The 40th Guards Rifle Division was formed on the basis of the 6th Airborne Corps in August 1942, fought at Stalingrad, on the Mius River, and at Odessa, Budapest, and Vienna. On 1 March 1943 it was assigned to 5th Shock Army of the Southern Front. With 4th Guards Army of the 3rd Ukrainian Front 5.45. Eventual honours Енакиевско-Дунайская Order of the Red Banner, Order of Suvorov. Became 17th Guards Mechanised Division shortly after the war ended. Became involved in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. In 1957 became 17th Guards Motor Rifle Division in the Carpathian Military District.
- BSSA 1 March 1943
- Feskov et al 2004, 68, 81.
- Feskov et al 2004, 81.
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