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Battle For Hill 3234
The Battle for Hill 3234
Battle for Hill 3234
was a successful defensive battle fought by the 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment, Soviet Airborne Troops, in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
against a force of 200 to 250 Mujahideen
Mujahideen
rebels in January 1988. Two of the soldiers killed, Vyacheslav Alexandrovich Alexandrov and Andrey Alexandrovich Melnikov, were posthumously awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union
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Sergeant
Sergeant
Sergeant
(abbreviated to Sgt and capitalized when used as a named person's title) is a rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces. The alternate spelling, 'serjeant', is used in The Rifles
The Rifles
and other units that draw their heritage from the British Light Infantry. Its origin is the Latin serviens, "one who serves", through the French term sergent. The term "sergeant" refers to a non-commissioned officer placed above the rank of a corporal and a police officer immediately below a lieutenant or, in the UK below an inspector.[1][2] In most armies the rank of sergeant corresponds to command of a squad (or section). In Commonwealth armies, it is a more senior rank, corresponding roughly to a platoon second-in-command
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BM-21
The BM-21 "Grad" (Russian: БМ-21 "Град"), is a Soviet truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher.[5] The weapons system and the M-21OF rocket[6] it fires were developed in the early 1960s, and saw their first combat use in March 1969 during the Sino-Soviet border conflict.[7] BM stands for boyevaya mashina (combat vehicle), and the nickname grad means "hail". The complete system with the BM-21 launch vehicle and the M-21OF rocket is designated as the M-21 field rocket system. The complete system is more commonly known as a Grad multiple rocket launcher system. In NATO countries, the system (either the complete system or the launch vehicle only) was initially known as M1964
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40th Army (Soviet Union)
World War IIBattle of Kiev (1943) Jassy-Kishinev Offensive Battle of the Dnieper Battle of KurskSoviet–Afghan WarThe 40th Army of the Soviet Union's Soviet Army
Soviet Army
was an army-level command that participated in World War II
World War II
from 1941 to 1945 and was reformed specifically for the Soviet War in Afghanistan
Soviet War in Afghanistan
from 1979 to circa 1990
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Boris Gromov
Boris Vsevolodovich Gromov (Russian: Бори́с Все́володович Гро́мов; born 7 November 1943 in Saratov, Russia) is a prominent Russian military and political figure. From 2000 to 2012, he was the Governor of Moscow Oblast. Biography[edit] He graduated from a Suvorov
Suvorov
military cadet school, the Leningrad Military Commanders School and later from the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow, as well as the General Staff Academy. During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, Gromov did three tours of duty (1980–1982, 1985–1986, 1987–1989), and was best known for the two years as the last Commander of the 40th Army in Afghanistan. Gromov was the last Soviet soldier to leave Afghanistan, crossing on foot the Friendship Bridge spanning the Amu-Daria
Amu-Daria
river on 15 February 1989, the day the Soviet pullout from Afghanistan was completed
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Gardez
Gardēz[pronunciation?] (Pashto: ګردېز‎, Persian: گردیز‎) is the capital of the Paktia Province
Paktia Province
of Afghanistan. The population of the city was estimated to be ca. 10,000 in the 1979 census and was estimated to be 70,000 in 2008.[2] The population is overwhelmingly Pashtun.[2] The city of Gardez
Gardez
is located at the junction between two important roads that cut through a huge alpine valley. Surrounded by the mountains and deserts of the Hindu Kush, which boil up from the valley floor to the north, east and west, it is the axis of commerce for a huge area of eastern Afghanistan
Afghanistan
and has been a strategic location for armies throughout the country’s long history of conflict
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Khost
Khost
Khost
(Pashto: خوست‎) is a city in eastern Afghanistan, and the largest city of Loya Paktia. To the east of Khost
Khost
lie Waziristan
Waziristan
and the Kurram Valley in Pakistan. The urban population is 106,083 (in 2015), mostly Pashtun (mainly from the tribes of Zadran, Mangal, Zazi, Tani, Gurbuz, Muqbal, Sabari, and Wazir), living in 11,787 dwellings, arranged in six municipal districts.[3] The town was besieged from July 1983 to November 1987, during the nine-year Soviet war in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
in the 1980s
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Mujahideen
Mujahideen
Mujahideen
(Arabic: مجاهدين‎ mujāhidīn) is the plural form of mujahid (Arabic: مجاهد‎), the term for one engaged in Jihad (literally, "striving" or "struggling," especially with a praiseworthy aim). In an Islamic context, the Mujahideen
Mujahideen
are holy knights of Allah who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Allah. Their goals are to defend the weak, uphold justice, vanquish the oppressors and establish peace, order and justice, as well as facilitate the worship of Allah. They have been promised high ranks and status in paradise. Should they fall in battle then their sacrifice is a testament to their faith and belief in Allah
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108th Motor Rifle Division
 Soviet Union (1941–1992)  Uzbekistan (1992–1993)BranchSoviet Army (1941–1992) Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan (1992–1993)Type Motorized Rifle DivisionColors RedEngagements World War II Soviet invasion of Afghanistan Tajikistan Civil WarDecorationsOrder of the Red Banner (2) Pennant of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR "For Courage and Valor"CommandersNotable commanders Viktor PoznyakThe 108th Nevelskaya Motor Rifle Division, abbreviated as the "108th MRD," was a unit of the Soviet Ground Forces. It was the successor to the 360th Rifle Division Nevelskaya, which was formed during the Second World War
