79th Guards Rifle Division

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79th Guards Rifle Division
Active 1943 - Unknown
Country Soviet Union
Allegiance Red Army
Branch Infantry
Size Division

The 79th Guards Rifle Division was an infantry division of the Soviet Union's Red Army during World War II.

It was established in March 1943 by the renaming of the 284th Rifle Division. In 1944 it took part in the Lublin-Brest offensive, and in 1945 the Warsaw-Poznan and Berlin offensives. Fought at Zaporizhia, Nikopol, Odessa, the Magnuszew Bridgehead (Vistula-Oder Offensive), near Küstrin, and in the Battle of Berlin. With 8th Guards Army of the 1st Belorussian Front May 1945.

Became 20th Guards Mechanised Division by 1955, 27th Guards Tank Division 1957, 79th Guards Tank Division in 1965.[1] With 8th Guards Army in GDR for many years before disbandment in 1992.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feskov et al. 2004
  • Keith E. Bonn, Slaughterhouse: The Handbook of the Eastern Front, Aberjona Press, Bedford, PA., 2005. ISBN 0-9717650-9-X
  • Robert G. Poirier and Albert Z. Conner, The Red Army Order of Battle in the Great Patriotic War, Novato: Presidio Press, 1985. ISBN 0-89141-237-9.