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Regimental colours

Soviet reg. color obv., fict. example   click for detail
Viktor Lomancov, 12 Aug 2000 | (inscription is fictional for example sake!)

The regimental colour was adopted 21, November, 1942. Ratio - 1:1. Colours (regimental, divisional etc) were standardized in the Armed Forces (similar in the Army, Aviation and Navy):

  • Obverse - red field, a red star yellow bordered and the full name and number of a military unit below. Each unit has its own inscription.
  • Reverse - red field, a gold hammer and sickle and the motto «For our Soviet Motherland» (За нашу советскую родину! | Za naŝu Sovetskuû Rodinu);
All the Colours were red with gold fringe and square in form. (Some soviet artists drew this colour without inscriptions — on post cards, post stamps etc. — together with flags of the Navy and Air Force, which were real flags). Somebody decided that it is a flag of army… but that is not right.)
Viktor Lomancov, 10 Dec 1999 and 12 Aug 2000


Soviet reg. color rev., fict. example   click for detail
Viktor Lomancov, 12 Aug 2000

There are plenty of photos on the Soviet regimental colours, but the best one I have found is in Soviet Soldier, Military Publishing House, USSR Ministry of Defence, March 1990, p.8. (Not to be confused with Soviet Military Review!) The photo shows the reverse side of the colour (with hammer and sickle), and at the same time reveals the outline of the red star at the obverse side.
Miles Li, 21 Sep 1999

Guard’s colors

The Colours (banners) of Guards were a little different: the portrait of V. I. Lenin, word "USSR" ("CCCP") on one side, the small star with hammer-sickle in its center and a motto on other side. The mottos were different. The units which become Guards in WWII had the motto: «Death to german invaders!».
Viktor Lomancov, 10 Dec 1999