3rd Guards Tank Division

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The 3rd Guards 'Kotelnikovo' Tank Division (Russian:3-я гвардейская танковая Котельниковская Краснознамённая ордена Суворова дивизия) (Military Unit Number 44181) was an armoured division of the Soviet Ground Forces, formed in 1945 and disestablished in 1989.

The division was formed from the previous 3rd Guards Tank Corps. At the beginning of the Battle of Narva (1944) in February 1944 the 3rd Guards Tank Corps was directly reporting to Leningrad Front, and was led by Major General I. A. Vovchenko.

In June 1989 it was reduced to a Weapons and Equipment Storage Base,[1] and in November 1989 it was disbanded completely. It spent much of the Cold War based at Zaslonovo in the Belarussian Soviet Socialist Republic/Belorussian Military District as part of the 7th Tank Army.


  1. ^ V.I. Feskov et al 2013, 457-458.
  • Michael Holm, 3rd Guards Tank Division
  • Feskov, V.I.; Golikov, V.I.; Kalashnikov, K.A.; Slugin, S.A. (2013). Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской [The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II: From the Red Army to the Soviet: Part 1 Land Forces] (in Russian). Tomsk: Scientific and Technical Literature Publishing. ISBN 9785895035306.