Russian Crimson Berets

#1
Twice a year, Vityaz, the Interior Ministry’s special operations force (commonly known as spetsnaz), holds qualification trials for Crimson Berets, which are awarded for distinguished professional and moral excellence.



The applicant only receives qualification if he sustains 12 minutes of active full-contact combat against four opponents in a row, three minutes each. At least one of the opponents must already be a Crimson Beret.

 
#2
Why can't they shape their berets properly?
 
#3
Remember hearing stories about them ,supposedly one of their main weapons is the entrenching spade.Sharpened to the nines and they use it as a preferred weapon for cqb.Always told they would be the first over the border ahead of third shock army.
 
#4
Wench3000 said:
Why can't they shape their berets properly?
Probably they need a British instructor.



But first his skills would be tested.
 
#5
I know he's got a dodgy beret on, but why is he kicking him in the jewels...that's a bit strong.
 
#6
And he's wearing his PJ bottoms. This must be the Russian equivalent of RM beatings, with boxing mitts instead of roll mats.
 
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KGB_resident said:
Wench3000 said:
Why can't they shape their berets properly?
Probably they need a British instructor.



But first his skills would be tested.
They don't give you a lot of time to get changed do they. That lad on the left only just managed park his Honda.
 

Nehustan

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#8
Sergey, 1.) when did GRU Spetznaz form as regiments post the Soviet Era rather than as 'embedded' and 2.) Is there still a naval brigade?
 
#9
have to admit that helmit is a bit excessive!!
 
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easymoney said:
Remember hearing stories about them ,supposedly one of their main weapons is the entrenching spade.Sharpened to the nines and they use it as a preferred weapon for cqb.Always told they would be the first over the border ahead of third shock army.
You are right

http://www.spetsnaz-gru.com/spetsnaz-entrenching-shovel-1.htm

In a combat training of Spetsnaz soldiers a great attention is paid to their ability to engage in hand-to-hand combat and to use hand-held weapon as well as various expedients. Among them an entrenching shovel is of special importance; first, it is an element of a regular outfit and, second, it is a formidable weapon of the close combat.
By the way. Are British servicemen being trained to use a sapper shovel as a weapon?

With the entrenching shovel, one can throw a handful of soil or sand at the enemy's face from a distance of four to five meters and profit by enemy's confusion to shorten the distance needed for a blow. Besides, the entrenching shovel is an excellent throwing implement - the range of aimed throw made by a well-trained specialist is 10 meters or more.
Nehustan said:
Sergey, 1.) when did GRU Spetznaz form as regiments post the Soviet Era rather than as 'embedded' and 2.) Is there still a naval brigade?
1. GRU Spetznz is a very closed structure. However anyone can buy a 50-min video for $39.95

http://www.spetsnaz-gru.com/spetsnaz-hand-to-hand-combat-training.htm

Btw, my uncle is a former colonel of GRU.

2. Naval brigade? Alas, I don't know much about it. As I have heard 'Dolphin' - a combat diver "incursion" unit similar to the U.S. Navy SEALs still exists as FSB structure.
 
#12
By the way. Are British servicemen being trained to use a sapper shovel as a weapon?
Actually the RGJ are the British Army Special Spade Defence Regiment (SSDR) and have won many honours for spade related feats of heroism.

Google: RGJ / Cyprus / Tour guides
 
#13
KGB_resident said:
Are British servicemen being trained to use a sapper shovel as a weapon?
First genuine bit of experience-based advice I ever received, from one of the chaps that captured and held the Primosole bridge in Sicily: 'Always carry a shovel into action - you can dig in with it and you can bash heads in with it, as well'.
 
#14
easymoney said:
Remember hearing stories about them ,supposedly one of their main weapons is the entrenching spade.Sharpened to the nines and they use it as a preferred weapon for cqb.Always told they would be the first over the border ahead of third shock army.
That is a myth perpetuated after a photo of a spetznaz soldier was published throwing a spade whilst jumping over an obsicle years ago. Not wanting to dismiss the rumour they started to advertise this activity as fact. A bit like the carrots and nightvision myth created by the RAF after their radar equipped nightfighters started to have large successes and they justified these by stateing that the pilots were eating more carrots.
 
#15
I know the german army in russia during WW2 used them Sven Hassell said so in his books
 
#17
eSeL said:


Why is this bloke whistling during the salute?
What is this bloke whistling during the salute? Maybe God save the Queen?
 
#18
Judging by the state of that beret hes whistling something by the Pet Shop Boys.
 
#19
Do the Russian military still use the old Soviet insignia on the beret badges or is it just an old photo?!
 

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