When entering the 61st Guards Marines Brigade, hanging on the Headquarters building there is the inscription:
“Untamed offensive outburst, daring maneuver and rapidity, selfless courage and highest valor, strong fighting friendship, contempt for death, fierce hatred of the enemy – this is the glory of the Marine Corps!”
During World War II, two separate brigades, several regiments and battalions of the Marines (total amount – more than 10 thousand men) were formed of the sailors of the Northern Fleet. In the fighting on the land front they showed exemplary valor, courage and heroism.
The 61st Rifle Regiment was formed on May 5, 1943 on the basis of the 2nd Separate Battalion of the 67th Marines Rifle Brigade. Fighting on the Karelian front since August 8, 1943, the Regiment had distinguished during the Petsamo-Kirkenes operation.
The fortress-port of Kirkenes was taken on October 25, 1944, after a fierce assault. And the Regiment was awarded the Order of the Red Banner and the honorary title “Kirkenesky” for heroism and courage performed during the operation.
Since August 1956 the Regiment was located in the village of Sputnik in the Murmansk Region.
On December 1979, the Regiment was converted to the 61st Separate Brigade of the Marines of the Northern Fleet. During the period from 1967 to 1990, the Marines for 28 times took part in distant sea cruises with stops in Egypt, Syria, Angola, Benin, Guinea and other countries. At this time of peace 33 soldiers were awarded combat decorations.
In 1995, the Separate Air Assault Battalion of the Brigade participated in special purpose operations in the North Caucasus. Performing the combat duty, 68 Marines were killed, 252 injured. For bravery and courage 6 men were awarded the title of the “Hero of Russia”.
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The sleeve insignia of the 68th Guards Reconnaissance Battalion.
Regalia: combat name “Brandenburg”, the Order of the Red Banner.
Motto: “Nothing except victory!”
On January 19, 1995, together with the 276th Infantry Regiment and the 876th Separate Airborne Assault Battalion it took the Presidential Palace in the center of Grozny.
The full-dress sleeve insignia of the Spetsnaz of Russian Armed Forces.
A round blue patch with a wide yellow (golden) edging.
The emblem in the center is the general image of the Special Forces, it is a relief image of the bat with spread wings on the background of a stylized image of the grid of a telescopic sight.
This emblem is called “the small flag” or sometimes “the Guards angle”.
The patch in the form of the stylised State Flag was accepted in the Soviet Army for wearing on the berets to the left of the cockade. It was worn by all ranks – from a seaman to a commander.
Approved on June 26,1969.
The cockade of Russian Navy admirals, designed to be worn on the cap bands, framed with golden sewing in the form of a wreath of laurel branches and oak leaves.
The cockade of the flag officers of the Fleet is made of anodized goldish metal in the form of the oval Navy cockade topped with the emblem of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
The cockade with the “Red Star” emblem was intended to be worn on a military headdress (garrison cap, panama hat, or beret) by the junior leaders of recruitment, the rank and file soldiers and sailors, cadets of military schools, Suvorov military and Nakhimov naval cadets.
The cockade is a five-pointed star with the hammer and sickle.
The cockade is fastened with a clamper (or “the barbs”). The method of painting – cold enamel.
The tiny lapel pin badge of the servicemen of the Special Purpose Detachment of the Interior Troops of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD).
The emblem stands for the years of glorious fighting history. Initially it belonged to the first created in the USSR special actions group “Vityaz” (Knight-errant). The fist over the machine gun shortly and clearly shows force and confidence. Further this emblem was borrowed by the majority of the special forces detachments.
The ID pin badge of the operatives and soldiers of the Police Riot Squad Special is to be attached to the upper garment and a special outfit: body armor, individual tactical load-bearing vest.
The pin badge is a goldish metal star of twelve rounded points formed by the beams radiating from the center of convex polished rays.