mle 1907-16 - 8x50mm R
French colonial troops in Arkhangelsk. Note the typical French bayonets, nicknamed "Rosalie". They were issued for Lebel Mle 1886 and Berthier Rifles.
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III - .303 British
British sailors, supposedly in Vladivostok. They carry Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifles with P07 bayonets.
Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German troops in Kiev. Soldiers carry rifles that appear to be Mauser Gewehr 1898s.
Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Japanese troops march on Vladivostok streets. While their rifles aren't seen good, they must be Arisaka Type 38.
Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
Soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force Siberia march on Vladivostok streets with Springfield M1903 rifles.
For comparison: Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5x52mm. Original Carbine M91 looks nearly the same.
Italian Carabinieri in their typical bicorn hats somewhere in Russian Far East or Siberia. They carry Carcano rifles, that seem to be carbines rather than full length rifles. These soldiers most likely are of the unit Legione Redenta.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

Maxim M1910/30 machine guns are used by both sides of the conflict.

Maxim M1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Maxims of Popov's Battle Squad.
A Maxim on Austin armoured car of Left SRs.
The guards of the Fifth All-Russian Congress of Soviets repel the assault of Left SR fighters.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

An out of time F-1 hand grenade is used by Yakov Blumkin (Vyacheslav Shalevich) during the assassination of Count Mirbach (it is unclear what grenade Blumkin used in reality; most sources call it an unspecified "hand bomb").

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Blumkin readies a grenade while Andreev fires a Nagant.
Blumkin throws a grenade.
F-1 on the floor.



76.2mm M1902 field guns are used by both Bolsheviks and Left SRs.

A 3-inch cannon of Popov's squad.
Bolsheviks deploy artillery against the headquarters of Popov's squad.
A cannon of Popov's squad.
A destroyed cannon. It appears to be a mockup, judging by too thin and long barrel.


Austin armoured cars (modern replicas) are used by both Bolsheviks and Left SRs.

Left SRs armoured car in street combat.
Latvian Riflemen, the mainstay of Bolshevik forces, enter Moscow. An armoured car is seen in the column.

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