St. George Ribbon and Guards Ribbon - what's the difference?
Those who called the all-Russian action "St. George Ribbon", contribute not to memory, but to forgetting the feat of our people. The George Cross in the years of the Great Patriotic War was not awarded anyone, and this award has nothing to do with the defeat of Nazi Germany. It relates only to the wars of the Russian Empire.
C 1917 was not used on any Soviet state award, after the abolition of the award system of the Russian Republic, St. George ribbon continued to be used in the award systems of the White Army. During the Patriotic War in the Russian Corps (included in the ROA and the composition of the Wehrmacht), who fought on the side of Germany.
In the award system of the USSR there was an order ribbon called the “Guards Ribbon”. Guards tape was used in the design of the Order of Glory pads and medals "For the victory over Germany." In addition, the image of the Guards Ribbon was placed on the banners of the Guards associations, formations and units (ships). Guards tape is related to the USSR and the Great Patriotic War, but has no relation to the Russian Empire.
The Soviet Guard was born during the Great Patriotic War during the Smolensk battle of Yelnya in September 1941. By order of the People's Commissar of Defense, four motorized rifle divisions "for combat exploits, organization, discipline and exemplary order" were awarded the title of the Guards. " In May 1942, the Guards Badge was established. "The Guards Ribbon is an orange ribbon with three longitudinal black stripes painted on it."
With the beginning of the St. George Ribbon action in the Russian media, the Soviet “Guards Ribbon” was also called the “St. George”, which is wrong from both the historical and the heraldic points of view.