St. George ribbon and the Guards ribbon - what is the difference?
Those who called the all-Russian action “St. George Ribbon” do not contribute to memory, but to oblivion of the feat of our people. During the years of World War II, they did not award anyone with the George Cross, and this award has nothing to do with the defeat of Nazi Germany. It relates only to the wars of the Russian Empire.
Since 1917, it was not used at any Soviet state award, after the abolition of the award system of the Russian Republic, the St. George ribbon continued to be used in the award systems of the White armies. During World War II in the Russian Corps (part of the ROA and the Wehrmacht), who fought on the side of Germany.
In the USSR award system, there was an order ribbon called the “Guard Ribbon”. The guards tape was used in the design of the pads of the Order of Glory and the medal “For Victory over Germany”. In addition, the image of the guards tape was placed on the banners of the guards associations, formations and units (ships). The Guards tape is related to the USSR and the Great Patriotic War, but is not related to the Russian Empire.
The Soviet Guard was born during the Great Patriotic War during the Smolensk battle near Yelnya in September 1941. By order of the People’s Commissar of Defense, four motorized rifle divisions “for combat feats, organization, discipline and an approximate order” were awarded the title of Guards ”. In May 1942, the Guards badge was established. “The guards tape is an orange tape with three longitudinal black stripes printed on it.”
With the start of the campaign, the St. George Ribbon in the Russian media began to call the Soviet “Guards Ribbon” the “St. George Ribbon,” which is incorrect from both a historical and a heraldic point of view.