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29th Rifle Corps
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch Soviet Red Army

The 29th Rifle Corps was a corps of the Soviet Red Army. It was part of the 11th Army. It took part in the Great Patriotic War.

First Formation[]

Initially it comprised the 179th Rifle Division and the 184th Rifle Division,[1] under Major General A.G. Samokhin.

Lithuanian Territorial Rifle Corps.[2] Destroyed(?) September 1941 in the initial stages of Operation Barbarossa, and disbanded.

Second formation existed March–April 1943.

Third Formation[]

Originally formed on 25 June 1943,[3] Included 55th Rifle Division (IIIrd Formation), in September–October–November 1943 while part of 60th Army.[4]

The fourth formation of the 29th Rifle Corps comprised the 73rd Rifle Division, 102nd Rifle Division, and 217th Rifle Division on 10 May 1945. Five months later, the corps had the same three divisions, but they were in the North Caucasus Military District. The 73rd was based at Novorossiysk, the 102nd at Armavir and the 217th at Nalchik.[5]

In May 1946, the corps was reorganized and by the beginning of 1947 included the 8th, 9th and 39th Separate Rifle Brigades. The 8th was based at Maykop, the 9th at Armavir and the 39th at Stavropol. In March 1947, the 9th Separate Rifle Brigade was disbanded. On 23 July 1949, the corps became the 29th Mountain Rifle Corps. The 8th Separate Rifle Brigade became the 9th Mountain Rifle Division and the 39th became the 73rd Mountain Rifle Division. In 1954, the corps was redesignated as a regular rifle corps again.[5]

On 10 October 1957, the 29th Rifle Corps became the 29th Army Corps. The 9th and 73rd Mountain Rifle Divisions became motor rifle divisions. In 1960, the 29th Army Corps was at Krasnodar and had the 9th and 73rd Motor Rifle Divisions. In 1966 it moved to Belogorsk in Amur Oblast. On 22 February 1968, 29th Army Corps was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.[5]

On 25 June 1969 the 29th Army Corps became the 35th Army.


  1. Glantz, Stumbling Colossus, pg. 262
  2. Nigel Thomas, Germany's Eastern Front Allies (2): Baltic Forces, Osprey, 5.
  3. Keith E. Bonn, Slaughterhouse, Aberjona Press, 2005, 341.
  4. Crofoot, Avanzini, Armies of the Bear
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Holm, 35th Combined Arms Army

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