They were mere mortals (1968)

Documentary №76178, 2 parts, duration: 0:19:50
Production: Nizhne-Volzhskaya newsreel studio
Director:A. Sergeev
Screenwriters:V. Drobatov, V. Ershov, A. Sergeev
Camera operators:A. Sofjin, V. Sofjin
Composers:Yu. Mackevich
Sound mixer:G. Maruschak, V. Harlamenko
Other authors:N. Surovcev


The film is dedicated to the memory of the heroes of the battle of Stalingrad, the surviving veterans and the opening of the memorial complex of military glory on Mamayev Kurgan.

Reel №1

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View of Mamayev Kurgan from the monuments of The Motherland (top).

The monuments on the Mamaev Kurgan, fragments of the memorial.

Panorama of the steppe.

Fragments of shells and mines found at the battlefields of the battle of Stalingrad.

Monuments of Mamayev Kurgan in the rain, raindrops run down from the stones.

Newsreel of 1942: German troops and armored vehicles are advancing towards Stalingrad.

German infantry fighting in the street.

Panorama of the station square in Stalingrad, a sculptural group of children on the square.

German poster of 1942.

View of the descent to the embankment in Volgograd, lights on the embankment.

Fountain near the embankment, people at the fountain, it's raining.

Sculpture group of the fountain.

Types of streets and squares in Volgograd.

People walk past the shop window.

Residents of Volgograd on city streets.

People stand in line at the kiosk with posters of the repertoire of the Pobeda cinema.

View of the new residential quarter.

View of the city block with the mill building left as a monument (top).

Views of Volgograd (top).

View of the mass grave on the square of Fallen Fighters (top).

Flowers by the Eternal flame.

Changing of the guard of Honor at the Eternal flame.

The Eternal flame burns.

People pass by the mass grave and The eternal flame.

Pioneer with a machine gun on duty at the Eternal flame, behind the scenes sounds the text of the oath joining the ranks of the Guard of honor (synchronously).

Butt of the machine with a commemorative plate.

Fragments of monuments of Mamayev Kurgan, faces of veterans.

Veterans during a meeting on Mamayev Kurgan talk to each other.

Veterans pass by the monuments of Mamayev Kurgan.

People climb Mamayev Kurgan, fragments of monuments and bas-reliefs.

Views of the memorial complex on Mamayev Kurgan.

Newsreel of January 1943: columns of German prisoners of war who surrendered at Stalingrad go through the steppe.

There is a frostbitten German soldier in straw boots.

Monuments to the heroes of the great Patriotic war.

Sculpture of a Soviet soldier in Treptow Park in Berlin.

Tank on a pedestal.

Tractor tracks rotate during testing at the Volgograd tractor plant.

Loading tractors on the platform.

Tank tower on the pedestal of the monument to the soldiers of the 13th guards division in Volgograd.

View of the Volga river near Volgograd (top).

Commemorative inscription on the wall of the embankment.

Panorama of the wall of a broken building left as a monument.

Monuments on the streets and squares of Volgograd.

Children play ball in the street.

People walk along the Park path past the monument.

Memorial plaque on the wall of the "Pavlov house".

Monument at the factory "Red October".

Memorial plaque in honor of the Stalingrad militia.

View of the plant "Red October".

Production processes in the open-hearth shop of the plant, Steelworkers at the furnaces.

Views of the ruins left after the battles.

Memorial plaque on the site of the command post of the 138th rifle division.

Calendar: 1968

Locations: Volgograd [946] Stalingrad [947] Volgograd region [773]

Seasons: Summer [824] Autumn [826]

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Views of the Volga coast.

Waves break on the shore.

View of the Volga river Bank in winter, blowing snow.

Fragment of a bas-relief on Mamayev Kurgan.

View of the Volga.

View of the monument in one of the squares of Volgograd.

View of the Volga hydroelectric dam.

View of the HPP engine room (top).

Internal view of the control room.

Dispatcher at the console.

Gateway operator at the control panel.

View of the gateway (top), passenger ships pass through the gateway, the gateway operator at the gate control panel.

Monument on the mass grave of Soviet soldiers-machine gunners, the inscription on the pedestal of the monument with the names of the victims, among them - Ruben Ibarruri.

Dolores Ibarruri lays flowers at the monument.

People stand at the monument.

D. Ibarruri during a minute of silence at the mass grave on the square of Fallen Fighters.

Flowers by the Eternal flame.

Dolores Ibarruri during a visit to Mamayev Kurgan, fragments of monuments.

People pass by mass graves.

People climb to the monument of The Motherland.

Veterans with banners on the square of Fallen Fighters.

Cossack Konstantin I. Undercuts among veterans.

Lighting a torch from The eternal flame.

Veterans stand with a funeral garland in their hands.

Moving the torch with the Eternal flame through the streets of the city.

Passing the torch to an officer on an armored personnel carrier.

An armored personnel carrier with a torch follows the streets of Volgograd, accompanied by a motorcycle escort.

The armored personnel carrier stops.

Brezhnev Li, sculptor Vuchetich EV and his entourage go to the hall of Military glory on Mamayev Kurgan on the opening day of the complex on October 15, 1967, veterans applaud.

Military buglers are waiting for the command to give the signal.

Types of the opening ceremony of the memorial complex on Mamayev Kurgan.

Veterans carry the torch to the hall of Military glory, followed by a company of honor guards.

Veterans with a torch are sent to the Entrance to the hall of Military glory.

Faces of the honor guard soldiers.

Types of solemn meeting on the occasion of the opening of the memorial complex.

Brezhnev Li From the podium delivers a speech (synchronously), panorama of the rally (top).

There are military men with wreaths

Faces of the honor guard soldiers.

Panorama of the rally and part of Mamayev Kurgan.

Types of meetings.

Brezhnev and Vuchetich on the podium of the rally.

Lighting a fire in the Hall of Military glory.

People with flowers in their hands pass by the wall with the names of the dead defenders of Stalingrad.

View of the Central part Of the hall of Military glory with The eternal flame.

Faces of passing people.

Internal views of the military Hall of fame.

The Eternal flame burns.

Carnations at the Eternal flame.

View of the Motherland monument at sunset.

Fragments of monuments and bas-reliefs at sunset.


Brezhnev Leonid Iljich -- statesman and politician Ibarruri Dolores -- Spanish revolutionary and political figure Vuchetich Evgenij Viktorovich -- sculptor-muralist

Calendar: 1968

Locations: Volgograd [946] Volgograd region [773]

Seasons: Autumn [826] Summer [824]

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