The brigade was created as a result of the reformation of the 104th Guards Airborne Division in 1998, received the final name in 2007.
Motto: “PERSONAL HONOR – HOMELAND GLORY”.
The scorpion on the emblem of the Division represents a mortal danger and unpredictability of action on its part.
A scorpion is characterized as a creature which at any time can inflict an irresistible blow to its enemy, and this is typical for the fighting style of the Division.
The emblem also reflects the specifics of the 104th Division’s combat training for the operations in mountain and desert areas, where the compound was stationed for more than 45 years.
During World War II, the Division fought Hitler’s selected units in Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia. By the nature of training and psychological hardiness the 104th Divisions is the “unlike” other Airborne units. All exercises, training, experiments, research were based on the overcoming of the impossible.
The paratroopers of the 104th Guards Airborne Division were among the first in Afghanistan and fought in the “hot spots” of Transcaucasia.
In the service record of the 104th Division there are 12 Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia, about 4,000 knights of various military awards.
In the army folklore Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are called the “Troops of Uncle Vasya” in honor of their founder – General Vasily Margelov. The abbreviation sometimes also stands for ” Two Hundred Variants are Possible”, “Your Girl are Widows”, “Hardly Go Back Home”, etc.
The popular saying of the paratroopers: “ A paratrooper is a god for three seconds, an eagle for five minutes, and a horse for the rest of time.”
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Dog tag “Border Guard Service of Russia” (Skull and the banners) is made of stainless steel with enamel. It is a picture of a striped terminus with two flags on each side, overlaid with the “dead head” in a green beret.
To the left of the terminus there is the national flag of Russia, to the right – the banner of the Border Guard Service.
The dog tag of the soldiers of the 3rd Separate Brigade of Special Purpose of the Internal Forces of the Republic of Belarus.
The symbol of the brigade is the lynx – a dweller of Belarusian forest. It is an agile, fast, careful and at the same time cunning and clever animal.
Obviously, the soldiers of Belarusian special forces pretend to own the same qualities.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is the image of the bikers’ guardian angel riding a motorbike.
At the bottom of the dog tag there is the inscription: “DEATH MACHINE” on the curly ribbon.
A popular wisdom says: “Do not ride faster than your guardian angel flies.”
The general sleeve patch for any of the units and formations of the Airborne Troops of the USSR and Russia.
In the center of the patch there is the image of an open golden parachute with and two airplanes from the both sides of it.
Approved in 1955.
The of the emblem is Zinaida Bocharova, a draftsman of the Airborne Staff.
Sleeve host patch of the Irkutsk Cossacks. Approved in 1998.
Cossacks were in the vicinity of the Lake Baikal in the XVII century, when the active development of Siberia took place. Since the XVIII century the Irkutsk Cossacks joined the troops of the Russian Empire.
In 1998 it was decided to reinstate Irkutsk Cossack Host and its glorious traditions.
Nowadays the Cossacks help to keep order in the country, cavalry units are patrolling the city and punish the violators.
Sleeve insignia of the fighters of the separate sniper squads of the special units of the Army, Police, intelligence and counterterrorist services.
The round sleeve patch contains a picture of a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight against a target.
Depending on the combat arm membership, the beret at the bottom of the emblem takes the appropriate color.