62nd Motor Rifle Division

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62nd Motor Rifle Division
Active1972–1989
Country Soviet Union
BranchSoviet Army
TypeMotorized infantry
Garrison/HQItatka

The 62nd Motor Rifle Division was a motorized infantry division of the Soviet Army. It was originally formed as a mobilization division in 1972 but became a regular division months later. It became a storage base in 1989 and was disbanded in 1994.

History[edit]

The 62nd Motor Rifle Division was activated on 31 January 1972 in Maykop, part of the 12th Army Corps. It was an unmanned mobilization division and its equipment was co-located with the 9th Motor Rifle Division. In May, the division became a regular unit and moved to Itatka, Tomsk Oblast.[1] It became part of the 33rd Army Corps. During the Cold War, the division was maintained at 23% strength as a Cadre High Strength division, in American terms a Category III division. Between 1987 and 1988 future Ministry of Emergency Situations Lieutenant General Viktor Kapkanschikov served as chief of staff of its 1099th Motor Rifle Regiment.[2] On 1 October 1989, it became the 5352nd Weapons and Equipment Storage Base and moved to Omsk.[3] In June 1991, the base became part of the Siberian Military District and was disbanded in 1994.[4]

Composition[edit]

In 1988, the division included the following units.[4]

  • 1092nd Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 1099th Motor Rifle Regiment
  • 1100th Motor Rifle Regiment – equipped with BTR
  • 107th Tank Regiment
  • 619th Artillery Regiment
  • 676th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment
  • 1258th Separate Missile Battalion
  • Separate Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion
  • 1263rd Separate Reconnaissance Battalion
  • Separate Engineer-Sapper Battalion
  • 1770th Separate Communications Battalion
  • Separate Chemical Defense Company
  • 685th Separate Equipment Maintenance and Recovery Battalion
  • Separate Medical Battalion
  • Separate Material Supply Battalion

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Feskov et al 2013, p. 139.
  2. ^ "Начальником Дальневосточного регионального центра назначен генерал-лейтенант Виктор Капканщиков" [Lieutenant General Viktor Kapkanschikov appointed director of Far Eastern Regional Center] (in Russian). Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. ^ Feskov et al 2013, p. 563.
  4. ^ a b Holm, Michael. "62nd Motorised Rifle Division". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 17 January 2016.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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.