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193rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade (People's Republic of China)
Country People's Republic of China
Branch People's Liberation Army
Service history
Active 1949.2 -
Role Mechanized Infantry
Part of 65th Army, now 81st Army
Nickname Red first Division (Script error)
Battles Chinese Civil War, Korean War
Commanders
Insignia

The 193rd Division (Script error) was created in February 1949 under the Regulation of the Redesignations of All Organizations and Units of the Army, issued by Central Military Commission on November 1, 1948,[1] basing on the 22nd Brigade, 8th Column, 2nd Army Group of Huabei Military Region. Its history could be traced to the famous 1st Division of Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army.

The division was composed of 577th, 578th and 579th Infantry Regiments. As a part of 65th Corps the division took part in major battles during the Chinese Civil War, including the Pingjin Campaign, Lanzhou Campaign and Ningxia Campaign.

In December 1950, Artillery Regiment, 193rd Division was activated. Since 1952 the regiment was renamed as 573rd Artillery Regiment. In 1952 the division was renamed as 193rd Infantry Division (Script error).

In February 1951 the division entered Korea as a part of People's Volunteer Army. During its deployment in Korea the division took part in the Fifth Phase Offensive and several major battles, during which it allegedly inflicted 8960 casualties to confronting UN Forces (including 86 POWs). In October 1953 the division pulled out from Korea.

In November 1953, 398th Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment was activated. By then the division was composed of:

  • 577th Infantry Regiment;
  • 578th Infantry Regiment;
  • 579th Infantry Regiment;
  • 398th Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment;
  • 573rd Artillery Regiment.

In April 1960 the division was renamed as 193rd Army Division (Script error).

In September 1968, 398th Tank Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment was detached from the division and joined 7th Tank Division as 28th Tank Regiment. In December 1969, 573rd Artillery Regiment was renamed as Artillery Regiment, 193rd Army Division.

In 1985, the division was renamed as 193rd Infantry Division (Script error) again, and reorganized as a northern motorized infantry division, catalogue A. Tank Regiment, 193rd Infantry Division was activated from HQ and 1st Battalion, 22nd Tank Regiment, 6th Tank Division, Independent Tank Battalion of 1st and 4th Garrison Division of Beijing Military Region. Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment, 193rd Infantry Division was also activated.

From 1985 to 1998 the division was composed of:

  • 577th Motorized Infantry Regiment;
  • 578th Motorized Infantry Regiment;
  • 579th Motorized Infantry Regiment;
  • Tank Regiment;
  • Artillery Regiment;
  • Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment.

In 1998 578th Motorized Infantry Regiment was disbanded. Tank Regiment, 193rd Infantry Division was reorganized as Armored Regiment, 193rd Infantry Division.

In 2010, 577th Motorized Infantry Regiment was re-equipped with ZSL-92B APCs and converted to a mechanized infantry regiment.

In late 2011 the division was split into two brigades: the 193rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Script error) and 194th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. Until then the division was composed of:

  • 577th Mechanized Infantry Regiment;
  • 579th Motorized Infantry Regiment;
  • Armored Regiment;
  • Artillery Regiment;
  • Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment.

In April 2017 the brigade was renamed as 193rd Combined Arms Brigade (Script error).

The brigade is now a maneuver part of PLA 81st Army.

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