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1st Tank Brigade
Active 1941–1942
Country  Soviet Union
Branch Soviet Army
Type Armored
Engagements World War II

The 1st Tank Brigade was a Soviet tank brigade taking a part in World War II. The brigade was in the lines during 18 September 1941 to 16 February 1942.

History[edit | edit source]

The 1st Tank Brigade was formed 14 September 1941 in Kosteryovo on the base of disbanded 32nd and 34th Tank Divisions. At the time of formation there were in the brigade 7 KV-1, 22 T-34 and 32 T-40 with 1 847 of personnel assets. 15th September, 1941 the brigade departed by railway to Okhtyrka and 21 September 1941 concentrated in 20 km southeastward Romny. September 21 to October 25 the brigade had fought retiring from Romny to Belgorod. October 26 to December, 17 the brigade had been restored in the reserve. December, 18 the brigade had been deployed to Kastornoye and December, 20 to January, 2 the brigade had advanced from Kastornoye to Shchigry. January, 3 to January, 15 the brigade was in reserve and January, 16 reopened offensive to Shchigry. The offensive was continued to 11 February 1942 and then the brigade taken on the defensive.

16 February 1942 the brigade had reorganized to 6th Guard Tank Brigade for distinguished conduct under fire.[1]

Order of battle[edit | edit source]

Since 14 September 1941:

  • Staff;
  • Staff company;
  • Reconnaissance company;
  • 1st Tank Regiment (two battalions);
  • Motorized rifle-machinegun battalion;
  • Air-defence battalion;
  • Repair company;
  • Motor transport company;
  • Medical platoon

Since December, 1941:

  • Staff;
  • Staff company;
  • Reconnaissance company;
  • 1st Tank Battalion;
  • 2nd Tank Battalion;
  • Motorized rifle-machinegun battalion;
  • Repair company;
  • Motor transport company;
  • Medical platoon

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