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Waves of the Black Sea (Volny Chyornogo morya) - Film 3

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Waves of the Black Sea
(Volny Chyornogo morya)
Film 3: Catacombs (Katakomby)
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Language Russian
Creator Artur Vojtetsky
Oleg Goyda
Vyacheslav Krishtofovich
Genre Drama
Broadcast 1976
No. of Episodes 2
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pyotr Vasilyevich Bachey Ernst Romanov
Gavrila Semyonovich Chernoivanenko Aleksey Petrenko
Matryona Terentyevna Liliya Gurova
Zhora Kolesnichuk Anatoli Adoskin
Svyatoslav Sergei Ivanov
Valentina Tatyana Zaritskaya
Petya Bachey, Jr. Vadim Kuznetsov

Catacombs (Katakomby) is the third film of Soviet TV series Waves of the Black Sea (Volny Chyornogo morya) (filmed in 1975, released in 1976). It is a screen adaptation of the novel "Katakomby" (also known as "Za Vlast Sovetov") by Valentin Kataev. The story is set in 1941-1944 when Odessa is occupied by Nazi Germany and its Romanian ally. The main characters, Pyotr Vasilyevich Bachey and Gavriil Semyonovich Chernoivanenko, are among Soviet underground fighters in Odessa and partisans underneath the city, in famous Odessa Catacombs.

The series is the second screen adaptation of the novel after 1956 movie For the Soviet Power (Za Vlast Sovetov).

The following weapons were used in Season 3 of the television series Waves of the Black Sea (Volny Chyornogo morya):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are used by some partisans, notably the commander of partisans unit Gavrila Semyonovich Chernoivanenko (Aleksey Petrenko) and Pyotr Vasilyevich Bachey's son Petya (Vadim Kuznetsov).

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant
Gavrila Semyonovich hands a Nagant to Petya.
Petya examines the revolver.
Gavrila Semyonovich sleeps with a Nagant at his hand.
Gavrila Semyonovich holds a Nagant.
Wounded Gavrila Semyonovich checks his revolver.
A closeup of the revolver.
Petya with a Nagant.



Some partisans, notably Leonid Tsymbal (Vitali Doroshenko), Valentina (Tatyana Zaritskaya) and Pyotr Vasilyevich Bachey's son Petya (Vadim Kuznetsov), carry TT-33 pistols.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version.
Tsymbal carries a TT.
Valentia fires a TT.
Petya fires a TT.
Petya holds a TT.
What appears a TT is seen in hands of a Romanian officer.

Walther PPK

In one scene underground fighter Zhora Kolesnichuk (Anatoli Adoskin) holds a compact pistol that seems to be a Walther PPK.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz
Kolesnichuk holds a supposed Walther PPK.

Submachine Guns


Some German soldiers are armed with MP38s.

MP38 - 9x19mm
A German soldier in center carries an MP38.
A soldier with MP40.


Many German soldiers and Soviet partisans are armed with MP40s.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A German soldier (Aleksandr Dovgotko) with MP40.
Gavrila Semyonovich Chernoivanenko (Aleksey Petrenko) holds an MP40.
A partisan with MP40.
Leonid Tsymbal (Vitali Doroshenko) carries an MP40.
German soldiers with MP40s escort captured partisans to execution.
German soldiers with MP40s in armoured car.
A closer view of Chernoivanenko's MP40.
Tsymbal with MP40.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Pyotr Vasilyevich Bachey (Ernst Romanov) and Zhora Kolesnichuk (Anatoli Adoskin) are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles when they are in catacombs.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Bachey with M91/30 rifle.
Kolesnichuk with M91/30 rifle.

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are used by Romanian troops (standing for Romanian issued Vz.24 Czech Mausers) and Soviet partisans.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Partisans with 98k rifles.
Romanian soldiers with 98k rifles.
A 98k rifle on partisans base.
When Zhora Kolesnichuk (Anatoli Adoskin) appears from the catacombs, his M91/30 rifle (see above) switches to 98k rifle.
Pyotr Vasilyevich Bachey (Ernst Romanov) M91/30 also switches to 98k.


Single Barreled Shotgun

A Single Barreled Shotgun (probably some IZh model) is seen in hands of a watchman in port (Aleksandr Gedinskiy).

IZh-K - 16 Gauge, a sample of single barreld IZh shotguns.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

Partisans use a DP-27 machine gun.

Degtyaryov DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
Nikita (Viktor Malyarevich) with a DP-27.
A DP-27 in partisans base in catacombs.

MG 34

MG 34 machine guns are used by German troops.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 on motorcycle.
An MG 34 on motorcycle is seen when German soldiers escort captured partisans to execution.
An MG 34 is mounted on BTR-40, standing for German APC.



A German officer or NCO in charge of a patrol carries a holster for Luger P08.


A post-war BTR-40 stands for German APC.
A Soviet T-34-85 tank.


Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 is seen in hands of a Soviet partisan in documentary footage.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A partisan saluted with his Mauser C96 (seen at top left) during the liberation of Odessa.


A PPSh-41 is seen in hands of a Soviet partisan in documentary footage.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A partisan in center holds a PPSh.

Karabiner 98k

Soviet partisans with Karabiner 98k rifles are seen in documentary footage.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Partisans leave catacombs when Soviet troops enter Odessa. Most partisans are armed with 98k rifles.


MG15 machine guns are mounted on Heinkel He 111 bombers, seen in documentary footage.

MG15 machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Dorsal and ventral MG15s are seen on He 111.


German planes are seen in documentary footage.

Heinkel He 111 bombers.
Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter.
A He 111 drops bombs.
Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers.

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