17th Guards Tank Brigade (Ukraine)

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17th Guards Tank Brigade
(Sep 2003–present)

17th Guards Tank Division
(1965–Sep 2003)


37th Guards Tank Division
(1957–1965)


25th Guards Mechanized Division[1]
(1945–1957)


20th Guards Rifle Division
(1942–1945)


174th Rifle Division
(1940–1942)
Ukrainian: 17-та окрема гвардійська танкова Криворізька бригада
17-а танкова бригада.svg
17th Guards Tank Brigade shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 1940–present
Country  Soviet Union
(1940–1991)
 Ukraine
(1991–present)
Branch Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.svg Ground Forces
Type Емблема танкових військ (2007).png Armoured Forces
Role Armoured
Size Brigade
Part of Operation Command East
Garrison/HQ Kryvyi Rih[2]
MUN А3283
Engagements World War II
War in Donbass
Decorations

Order of the Red Banner Order of the Red Banner (removed)

Order of Suvorov 2nd Class Order of Suvorov (removed)
Battle honours Kryvyi Rih
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt.Col. Oleksandr Tarnavskiy

The 17th Guards Tank Brigade is a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. The full name of the Brigade is the 17th Separate Guards Kryvyi Rih Tank Brigade.[3] It was formerly known as 17th Guards Tank Division. The Brigade is located in Kryvyi Rih.

History[edit]

The current unit's history stems from the 174th Rifle Division, which became the 20th Guards Rifle Division in 1942. The 20th Guards Rifle Division fought at the Battle of Stalingrad, Krivoi Rog, Odessa, Budapest, and Vienna. It was with the 57th Army of the 3rd Ukrainian Front in May 1945. The history of the postwar 17th Guards Tank Division traces back to the 20th Guards Rifle Division which was active in 1945.[4]

It became the 25th Guards Mechanized Division in 1945,[5] and in 1957 37th Guards Tank Division at Constanza with the 1st Guards Army.[1] The division moved to Kryvyi Rih in 1958 and was subordinated to the 6th Guards Army. In 1960, its 69th Separate Tank Training Battalion was disbanded. On 19 February 1962 the Missile Battalion and the 129th Separate Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion was activated. On 11 January 1965 the 37th became the 17th Guards Tank Division, a designation it would retain until the fall of the Soviet Union.[1] In 1968 the 26th Separate Guards Sapper Battalion became an engineer-sapper battalion. The 44th Separate Chemical Defence Battalion was activated from the chemical defence company in 1972. The 1055th Separate Material Supply Battalion was formed from the separate motor transport battalion. In June 1989, the 1158th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment was transferred to East Germany, and was replaced by the 1069th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment of the 47th Guards Tank Division. The 25th and 92nd Tank Regiments of the mobilization 58th Tank Division replaced the division's 216th Guards and 224th Tank Regiments in June 1990. During the Cold War, the division was maintained at 60% strength.[1]

Still designated a tank division as of Decree N 350/93 (August 21, 1993), when Colonel Ivan Svidi, Commander of the 17th Tank Division, 6th Army Corps, Odessa Military District, became a major-general.

In accordance with Decree 925/98, of 23 August 1998, Division commander Serhiy Andriyovych Harbuz was promoted to Major General.[6]

In September 2003 the division was downsized into a brigade.[4] After the 6th Army Corps was disbanded in 2013, the brigade became part of Operation Command East.

On 18 November 2015 its honorifics "Red Banner Order of Suvorov" were removed as part of an Armed Forces-wide removal of Soviet awards and honorifics.[7] The Kryvyi Rih battle honour, through, remained because Kryvyi Rih is located in Ukraine.[8]

15 personnel from the brigade were awarded state orders and decorations for actions of bravery under the colours in the Donbass War to date.[when?][citation needed]

Current structure[edit]

  • 25th Armor Battalion
  • 93rd Armor Battalion
  • 230th Armor Battalion
  • 869th Artillery Regiment
  • 1069th Anti-Aircraft Regiment
  • 145th Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 812th Signal Battalion
  • 1457th Combat Engineer Battalion
  • 44th Chemical Battalion
  • 1055th Supply Battalion
  • 129th Repair Battalion
  • 18th Medical Battalion

Past commanders[edit]

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Holm, Michael. "17th Guards Tank Division". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Питання удосконалення навичок виконання вправ бойових стрільб з танка планується відпрацювати з військовослужбовцями 17 окремої танкової бригади 6 армійського корпусу на Криворізьському військовому полігоні" [Live fire tank exercises planned for 17th Guards Tank Brigade 6th Army Corps Kryvyi Rih on training ground] (in Ukrainian). Press Center of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. 13 September 2007. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ № 569/2006" [Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 569/2006]. president.gov.ua (in Ukrainian). Press Service of the President of Ukraine. 23 June 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-08-17. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "17 окрема танкова бригада" [17th Separate Tank Brigade]. Ukrainian Military Portal (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  5. ^ Drogovoz 2003, p. 393
  6. ^ "У К А З ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ Про присвоєння військових звань" [Decree of the President of Ukraine On Conferring Military Rank] (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada. Archived from the original on 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  7. ^ "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ №646/2015" [Ukaz President of Ukraine No. 646/2015] (in Ukrainian). President of Ukraine. 18 November 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-08-31. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "З назв військових частин прибрали радянські відзнаки. СПИСОК" [List of military units with removed Soviet designations]. Istorychna Pravda (in Ukrainian). 21 November 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-08-31. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Drig, Yevgeny (22 October 2005). "Биографии - А" [Biographies - A]. mechcorps.rkka.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Drig, Yevgeny (17 April 2006). "Биографии - К" [Biographies - K]. mechcorps.rkka.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Питання удосконалення навичок виконання вправ бойових стрільб з танка планується відпрацювати з військовослужбовцями 17 окремої танкової бригади 6 армійського корпусу на Криворізьському військовому полігоні" [Live fire tank exercises planned for 17th Guards Tank Brigade 6th Army Corps Kryvyi Rih on training ground] (in Ukrainian). Press Center of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. 13 September 2007. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  • Drogovoz, Igor (2003). Танковый меч страны Советов [Tank Sword of the Soviet country] (in Russian). Moscow: AST. ISBN 9851311332.