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11th Guards Airborne Division
Active 1943-1944, 1948-1955
Country  Soviet Union
Branch Red Army
Type Infantry, airborne
Size Division
Engagements World War II

The 11th Guards Airborne Division was the name of two separate airborne divisions of the Soviet Airborne Troops.

History[edit | edit source]

First Formation[edit | edit source]

The 11th Guards Airborne Division was formed on 23 December 1943 from three Guards Airborne Brigades in the Moscow Military District, part of the 38th Guards Airborne Corps. In January 1944, it became the 104th Guards Rifle Division of the 9th Guards Army.[1][2]

Second Formation[edit | edit source]

The 347th Guards Air Landing Regiment had been converted from the 347th Guards Rifle Regiment in June 1946, and from 1946 to 1948 was based in Tula. It formed part of the 106th Guards Airborne Division.

On 10 January 1947, the division was reformed from the 347th Guards Airborne Regiment. The new division was based at Ryazan. It was part of the 38th Guards Airborne Corps. In 1948 the key divisional units included the 111th Guards Parachute Landing Regiment; the 137th Guards Air Landing Regiment;[3] the 1185th Guards Artillery Regiment (all at Ryazan, Moscow Oblast) and independent Self-Propelled Artillery, independent Guards Anti-Aircraft Artillery, independent Guards Anti-Tank Artillery; and independent Guards Engineering Battalions; and independent Guards Reconnaissance, independent Communications, and an independent Air-Landing Security Company. Combat service support units included an independent Supply Truck Battalion, and independent Medical & Sanitary Company.

The 137th Guards Air Landing Regiment was later converted to the 137th Guards Parachute Regiment (exact date unknown, possibly 4.55).

On 25 April 1955, the division was disbanded, with the 111th Guards Airborne Regiment transferred to the 105th Guards Vienna Airborne Division and the newly converted 137th Guards Parachute Landing Regiment transferred to the 106th Guards Airborne Division.[4]

Composition[edit | edit source]

In 1944, the division was composed of the following units.[5]

In 1948, the division was composed of the following units.[4]

References[edit | edit source]



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