The 161st Stanislawska Red Banner Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Mechanised Brigade was a brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, which traced its history to the creation of the 161st Rifle Division of the Red Army in the 1930s.
The 161st Rifle Division was formed in 1940, and became 4th Guards Rifle Division on September 18, 1941. Reformed for the second time in April (or June) 1942 from 13th Separate Rifle Brigade in the Moscow Military District. (The 13th separate rifle brigade had been formed during autumn 1941 in the South Caucasus Military District). Fought at Kursk, in the Carpathians, and in Poland. With 1st Guards Army of the 4th Ukrainian Front May 1945. 24th Mechanised Division by 1955, 99th Motor Rifle Division 1957, then became 161st Motor Rifle Division in 1957.
In the late 1980s the 161st Motor Rifle Division comprised:
- 161st Stanislavskaya Red Banner Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Motorised Division, Izyaslav
- Management Division (1 P-156BTR)
- 57th Guards Danube Orders of Suvorov and Kutuzov motorized infantry regiment, Izyaslav (31 T-54, 35 BMP-1, 2 BRM-1K)
- 313th Motor Rifle Regiment, Ровно (30 T-55, BMP-3 1, 2 BRM-1K)
- 316th Motor Rifle Regiment, Iziaslav (31 T-54, BMP-3 1, 2 BRM-1K)
- 83rd Guards Tank Regiment, Izjaslav (28 T-55, 66 T-54, BMP-14, 1, 2 BRM-1K)
- 1036th Self-propelled artillery regiment, Izjaslav (12 BM-21 "Grad")
- 1067th Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment, Izyaslav
- 1297th separate anti-tank artillery battalion, Izjaslav
- 92th separate reconnaissance battalion, Izjaslav (10 BMP-1, 7 BRM-1K, 1 BTR-70, P-2 145BM
- 925th separate battalion of communication Izjaslav (8 P-145BM, 1 P-137b)
- 336th Independent Engineer-Sapper Battalion, Iziaslav (2 УР-67)
- 660th separate battalion of material support
- 184th separate battalion of repair and refurbishment
In total: 186 tanks, 80 BMP, 1 БТР, 12 RSZO
The 161st Separate Mechanised Brigade was formerly the 161st Motor Rifle Division in Izyaslav. But the brigade's 1067th Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment, still had a long time in the air defense forces as a separate regiment.
The brigade was still active on 1 January 2001.
References[edit | edit source]
- See for example: M.K.Smolnyy “7,000 kilometers in battles and campaigns". Military Publishing, 1982.
- See Feskov et al. 2004, 54.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- V.I. Feskov et al., The Soviet Army in the Period of the Cold War, Tomsk University Press, 2004
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