Komkor

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Komkor
in the Soviet Army
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Rank insignia Armed Forces of the Soviet Union
Introduction 1935 to the Soviet Army
Rank group Commanding officers
Army / Air Force Komkor
Navy Flag Officer 1st rank
NATO
equivalent
OF-8
Komkor collar patch

Komkor is the abbreviation to Commanding officer of the Corps (Russian: Комкор / Командир корпуса; literal: Commander of the corps / Corps 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 corps sized formation (XXX).

Until 1940 it was the fourth highest military rank of the Red Army, and might have been rated OF-8[1] in NATO (Three-star rank). It was equivalent to Corps commissar (ru: Корпусной комиссар) of the political staff in all military branches, Flag Officer 1st rank (ru: Флагман 1 ранга) in the Soviet navy, or to Commissar of state security 3rd rank (ru: Комиссар государственной безопасности 3-ого ранга). With the reintroduction of regular genera ranks, the designation Komkor was abolished, and replaced by Colonel general (OF-8).

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:

A total number of 146 military people graduated to Komkor. However, reprisals were made on 59 Komkor in the period 1937-1938. In line to the reintroduction of the regular military rank system in 1940, one Komkor was promoted to General of the Army (Georgy Zhukov), 51 to Lieutenant general (OF-7), and six to Major general (OF-6). Finally, Komkor Leonid Grigorevich Petrovsky was promoted to Lieutenant general in 1941.

Rank insignia[edit]

Appointments[edit]

1935[edit]

Appointment as to Order № 2395” of the Minister of Defence (Soviet Union) from November 11, 1935, pertaining to the “personnel of the Army”:

By Order № 2398” of the Minister of Defence (Soviet Union) from November 21, 1935, to the “personnel of the Army”:

By Order № 2412” of the Minister of Defence (Soviet Union) from November 23, 1935, to the “personnel of the Army”:

By Order № 2484” of the Minister of Defence (Soviet Union) from November 26, 1935, to the “personnel of the Army”:

1936[edit]

1937[edit]

1938[edit]

1939[edit]

1940[edit]

See also[edit]

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.