Komdiv

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Komdiv
in the Soviet Army
RA A F7aComDiv 1940.png
Rank insignia Armed Forces of the Soviet Union
Introduction 1935 to the Soviet Army
Rank group Commanding officers
Army / Air Force Komdiv
Navy Flag officer 2nd rank
NATO
equivalent
OF-7
Komdiv collar patch

Komdiv is the abbreviation to Commanding officer of the Division (Russian: Комдив / Командир дивизия; literal: Commander of the division / Division commander), and was a military rank in the Soviet Armed Forces of the USSR in the period from 1935 to 1940. It was also the designation to military personnel appointed to command a division sized formation (XX).

Until 1940 it was the fourth highest military rank of the Red Army, and might have been rated OF-7[1] in NATO (Two-star rank). It was equivalent to Division comissar (ru: Дивизионный комиссар) of the political staff in all military branches, Flag Officer 2nd rank (ru: Флагман 2-го ранга) in the Soviet navy, or to Senior major of state security (ru: Старший майор государственной безопасности). With the reintroduction of regular genera ranks, the designation Komdiv was abolished, and replaced by Lieutenant general (OF-7).

History[edit]

This particular rank was introduced by disposal of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union and the Council of People's Commissars, from September 22, 1935.[2] The new rank structure was as follows:

sequence of ranks
lower rank:
Kombrig
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Komdiv
higher rank:
Komkor
(OF-6)
Major general
(ru:Генерал-мaйор)
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Lieutenant general
(ru:Генерал-лейтенант)
(OF-8)
Colonel general
(ru:Генерал-полковник)

Rank insignia[edit]

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Sources / references[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.
  1. ^ The abbreviation "OF" stands for de: "Offizier / en: officer / fr: officier / ru: офицер"
  2. ^ Decree of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union and the Council of People's Commissars, from September 22, 1935, on introduction of individual military rank designation to commanding personnel of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army.