Welcome 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.
Why not come along and chat with us at one of the events, our members are only too happy to 'show and tell' about our hobby and the Great Patriotic War. Latest Pictures Ashby Battle and Victory Day Commemoration.
Full Members of N.A.Re.S The National Association of Re-enactment Societies.    
Winners of the Military Illustrated Best Living History Award 2000.
Winners for the Best Public Interaction Award - Military Odyssey 2004.
Winners of Best Display award - Belvoir Castle 2006 - 2007 & 2008.
Winners of Best Display Festival of the Forties– 2013.
Winners of Best International Display Festival of the Forties– 2014
THE RED ARMY: 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 the capital.
In 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!

After Stalingrad, the Wehrmacht attacked the area around Prokhovkha near Kursk in July 1943. This was the largest tank battle in history.The Red Army was ready for this massive tank battle planned for the begining of July, it consisted of 2 million soldiers, 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 on the defensive.

 

'After Stalingrad the Russians knew that the Germans could be beaten, but after Kursk, they knew that they would win'.

The '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. Hitlers Wehrmacht 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.
                                                                       ABOUT US: 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  Page.

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.
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