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Victorious Return (Majup ar uzvaru)

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Victorious Return
(Majup ar uzvaru)
Vozvrashchenie s pobedoy Poster.jpg
Origianal poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Ivanov
Release Date 1948
Language Latvian
Studio Riga Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Augusts Grieze Arturs Dimiters
Augusts's mother Ludmila Spilberga
Biruta Aze Velta Line
Opmanis Leonids Leimanis
Vershinin Arturs Filipsons
Draudins Visvaldis Silenieks
Melnikov Pavel Volkov
Garten alias Pauls Nagla Edgars Zile

Victorious Return (Latvian title Majup ar uzvaru, Russian title Vozvrashchenie s pobedoy) is a Soviet Latvian B&W 1948 (filmed 1947) war movie, directed by Aleksandr Ivanov and based on the play "Victory" by Vilis Lacis. A Latvian Augusts Grieze (Arturs Dimiters), Red Army Lieutenant, is wounded in action in Summer 1941 and taken as prisoner. He refuses to collaborate with Nazi, but nevertheless his name is used in German propaganda as if Grieze was a defector. Augusts manages to escape and under false name "Krum" he becoms a partisan. Now Augusts has to cleanse his name and to uncover a German spy, posing as Soviet soldier of Grieze's unit.

The following weapons were used in the film Victorious Return (Majup ar uzvaru):


Tokarev TT-33

Augusts Grieze (Arturs Dimiters) alias "Krum" uses a TT-33 in the scene of attack on bridge. Partisan Melnikov (Pavel Volkov) carries a TT in holster.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
"Krum", shell-shocked after undermining of the bridge, draws his TT and fires it to signal other partisans.
A grip of Melnikov's TT is seen in hoslter.

Wz. 35 Vis

In following scene Augusts Grieze's TT switches to a Wz. 35 Vis when Melnikov hands the pistol to Augusts's mother (Ludmila Spilberga).

Wz. 35 Vis - 9x19mm
Melnikov holds the pistol.
He explains Mother Grieze how to use the gun.
The pistol on table.
Mother Grieze guards captured SS Sturmbannf├╝hrer Baron Budberg (Herberts Zommers).

Walther P38

A Walther P38 is seen in hands of a German officer.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
An Oberleutnant holds a P38 during the attack on Red Army positions.

Submachine Guns


PPSh-41 SMGs are used by officers and soldiers of Red Army, including Lazda (Rihards Zandersons) and Tolens (Zanis Katlaps), soldiers of Latvian rifle division, and by Soviet partisans. Both drum and stick magazines are seen.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPSh-41 with 35-round box magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A PPSh is seen in dugout of battalion commander Capt. Ermanis (Hermanis Vazdiks). It is fitted with stick magazine that didn't exist in Summer 1941 when the scene is set.
Lazda holds a PPSh.
Tolens carries a PPSh.
Partisan Kalnins (uncredited) carries a PPSh.
A close view of Kalnins' PPSh.
Lazda holds a PPSh with stick magazine. This scene is set in late period of the war, when stick magazines became common.
Tolens carries a PPSh with drum magazine.
Later Tolens' is seen with a PPSh with stick magazine.


Many German soldiers are armed with MP40s. Augusts Grieze (Arturs Dimiters) uses an MP40 in several scenes. Some partisans also carry MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Augusts Grieze carries a captured MP40 when he leads a unit of Latvian volunteers in Summer 1941.
A German soldier with MP40 in attack.
An SS Rottenfuhrer with MP40.
Augusts Grieze obtains an MP40 when he manages to escape.
Augusts Grieze as "Krum" with MP40 and two F-1 hand grenades.
An SS soldier (Valentins Skulme) with MP40.
Melnikov (Pavel Volkov) holds an MP40.
Partisan Kalnins (uncredited) carries an MP40 instead of previously seen PPSh.
Melnikov carries an MP40 when partisans meet with advancing Soviet troops.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Most Red Army soldiers and many Soviet partisans are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
A Red Army soldier holds an M91/30 rifle with bayonet.
Teacher Vitols (Luijs Smits), one of Latvian volunteers, with an M91/30 rifle.
Tolens (Zanis Katlaps) (at the right) holds a rifle.
Soldiers of Lt. Grieze's platoon repel German attack. Lazda (Rihards Zandersons) at the right.
Soldiers in defence.
Two soldiers (Opmans (Leonids Leimanis) at the right) with M91/30 rifles.
Garten alias Pauls Nagla (Edgars Zile) fires his rifle.
Pauls Nagla carries a rifle.
Pauls Nagla (at the left) among soldiers of Latvian rifle division, mostly armed with M91/30 rifles.
A good view of bayonet on Nagla's rifle.

Mauser Rifles

German soldiers and Soviet partisans carry full length Mauser rifles in battle scene. These are possibly Mauser Gewehr 98s (maybe of post-1918 version, as Lange-Visiers aren't seen) or Czech or Polish 1920s derivatives of G98.

