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121st Plastunskoy Rifle Red Banner Regiment

The Plastunsky knife, also known as the “Plastun”, is a knife presented in many stores and currently produced by almost all knife manufacturers in Russia. The traditional Cossack boot knife is a lightweight, convenient, compact blade forged from vintage hardened steel. The main structural difference of this product is the one-piece pointed wavy-shaped blade that passes through the entire handle. An external bolt mount provides the necessary degree of strength and allows you to perform many different manipulations. The anatomically shaped handle provides a comfortable grip and prevents accidental slipping. The Plastun Cossack knife makes of many layers of Damascus steel. This provides him with optimum strength, resilience and cutting properties. The blade is pointed at the end, resistant to mechanical stress, breakage, and the design itself is characterized by perfect balancing.

Plastunsky knife is already a kind of brand and proper name, but from a historical point of view, to the Cossacks what is now sold under this name has absolutely nothing to do. As a concept, the “Plastun Knife” exists and this is not a myth, many modern Cossacks have this knife, but this is a typical “remake” and a successful business project of blacksmiths.

Cossack plastunas of the 19th and early 20th centuries, which are “armed” with these knives, did not carry such knives, and all the more so, such a “knife-plastun” was not in service. What was armed with all the Cossacks and plastuns in particular a century ago? The answer is easy to find in the photos of the Cossacks of those times and pay attention to what they weigh on their belts. There are plenty of such photos - archives, museum exhibitions.

Both in battle and in everyday life by Cossacks of those times there was nothing but daggers: a kama is a straight dagger, is present in almost every photo and a bebut is a curved dagger, it is much less common. But those new-fashioned “knives-plastuns”, either made by Cossacks personally from broken drafts, or forged according to the “secret special order of the imperial court and intended exclusively for plastun detachments” - are simply not present in these historical photographs.

During the ceremony, the military camp was opened of the first military formation deployed in Rostov-on-Don - the motorized rifle regiment of the 150th motorized infantry division of the Southern Military District. Dvornikov solemnly handed the regiment commander a new standard combat banner, as well as a symbolic key. "The military camp was built from scratch, in the shortest possible time - in less than a year. To date, the construction of soldiers' dormitories, a canteen and other infrastructure has been completed," Dvornikov noted.

On the territory of the military city, some elements of the Patriot park were created for military personnel, their families, as well as residents of Rostov-on-Don. According to the press service of the district, samples of the BTR-82A armored personnel carrier, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, T-72B3 tank, special equipment of engineering divisions and radiation, chemical and biological defense units, as well as small arms, military uniforms and equipment are presented here military personnel.

In 2020, the commander of the Southern Military District troops noted, work on equipping the military campus will continue. “This year we will improve it, we will create a number of facilities. Here we will also have to build a cultural and leisure center, sports facilities, a swimming pool and equip a fleet of combat vehicles, as well as facilities for combat training,” Dvornikov emphasized.

In addition, the bust of the Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev, commander of the 1st Ukrainian Front, which included units of the regiment during the Great Patriotic War, was inaugurated on the territory of the military camp.

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