78th Nevelskaya Red Banner Tank Division

78-я танковая Невельская Краснознамённая дивизия

Military Unit: 05325

Activated 23.8.49 in Ashkhabad, Ashkhabad Oblast, as the 15th Tank Division, from the 78th Heavy Tank Self-Propelled Regiment.

Organisation 1949:

23.5.53 re-organised:

In 4.55 the 0000 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment was renamed 1144rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment.

In 6.57 reorganised (ordered 12.3.57):

In 1960 the 00 independent Tank Training Battalion was disbanded.

Organisation 1960:

19.2.62 the 345th independent Missile Battalion and the 00 independent Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion was activated.

11.1.65 renamed 78th Tank Division.

In 1968 the 103rd independent Sapper Battalion was renamed 103rd independent Engineer-Sapper Battalion.

In 4.70 the 374th Motorised Rifle Regiment was transferred to the 155th Motorised Rifle Division, and was replaced by the 369th Guards Motorised Rifle Regiment from the 5th Guards Motorised Rifle Division.

Organisation 1970:

In 1972 the 000 independent Chemical Defence Company was renamed 564th independent Chemical Defence Battalion.

In 1980 the 000 independent Motor Transport Battalion was renamed 1052nd independent Material Supply Battalion.

Organisation 1980:

Organisation 1988:

1988 equipped with T-62 and BMP-1 (some T-10 heavy tanks until the 1980's).

3.92 taken over by Kazakhstan.



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