| Ukrainian Army|
13th Army Corps
| August 1941 – November 2004|
А-1766 Slavuta, Khmelnytskyi Oblast
The 97th Guards Mechanized Brigade was a rifle, and then a motor-rifle division of the Soviet Union's Army, before becoming a mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, based in Slavuta in western Ukraine.
The full name of the division was the "97th Guards Poltava Motor-Rifle Division, Red Banner, Suvorov's, Bogdan Khmelnitsky". After the division became part of Ukrainian Armed Forces it was known as the "97th Separate Mechanized Brigade".
97th Guards Mechanized Brigade (Ukraine) Wikipedia
The division was formed in August–September 1941 as the 343rd Rifle Division near the city of Stavropol. Throughout World War II, it was assigned to the 56th, 6th, 9th, 21st, and 24th armies. In 1941 and 1942, the division took part in defensive operations at Rostov, then in the Rostov and Barvenko-Lozovaia offensive operations. Later, it fought in the Second Battle of Kharkov, and took part in defensive operations near Stalingrad. On July 17, 1942, when the 21st Army joined the Stalingrad Front, the division had 2,795 men and fewer than 20 artillery pieces. After October 1942 it was assigned to the 66th Army, which later became 5th Guards Army.
In May 1943, the division became 97th Guards Rifle Division.It took part in the Battle of Kursk, along with the rest of 5th Guards Army as part of the Steppe Front. Later, it fought in the liberation of left-bank Ukraine. In September, the division was awarded the 'Poltava' honorific, along with its sister divisions, the 13th and 95th Guards Rifle Divisions. In 1944 and 1945, it took part in the Kirovograd, Uman-Botoshany, Lvov-Sandomir, Sandomir-Silesia, Upper and Lower Silesia, Berlin, and Prague offensives.
After World War II, the division was stationed in Austria, with the Central Group of Forces, where it remained until 1946. During that time, the Division belonged to the 5th Guards Army. After its relocation to Slavuta, it became part of the 13th Army. After it moved to Slavuta, the division was downsized into the 28th Separate Guards Rifle Brigade, but became a division again on 16 September 1949. In 1957, it was reorganized from a Rifle into a Motor Rifle division. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the division was reorganized into a Brigade, which continued to exist until November 2004, when it was disbanded.
During the late 1980s, the division included the following units.110th Tank Regiment
289th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment
292nd Guards Motor Rifle Regiment
294th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment
232nd Guards Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment
1094th Guards Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment
September 1943 received the honorific "Poltava"
19?? received Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky
19?? received Order of Suvorov
19?? received the Order of the Red Banner