|30th Tank Division (March 1941 – July 1941)|
|Active||March 1941–July 1941|
|Branch||Red Army, Soviet Army|
History of division formation
The division began forming in February–March 1941 in the Western special military district as part of the 14th mechanized corps at the base of the 32nd tank brigade in the southern military town on the outskirts of Brest.
The 30th Tank Division's 61st Tank Regiment concentrated west of Pruzhany by 0900. The division formed two columns, reinforced by artillery.
Attacking on the morning of 23 June, the 200 T-26s of the 22nd and 30th destroyed numerous German tanks but suffered heavier losses.
The German forces continued their attack, inflicting heavy losses on the 22nd Tank Division and killing Puganov.
The division was formed in March 1941 and had the following structure:
- 60th Tank Regiment
- 61st Tank Regiment
- 30th Motorized Rifle Regiment
- 30th Motorized Howitzer Regiment
- 30th Reconnaissance Battalion
- 30th Motorized Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
- 30th Motorized Pontoon Battalion
- Drig, Yevgeny (6 January 2012). "14 механизированный корпус" (in ru). http://mechcorps.rkka.ru/files/mechcorps/pages/14_meh.htm.
- Forczyk 2014, p. 30.
- Glantz 2010, p. 36, n21.
- Forczyk 2014, pp. 47–48.
- "Tank Division, Soviet Army, 22 June 1941". http://niehorster.org/012_ussr/41_organ/div_tank/td.html.
- Forczyk, Robert (2014). Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941–1942: Schwerpunkt. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword. ISBN 9781781590089. https://books.google.com/books?id=-2ptBQAAQBAJ.
- Glantz, David M. (2010). Barbarossa Derailed: The German Advance to Smolensk, the Encirclement Battle, and the First and Second Soviet Counteroffensives, 10 July – 24 August 1941. Philadelphia: Casemate. ISBN 9781906033729. https://books.google.com/books?id=SDfInc6Gb40C.
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