In the twentieth century, the skull and crossbones emblem was used by British commandos, the assault units of France and the United States.
The bikers consider it a symbol that helps to win and protects them from death.
The “Dead’s Head” symbol is also used in the youth subculture.
The black and white colors, and the “death’s head” (or “Adam’s head”), as an attribute of the Orthodox iconography, in Russian army symbolized sacrifice, uncompromising attitude to enemies and immortality in the memory of the posterity.
The appearance of the skull and crossbones emblem, traces back to the Patriotic War of 1812. It reappeared in the ranks of the armies of the South-Western Front during the Civil War (1917-1922).
The idea of sacrifice for the free Homeland has always led to a massive upsurge of patriotism and the appearance of the volunteer “death squads”, who considered the white color a symbol of the protecting of freedom, and the black – the unwillingness to live if Russia would perish.
The “dead’s head” for several centuries remained the symbol of the liberation movement in the Balkan states.
During World War II, the “Totenkopf” was an emblem of the Serbian guerrilla movement.
In Russia, the “Totenkopf” emblem was last used by the 96th Cossack regiment which took part in the fightings in Abkhazia and Transnistria .