6th Guards Motor Rifle Division

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6th Guards Motor Rifle Division (1985–1991)
166th Guards Motor Rifle Brigade (1992–1996)
Active 1985–1996
Country

 Soviet Union (1985–1991)

 Russia (1992–1996)
Branch

Soviet Army (1985–1991)

Russian Ground Forces (1992–1996)
Type Motorized infantry
Garrison/HQ

Borne Sulinowo (1985–1992)

Tver (1992–1996)
Engagements First Chechen War
Decorations Order of Red Banner.png Order of the Red Banner (2)
Soviet Guards badge.png Guards
Battle honours

Vitebsk

Novgorod
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Vladimir Bulgakov

The 6th Guards Vitebsk-Novgorod Motor Rifle Division (Russian: 6-я гвардейская мотострелковая дивизия; Military Unit Number 68434) was a Soviet motor rifle division, which after the end of World War II was stationed on the Polish territory as part of Northern Group of Forces. It was the second formation of the 6th Guards Motor Rifle Division, and drew its history from the 90th Guards Rifle Division.

History[edit]

In an exchange of numbers, the 6th Guards Lvov Motor Rifle Division (First Formation) in Germany in 1985 became the 90th Guards Tank Division, while the 90th Guards Tank Division became the 6th Guards Motor Rifle Division. The division in Poland disbanded a tank regiment and formed a motor rifle regiment, while the division in Germany formed a tank regiment.[1]

Division headquarters was located in the town of Borne Sulinowo.[1]

In November 1985, the 65th Separate Air Assault Battalion was formed from the division's 126th Separate Guards Reconnaissance Battalion in Białogard.[2] Between May and November 1986, the battalion was expanded to form the 83rd Separate Air Assault Brigade under the command of Colonel V.M. Sinitsyn.[3]

The Division withdrew from Poland in 1992 and was moved to Tver in the Moscow Military District[1] where it became the 166th Guards Motor Rifle Brigade. Between January and July 1996 it fought in the First Chechen War. In 1997 the brigade was disbanded and converted into the 70th Guards Base for Storage of Weapons & Equipment. The 70th VkhVT was finally disbanded in 1998.[4]

The 90th Guards Tank Division was reformed in 2016 in the Central Military District, carrying on the lineage of the 90th Guards Rifle Division.[5]

Composition[edit]

The division was composed of the following units.[1]

  • 16th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 82nd Guards Motor Rifle Regiment – Sypniewo
  • 252nd Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 80th Tank Regiment
  • 193rd Guards Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment
  • 1082nd Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment
  • 90th Separate Tank Battalion
  • 54th Separate Guards Communications Battalion
  • 465th Separate Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion
  • 101st Separate Guards Engineer-Sapper Battalion
  • 126th Separate Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 71st Separate Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion
  • 1083rd Separate Material Supply Battalion
  • 97th Separate Medical Battalion
  • 669th Separate Missile Battalion

Commanders[edit]

  • Maj. Gen. Vladimir Vasilyevich Bulgakov (1990–1992)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Holm, Michael. "90th Guards Tank Division". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Holm, Michael. "83rd independent Landing-Assault Brigade". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  3. ^ "83-я отдельная гвардейская десантно-штурмовая бригада" [83rd Separate Guards Airborne Brigade]. structure.mil.ru (in Russian). Russian Ministry of Defense. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Военные рассказали о формировании танковой дивизии на Урале" [The military announced the formation of a tank division in the Urals]. Lenta.ru (in Russian). 11 September 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Танковая дивизия на Урале будет сформирована до 1 декабря этого года" [Formation of tank division in Urals to be completed by 1 December this year]. TASS (in Russian). 11 September 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 

References[edit]

  • Andrew Wojtaszak, Kazimierz Kozlowski: Soldier Polish Western Pomerania X-XX century: the materials of scientific session of 10 November 1999: collective work. Wilson: Department of Civic Education, 2001. ISBN 83-86992-76-X .

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