93rd Motor Rifle Brigade

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135th Motor Rifle Division (1960–1989)

130th Machine Gun Artillery Division (1989–2009)

93rd Motor Rifle Brigade (2009–?)
Active 1960–present
Country

 Soviet Union (1960–1991)

 Russia (1992–present)
Branch

Soviet Army (1960–1991)

Russian Ground Forces (1992–present)
Type

Motorized Infantry (former)

Storage Base (present)
Garrison/HQ Lesozavodsk

The 93rd Motor Rifle Brigade was a motorized infantry brigade of the Russian Ground Forces. The brigade traces its origin back to the 135th Motor Rifle Division, formed in 1960 as a mobilization division in Luhansk. It became a regular division in 1968 and was transferred to Lesozavodsk.In 1989, it was renamed the 130th Machine Gun Artillery Division. It became the 93rd Separate Motor Rifle Brigade in 2009.[1] It is now the 245th Weapons and Equipment Storage Base.

History[edit]

On 22 November 1960, the 135th Motor Rifle Division was activated as a mobilization division in Luhansk. It was co-located with the 4th Guards Motor Rifle Division. In April 1968, the division became a regular unit and was transferred to Lesozavodsk as a result of increased Sino-Soviet tensions.[1]

The division's 199th Motor Rifle Regiment fought in the Damansky Island incident in March 1969 during the Sino-Soviet border conflict, when they were sent into the fight on 15 March to prevent Chinese capture of the island. Junior sergeant Vladimir Orekhov of the regiment's 5th company was posthumously made a Hero of the Soviet Union for his actions in the battle.[2]

During the Cold War, it was maintained at 65% strength. On 1 October 1989, the division became the 130th Machine Gun Artillery Division. The 199th Motorized Rifle Regiment was disbanded and replaced by the 365th Machine Gun Artillery Regiment. In 1994, the 365th Machine Gun Artillery Regiment became the 199th Motorized Rifle Regiment. The division was downsized to the 93rd Separate Motor Rifle Brigade in June 2009.[1] It is now the 245th Weapons and Equipment Storage Base.

Composition[edit]

In 1988, the 135th Motor Rifle Division was composed of the following units. [1]

  • 199th Motorized Rifle Regiment (Lazo)
  • 469th Motorized Rifle Regiment (Filino, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 472nd Motorized Rifle Regiment (Lesozavodsk, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 122nd Tank Regiment (Koltsevoye, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 378th Artillery Regiment (Panteleymonovka, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 1135th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment (Koltsevoye, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 17th Separate Missile Battalion (Panteleymonovka, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 81st Separate Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion (Panteleymonovka, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 131st Separate Reconnaissance Battalion (Lazo, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 225th Separate Engineer-Sapper Battalion (Lazo, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 354th Separate Communications Battalion (Lesozavodsk, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 366th Separate Chemical Defence Company (Panteleymonovka, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 204th Separate Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion (Panteleymonovka, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 201st Separate Medical Battalion (Koltsevoye, Primorskiy Kray)
  • 1136th Separate Material Supply Battalion (Panteleymonovka, Primorskiy Kray)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Holm, Michael. "135th Motorised Rifle Division". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Vladimir Orekhov". warheroes.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 10 June 2017.