201st Gatchinskaya twice Red Banner Motorised Rifle Division

201-я мотострелковая Гатчинская дважды Краснознамённая дивизия

Military Unit: 61452; from 2.80: 84397

Activated 4.60 in Dushanbe, Dushanbe Oblast, as the 124th Motorised Rifle Division, from the 451st independent Mountain Rifle Regiment.

Organisation 1960:

19.2.62 re-organised:

11.1.65 renamed 201st Motorised Rifle Division.

In 1968 the 541st independent Sapper Battalion was renamed 541st independent Engineer-Sapper Battalion.

Organisation 1970:

15.11.72 re-organised:

In 12.79 mobilised for service in Afghanistan.

In 1980 the 000 independent Motor Transport Battalion was renamed 636th independent Material Supply Battalion.

Organisation 1980:

In 1.80 the division began the transfer to Termez, and was re-organised with four motorised rifle regiments and one tank regiment:

14.2.80 crossed the border into Afghanistan.

7.4.80 the 191st Motorised Rifle Regiment left the division and 20.4.80 renamed 191st independent Motorised Rifle Regiment.

25.6.80 the 71st independent Missile Battalion returned to Dushanbe, while the 285th Tank Regiment was transferred to the 108th Motorised Rifle Division, and was replaced by the 234th Tank Regiment, which 1.9.80 was transferred to Samarkand, Samarkand Oblast.

1.3.85 the 114th independent Chemical Defence Company was renamed 114th independent Flame-Throwing Company.

4.5.85 awarded the second Red Banner for service in Afghanistan.

20.10.86 the 990th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment returned to Dushanbe, where it was attached to the 134th Motorised Rifle Division.

Organisation 1988:

2.89 returned to Dushanbe, where it absorbed the 134th Motorised Rifle Division:

In 1.91 the 990th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment was disbanded, and was replaced by the 1098th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment, from the 93rd Guards Motorised Rifle Division.

Organisation 1992:

1992 remained under Russian control.

In 10.2004 renamed 201st Russian Military Base.



Divisional coordinates:

The division was maintained as a Not Ready Division - Low-Strength Cadre (US terms: Category III) - manning was about 15% (1800 men) - mobilised in 12.79, and served in Afghanistan as a Ready Division - First Line (US terms: Category I).