The St. George Ribbon relates to the Guards. The Guards ribbon symbolizes achievements in strengthening the defense of the state.
The black and orange colors of the ribbons mean “smoke and flames”, and are a sign of personal prowess on the battlefield.
The Guards is an elite privileged part of the troops.
The Soviet Guards are military units, ships and units of the USSR Armed Forces, which received this status for heroism, courage and high military skill performed in action during the Second World War.
The Day of Russian Guards is celebrated on September 2. This holiday was set in 2000 in connection with the 300th anniversary of Russian Imperial Guard.
Russian Imperial Guard was established at the beginning of the reign of Peter the Great.
In 1918 it was dissolved and re-established during the Second World War.
Four infantry divisions distinguished themselves near Smolensk in 1941 got the the Guards title by the order of Joseph Stalin.
The honorary title was assigned to the Army units and Navy ships distinguished themselves in battle against Nazi Germany. The military formation received the Guards banner and the servicemen – the Guards rank and the chest pin badge.
The Guards military units of modern Russia are: the 4th Guards “Kantemirovskaya” Tank Division, the 5th Guards “Tamanskaya” Motor Rifle Brigade, the 20th Guards “Carpathian-Berlin” Motor Rifle Division, the 27th Independent Sevastopol Guards Motor Rifle Brigade, the 28th Guards Order of the Red Banner Missile Division, located in the 27th Missile Army, linear formations of the Airborne Troops, the Guards units and ships of the Navy, the Guards units of the Army and Air Force.
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The sleeve patch is the symbol of belonging to the Volga Cossack Host, the symbol of military comradeship and brotherhood, it represents the unbreakable bond of all generations of the Volga Cossacks.
The patch is to be worn on the left sleeve of the uniform of every of the Volga Cossacks.
It is handed together with a chest badge at the moment of taking oath.
Dog tag “Nickolas the Wonderworker” is made of stainless steel with enamel. It represents a relief waist-deep image of Saint Nickolas in strictly frontal grand posture with blessing right hand and the Gospel in the left one (there is a cross on the binder of the Book).
A monastic elder with high templed forehead, small rounded and curly beard is the most widespread iconic image.
Dog tag – “Submarine Force of Russia” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of a nuclear submarine walking on the waves with a waving St. Andrew’s Russian Navy flag above it.
At the bottom of the tag there is a stylized image of the globe with an overlaid eight-pointed star.
The inscription on the tag says: “RUSSIA”, “SUBMARINE FORCE”.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of the “dead head” in a beret, with two crossed swords, on the background of an explosion fire.
Above and below the dog tag is framed with the motto: “MERCENARIES NEVER DIE”.
Under the emblem there is the inscription: “They just go to hell to regroup”.