56th Guards District Training Center

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8th Rifle Brigade (1940–February 1942)
136th Rifle Division (II) (February 1942–January 1943)
63rd Guards Rifle Division (January 1943–July 1946)
37th Guards Mechanised Division (July 1946-1957)
37th Guards Motor Rifle Division (1957–64)
63rd Guards Training Motor Rifle Division (1965-87)
56th District Training Centre
Active World War II
Country  Soviet Union
Branch Red Army flag.svg Red Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Part of Leningrad Front
Garrison/HQ Sertalovo (1980s)

Siege of Leningrad

Leningrad-Novgorod Offensive

Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive
(1940-June 1943) Nikolai Simoniak
(June 1943-1945) A.F. Sheglov
Nikolai Simoniak

The 63rd Guards Rifle Division was a Soviet division during World War II. Among other operations, it fought in the Battle of Tali-Ihantala from June 25 to July 9, 1944, during the Continuation War.

In July 1946, it became 37th Guards Mechanised Division, and in 1957 the 37th Guards Motor Rifle Division.[1] It was located at Sertalovo in the Leningrad Military District.

On 6 February 1965 it regained its Second World War number and became the 63rd Guards Training Motor Rifle Division.[2] (In late 1964 the previous 63 MRD in Lugansk, Kiev MD, had been redesignated the 4th Guards Motor Rifle Division.)

In the 1980s it was the 63rd Guards Motor Rifle Training Division.

In 1987 it became the 56th Guards District Training Centre.


  1. ^ Feskov et al 2013, p. 438.
  2. ^ Holm, Michael. "63rd Guards Training Motorised Rifle Division". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  • Feskov, V.I.; Golikov, V.I.; Kalashnikov, K.A.; Slugin, S.A. (2013). Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской [The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II: From the Red Army to the Soviet: Part 1 Land Forces] (in Russian). Tomsk: Scientific and Technical Literature Publishing. ISBN 9785895035306. 
  • Glantz, David M. (2002). The Battle for Leningrad 1941–1944. Kansas University Press. ISBN 0-7006-1208-4.