79th Guards Zaporozhskaya order of Lenin Red Banner orders of Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitskiy Tank Division

79-я гвардейская танковая Запорожская ордена Ленина Краснознамённая орденов Суворова и Богдана Хмельницкого дивизия

Military Unit: 58950

Activated 17.5.57 in Jena, East Germany, as the 27th Guards Tank Division, from the 20th Guards Mechanised Division.

In 1960 the 65th independent Tank Training Battalion was disbanded.

Organisation 1960:

In 1961 the 345th independent Missile Battalion was activated.

19.2.62 the 66th independent Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion was activated.

11.1.65 renamed 79th Guards Tank Division.

In 5.65 the 213th Guards Tank Regiment was replaced by the 17th Guards Tank Regiment, from the 57th Guards Motorised Rifle Division.

In 1968 the 88th independent Guards Sapper Battalion was renamed 88th independent Guards Engineer-Sapper Battalion.

Organisation 1970:

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

In 1980 the 731st independent Motor Transport Battalion was renamed 1079th independent Material Supply Battalion, and the 24th independent Reactive Artillery Battery was absorbed by the Artillery Regiment.

Organisation 1980:

In 5.83 the 28th independent Helicopter Detachment was renamed 345th independent Helicopter Squadron.

In 1985 the 000 independent Chemical Defence Battalion was renamed 333rd independent Chemical Defence Company.

In 1986 the 345th independent Missile Battalion was transferred to the 449th Missile Brigade.

Organisation 1988:

1.2.89 the 345th independent Helicopter Squadron was used to activate the 486th independent Helicopter Regiment.

Disbanded 7.92.




Equipment 19.11.90 (CFE treaty holdings):

Divisional coordinates:

The division was maintained as a Ready Division - First Line (US terms: Category I) - manning was almost 100%.