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6th Guards Motor Rifle Division

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Active  1985-1996
Engagements  First Chechen War
Type  Motorized infantry
6th Guards Motor Rifle Division
Country  Soviet Union (1985-1991)  Russia (1992-1996)
Branch  Soviet Army (1985-1991) Russian Ground Forces (1992-1996)
Garrison/HQ  Borne Sulinowo (1985-1992) Tver (1992-1996)

The 6th Guards Vitebsk-Novgorod Motor Rifle Division (6-я гвардейская мотострелковая дивизия - Military Unit No. 68434) -was a Soviet motor rifle division, which after the end of World War II was stationed on the Polish territory as part of Northern Group of Forces. It was the second formation of the 6th Guards Motor Rifle Division, and drew its history from the 90th Guards Rifle Division.


In an exchange of numbers, the 6th Guards Lvov Motor Rifle Division (First Formation) in Germany in 1985 became the 90th Guards Tank Division, while the 90th Guards Tank Division became the 6th Guards Motor Rifle Division. The division in Poland disbanded a tank regiment and formed a motor rifle regiment, while the division in Germany formed a tank regiment.

Division headquarters was located in the town of Borne Sulinowo.

In November 1985, the 65th Separate Air Assault Battalion was formed from the division's 126th Separate Guards Reconnaissance Battalion in Białogard. Between May and November 1986, the battalion was expanded to form the 83rd Separate Air Assault Brigade under the command of Colonel V.M. Sinitsyn.

The Division withdrew from Poland in 1992 and was moved to Tver in the Moscow Military District where it became the 166th Guards Motor Rifle Brigade. Between January and July 1996 it fought in the First Chechen War. In 1996 the brigade was disbanded and converted into the 70th Guards Base for Storage of Weapons & Equipment. The 70th VkhVT was finally disbanded in 1997.


The division was composed of the following units.

  • 16th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 82nd Guards Motor Rifle Regiment - Sypniewo
  • 252nd Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 80th Tank Regiment
  • 193rd Guards Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment
  • 1082nd Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment
  • 90th Separate Tank Battalion
  • 54th Separate Guards Communications Battalion
  • 465th Separate Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion
  • 101st Separate Guards Engineer-Sapper Battalion
  • 126th Separate Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 71st Separate Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion
  • 1083rd Separate Material Supply Battalion
  • 97th Separate Medical Battalion
  • 669th Separate Missile Battalion
  • Commanders

  • Maj. Gen. Vladimir Vasilyevich Bulgakov (1990-1992)
  • References

    6th Guards Motor Rifle Division Wikipedia

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