24th Samaro-Ylyanovskaya, Zheleznaya, Berdichevskaya, four times Red Banner orders of the October Revolution, Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitskiy Motorised Rifle Division

24-я мотострелковая Самаро-Ульяновская, Железная, Бердичевская четырежды Краснознамённая орденов Октябрьской Революции, Суворова и Богдана Хмельницкого дивизия

Military Unit: 82715

Activated 4.6.57 in Yavorov, Lvov Oblast, from the 24th Rifle Division.

Known as the "Iron" division.

Organisation 1960:

19.2.62 re-organised:

In 5.62 the 15th independent Tank Battalion was activated.

In 1968 the 306th independent Sapper Battalion was renamed 306th independent Engineer-Sapper Battalion.

Organisation 1970:

15.11.72 re-organised:

21.2.78 awarded the order of the October Revolution.

In 1980 the 53rd independent Motor Transport Battalion was renamed 396th independent Material Supply Battalion.

Organisation 1980:

In 1982 preparations began for the conversion of this division to an independent Army Corps, similar to the 120th Guards Motorised Rifle Division, but this was cancelled before the activation date (1.6.82).

In 1985 the 15th independent Tank Battalion was disbanded.

Organisation 1988:

1.92 taken over by Ukraine.



Equipment 1.12.85:

Equipment 19.11.90 (CFE treaty holdings):

Divisional coordinates:

The division was maintained as a Ready Division - Reduced Strength I (US terms: Category II). It was a showcase division, where new equipment were first tested, before being introduced to other units.