101st Rifle Division (Soviet Union)

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101st Rifle Division
Active 1938-1946
Country Soviet Union
Branch Infantry
Part of 2nd Red Banner Army
Engagements Kurile Islands
Decorations Order of Lenin

The 101st Rifle Division was a unit of the Soviet Red Army initially formed as a mountain rifle division on 28 August 1938 within the 2nd Separate Red Banner Army in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city.[1]

Origins[edit]

Initially the division included the 138th Rifle Regiment formed in 1938 from the 292nd rifle regiment of the Pacific Ocean Fleet, which had been created in 1937 from the 10th Separate Territorial Rifle Battalion of the 4th Bashkirs|Bashkir regiment. In 1940, the division was removed from the roll of first line formations. In June 1942 the division was reorganized into a field rifle division. In 1943 the HQ of the 101st division included: the 128th Mixed Aviation Division, Petropavlovsk Military Naval Base, border security detachment, the 428th howitzer artillery regiment, the 302nd separate rifle regiment, three separate artillery divisions (battalions), the 5th separate rifle battalion, and a number of storage facilities. From 15 January 1945 the division was included in the composition of the Northern Group of Forces of the Far Eastern Front and subordinated to the Kamchatka Defensive Rayon of the Front (Russian: Камчатский Оборонительный район (КОР) ДВФ).

August 1945 Order of Battle[edit]

In August 1945 the composition of the 101st rifle division was:

Headquarters and Staff
KAD (Commander of artillery division) (Russian: КАД (Командующего артиллерийской дивизии)) command platoon
138th rifle regiment
302nd rifle regiment
373rd rifle regiment
279th light artillery regiment
separate training rifle battalion
169th separate anti-tank destroyer battalion
119th separate sapper battalion
103rd separate signals battalion
131st separate medical and sanitary battalion
38th separate chemical protection company
70th field post office
divisional sewing repair shop
separate anti-aircraft machine gun company
13th mobile field hospital
178th divisional veterinary infirmary
9th field bakery
SMERSH counter espionage detachment
Armored train of the 19th separate cavalry squadron

For model fulfillment of assignments and displaying combat mastery during the taking of the islands Shumshu and Paramushir in the course of the Kurile desant operation, the Presidium of the Highest Council of the USSR, declared by order of NKO № 0164, the division was awarded the Order of Lenin on 28 September 1945.

The division appears to have been disbanded in 1945–46.[2]

Commanders[edit]

  • Major (from 21 September 1940 brigade commander) Gorodnyanskiy Aksentiy Mikhaylovich (August 1938 – 25 October 1940)
  • Colonel, General Major Pichugin Ivan Pavlovich (25 October 1940 – 27 June 1942)
  • General Major Mozhaev Semyon Fedorovich (from 27 June 1942)
  • General Major D’yakov Porfiry Ivanovich (22 September 1943 – 4 November 1945).

Awards[edit]

Order of Lenin – Awarded on 14 September 1945.

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