St. Andrew’s flag is the Navy flag of the Russian Empire, approved by Tsar Peter I in 1699, and modern Russia. It is a white cloth with two diagonal blue stripes, forming a slanted cross. This “St. Andrew’s” cross gave the name to the flag, since it resembles the form of the cross on which the patron saint of Russia – Apostle Andrew the First-Called – martyred.
The skull symbolizes fearlessness in the face of danger and death. The skull as it is means: I was close to death. The skull emblem originated from the pirates’, and the like daredevils’, tattoos.
In the Soviet and then the Russian army, this emblem is associated with the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
The “dead head” still remains one of the most widely used emblems among military companies of several countries of the world.
Among bikers the skull commonly symbolizes bringing victory and protection from death. There is a legend that whenever death comes, it puts its mark on the deceased – a skull, and if someone already has this sign, death thinks she has already been there and does not take the man away.
A dog tag is a badge of a soldier with the information about its wearer, obligatory to wear in the majority of the armies. For the dog’s age the main purpose of the dog tag was to get rid of the notion “the Unknown Warrior” and to help in the first aid.
Today dog tags are used not only by soldiers. They are very popular as trendy accessory in “military” style, as various trinkets, adornments, mascots, amulets.
In its form a dog tag is a rectangular plate with rounded ends, with ribbed stiffener along the perimeter and pierced at the top for the cord, ring or chain.
The reverse side of the tag is supposed to put on engraving with personal information, memorial dates, verses, congratulations and other texts of your own choice.
The dog tag is supplied in complete with two strong ball chains – 23 5/8 inch and 2 7/16 inch, for the purpose of wearing it on the neck as an amulet or using it as a trinket for the bunch of keys, different fasteners on the clothes, purse, handbag, pouch, messenger bag and so on.