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The Wolf Pack (Volchya staya)

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The Wolf Pack
(Volchya staya)
Volchya staya Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Boris Stepanov
Release Date 1975
Language Russian
Studio Belarusfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Levchuk Anatoliy Grachyov
Griboyed Valentin Nikulin
Klava Shorokhina Svetlana Kuznetsova
Tykhonov Vladimir Gritsevskiy
Viktor Platonov Mikhail Feoktistov

The Wolf Pack (Volchya staya) is a 1975 Soviet war drama based on the same title story by Vasil Bykov and directed by Boris Stepanov. The plot is set in Nazi-occupied Belorussia. A partisans unit is besieged by the enemy troops at the edge of the swamp. Partisans Levchuk and Griboyed get a mission to transport Tikhonov who is nearly dying of wounds and pregnant Klava across the swamp to the safe place. The way is deadly for most of them, and only Levchuk and the newborn boy remain alive. Thirty years after the war, Levchuk meets the one whom he saved.

The following weapons were used in the film The Wolf Pack (Volchya staya):



Klava Shorokhina (Svetlana Kuznetsova) is armed with a TT-33 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Klava fires a TT at a German soldier who enters the barn.
A close-up of Klava's TT.
Another view of the pistol.

Luger P08

Levchuk (Anatoliy Grachyov) carries a Luger P08 pistol.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A good view of the Luger holster.
Levchuk fires his Luger in the climactic scene.
Levchuk holds his Luger when hiding in the swamp.
Levchuk holds the pistol.
Levchuk holds a Luger on a promotional image (published in Sovetskiy Ekran ("Soviet Screen") magazine in late 1970s).

Submachine Guns


Wounded partisan Tikhonov (Vladimir Gritsevskiy) carries a PPSh-41. Later his PPSh is used by Levchuk (Anatoliy Grachyov). Some other partisans (notably Gennadiy Garbuk and Vladimir Antonik) also are seen with PPSh-41s.

PPSh-41 with 71 round drum - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Despite being blind due to the wound, Tikhonov clutches the PPSh.
Levchuk fires Tikhonov's PPSh.
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Levchuk opens the drum magazine.
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Levchuk holds the PPSh.
Levchuk fires at German soldiers.
A partisan in center holds a PPSh.
The commander of the partisans unit (Gennadiy Garbuk) (at the left) holds a PPSh.


In the opening scene Levchuk (Anatoliy Grachyov) carries an MP40 and hands it to his wounded comrade-in-arms Sasha (uncredited) in exchange for his rifle. Several other partisans, as well as many German soldiers are armed with MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Levchuk carries an MP40.
A partisan at the background right carries an MP40.
A German soldier is gunned down and drops his MP40.
SS-men hunt for Levchuk in the swamp. They are mostly armed with MP40s.
A close-up of firing MP40. This is an early "transitional" version with smooth magazine well.
An SS-man fires an MP40. This is a standard model with ribbed magazine well.
Another view of an MP40.
Partisan Kulesh (Valentin Belokhvostik) carries an MP40.


Several German soldiers are armed with MP38 submachine guns.

MP38 - 9x19mm
An SS-man fires his MP38.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

In the opening scene Levchuk (Anatoliy Grachyov) takes a Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifle from his wounded comrade-in-arms Sasha (uncredited). Some other partisans also are seen with M91/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Levchuk helps Sasha who carries an M91/30 rifle.
The barrel of the rifle is seen.
Levchuk is making his way through the snow, pursued by a wolf pack.
A partisan at the background carries an M91/30 rifle in a flashback scene.

Mosin Nagant Carbine (rework)

Partisan Griboyed (Valentin Nikulin) is armed with what looks like a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine. But close-ups allow to see the hex receiver and the original M91 unhooded "barleycorn" front sight - features that weren't ever used on M38 Carbines, although the rear sight is the M1938 model. Supposedly this gun is a rework M1891, shortened to carbine length and fitted with M38 rear sight. Similar props can be seen in a number of Belarusfilm productions.

For comparison: Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
For comparison: Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Griboyed carries the carbine.
Griboyed fires at German soldiers. The hex receiver can be seen.
Levchuk takes the carbine from Griboyed to fire a single well-aimed shot.
A good view of the M1891 front sight and M1938 rear sight.
Griboyed fires his carbine.
He is gunned down and drops the carbine.

Karabiner 98k

Both German soldiers and partisans use Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
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Levchuk picks up a Kar 98k on a battlefield.
A partisan with a Kar 98k.
He aims the rifle.
A partisan at the background left carries a Kar 98k.
A German soldier on a rail trolley is armed with a Kar 98k. Other soldiers are mostly armed with MP40s.
An SS-man fires a Kar 98k.
An SS-man reloads his rifle.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910/30

A Maxim M1910/30 is seen in the partisans camp.

Maxim M1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim is seen at the background.


A DShK or DShKM on the anti-aircraft tripod mounting is seen in the partisans camp in a flashback scene.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
The DShK on tripod.
Another view of the machine gun.
The AA shoulder stock can be seen.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Some German soldiers carry Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
An SS-man carries a grenade tucked into his belt.

45 mm anti-tank gun M1937 (53-K)

A destroyed 45 mm 53-K AT gun is seen on a battlefield.

M1937 (53-K) Soviet anti-tank gun - 45 mm (1.77 in)
A destroyed AT gun on the battlefield.

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