6th Guards Kievsko-Berlinskaya order of Lenin Red Banner order of Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitskiy Tank Division

6-я гвардейская танковая Киевско-Берлинская ордена Ленина Краснознамённая орденов Суворова и Богдана Хмельницкого дивизия

Military Unit: 36231; from 3.47: 60745; from 4.80: 05733

Activated 10.7.45 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia, from the 6th Guards Tank Corps.

Organisation 1946:

18.11.46 reduced to 6th Guards Tank Regiment (mobilisation) - all attached units remained, but were downsized (regiment to battalion, battalion to company), but 11.48 again expanded to full size.

6.5.54 re-organised:

In 6.57 re-organised (ordered 12.3.57):

8.6.58 the 52nd Guards Tank Regiment was transferred to the 7th Guards Tank Division, and was replaced by the 1st Guards Tank Regiment from the 20th Guards Motorised Rifle Division.

In 1960 the 00 independent Tank Training Battalion was disbanded.

Organisation 1960:

14.9.61 re-organised:

19.2.62 the 56th independent Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion was activated, from the tank workshop and the vehicle workshop.

In 1968 the 120th independent Guards Sapper Battalion was renamed 120th independent Guards Engineer-Sapper Battalion.

Organisation 1970:

In 1972 the 472nd independent Chemical Defence Company was renamed 1st independent Chemical Defence Battalion.

12.9.79 ordered to transfer to Grodno, Grodno Oblast - the transfer was completed in 3.80 (78th Guards Tank Regiment and the 120th independent Guards Engineer-Sapper Battalion completed the transfer).

In 1980 the 682nd independent Motor Transport Battalion was renamed 981st independent Material Supply Battalion, and the 439th independent Reactive Artillery Battery was absorbed by the Artillery Regiment.

31.3.80 the 287th Guards Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment was transferred to the 27th Guards Motorised Rifle Division, and was replaced by the 1076th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment.

Organisation 1980:

15.5.82 the 637th independent Missile Battalion was disbanded, and was replaced by the 308th independent Missile Battalion.

25.11.85 the 185th independent Medical Battalion was renamed 85th independent Medical Company, and the 1st independent Chemical Defence Battalion was renamed 417th independent Chemical Defence Company.

Organisation 1988:

1.9.88 the 308th independent Missile Battalion was transferred to the 465th Missile Brigade.

20.3.92 taken over by Belarus.




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% (until 1980), and then as a Ready Division - Reduced Strength I (US terms: Category II).