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Zdraviya zhelayu! ili Beshenyy dembel

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Zdraviya zhelayu! ili Beshenyy dembel
Zdraviya zhelayu DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yuri Volkogon
Release Date 1990
Language Russian
Studio Sverdlovsk Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mitya Agafonov Anton Androsov
Praporshchik (Warrant Officer) Tucha Viktor Ilyichyov
Capt. Bodrov Mikhail Kononov
Yefreytor (Corp.) Zamotaev aka "Zamotay" Nikolai Geiko
Pvt. Kokin aka "Koka" Oleg Komarov
Lyokha Vitali Tsaregorodtsev
Palych Vyacheslav Kirilichev
Anyuta Natalya Korkunova

Zdraviya zhelayu! ili Beshenyy dembel is a Soviet 1990 military comedy directed by Yuri Volkogon. A Soviet Army conscript soldier Mitya Agafonov (Anton Androsov) strictly follows the letter of all military regulations that confounds his commanders.

Note: the original title hardly can be translated. Its literal meaning is "I wish you health! or Mad demob", but such translation is far from real meaning. The first part of the title, "Zdraviya zhelayu!", is a traditional Russian military greeting from junior to senior. "Dembel" is army slang for a conscript soldier who has less than a hundred days before resigning from the army; such soldiers usually have informal power over their comrades with less stage of service.

The following weapons were used in the film Zdraviya zhelayu! ili Beshenyy dembel:


Makarov PM

Capt. Bodrov (Mikhail Kononov), the commander of "Object Baza", holds a Makarov PM in one scene. Praporshchik (Warrant Officer) Tucha (Viktor Ilyichyov) carries a PM holster.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
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Capt. Bodrov holds a PM.
Tucha carries a PM holster. It's hard to say if there is a gun inside.
Bodrov carries a PM holster.

Mauser C96

A midget stoker (uncredited) on the "Object Baza" holds a Mauser C96 pistol. Several characters are seen with Mauser on promotion stills but none of them holds this pistol on screen.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
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Soldiers cover when the stocker draws his Mauser. The barrel of the Mauser seems to be shorter than a standard C96, but it's hard to say if this is the "Bolo" model.
Mitya Agafonov (Anton Androsov) with two AK-47s and a Mauser C96 on a promotion still. The Mauser looks white but it's not a bright plating but rather the effect of lighting.
"Zamotay" (Nikolai Geiko) holds a Mauser C96 on a promotion still.

Assault Rifles


Mitya Agafonov (Anton Androsov) carries an AK-47 when he performs guard duty. AK-47s are also seen in several other scenes.

AK-47 with slab sided magazine - 7.62x39mm
AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Sr. Lieutenant (Aleksandr Olkov) holds an AK-47 (AKM is also possible but less credible) in the underground facility of "Object Baza".
A soldier at the left runs with an AK.
Another soldier carries an AK on sling in same scene.
A soldier with AK.
Agafonov loads his AK.
Agafonov carries the AK with attached 6Kh2 bayonet.
Zdraviya zhelayu-AK-14.jpg
Zdraviya zhelayu-AK-15.jpg
Agafonov fires.
"Koka" (Oleg Komarov) with AK-47.
Mitya Agafonov with two AK-47s and a Mauser C96 on a promotion still.


AKMs are seen in several scenes.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
"Koka" (Oleg Komarov) at the console. His assault rifle appears to be an AKM with removed muzzle compensator (narrow front sight and the gas tube allows to differ it from AK-47).


AKS-47 assault rifles are also seen.

AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
"Zamotay" (Nikolai Geiko) and "Koka" (Oleg Komarov) hold AKS-47 assault rifles (AKMS is possible but less credible).
Another view of the same scene.
A soldier at the left carries an AKS-47.
A soldier in center (Andrey Gribenyuk) carries an AKS.
"Zamotay" carries an AKS.


In several scene Soviet Army soldiers are armed with AK-74s.

AK-74 - 5.45x39mm
Zdraviya zhelayu-AK74-1.jpg
Zdraviya zhelayu-AK74-2.jpg
Praporshchik Tucha (Viktor Ilyichyov) hands an AK-74 to Mitya Agafonov (Anton Androsov).
An artilleryman carries an AK-74.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DP-27

An outdated DP-27 is seen in hands of a soldier and then of Praporshchik Tucha (Viktor Ilyichyov).

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The barrel of DP is seen at the left.
A soldier runs with the DP in hands.
Zdraviya zhelayu-DP-3.jpg
The soldier with DP tries to pass in the door of "Object Baza".
Tucha holds the DP.

Maxim M1910/30

An outdated Maxim M1910/30 is used to guard the "Object Baza". Mitya Agafonov (Anton Androsov) opens fire from the watchtower when the General with accompanying persons tries to enter the "Object Baza" without knowing the password.

Maxim 1910/30 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
Zdraviya zhelayu-Maxim-1.jpg
Zdraviya zhelayu-Maxim-2.jpg
Mitya fires the Maxim over heads.

Other Weapons

SPSh Flare Pistol

A Sr. Lieutenant (Aleksandr Olkov) and then Capt. Bodrov (Mikhail Kononov) use an SPSh Flare Pistol.

SPSh Flare Pistol - 26.5mm
The Sr. Lieutenant (at the right) holds the flare pistol.
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Bodrov takes the flare pistol.
Bodrov (in center) holds the flare pistol. The Sr. Lt. carries the holster for flare pistol.


122mm Howitzer D-30A

A battery of 122mm howitzers D-30A is seen in the movie.

Howitzers on position.
The shape of muzzle brake allows to differ D-30A from original D-30.

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