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” (Eagle) is made of stainless steel by stamping. It is a relief image of an eagle with spread wings, sitting on forged figured shield and clutching a tulip flower.
In the background is the open canopy.
At the bottom of the tag is the inscription: “Strength, Courage, Fortitude.”
The eagle is the symbol of the “airborne infantry”.
The sleeve patch is the symbol of belonging to the Volga Cossack Host, the symbol of military comradeship and brotherhood, it represents the unbreakable bond of all generations of the Volga Cossacks.
The patch is to be worn on the left sleeve of the uniform of every of the Volga Cossacks.
It is handed together with a chest badge at the moment of taking oath.