Welcome to the web site of the The 2nd Guards Rifle Division who a friendly reenactment group who represent 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 and attend quality shows. You may be young or the experienced in life, why not come along and visit the unit at one of our events and if you want to join us for a day or weekend, we may be able to loan you Red Army uniform and equipment. Latest Pictures - Bushey Hall & Ashby Battle
THE RED ARMY: Were 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 Red Army Siberian troops.
Stalingrad the Wehrmacht attacked the area around Prokhovkha near Kursk in
July 1943. The Red Army
was ready for this massive tank battle, which is still the largest tank battle
to date. The battle
was planned for July and consisted of 2 million troops, 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, equipment and command of the skies. From then on,
the Wehrmacht were on the defensive!
'After Stalingrad the Russians knew that the Germans could be beaten, but after Kursk, they knew that they would win'
The 2nd GUARDS RIFLE DIVISION
Is the single largest Red Army re-enactment group in the UK and Europe, who Boast over 60 members!
We participate in a number of Living History events at military shows nationwide and throughout the year. Much of the uniforms and equipment items are of original Soviet issue in order to maintain a high level of authenticity, but quality reproductions are available; new members are given advice on acquiring uniforms and equipment. Join our forum and see our Links page.
Unit members receive a bi-monthly newsletter, the Krasnaya Zvazda (Red Star). 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 view event footage.