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 “Jesus Christ the Pantocrator” is made of stainless steel without any enamel. It represents an iconographical relief image of Jesus Christ – the Heaven King and Judge. The Saviour is represented waist-deep with the Gospel in the left hand and with the right hand folded in a benedictory gesture. At the bottom of the tag there is the orthodox eight-pointed cross and the text in Slavic “SAVE AND PROTECT”.
Dog tag “Navy Units of the Border Guards Service” is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of an anchor entwined with a rope overlaid with the flag of the ships and boats of Russian Border Troops.
The basis of the flag is the Navy (St. Andrew’s) Russian flag: a waving green cloth with dark blue diagonal cross edged with white stripe.
The dog tag is made of stainless steel with enamel.
It is a relief image of the “dead head” in a green beret on the background of a golden glow.
At the top and bottom of the dog tag there is an inscription: “Special Forces” on the curly red ribbons.
The obverse of the tag specifically provides a smooth space for the possibility of inscribing of personal data, such as blood type, number of the unit, personal number, etc.