55th Guards Rifle Division

The 55th Guards Rifle Division was a Red Army military unit, engaged in the Second World War. Its full name was the 55th Guards Rifle Irkutsk-Pinsk Order of Lenin, Order of the October Revolution, three Red Banner, Order of Suvorov 2nd degree division named after the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR.

55th Guards Rifle Division
DisbandedFebruary 6th, 1965
Country Soviet Union
BranchRed Army
EngagementsKerch–Eltigen Operation
Operation Bagration
East Prussian Offensive
Battle of Berlin
Prague Offensive


It was formed on 12/18/1942 by converting the 30th Rifle Division.

It was in battle from 18.12.1942 to 21.04.1944 from 28.05.1944 to 14.09.1944 from 13.10.1944 to 31.03.1945 from 20.04.1945 to 11.05.1945 year.

She took part in the liberation of North Caucasus and the Taman Peninsula. In November 1943, participated in the Kerch–Eltigen amphibious operation, landing on the beach in Danger, Yenikale, is fighting on the Kerch Peninsula until April 1944, then participated in Belorussian strategic operations by participating in the liberation of Ivanovo and Luninets areas Brest Region of Pinsk and Logishin district Pinsk area, eastern Poland, in East Prussian, Berlin and Prague offensive operations.

The division participated in the liberation of the city Novorossiysk, Kerch, Pinsk, taking Gumbinnen and Berlin.

With 28th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front in May 1945.

55th Guards Rifle Division redesignated 55th Guards Motorised Rifle Division on 20.5.57 in Grodno, Grodno Oblast; became 30th Guards Motor Rifle Division in 1965; taken over by Belarus in 1992.[1] In 1960 part of 28th Army (Soviet Union); in 1968 moved forward into Czechoslovakia and became part of Central Group of Forces; withdrawn to Belarussian SSR and turned over to Belarussian control in 1992 at Maryina Horka.

The division became a mechanized brigade in 1992 and then the 30th Guards Weapons and Equipment Storage Base in 1997. The base was disbanded in 2005, and it was reformed as the 30th Separate Guards Mechanized Battalion, later that year at Polotsk,[2] part of the 37th Guards Mechanized Brigade. After the brigade was disbanded in fall 2011, the battalion moved to Zaslonovo[3] and became part of the 19th Guards Mechanized Brigade.[4]

Higher headquartersEdit

Subordinate units (partial)Edit

  • 164th Guards Rifle Regiment
  • 166th Guards Rifle Regiment
  • 168th Guards Rifle Regiment
  • 126th Guards Artillery Regiment
  • 62 Guards separate self-propelled artillery battalion (62 Guards separate antitank battalion)


  1. ^ Michael Holm, 30th Guards Motor Rifle Division, 2015, with acknowledgements to V.I. Feskov et al.
  2. ^ (ЦГВ), ЦЕНТРАЛЬНАЯ ГРУППА ВОЙСК. "Танковые и мотострелковые дивизии ЦГВ - Содержание - ЦЕНТРАЛЬНАЯ ГРУППА ВОЙСК (ЦГВ)". cgv.org.ru. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  3. ^ "Командование дивизии и наши герои". 30gvardiya.80port.ru. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  4. ^ "Иркутско-Пинская дивизия" [Irkutsk-Pinsk Division]. irkipedia.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2016-02-25.