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120th 'Rogachev' Separate Mechanized Brigade

On 21 March 2014, the 120th Guards Rogachev Red Banner, of the Suvorov and Kutuzov Orders, a separate mechanized brigade named after the Supreme Soviet of the Belarusian SSR of the North-Western Operational Command of the Land Forces celebrates its 72nd anniversary. On March 21, 1942, by order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the formation of the 308th Rifle Division began on the basis of the Omsk Military Infantry School.

During the war, the division defended and stormed hundreds of settlements, forcing many water obstacles. In addition to offensive operations, she went through a rigorous school of defensive battles, where the personnel of the compound always with dignity complied with the requirements of the Military Oath. Participation in the battles of Stalingrad and the Kursk, the liberation of Belarus, Poland and East Prussia became bright pages in its heroic history. For courage and heroism all military units of the unit were awarded honorary titles, thousands of soldiers of the division were awarded orders and medals, and eight soldiers and officers of the division were awarded the high title of Hero of the Soviet Union, five soldiers became full Knights of the Order.

In the postwar years, the 120th Guards Motorized Rifle Division took part in all major military exercises and maneuvers: "Dnieper" (1967), "Neman" (1968), "Dvina" (1970), "Spring-75" (1975), " Berezina (1978), Zapad-81 (1981). In November 2001, the 120th Guards Motorized Rifle Division was reorganized into the 120th Guards Rogachev Red Banner, of the Order of Suvorov and Kutuzov, a separate mechanized brigade named after the Supreme Soviet of the Belarusian SSR.

Currently, the personnel of the compound continues the glorious traditions laid down during the Great Patriotic War, showing high results in all exercises of the Armed Forces. The most important exam for the servicemen of the unit in 2013 was the joint strategic exercise of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation "West-2013", during which the servicemen demonstrated high professionalism and combat training. The personnel of the 120th separate mechanized brigade celebrates its holiday in the field, performing training tasks during combat training.

In accordance with the training plan of the North-Western Operational Command for the 2011/2012 academic year, from 15 to 17 October 2012, under the leadership of the Deputy Commander of the North-Western Operational Command, Major General Andrei Nekrashevich, a battalion tactical exercise with 355 separate battalion of the 120th Guards Separate Mechanized Brigade on the subject of training and participation of the battalion in the counterattack. The main purpose of the exercise is to check the readiness of the battalion to perform its assigned tasks, as well as to increase the coherence of units and field training of servicemen. During the exercise, commanders and officials of the 355th ATB headquarters will gain skills in managing units in a rapidly changing situation, maintaining interaction with other troops and military formations in the preparation and conduct of offensive combat during the counterattack.

A dynamic learning environment was created for the exercise, which is not tied to the real military-political situation and is focused mainly on the initiative and creativity of students. In order to achieve the goals of the exercise, some conventions were adopted, in determining which its leadership and mediation apparatus were based on the available military training facilities. The idea of the exercise with combat shooting involved working out issues of both defensive and offensive nature.

The exercise is being held at the Asipovichy training ground in two stages. In the first stage, which will last two days, the main efforts will be focused on preparing for the offensive. In the second stage, the main focus will be on the management of battalion units in the offensive during the counterattack. It was planned to involve about 500 servicemen, up to 55 units of military equipment, including up to 30 tanks and up to 15 infantry fighting vehicles. In addition to those that have already been adopted, the exercise will use new and upgraded models and systems of weapons and military equipment of both Belarusian and Russian production: upgraded tank sights, integrated hardware (H-18-1M "Compass") , reconnaissance and fire complex, which is being created, as part of the howitzer self-propelled artillery division, which is armed with the system 2C19 "Msta-C" and tactical unmanned aerial vehicle.

The personnel of the mechanized battalion of the 120th Guards separate mechanized brigade completed the preparations for the march (loading). A review of the readiness of the unit to perform tasks in the immediate response force. Reconnaissance of the area of concentration at the Obuz-Lesnovsky landfill was carried out. Fortification equipment of positions, areas of deployment of troops at the landfill continues. On 12 April 2014, a control exercise on driving and fire training was held with the brigade unit.

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