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Soviet border guards in the afghan war


December 24, 1979 is considered the day of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. It was on that day that the USSR Minister of Defense, Marshal Dmitry Ustinov, signed order No. 312/12/001, on the basis of which Soviet troops entered Afghan territory to provide international assistance.

The first in the territory of Afghanistan (according to official data) entered the 781st separate reconnaissance battalion of the 108th motorized rifle division.

The film by war correspondent Alexander Sladkov talks about unknown pages stories Afghan war. The narrative is based on the testimonies of direct participants in those events, on declassified documents that for many years remained inaccessible to study even by specialists in military history.

The main theme: the service of Soviet border guards on the territory of Afghanistan and on the exploits that they performed on the territory of this country.

Sladkov with a film crew moved from Dushanbe in the direction of the Tajik-Afghan border in order to tell about the events of that war, which has not yet been given an unambiguous assessment.

The material presents evidence of Lieutenant General Anatoly Martovitsky Border Guards of the KGB of the USSR, who led military operations in Afghanistan from 1985 to 1989.


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  1. Russian jacket
    Russian jacket 21 December 2019 11: 52
    Frontier motorized groups were the most disciplined units in the DRA. Under their control were mainly key passes. There was also an order to block the border with Pakistan. Partially it turned out .... And when General Gromov said that behind him when crossing the bridge there were no soldiers of the Soviet army, he did not mention the MMG border troops that covered the exit. hi
    1. stariy
      stariy 21 December 2019 16: 05
      In 88, served a term of 6 mmg Herat Balamurgab Province soldier
    2. kalabaha
      kalabaha 22 December 2019 18: 47
      Do not hang noodles on your ears. The border troops did not have access to the Pakistani border at all except for the section of the Vakhan corridor - open a map of Afghanistan and the deployment of the 40th Army - and study. But the southern border of the Vakhan corridor is absolutely impassable from Pakistan - therefore, it was of no interest to the Mujahideen. For this reason, for all 9 years of the war, not a single part of the 40th Army was stationed in this place.
      Border guards also did not guard any key passes. All passes from northern Afghanistan with the rest of the territory south of the Hindu Kush - guarded parts of the 40th army - in all directions. The only small section of the border with Pakistan at the exit of the Vakhan corridor, the border guards divided in the province of Badakhshan with the 860th separate motorized rifle regiment stationed in Fayzabad. The border guards did not have any key passes.
      1. Russian jacket
        Russian jacket 26 December 2019 05: 08
        I repent, maybe it was. But I wrote this from memory, from conversations with MMG officers at the Grodekovsky border detachment of KTPO in 1988. That they had to spend the night with us and go home. If something goes wrong, I apologize. hi
  2. knn54
    knn54 21 December 2019 11: 55
    The guys from the car of the border guards told a lot of interesting things, they were deployed in one city.
    The soldiers also accomplished a feat when they were transporting fuel and lubricants. A lot of friends died, they just burned down. Excuse me, it just hurts to remember.
  3. Avior
    Avior 21 December 2019 11: 59
    A friend served in such a group
    Nobody knew for 2 years, the address was ordinary, union, military unit
    They found out when he came and saw the pictures in the album, the parents were in shock
    Despite the fact that formally the address was in the Union, all the benefits of Afghans received
  4. CommanderDIVA
    CommanderDIVA 21 December 2019 16: 00
    The main merit of the PV of the KGB of the USSR in Afghanistan is the creation and control of a 100 km buffer zone from our border deep into Afghanistan after being bombarded by the spirits of our territory; ammunition, my friend, a border guard, left Afghanistan two days after our last soldier passed through the "friendship" bridge. By the way, they said that the helicopter of the border guards could be recognized by the height of the flight, they flew on a low level above the ground, the army men, on the contrary, climbed higher, not a single border guard surrendered to the spooks in 10 years of war, and there were no missing
  5. Observer2014
    Observer2014 21 December 2019 17: 24
    My friend and colleague was just a border guard in Afghanistan hi Heard from him many times. And for the first time about border guards in Afghanistan I heard from him. Romanovich! If you read me now. Hello, huge! I remember you. Regards.
  6. Slavs
    Slavs 21 December 2019 18: 52
    February night, ice armor
    On the rocks, headlights, machine guns in the loopholes.
    The column leaves from under the fire.
    We leave to the border, go to the border!

    Rumbles water in the bed of a mountain river
    And the darkness in the mountains with spark tracers
    Today is the last spurt, guys!
    The last spurt - and we are on the border.

    Afghan! You are like a wound in the souls of soldiers.
    I know that you'll be dreaming at night.
    After all, here along the roads there are obelisks
    To the border, to the border.

    There are no miracles in this war.
    Not all boys are destined to return.
    They are watching us from heaven
    They help us get to the border.

    Let's go out and write to mothers: "Now
    Don't pray for us at night! "
    God will help us and we will be without loss
    We get to the border, get to the border

    "Frontier!" patrol leader reported
    And the dusty faces became brighter
    And the commander said quietly on the air:
    "Fighters! Let's live!" We are on the border!

    Is this war over
    And nothing will happen to us now
    No wonder you kept the nest egg, foreman.
    Come on, get it - we are already on the border!

    Author: Sergey Terekhov
  7. Soviet Union
    Soviet Union 21 December 2019 20: 22
    So it was.
    Mary, Moscow 3 mmg Chakhi Ab, Termez MOSHSS, Red Banner Moscow detachment 13.02.1989/XNUMX/XNUMX demobilization
  8. kapitan92
    kapitan92 21 December 2019 20: 26
    Interesting! Thank.
  9. nikvic46
    nikvic46 14 January 2020 06: 41
    It's a shame. I wanted to watch the video. But a bummer. When signing the copyright declaration, we did not think about our people at all. Now we will be given a drop of historical facts for money.