Recovery plans for the 20th Guards Motorized Rifle Division
April 26th, 23:01
As the newspaper "Izvestia" reported in the article by Roman Kretsul and Alexei Ramm "And now" 20th ": the legendary guards unit will return to service"The Russian Defense Ministry is strengthening the country's southern borders with motorized riflemen, sources in the military department told Izvestia. According to them, the army plans to revive the legendary 20th Guards Carpathian-Berlin Motorized Rifle Division. Its units will be located in Volgograd and Kamyshin. This unit has a rich combat history: it distinguished itself both during the storming of Berlin and in the hostilities in the North Caucasus. Many officers who served in the division now hold leading positions in the Ministry of Defense. According to experts, the strengthening of the southern flank is quite understandable - it is no coincidence that the military leadership has recently been talking about high activity near the Russian borders in this region. (c) Said Tsarnaev / RIA Novosti
The fundamental decision on the formation of the 20th Guards Motorized Rifle Division (MSD) has already been made, sources in the military department told Izvestia. The new unit will be recreated on the basis of the 20th motorized rifle brigade, which is now deployed in Volgograd. According to the interlocutors of the editorial office, the new division will become part of the 8th Guards Combined Arms Army. At present, the organizational and staff structure of the newly formed formation is being determined.
To make room for motorized riflemen, the Ministry of Defense decided to redeploy the paratroopers. Today, the 56th separate guards airborne assault brigade is located in the city of Kamyshin. But, as the head of the defense department Sergei Shoigu said earlier, in the near future it will be reorganized into a regiment and redeployed to Crimea. According to Izvestia's sources, the vacated military townships will occupy parts of the newly formed 20th Guards Division.
Last year, the 19th Motorized Rifle Division was recreated as part of the 58th Army, and the formation of a new division is planned for 2021, the commander of the Southern Military District, Army General Alexander Dvornikov, announced earlier. Also, the Ministry of Defense reported that medical organizations and units are being formed for the newly created motorized rifle formations. There are so many vacancies that doctors are invited from all over Russia, including the Urals, Siberia and the Far East.
The history of the 20th Guards Division goes back to the 8th Guards Mechanized Corps, which took part in the battles near Rzhev and in the Battle of Kursk, which completed its combat path in Berlin. In 1945, the corps was reorganized into the 8th Guards Mechanized Division, and in 1957 it was transformed into the 20th Guards Motorized Rifle Division. The compound was part of the group of Soviet forces in Germany. In 1993, the division was withdrawn to Volgograd and became part of the 8th Army Corps. She took part in the storming of Grozny in 1994-1995. In 1999, the combined regiment of the division fought against terrorists who had broken through to the territory of Dagestan. In 2009, it was transformed into a motorized rifle brigade.
The 20th division is also known as a kind of forge of personnel for the highest bodies of military command. In the 2000s, for example, it was commanded by the current deputy chief of the General Staff, Colonel-General Sergei Istrakov, the commander of the Eastern Military District, Colonel-General Gennady Zhidko, and the commander of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Lapin.
Unlike a brigade, a division is a full-blooded formation that can independently solve operational and tactical tasks, military expert Viktor Murakhovsky told Izvestia.