For comparison: Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
For comparison: BRNO Vz.98/22 Czech Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers in attack. Rifles are seen unclear due to distance and smoke.
Partisans Commissar Draudins (Visvaldis Silenieks) and Melnikov (Pavel Volkov) with Mauser rifles.
Draudins with rifle.
Draudins (at the left) and Melnikov (in center) with Mauser rifles.
A German soldier holds a Mauser rifle.
German soldiers, guarding a truck with explosives, carry Mauser rifles.
A guard on the bridge holds a Mauser rifle with bayonet.

Karabiner 98k

A Karabiner 98k rifle is seen in hands of a partisan (Karlis Trencis).

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A partisan aims his rifle.
A close view of the bolt (at the left).

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

A DP-27 is used by a soldier of Lt. Grieze's platoon in Summer 1941. DP-27s are also seen in hands of soldiers of Soviet Latvian division in late years of the war.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
A soldier in far right fires a DP during the battle in 1941.
Soldiers cross a river, loading a PTRD-41 and a DP (below the AT rifle) on a raft.
Soviet soldiers on march. Several DP-27s are seen.

Degtyaryov DT

Degtyaryov DT machine guns are mounted on T-34 tanks.

DT machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
A frontal DT is seen on T-34.

MG 34

German troops and Soviet partisans use MG 34 machine guns.

MG 34 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 is seen at the background in German headquarters.
An MG 34 in partisans camp.

Browning M1919A4

In one scene German soldiers use a Browning M1919A4 machine gun. It is most likely a Lend-Lease weapon, standing for Ckm wz.30, a Polish version of M1919 in 7.92mm caliber.

Browning M1919A4 on an M2 tripod - .30-06 Springfield

Maxim M1910/30

Soviet troops use Maxim M1910/30 machine guns in several scenes.

Maxim 1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Soldiers of Lt. Grieze's platoon fire a Maxim, repelling German attack.
Another view of the scene.
Augusts Grieze (Arturs Dimiters) with the Maxim.
Abandoned Maxim.
Jurcins (Harijs Avens) at the Maxim.

Degtyaryov-Shpagin DShK

DShK machine guns are seen in several scenes.

DShK on tripod - 12.7x108mm
A DShK, mounted on truck, fires at German planes.
A barrel of DShK of Latvian rifle division.

37mm 61-K AA Autocannon

A 37mm 61-K autocannon, standing for German Flak, is seen guarding the bridge that is the target of partisans.

37-mm M1939 (61-K) automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR

Other Weapons


Soldiers of Lt. Grieze's platoon use a PTRD-41 AT rifle. The scene is set in July 1941 that is too early for PTRD.

PTRD-41 Anti-tank rifle - 14.5x114mm
Opmanis (Leonids Leimanis) and his assistant fire a PTRD.
PTRD on positions. Several cartridges are seen at the left.
Another view of PTRD in action.
Soldiers cross a river, loading a DP-27 and a PTRD on a raft.


RGD-33 hand grenades are widely used by Soviet soldiers and partisans.

RGD-33 high-explosive fragmentation stick grenade, shown with the diamond-patterned fragmentation sleeve.
RGD-33 grenades are seen at the left in Soviet trench.
A soldier throws an RGD-33.
A pair of RGD-33 are seen on breastwork.
Partisan Kalnins (uncredited) carries an RGD-33 in his belt.
Several RGD-33 grenades are seen in partisans camp.
"Krum" (Arturs Dimiters) carries RGD-33 grenades. In next moment they switch to F-1s.


In one scene Augusts Grieze (Arturs Dimiters) alias "Krum" uses a pair of F-1 hand grenades.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
"Krum" holds two F-1s.
A closeup of F-1.
Another view of the scene.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades are seen in partisans camp.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Several Stielhandgranates are seen at the background.


In one scene partisan Melnikov (Pavel Volkov) carries RG-42 hand grenades.

RG-42 Soviet fragmentation hand grenade
Melnikov carries two RG-42 grenades on his belt.
In next moment Melnikov has only one grenade that looks slightly different.



Lt. Augusts Grieze (Arturs Dimiters) carries a TT holster.
Capt. Ermanis (Hermanis Vazdiks) carries a TT holster.
Melnikov (Pavel Volkov) carries a kirza Nagant holster.
Grieze alias "Krum" carries a holster that is possibly for FN Model 1922.
Partisan unit Commissar Draudins (Visvaldis Silenieks) carries a Nagant holster.
Melnikov carries a TT holster.


A 76.2mm ZiS-3 field gun of Latvian rifle division on march.
A 122mm M-30 howitzer of Latvian rifle division on march.


A StuG III Ausf.G attacks Soviet positions.
T-34-85 tanks on march.
What appear to be SPGs of unclear model (possibly SU-76M) are seen behind the T-34.


A Messerschmitt Bf 109 is seen in documentary footage.
A Heinkel He 111 is seen in documentary footage.
A group of Douglas A-20B/C Boston is seen in documentary footage. The scene is used for July 1941 while A-20s started service in USSR only a year later.

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