The regiment has 690 men, 15 BTR-80, and 1 BTR-D; the 218th Battalion is homebased in Sokolniki.
The unit is part of the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) and directly subordinated to VDV Headquarters. However it is also operationally subordinate to the GRU.
The Regiment fought in the First and Second Chechen Wars. In 1994 it fought for Dolinsky, Argun, and Grozny, sustaining casualties of 15 killed and 28 wounded. In June 2007 it was successfully inspected by the Commander-in-Chief of the VDV. In August, the 45th was involved in the 2008 South Ossetia War, where one battalion captured US Hummers jointly with the 7th Airborne Guards Division, and another defended Tskhinvali.
I noticed that too. I thought that maybe that was just a Russian technique. If it were, it wouldn't totally surprise me. I've seen other things that were very odd so I was like, "hey, look at that, using the opposite eye, guess that's how they roll." LOL11:27 is a guy holding his weapon right handed, aiming with his left eye- cool...
True, very cinematic; even got the skully balaclavas:Extremely interesting video.
Appeared very "produced", then again, so do most of our videos.
I believe it was in the 90s or early 2000s when Russia was in turmoil. Putin has done a lot for their military as far as I know and I would wager things are better now.That may have been due to where/what they were doing, (no noise, no hot food) rather than poor victualing. Just a hunch...
If you do a Google search under “Spetznaz documentary With English subtitles in “you should find the full documentary which is roughly 26 minutes long and shows a lot more of the Spetsnaz doing field training exercises. Plus, with English subtitles you can actually understand what they’re talking about.Alot of new, very clear footage:
(11:27 short clip of an interesting shooting & movement course)