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 “Airborne Troops of Russia” (Lightning) is made of stainless steel with enamel. It is an eagle prepared to attack, soaring on a background of white open canopy over three red lightnings.
At the top of the medal there is the abbreviation “VDV” (Airborne troops) on a blue field, at the bottom – the motto: “STRENGTH, SPEED, ATTACK.”
Dog tag “The Cossack Troops” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It depicts a hobbler Cossack dressed in a sample 1915 uniform with a lance and a Cossack sword.
In the background there is a distinctive V-shaped Cossack sleeve-patch, painted in the colors of Russian national flag.
At the top edge of the tag there is the motto: “For Faith and Fatherland”.
The motto describes the basic commands that must know each Russian soldier: soul – to God, heart – to the people, life – to Fatherland, honor – to no one.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a stylized image of the national flag of the United States – a rectangular cloth with seven red and six white alternating horizontal stripes. In the upper left corner is the azure dark blue rectangle. In the rectangle there are 50 white five-pointed stars.
Sleeve patch of 106th Guards Airborne Division holding the Order of the Red Banner and the Order of Kutuzov, 2nd degree.
Motto: “No impossible tasks!”
At the heart of the emblem is the coat of arms of the city of Tula, where the division’s headquarters is located, and the Centaur which combines power and intelligence, courage and cunning, man and animal according to ancient mythology.
Sleeve insignia of Russian Navy submariners.
A triangular regimental heraldic shield with the stylized images of a nuclear submarine and the globe with an eight-pointed star superimposed on it.
The globe symbolizes the worldwide actions of the Russian submariners.
The eight-pointed star is the allegoric symbol of the “Wind Rose”, navigation, striving to achieve the goals, the saving star of hope for a better future.
At the top of the sleeve patch is the inscription: “RUSSIA”, in the center – “Submarine Forces.”
An oval sleeve insignia of the Moscow Police Riot Squad (OMON). A variant of the casual uniforms patch of the employees of special force units of the Moscow Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Symbols of the emblem:
The naked sword – eternal readiness to take action to protect civilians.
The golden color of the blade of the sword is the color of purity and generosity; the maroon is the color of the Russian Interior Ministry Special Forces.