79th Group Army

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79th Group Army
CountryChina China
Part ofNorthern Theater Command Ground Force
Garrison/HQLiaoyang, Liaoning
Major General Xu Qiling, Yu Yonghong
Xu Haidong

The 79th Group Army, formerly the 39th Group Army, is a military formation of roughly corps strength, of the People's Liberation Army of China. It is part of the Northern Theater Command (and previously the Shenyang Military Region).[1] The 79th Group Army has more main battle tanks than any other group armies in China, as it was expected to counter the threat of Soviet armor in the Far East. Along with 38th Army stationed near Beijing, this unit is given the best equipment and training available.

The army was a military formation of the People's Volunteer Army (People's Volunteer Army (PVA) or Chinese Communist Forces (CCF)) during the Korean War. It comprised the 115th, 116th, and 117th Divisions.[2]


  1. ^ PLA Ground Forces Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Appleman, Roy E. "XXXIX The Big Question". South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu. United States Army Center of Military History. p. 768. CMH Pub 20-2-1.