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217th Division (1949–52)
3rd Water Conservancy Construction Division (1952-53)
1st Road Engineering Division (1953-55)
Active 1949.11 – 1955.4
Country People's Republic of China
Branch People's Liberation Army
Type Division
Role Infantry
Part of 53rd Corps
Engagements Chinese Civil War

The 217th Division (Chinese: 第217师) was created in November 1949 under the Regulation of the Redesignations of All Organizations and Units of the Army, issued by Central Military Commission on November 1, 1948,[1] basing on the 4th and 5th Division, 2nd Corps, 1st Army Group of the People's Liberation Army of the Nationalist Party of China. Its history can be traced to the 63rd Division, 14th Corps, 1st Army Group of Republic of China Army defected in August 1948.

The division is part of 53rd Corps. Under the flag of 217th division it took part in the Chinese Civil War.

In March 1952 the division was reorganized as 3rd Water Conservancy Construction Division(Chinese: 水利工程建设第3师). In July 1953 the division was further reorganized as 1st Road Engineering Division(Chinese: 公路工程第1师). In 1955 the division was demobilized.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 《中央军委关于统一全军组织及部队番号的规定》, http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_7254c7350100xb56.html


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