4th Guards Army
|4th Guards Army|
|Branch||Red Army/Soviet Army|
On April 16, 1943, the Supreme Command ordered the army to be established. On May 5, 1943, the army was formed on the basis of the 24th Army in the Steppe Military District. It included the 20th and 21st Guards Rifle and 3rd Guards Tank Corps. On July 3 the Army was placed in Stavka reserve, on July 18 included in the Steppe Front, and on July 23 once again put in Stavka reserve.
The Army fought in decisive actions such as the Battle of Kursk, the Iassy-Kishinev Offensive, the struggle for central Hungary, and the Vienna Offensive. At the end of the war, the Fourth Guards Army was part of the 3rd Ukrainian Front.
Disbanded in March 1947.
Part of fronts
- Lieutenant General Grigory Kulik (7 April – 22 September 1943)
- Lieutenant General Alexei Zygin (22–27 September 1943)
- Lieutenant General Ivan Galanin (September 1943 – January 1944, February–November 1944)
- Major General Alexander Ryzhov (January–February 1944)
- Lieutenant General Ilya Smirnov (3–22 February 1944)
- Army General Georgiy Zakharov (November 1944 – March 1945)
- Lieutenant General Nikanor Zakhvatayev (1 March 1945 – July 1945)
- Colonel General Vladimir Romanovsky (1946-47)
Members of the Military Soviet (council)
- Colonel, General-major I.A Gavrilov
- Colonel Dmitry Shepilov
- Colonel Commissar M.M. Stahursky
- General-major V.N. Semenov
- General-major Leonid Bocharov (fr:Léonid Botcharov)
Order of battle
The order of battle for the Fourth Guards Army on May 1, 1945, was:
Fourth Guards Army
- 20th Guards Rifle Corps
- 21st Guards Rifle Corps
- 31st Guards Rifle Corps
- 123rd Gun-Artillery Brigade
- 438th Antitank Regiment
- 466th Mortar Regiment
- 257th Anti-aircraft Regiment
- 56th Engineer-Sapper Brigade
After the war for a period the 4th Guards Army joined the Central Group of Forces in Austria until its withdrawal.