284th Rifle Division

284th rifle division reenactment group

As a group we mainly portray various elements of the 284th rifle division who later became the 79th guards division of the Red Army. This includes infantry, engineers and snipers among other roles.

We aim to recreate life at the front during the Great Patriotic War as accurately and as authentically as possible and attend a variety of shows across the country from living history events and staged battle reenactments to private fully immersive tacticals which take place out of season.

Our members come together to show a mutual interest in the history of red army during the GPW and share our meticulously researched information which contributes to a greater understanding of the period. Members of our group come from all walks of life and are based nationwide. Membership is open to anyone with a passion for military history. 


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Unit History

The 284th began service as a Red Army rifle division shortly after the German invasion, but was soon destroyed in the encirclement of Kiev.

A new division was formed in early 1942, and played a leading role in defending the central city and Mamayev Kurgan in the Battle of Stalingrad, for which it was raised to Guards status as the 79th Guards Rifle Division as part of the 8th guards army.

the 8th Guards Army was then sent northwards to the center of the front, coming under command of 1st Belorussian Front. The 79th Guards ended the war fighting in the eastern suburbs of the German capital in May, 1945.

It was then known as the 79th Guards Rifle Tomsk-Zaporozhe, Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner, Order of Suvorov, Order of Bogdan Khmelynitskii Division.

For booking or membership inquiries, please contact us at 284thrifledivision@gmail.com  or through our Facebook page. You can also follow the group on Instagram by clicking the button below!

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Victory show 2017 with the field gun

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