1st Insterburgskaya Red Banner Tank Division

1-я танковая Инстербургская Краснознамённая дивизия

Military Unit: 18885

Activated 4.7.45 in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Oblast, from the 1st Tank Corps.

Organisation 1946:

23.5.53 re-organised:

In 4.55 the 1720th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment was renamed 1043rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment.

In 6.57 reorganised (ordered 12.3.57):

In 1960 the 72nd independent Tank Training Battalion was disbanded.

Organisation 1960:

In 3.63 the 290th Motorised Rifle Regiment was transferred to the 26th Guards Motorised Rifle Division, and was replaced by the 79th Guards Motorised Rifle Regiment.

19.2.62 re-organised:

In 1968 the 183rd independent Guards Sapper Battalion was renamed 183rd independent Guards Engineer-Sapper Battalion.

From 21.8.68 part of the division took part in the invasion of Czechoslovakia (HQ, 89th and 117th Tank Regiments, 86th independent Reconnaissance Battalion), but returned home in 10.68.

Organisation 1970:

In 1980 the 000 independent Motor Transport Battalion was renamed 1037th independent Material Supply Battalion.

Organisation 1980:

Organisation 1988:

In 9.89 the 86th independent Reconnaissance Battalion was replaced by the 79th independent Reconnaissance Battalion.

In 1990 the 98th Guards Tank Regiment was renamed 501st independent Guard and Service Battalion.

9.93 renamed 2nd independent Tank Brigade.

1998 renamed 385th Weapons and Equipment Storage Base.

Disbanded 2008.



Equipment 12.85:

Equipment 19.11.90 (CFE treaty holdings):

Equipment 1.1.2000 (CFE treaty holdings):

Divisional coordinates:

The division was maintained as a Ready Division - Reduced Strength I (US terms: Category II).