44th Army (Soviet Union)

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The 44th Army (Russian: 44-я армия) of the Soviet Union's Red Army was an army-level command active during World War II. Initially part of the Transcaucasian Front, its main actions included the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran and the Kerch amphibious landings (both in 1941), before being transferred to the Southern Front on 6 February 1943. There it took part in the Rostov, Donbas and Melitopol offensives. The army was disbanded in November 1943 and its units were transferred to other armies.[1]


The 44th Army was formed on 1 August 1941 from the 40th Rifle Corps, ostensibly to guard the Soviet-Iranian border in the Transcaucasian Military District. It was composed of the 20th and 77th Mountain Rifle Divisions, the 17th Cavalry Division and other units. Former 40th Rifle Corps commander Major General Alexander Khadeyev became the army's commander.[2] On 23 August, it became part of the Transcaucasian Front. [1]

Here is the Soviet OOB for the 25th of August 1941:[3]

44th Army (Major General A.A. Khaldejev)

  • 20th Mountain Rifle Division
  • 77th Mountain Rifle Division
  • 17th Cavalry Division
  • 24th Tank Regiment


  1. ^ a b "44-я АРМИЯ" [44th Army]. bdsa.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Lieutenant-General Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Khadeev - (Александр Александрович Хадеев) (1894 – 1957), Soviet Union". generals.dk. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  3. ^ The Forum of the 1.Jagdmoroner Abteilung