389th Rifle Division

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389th Rifle Division
ActiveOctober 1941 – 6 July 1945
Disbanded6 July 1945
CountrySoviet Union
TypeRed Army flag.svg Red Army
EngagementsThe German-Soviet War
DecorationsOrder of the Red Banner
Order of Suvorov
Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky
Battle honoursBerdychiv
Colonel Sergei Bunyachenko;
Major general Leonid Kolobov

The 389th Rifle Division was an infantry division of the Soviet Union during World War II.

The division was formed in October 1941 part of the 53rd Army of the Central Asian Military District, and was deployed for active field duty from May 1942 through to May 1945.

The 389th Rifle Division particularly distinguished itself in early January 1944 during the liberation of Berdychiv from the German military, for which it was awarded the honorary title of "Berdychevskaya".

For its actions in the Berlin Offensive, the 389th was awarded the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, 2nd class, on 4 June 1945.[1]

In a Stavka directive dated 29 May 1945, the 389th Rifle Division was listed among those to be disbanded in place.[2]




  • Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Soviet Union (1967). Сборник приказов РВСР, РВС СССР, НКО и Указов Президиума Верховного Совета СССР о награждении орденами СССР частей, соединениий и учреждений ВС СССР. Часть II. 1945 - 1966 гг [Collection of orders of the RVSR, RVS USSR and NKO on awarding orders to units, formations and establishments of the Armed Forces of the USSR. Part II. 1945–1966] (PDF) (in Russian). Moscow.
  • 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.

Further reading[edit]

  • Robert G. Poirier and Albert Z. Conner, The Red Army Order of Battle in the Great Patriotic War, Novato: Presidio Press, 1985. ISBN 0-89141-237-9. Poirer and Conner primarily used the wartime files of the German Foreign Armies East ('FHO') intelligence section, of which substantial sections are now held by the U.S. National Archives.