5th independent Tank Brigade
5-я отдельная танковая бригада
Military Unit: 57044
Activated 5.62 in Schwerin, East Germany.
Tasked with protection of the Baltic coastline.
In 1980 renamed 138th independent Tank Regiment - the 24th, 45th and 58th independent Tank Battalions were transferred to Mongolia (12th, 41st and 91st Motorised Rifle Divisions), while the 46th independent Tank Battalion and 22nd independent Motorised Rifle Battalion was disbanded.
The regiment was re-equipped with T-55 and T-62 tanks, and BTR-60 armored personnel carriers - new task was now to parachute and air-land into Denmark.