The Battalion is a part of the 61st Marine Infantry Brigade, bearing the Combat Name “Kirkenes”, of the Northern Fleet.
The 876th Separate Air Assault Battalion was formed on November 11, 1979.
On January 1, 1985 the Battalion was declared a military unit of constant combat readiness.
On January 7, 1995 it was directed the North Caucasus to restore constitutional order in the Chechen Republic.
In the second Chechen War the fighters of the Battalion performed feats of courage and heroism, proving that they were worthy of the loud glory of their forefathers, who smashed German mountain rangers of the selected division “Edelweiss” during the Second World War. The horror induced by the marines was so huge that German soldiers called them “Black Death”.
On the eve of the New 2000 Year, on the nameless height marked 1406, the 2nd platoon of the 2nd Airborne Assault Company of the 876th Battalion took an unequal battle against several times overwhelming them gangs of terrorist bandit underground. The marines, led by the platoon commander lieutenant Yuri Kuryagin and captain Alexei Milashevich, took the unequal battle. In the first minutes of the battle all the officers were killed, and the command was assumed by sergeant Vladimir Tatashvili. Even the dead soldiers terrified the enemy. Unfortunately, the marines had no chance to see the dawn of the new day. As a result of the ill- night battle 12 “black berets” died the death of a hero, taking more than 40 militants with them, but stopped the bandits.
For courage and heroism performed, the marines were posthumously awarded orders, and the platoon commander Lieutenant Kuryagin and sergeant Tatashvili were awarded the highest award – the title of the Hero of Russia, also posthumously.
The Battalion returned to its native village “Sputnik” on June 20, 2000.
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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”.