Always on alert: The Kantemirovskaya tank division

During the Second World War, the division, then known then as the 4th Guards Tank Corps, was among the first Soviet troops that reached the Elbe River and participated in the capture of Dresden.

During the Second World War, the division, then known then as the 4th Guards Tank Corps, was among the first Soviet troops that reached the Elbe River and participated in the capture of Dresden.

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This key tank division is the first line of defence for the Kremlin.
The 4th Guards Kantemirovskaya Tank Division (usually known as just the Kantemirovskaya Division) is one of the key formations of the Western Military District.
The division is based in the town of Naro-Fominsk in the Moscow Region.
Kantemirovskaya is always on standby mode for combat. Most of its equipment and manpower are on alert all the time.
In 1993, during the constitutional crisis in Russia, the Kantemirovskaya Division gave reluctant support to Boris Yeltsin at a decisive point.
The division also took part in the First Chechen War (1994-96).
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