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201st Motor Rifle Division
The 201st Gatchina
Gatchina
Twice Red Banner Motor Rifle Division was originally raised twice in World War II as part of the Soviet Union's Red Army
Red Army
and is now part of the Russian Ground Forces.The headquarters of the base.Contents1 The Great Patriotic War1.1 201st Rifle Division (first formation) 1.2 201st division (2nd formation)2 Cold War 3 Afghanistan 4 The Tajik Civil War 5 Present day 6 Subordinated units and fighting strength6.1 Total strength7 References 8 External linksThe Great Patriotic War[edit] 201st Rifle Division (first formation)[edit] The division was formed as Red Army
Red Army
national unit on 3 August 1941 in Gorokhovets, Vladimir Oblast, Moscow Military District
Moscow Military District
from remains of the 24th Territorial Rifle Corps
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103rd Guards Airborne Division
 Soviet Union (1944–1992)  Belarus (1993)Branch Soviet airborne (1946–1992)Type Infantry, AirborneSize DivisionEngagementsWorld War IIVienna OffensiveOperation Danube Soviet-Afghan WarDecorations Order of Lenin Order of the Red Banner Order of Kutuzov 2nd classBattle honours 60th Anniversary of the Soviet UnionCommandersNotable commandersMikhail Denisenko Pavel GrachevThe 103rd Guards Airborne Division (ru: 103-я гвардейская воздушно-десантная ордена Ленина Краснознаменная ордена Кутузова дивизия имени 60-летия СССР) was a division of the Soviet Airborne Troops. It was established in 1946 and disbanded in 1993, a year after its transfer to the Armed Forces of Belarus. Its lineage is continued by a currently active brigade of the Belarusian Special Forces, the 103rd Guards Airborne Brigade
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56th Guards Air Assault Brigade
351st Guards Rifle Regiment (Dec 1944 – Jun 1946) 351st Guards Air Landing Regiment (Jun 1946 – Jan 1949) 351st Guards Airborne Regiment (Jan 1949 – Oct 1979) 56th Guards Air Assault BrigadeActive 1943–presentCountry  Soviet Union
Soviet Union
(1943–1992)  RussiaBranch Airborne TroopsType Airborne forcesSize BrigadeGarrison/HQ KamyshinEngagementsWorld War IIBattle of the Dnieper Vienna OffensiveSoviet-Afghan War First Chechen War Second Chechen WarBattle honoursDon Cossack Order of the Patriotic War
Order of the Patriotic War
1st class Order of Kutuzov
Order of Kutuzov
2nd classCommandersCurrent commander Alexander ValitovNotable commanders Vitaly RaevskyThe 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade
56th Guards Air Assault Brigade
is an airborne brigade of the Russian Airborne Troops. It is currently based in Kamyshin
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DShK
The DShK 1938 (ДШК, for Дегтярёва-Шпагина Крупнокалиберный, Degtyaryova-Shpagina Krupnokaliberny, "Degtyaryov-Shpagin Large-Calibre") is a Soviet heavy machine gun firing the 12.7×108mm cartridge. The weapon was also used as a heavy infantry machine gun, in which case it was frequently deployed with a two-wheeled mounting and a single-sheet armour-plate shield. It took its name from the weapons designers Vasily Degtyaryov, who designed the original weapon, and Georgi Shpagin, who improved the cartridge feed mechanism. It is sometimes nicknamed Dashka (familiar form of female name Daria) in Russian-speaking countries, from the abbreviation.Contents1 History 2 Users 3 Anti-aircraft sight 4 Gallery 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External linksHistory[edit] The requirement for a heavy machine gun appeared in 1929
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Order Of The Red Banner
The Order of the Red Banner
Order of the Red Banner
(Russian: Орден Крaсного Знамени) was the first Soviet military decoration. The Order was established on 16 September 1918, during the Russian Civil War
Russian Civil War
by decree of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee. It was the highest award of Soviet Russia, subsequently the Soviet Union, until the Order of Lenin
Order of Lenin
was established in 1930. Recipients were recognised for extraordinary heroism, dedication, and courage demonstrated on the battlefield. The Order was awarded to individuals as well as to military units, cities, ships, political and social organizations, and state enterprises
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Mannequin
A mannequin' (also called a manikin, dummy, lay figure or dress form) is an often articulated doll used by artists, tailors, dressmakers, windowdressers and others especially to display or fit clothing. The term is also used for life-sized dolls with simulated airways used in the teaching of first aid, CPR, and advanced airway management skills such as tracheal intubation and for human figures used in computer simulation to model the behavior of the human body
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Artillery
Artillery
Artillery
is a class of large military weapons built to fire munitions far beyond the range and power of infantry's small arms. Early artillery development focused on the ability to breach fortifications, and led to heavy, fairly immobile siege engines. As technology improved, lighter, more mobile field artillery developed for battlefield use. This development continues today; modern self-propelled artillery vehicles are highly mobile weapons of great versatility providing the largest share of an army's total firepower. In its earliest sense, the word artillery referred to any group of soldiers primarily armed with some form of manufactured weapon or armour. Since the introduction of gunpowder and cannon, the word "artillery" has largely meant cannon, and in contemporary usage, it usually refers to shell-firing guns, howitzers, mortars, rockets and guided missiles
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