11th Artillery Brigade (Ukraine)

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11th Artillery Brigade
11abr.jpg
Sleeve patch for the 11th Artillery Brigade
Active 18 August 2004-present[1]
Country Ukraine
Branch Ukrainian Army
Type Brigade
Role Artillery
Part of 13th Army Corps
Garrison/HQ Ternopil, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
Anniversaries 18 August 2004
Equipment D-20
MT-12 Rapira[2]
Decorations Order of the Red Banner
Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky
Battle honours Kiev
Commanders
Commanding officer Colonel Sergiy Korniychuk[3]
Second-in-command Lieutenant Colonel Dmutro Kozachenko[3]
Insignia
Guards unit Ukrainian guards.jpg
Artillery branch insignia Artyleriya.jpg

The 11th Artillery Brigade is a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. Full name of the brigade is - 11th Separate Guards Artillery Kiev Red Banner Bogdan Khmelnitsky awards Brigade.[4]

The brigade is a successor of the 1st Guards Cannon Artillery Kiev Red Banner order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Brigade which was formed on 18 August 1942 in Stalingrad.[1]

It is a part of 13th Army Corps. It is based in Ternopil, in western Ukraine. The Brigade was formed on 18 August 2004 on the base of 12th artillery regiment 1st tactical artillery group and command of the group. Colonel Sergiy Korniychuk became Brigade's Commanding officer. The Brigade takes its conscripts from the Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Lviv and Ternopil oblasts (provinces).[1][5]

History[edit]

1st Cannon Artillery Brigade was created on 18 August 1943 in Stalingrad.First Brigade commander was Guards Colonel Volodymyr Kerp.[1]

On 1 March 1943, the Brigade was awarded Guards designation for successful actions near Stalingrad. At the end of March 1943 the Brigade was relocated to the Central Front near Kursk. Between 5–12 July 1943 the Brigade took part in the Battle of Kursk. It took part in the Liberation of Oryol, Hlukhiv, Konotop and on 29 September 1943 was one of the first units to cross the Dnieper River. On 6 November 1943 the Brigade was awarded the honorable name "Kiev" for liberating the city of Kiev.[1]

From 14 March to 15 May 1944 the brigade took active part in the liberation of Ternopil. Later the Brigade moved toward Lviv and crossed the Ukrainian-Polish border. During the battles for the liberation of Poland, for crossing the Vistula River and a battle near Sandomierz, the Brigade was awarded the Order of the Red Banner on 19 February 1945. The Brigade provided artillery fire in the liberation of Kielce, the Oder River and the Lusatian Neisse crossings, and the attack on Dresden.[1]

On 10 May 1945, the Brigade, being part of 5th Guards Army, liberated Prague. The Brigade was awarded the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Second Class on 4 June 1945 for valour and heroism.[1]

The Brigade has been stationed in the following cities:[1]

Brigade Order of Battle (2004-present)[edit]

  • Howitzer Artillery Battalion[6]
  • Anti-tank Artillery Battalion[2]

Awards[edit]

Ribbon Award Date Notes
Гвардия.png Guards designation 1 March 1943 for successful actions near Stalingrad
honorable name 6 November 1943 for liberating Kiev
Order of Red Banner ribbon bar.png Order of the Red Banner 19 February 1945 for crossing Vistula River and battle near Sandomierz
Order bogdan khmelnitsky2 rib.png Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky 4 June 1945 For valour and heroism during liberation of Prague

Throughout World War II 8,270 soldiers from the Brigade were awarded Medals and Orders. 9 of them became Heroes of the Soviet Union:[1]

  • Guards Captain Nikolai Posohin
  • Guards Captain Mikhail Zonov
  • Guards Captain Vladimir Strizhak
  • Guards Senior Lieutenant Mikhail Volk
  • Guards Senior Lieutenant Grigoriy Sidorov
  • Guards Sergeant Petr Kharkovskiy
  • Guards Senior Sergeant Kashagan Dzhamangaraev
  • Guards Senior Sergeant Grigoriy Cherniy
  • Guards Senior Sergeant Botabay Sadikov

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