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    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
    • The Men and Women of Russia's Airborne Troops
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    A member of the 83rd Separate Airborne Assault Brigade in Ussuriysk in Russia's Far East celebrates Airborne Troops Day.

    On August 2, Russia celebrates Airborne Troops Day, marking the 88th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet and Russian Airborne Troops.

    The Airborne Troops, or 'Vozdushno-desantnye voyska', literally 'Air-landing Forces', were formed in 1930 during the run-up to the Second World War. During WWII, the  Airborne Troops participated in many of the defining operations to free the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe from the Nazis, and took a particularly active role in the lightning-speed operation to capture Manchuria from Imperial Japan in August 1945. Today, the Russian Airborne Troops, known as the 'blue berets' for their distinctive headgear, have a reputation for being among the 'best of the best' troops in the Russian military.

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