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122nd Guards Rifle Division
Country Flag of the Soviet Union (1924–1955).svg Soviet Union
Branch Red Army flag Red Army
Service history
Active June 28, 1945 - 1946
Role Infantry

The 122nd Guards Rifle Division was formed on June 28, 1945, from the re-designated 249th Estonian Rifle Division. On the same date the entire 8th Estonian Rifle Corps was raised to Guards status as the 41st Guards Rifle Corps. On its formation the 122nd Guards inherited the honorific title and decorations of the 249th, with its full title being 122nd Guards Rifle Estonian, Tartu, Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner Division.[1][2]

This re-designation took place nearly two months after V-E Day, but before the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, so technically the 122nd Guards can be considered a wartime formation, although it did not see combat in Manchuria. The division and its corps was disbanded in 1946.


  1. Charles C. Sharp, "Red Guards", Soviet Order of Battle World War II, Vol. IV, Nafziger, 1995, p 89
  2. Russian Wikipedia

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