The 150th Idritsa-Berlin Kutuzov Order of the 2nd Degree Motor Rifle Division, whose soldiers hoisted a flag of victory over the Reichstag in May 1945, has been recreated by Russia in order to defense the southern frontiers of the country.
The new 150th Motor Rifle Division started to defense Russia’s frontiers in the south of the country, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday, citing Russian Defense Minister, General of the Russian Army Sergey Shoygu. Soldiers of the 150th Idritsa-Berlin Kutuzov Order of the 2nd Degree Motor Rifle Division hoisted a flag of victory over the Reichstag in May 1945.
“I want to note that yesterday, the 150th Motor Rifle Division started to perform tasks for the defense of frontiers in the south of the country,” Shoygu said during a meeting.
According to him, the first garrison town of the division was built in a very short time thanks to new building technologies.
Reportedly, more than 1,500 conscripts will serve in the new division, whose planned combat training should be started in December 1.
According to the TASS news agency, the division will include an artillery regiment, motor rifle and tank regiments, an antiaircraft missile regiment, reconnaissance and logistics formations, and signals units. The 150th Motor Rifle Division will be armed with modern combat hardware: the BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, T-90A tanks, and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles.
As it was earlier reported, four new divisions were formed in the Russian Armed Forces by December 1. Three motor rifle divisions were formed in the western strategic direction (two of them became a part of the Western Military District, while another one joined the Southern Military District), and one tank division became a part of the Central Military District.