The Airborne Troops are the reserve of the President of the Russian Federation. They are able to (both independently or as a part of the ground troops) manage the missions both in a large-scale war or a local conflict.
VDV are completely airmobile and independent in fighting. In case of emergency they can land by parachutes in the regions which are unavailable for other types of troops.
The Airborne Troops are intended to envelop the enemy in the air and fight in his rear.
In peacetime the functions of the troops include the conduction of peacekeeping operations to maintain peace in unstable regions in accordance with the international obligations.
The Airborne troops are among the best trained military units of the Russian Army.Author of the post picture is Vitaly V. Kuzmin
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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.
Nicholas II was the last Russian Emperor, the king of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. His official short title was Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias. As with other Russian Emperors he is commonly known by the monarchical title Tsar. He is also known as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church and is referred to as Saint Nicholas the Martyr.
The upper cockade of the Russian Armed Forces is a custom metal sign on the military headdress (service cap). It was approved in 1998 and is applied to the present time.
The cockade represents the emblem of the Russian Armed Forces in the form of a golden double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, holding a sword (a symbol of readiness to defend the Fatherland) and a laurel wreath (a symbol of glory and honor).