Guangzhou Military Region

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Guangzhou Military Region
Guangzhou Military Region.svg
Guangzhou Military Region (highlighted)
Simplified Chinese 广州军区
Traditional Chinese 廣州軍區
Armband of PLA Guangzhou Military Region

The Guangzhou Military Region is one of seven military administrative regions and is located in the south of the People's Republic of China. In May 1949, the Central China (Hua Zhong) Military Region (MR) was formed.[1] In March 1955, it was divided into two, the Guangzhou MR and the Wuhan Military Region. When the Wuhan MR was disbanded in August 1985, its troops stationed around the Hubei province were assigned to the Guangzhou MR.

The Guangzhou MR now covers Guangdong Province, Guangxi Autonomous Region, Hunan Province, Hubei Province, Hainan Province, Hong Kong, and Macau Military Districts. The Hong Kong and Macau garrisons are within the Guangzhou MR area but report directly to the Central Military Commission.

There are two Group Armies within the Region, the 41st Group Army and 42nd Group Army, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies attributes the formation with some 180,000 personnel, with one mechanised division, three motorised infantry divisions, one artillery division, two armoured brigades, one artillery brigade, and two anti-aircraft brigades.[2] The 123rd (Amphibious) Infantry Division (53023) at Guigang/Guangxi and 124th Infantry Divisions at Boluo, Guangdong have been identified as Rapid Reaction Units.[3] The Hong Kong garrison includes a brigade with a helicopter unit.

The PLA's 15th Airborne Corps is also located in this MR though not under its command.

List of commanders[edit]

Ground Forces[edit]

The Main Guangzhou Hospital in the Guangzhou Military Region
The Main Wuhan Hospital in the Guangzhou Military Region

Air Force[edit]

Commander:Lt. Gen. Han Ruijie Political Officer: Lt. Gen. Wang Jilian Deputy Commander:Maj. Gen. Zhang Shutian

Nickname[edit]

Organizations affiliated with the Guangzhou Military Region often use the nickname "warrior" (Chinese: 战士; pinyin: zhànshì; literally: "battle person"), including the Warrior Performance Troupe (Chinese: 战士文工团) and the Warrior Newspaper (Chinese: 战士报).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Xinhui, Guangzhou Military Region, China Defence, accessed November 2008
  2. ^ International Institute for Strategic Studies, The Military Balance 2006
  3. ^ http://www.sinodefence.com/armedforces/army/rru.asp

Sources[edit]

  • Chapter 8, PLA Ground Forces, by Dennis J Blasko, in The People's Liberation Army as Organisation, RAND, CF182

External links[edit]