The pin badge was incredibly popular and respected by the military.
The reserve and retired servicemen of the Guard units continue to wear it even now. It is worn on the full dress and casual clothes first on the right side.
The right to wear the pin badge was given to the servicemen who served in the military units received the honorary title of the Guard. This status used to be assigned for special services in battle and heroism. After 1943 the Guards pin badges began to be attached to battle flags. Then they began to place the image of the pin badge on military equipment.
The pin badge is made of a goldish metal with enamel in the form of an oval laurel wreath. On the upper part of it there is a weaving ruby-red banner with fringe and the inscription in gold letters: “Guard”. On the white background in the center there is a red faceted five-pointed star holding the spear-like staff of the banner. At the bottom of the wreath there is a plate with the inscription: “USSR”.
On the back of the pin badge there is a screw for fastening it to the uniform.
The Red Banner is one of the main Soviet symbols of revolutionary struggle.
The Red Banner of Victory is the symbol of state sovereignty of the USSR and the unbreakable alliance of workers and peasants in their struggle to build the communist society.
The laurel wreath is a symbol of devotion to duty, valor and glory of the Soviet soldiers.
A star is an ancient symbol of protection and power.
The red color is the personification of the Revolution.
The Red Star is a symbol of the Soviet Army.
The design of the Guards pin badge was approved by Joseph Stalin himself. The author is an artist S. Dmitriev. The design of the Soviet Guards pin badge influenced the design of the similar pin badges of other countries, including Cuba.
The Guard is the elite privileged part of the troops. The Soviet Guards are military formations, units and ships of the USSR Armed Forces, received this status for heroism, courage and high military skill performed in action during the Second World War. The Guards units, formations and ships were awarded with the Guards banners. On May 21, the Guards pin badge was established for these military units.
In peacetime, there was no transformation of combined formations, units and ships into the Guards. However, in order to preserve the martial traditions, the Guards titles, belonging to military units and ships, at their disbandment could be transferred to other formations, units and ships.