The Baltic Fleet is the cradle of the regular Marine Corps. The formation of the marines regiment for boarding, landing and military service on ships started on November 16, 1705 by the order of the Emperor Peter I. Since that moment the Marines regiments and battalions of the Baltic Fleet participated in all the wars of Russia.
During World War II, 100,000 Baltic sailors on the part of numerous brigades, regiments and battalions participated in the defeat of the Nazi troops near Leningrad, Baltic, East Prussia, laying the foundations of modern application of the Marine Corps.
On March 28, 1942, the 347th Rifle Regiment, baptizes in Stalingrad, was formed on the basis of the Omsk Infantry School. For the liberation of Orel, in September 1943, the regiment was renamed the 336th Guards Regiment. For the capture of the city of Bialystok on August 9, 1944, it was awarded the honorary title “Bialystoksky”. The Regiment finished the fighting South-East Berlin, and then, on May 6, 1945, it came to the river Elbe, where met with the allied U.S. troops.
On November 20, 1979, the 336th Separate Guards Regiment “Bialystoksky” was transformed into a marine brigade.
Since 1967 to 1989 the Marines performed combat missions in the waters of the Oceans, including Egypt and Angola.
Since 1989 to 1993 the staff of the Brigade served for defending the important objects of the Fleet in the Baltic republics and cities: Riga, Liepaja, Klaipeda, Tallinn.
In 1995, the 879th Airborne Assault and the 877th Marines Battalions of the regiment were sent to the North Caucasus to perform special tasks.
46 Marines were killed in combat missions, and five were awarded the title of the “Hero of Russia”.
Since 2004, the divisions of the 336th Brigade are on the combat duty in the Mediterranean.
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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.
Dog tag “Nickolas the Wonderworker” is made of stainless steel with enamel. It represents a relief waist-deep image of Saint Nickolas in strictly frontal grand posture with blessing right hand and the Gospel in the left one (there is a cross on the binder of the Book).
A monastic elder with high templed forehead, small rounded and curly beard is the most widespread iconic image.
Dog tag – “Submarine Force of Russia” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of a nuclear submarine walking on the waves with a waving St. Andrew’s Russian Navy flag above it.
At the bottom of the tag there is a stylized image of the globe with an overlaid eight-pointed star.
The inscription on the tag says: “RUSSIA”, “SUBMARINE FORCE”.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of the “dead head” in a beret, with two crossed swords, on the background of an explosion fire.
Above and below the dog tag is framed with the motto: “MERCENARIES NEVER DIE”.
Under the emblem there is the inscription: “They just go to hell to regroup”.