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The Turncoat

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The Turncoat
Der Überläufer
Country GER.jpg Germany
POL.jpg Poland
Directed by Florian Gallenberger
Release Date April 8 and 10, 2020
Language German
Studio Dreamtool Entertainment
Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
ARD Degeto Film
Südwestrundfunk (SWR)
Distributor Das Erste
Main Cast
Character Actor
Walter Proska Jannis Niewöhner
Wanda Zielinski Malgorzata Mikolajczak
Wolfgang Kürschner Sebastian Urzendowsky
Willi Stehauf Rainer Bock
Maria Rogalski Katharina Schüttler
Ernst Menzel Ulrich Tukur
Bauer Jochen Nickel
Hildegard Roth Leonie Benesch

The Turncoat is a 2020 four-part film drama directed by Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe, Colonia) based on the novel of the same name by Siegfried Lenz. Summer 1944: Wehrmacht soldier Walter Proska has to go back to the Eastern Front. There he ends up with the unit of Willy Stehauf, a ruined bunch that fights in vain in the swamps of Rokitno against mosquitoes, partisans, and gradual madness. His officer's cruelty, his regime-critical comrade Wolfgang, but above all his love for partisan Wanda, also make Walter increasingly doubt the meaning of the war.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries The Turncoat:


Luger P08

Unteroffizier (Sergeant) Wilhelm "Willi" Stehauf (Rainer Bock) is armed with a Luger P08 pistol.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Stehauf unlocks his Luger.
He presses the pistol into Walter's belly (Ep. 1).
The Luger is fired by him (Ep. 2).

Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 is used by the Polish partisan Wanda Zielinski (Malgorzata Mikolajczak).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Wanda points her TT at Walter's head to wake him up.
Again, she is seen holding the pistol at Walter (Ep. 2).

Walther P38

The leader of the partisan group (Wieslaw Zanowicz) is seen with a Walther P38 with black grips.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The leader threatens Zwiczosbirski.
A few moments later, he takes aim at Walter.
A view of the black grips (Ep. 2).

Submachine Guns

MP 40

MP 40s are used by Stehauf in the first episode and some partisans in episode 2.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Stehauf opens fire with his MP 40.
The partisan in center. Note the Kar98k on the left with a straight bolt handle.
Another partisan (Krzysztof Ogonek) with his MP 40 in hand about to disarm Walter.


PPSh-41 submachine guns with 35-stick and 71-drum magazines are used by Soviet Soldiers. Zwiczosbirski (Adam Venhaus) brings two captured PPShs to Stehauf. In the third episode, Walter uses a PPSh against some Volkssturm members.

PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 with 71-round drum magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Zwiczosbirski with his captured PPShs enters the bunker (Ep. 2).
At the end of the second episode, two Soviet soldiers force Walter to surrender.
Walter, now in the Red Army, makes use of a PPSh with stick magazine.
He searches Kurt Rogalski's (Shenja Lacher) farmhouse.
A close up of Walter reloading his PPSh (Ep. 3).
Soviet guards with PPShs at the Hohenschönhausen prison, which was later used as an East-German Stasi prison.
Some Soviet soldiers at the Inner German border carry their submachine guns (Ep. 4).


Some PPS-43s are also used by Soviet soldiers in episode 3.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The soldier on the left carries a PPS-43.
A PPS being fired by another Russian at encircled German soldiers.


Karabiner 98k

Walter Proska (Jannis Niewöhner), Wolfgang Kürschner (Sebastian Urzendowsky), Paul Zacharias (Florian Lukas), Zwiczosbirski (Adam Venhaus), Helmut Poppek (Mathias Herrmann) and the soldier on the train (Holger Handtke) are seen with Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The Kar98k of the soldier on the train with late war welded barrel band.
Walter takes his Karabiner after the train crash.
Wolfgang leans on with his carbine (Ep. 1).
First person view of Walter's Kar98.
Paul on patrol carries his rifle.
Walter chambers his carbine when he sees a partisan.
Zwiczosbirski who has talked himself into a frenzy points his Kar98k at his officer (Ep. 2).
A young Volkssturm member aims his Mauser at Walter (Ep. 3).

Mauser Gewehr 1898

Feldgendarmerie at a railwaystation are seen with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier to the left has a Gew. 98.
A good view of the Lange Visier rear sight seen on the left.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Some Polish partisans and Soviet soldiers are armed with Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles. As in the Soviet Army, Wolfgang Kürschner uses also one of them.

Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Snowy Mosin-Nagant rifles hooked together on the left.
Various Soviet soldiers fire their Mosin-Nagants.
A soldier escorts Walter.
Wolfgang with his Mosin-Nagant on the back seat of a car.
Wolfgang cycles the straight bolt handle (Ep. 3).

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

What appears to be a Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine with a removed folding bayonet is seen carried by one Soviet soldier.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
The soldier with his carbine over his back.
Another view of the soldier with the carbine (Ep. 3).

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG 34 is briefly seen mounted on a post-war Czech OT-810 half-track standing in for an accurate Sd.Kfz. 251.

MG 34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Degtyaryov DP-27

A Soviet soldier is briefly firing a Degtyaryov DP-27

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mmR
The DP-27 is seen behind the first sandbag row.


57 mm anti-tank gun M1941 (ZiS-2)

A 57 mm anti-tank gun M1941 (ZiS-2) is briefly seen at the beginning of the third episode.

M1941 (ZiS-2) - 57x480mmR

F-1 hand grenade

What appears to be an F-1 hand grenade is thrown by a Soviet soldier in episode 3.

F-1 hand grenade
He readies the grenade before throwing it into the barn.

BA-64 Armored Scout Car

A BA-64 armored scout car is briefly seen in the third episode.

The BA-64 is parked on the right.

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