A round black shield with a yellow edging. In the center, on the blue field, is a relief image of the Battalion’s mascot – a scorpion on the background of an open parachute.
The relief inscription on the upper perimeter reads – “Tactical Reconnaissance”, at the bottom – the motto: “Nothing except victory!”
The scorpion on the emblem of the Battalion represents a mortal danger and unpredictability of actions for the enemy.
The parachute is the means of the troops delivery to the battlefield, a symbol of combat readiness in the air and on the ground.
The white color of the parachute symbolizes purity of thought, belief in a just cause.
Blue is the traditional color of Russian paratroopers’ beret, symbolizes the peaceful sky.
The yellow rim is a stylized Guards ribbon and symbolizes the achievements in the strengthening of the defense of the state.
The black and yellow colors of the Guards ribbon mean “smoke and flames” and are a sign of personal prowess on the battlefield.
The 68th Separate Guards Reconnaissance Battalion is a part of the 20th Motorized Infantry Division. The number of soldiers of the battalion is 345.
Since 1994, the 68th Reconnaissance Battalion fought in Chechnya as part of the 8th Army Corps under the command of Lieutenant-General Lev Rokhlin.
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.
Over the entire period of hostilities, the Intelligence Battalion spent 11 combat operations, where it lost 95% of officers and 85% of soldiers and sergeants, and 60% of equipment.
For the valor performed, the Battalion Commander, Major Roman Shadrin was awarded the title “Hero of Russia”.
On February 6, 2005, the 68th Separate Reconnaissance Battalion, having performed the combat missions, passed the checkpoints to the Interior Ministry Troops and returned to the place of permanent deployment in the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad).