2nd Rifle Corps

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The 2nd Rifle Corps of the Red Army was formed in September 1922 as the 2nd Army Corps. In March 1923 it was renamed the 2nd Rifle Corps. Was part of the Moscow Military District: Moscow (June 1922 - 1936), Belarussian Military District (1936 - July 1938), Kalinin Military District: Kalinin (July 1938 - July 1940), Baltic Military District: Libau, Karian-Ost, Dvinsk (July 1940 - 1941). Location Bielsk Podlaski, Western Special Military District on 30.05.1941.

On 22 June 1941 under HQ Western Special MD, comprised the 100th and 161st Rifle Divisions under General Major Arkady Ermakov (ru:Ермаков, Аркадий Николаевич). Part of the 'operational army' from June 22, 1941 to August 20 1941.[1] As part of 13th Army Western Front participated in the Battle of Bialystok-Minsk near the Minsk and Slutsky Fortified Regions.[2] in late June - early July, 1941.[3]

Reformed and fought against Japan in 1945. In January, 1945, the corps comprised the 103rd, 275th, 292nd and 293rd Rifle Divisions;[4] in June the 293rd would be reassigned as a separate rifle division in 36th Army.[5] The corps was disbanded in November, 1945.[6]


  1. ^ See also Glantz, Stumbling Colossus, 114.
  2. ^ Minsk Minsk fortified region - general information
  3. ^ Battle of Minsk
  4. ^ Combat composition of the Soviet Army, 1 January 1945
  5. ^ Charles C. Sharp, "Red Swarm", Soviet Rifle Divisions Formed From 1942 to 1945, Soviet Order of Battle World War II, Vol. X, Nafziger, 1996, p 110
  6. ^ Feskov et al 2013, p. 565
  • Feskov, V.I.; Golikov, V.I.; Kalashnikov, K.A.; Slugin, S.A. (2013). Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской [The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II: From the Red Army to the Soviet: Part 1 Land Forces] (in Russian). Tomsk: Scientific and Technical Literature Publishing. ISBN 9785895035306.