126th Gorlovskaya twice Red Banner order of Suvorov Motorised Rifle Division

126-я мотострелковая Горловская дважды Краснознамённая ордена Суворова дивизия

Military Unit: 19756

Activated 17.5.57 in Simferopol, Crimean Oblast, as the 101st Motorised Rifle Division, from the 28th Mechanised Division.

Organisation 1957:

1.3.59 the 99th Motorised Rifle Regiment was disbanded, and was replaced by the 361st Guards Motorised Rifle Regiment, from the disbanded 113th Guards Motorised Rifle Division.

Organisation 1960:

19.2.62 re-organised:

17.11.64 renamed 126th Motorised Rifle Division.

In 1968 the 175th independent Sapper Battalion was renamed 175th independent Engineer-Sapper Battalion.

Organisation 1970:

In 1972 the 000 independent Chemical Defence Company was renamed 150th independent Chemical Defence Battalion.

15.11.72 re-organised:

In 1980 the 000 independent Motor Transport Battalion was renamed 0000 independent Material Supply Battalion.

Organisation 1980:

Organisation 1988:

1.12.89 transferred to the Black Sea Fleet, as the 126th Motorised Rifle Division for Coastal Defence.

In 12.89 the 127th independent Tank Battalion was activated.

9.7.93 the 816th Artillery Regiment was transferred to Ukraine.

1.9.94 the 127th independent Tank Battalion was transferred to the 810th independent Naval Infantry Brigade.

6.1.95 the equipment of the division was divided (50% each) between Ukraine and Russia.

In 6.95 the 1096th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment left the division, and was transferrred to Sevastopol.

Disbanded 1.2.96.



Equipment 12.85:

Equipment 19.11.90 (CFE treaty holdings):

Divisional coordinates:

The division was maintained as a Not Ready Division - Low-Strength Cadre (US terms: Category III) before the transfer to the Navy - after 1989 maintained as a Ready Division - Reduced Strength II (US terms: Category II) - manning about 65 to 70%.