to the web site of the The 2nd Guards Rifle Division.
We are a friendly reenactment group who portray the Red Army
of the Great Patriotic War - 1941 - 1945. The unit has been established for
over twenty years and has a strong growing membership.
Full Members of
N.A.Re.S The National Association of Re-enactment Societies.
Winners of Best International
Display Festival of the Forties – 2014
Winners of Best Display Festival of the Forties– 2013.
Winners of Best Display award - Belvoir Castle 2006 - 2007 & 2008.
Winners for the Best Public Interaction Award - Military Odyssey 2004.
Winners of the Military
Illustrated Best Living History Award 2000.
Was taken by surprise
when the Wehrmacht invaded the Soviet Union on 22nd June
1941, the German Blitzkrieg pushed the Red Army back
who suffered huge losses
in the Germans drive deep into the Russia. German units advanced as
far as the out skirts of Moscow but were
beaten back by Siberian troops who were rushed in to defend
August 1942, Hitler's 6th Army attached Stalingrad, which was defended by Red
Army & Naval Marine troops, made the Germans pay a high price as they defended
and fought for every street, house and room, but by December, the Germans held
most of the city.
The Soviet defenders were supplied with reinforcements, weapons and supplies
from across the river Volga and were able to contain the 6th Army. In January
1943, the Red Army surrounded the city and the German 6th Army, now they were
cut off from rescue.
The 6th Army held out but surrendered to the Russians on the 2nd February 1943.
Over two German armies were destroyed and wiped from the order of battle. Now
the Red Army went over to the offensive!
Stalingrad, the Wehrmacht attacked the
area around Prokhovkha near Kursk in
1943. This was the largest tank battle
Red Army was ready for this massive tank
battle planned for the begining of July, it consisted of 2
hundreds of thousands of armoured vehicles and tanks, artillery and
thousands of Aircraft. After two weeks of attrition with both sides
taking heavy losses, the Germans retreated, they had lost
many troops, lots of equipment and command of the skies, from then
on, the Wehrmacht were the defensive.
Stalingrad the Russians knew that the Germans could be beaten, but after Kursk,
they knew that they would win'.
'Batttle of Berlin' cost 350,000 casualties to the Red Army
in capturing the Reich capital and to hoist the Red Flag over the Reichstag.
were defeated on land, sea
and air by superior equipment, numbers, quality, experience and military tactics,
but at an estimated cost of 30 million lives.
The 2nd GUARDS RIFLE DIVISION
Is the single largest Red Army re-enactment group in the UK and Europe, who
can boast over 60 members. We participate in a number of Living History events
at military shows nationwide and throughout the year. Some of the uniforms and
equipment items we use are of original Soviet issue, in order to maintain a
high level of authenticity. Quality reproductions are available and new members
are given advice on acquiring the correct uniform and equipment. See our Links
Unit members receive a bi-monthly newsletter, the Krasnaya Zvazda (Red Star)
via the internet and full of information and topics on our hobby. We participate
in a number events through out the year and some may ivolve our participation
in a public battle display. We have had annual unit trips abroad which have
included Russia, Finland, Czech Republic and Germany. Click
on our Video Page and
over images for more.
2nd Guards Rifle Division Video on
2nd Guards Rifle Division Video on Youtube
showing the unit at Military Odyssey and the Victory show 2014.
on the Guards Badges below and enjoy our videos.