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174th Rifle Division (I Formation) (1940-42)
20th Guards Rifle Division (1942-45)
25th or 35th Guards Mechanized Division (1950s-57)[1]
37th Guards Tank Division (1957-65)
17th Guards Tank Division(1965-90s)
17th Guards Tank Brigade (1990s-present)
Active World War II - present
Country Ukraine
Branch Ukrainian Ground Forces
Type Brigade
Role Armoured
Size ~3,500
Part of 6th Army Corps (former Soviet 6th Guards Tank Army)
Garrison/HQ Kryvyi Rih[2] Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine
Engagements World War II
Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Tarnavskiy

The 17th Guards Tank Brigade is a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. Full name of the Brigade is 17th Separate Guards Kryvyi Rih orders of Red Banner and Suvorov Brigade.[3] It was formally known as 17th Guards Tank Division. The Brigade is located in Kryvyi Rih.

History of current formation

The current unit's history stems from the 174th Rifle Division, which became the 20th Guards Rifle Division in 1942. The 20th Guards Rifle Division fought at the Battle of Stalingrad, Krivoi Rog, Odessa, Budapest, and Vienna. It was with the 57th Army of the 3rd Ukrainian Front in May 1945. The history of the postwar 17th Guards Tank Division traces back to the 20th Guards Rifle Division which was active in 1945. Later it became the 35th[4] Guards Mechanized Division, and by 1957 37th Guards Tank Division. In 1965 the 37th became the 17th Guards Tank Division, a designation it would retain until the fall of the Soviet Union.

Still designated a tank division as of Decree N 350/93 (August 21, 1993), when Colonel СВІДІ Івану Юрійовичу, командирові 17 танкової дивізії 6th Army Corps, Odessa Military District, became a Major-General.

In accordance with Decree 925/98, of 23 August 1998, Colonel ГАРБУЗУ Сергію Андрійовичу, commander of the 17th Tank Division of the 6th Army Corps Південного оперативного командування, Ukrainian Ground Forces, became a major-general.[5]

Current Structure

  • 25th Armor Battalion
  • 93rd Armor Battalion
  • 230th Armor Battalion
  • 869th Artillery Regiment
  • 1069th Anti-Aircraft Regiment
  • 145th Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 812th Signal Battalion
  • 1457th Combat Engineer Battalion
  • 44th Chemical Battalion
  • 1055th Supply Battalion
  • 129th Repair Battalion
  • 18th Medical Battalion

Past Commanders

  • Iliya Prokopievich Alekseenko - Summer 1940 - 1 March 1941[6]
  • Ivan Petrovich Korchagin - 1 March 1941 - 28 August 1941[7]
  • Nikolay Mikhaylovich Dreyer - 25 February 1944 - April 1945
  • Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Tarnavskiy - temporary commander



  1. Feskov et al. 2004 gives two different numberings on pages 41 and 74
  2. Новини Управління Прес-служби МО
  3. President.Gov.Ua |
  4. V.I. Feskov, K.A. Kalashnikov, V.I. Golikov, The Soviet Army in the Years of the Cold War 1945-91, Tomsk University Publishing House, Tomsk, 2004 pg41
  6. Вйпзтбжйй - Б
  7. Вйпзтбжйй - Л

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