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The '''33rd Rifle Division''' was a rifle division of the [[Red Army]] in the [[Second World War]].
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*[[Soviet invasion of Poland]]
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*[[Baltic Operation]]
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*[[Leningrad Strategic Defensive]]
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*[[Toropets–Kholm Offensive]]
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*[[Leningrad-Novgorod Offensive]]
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*[[Tartu Offensive]]
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*[[Riga Offensive (1944)]]
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*[[East Pomeranian Offensive]]
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*[[Battle of Berlin]]|decorations=
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Berlin (1st formation)<br>
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Avanzini and Crofoot write that the division was formed in June 1922 from a cadre from a rifle brigade at Samara in the [[Volga Military District]] as a territorial rifle division, and received the designation 'Samar'.<ref>Avanzini and Crofoot, 'Armies of the Bear,' Vol. I, Part 2, p.54.</ref> With [[16th Rifle Corps]] of [[11th Army (Soviet Union)|11th Army]] on June 22, 1941. Fought vicinity Stalingrad and Berlin. With [[3rd Shock Army]] of the [[1st Belorussian Front]] May 1945. Disbanded 1947, reformed briefly in Far East by redesignation of 215th RD 1955.<ref name="Armies of the Bear">Armies of the Bear</ref>
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The '''33rd Rifle Division''' was a rifle division of the [[Red Army]] and [[Soviet Army]], formed twice. The division was formed in 1922 at [[Samara, Russia|Samara]] and moved to Belarus in the next year. It fought in the [[Soviet invasion of Poland]] in September 1939 and in the [[Occupation of Lithuania by Soviet Union 1940|Occupation of Lithuania]] in June 1940. After [[Operation Barbarossa]], the division fought in the [[Baltic Operation]] and [[Leningrad Strategic Defensive]]. In January 1942, it fought in the [[Toropets–Kholm Offensive]]. The division participated in the [[Leningrad–Novgorod Offensive]], the [[Pskov-Ostrov Offensive]], the [[Tartu Offensive]] and the [[Riga Offensive (1944)|Riga Offensive]]. In 1945, the division fought in the [[East Pomeranian Offensive]] and the [[Battle of Berlin]]. The division remained in Germany postwar with the Soviet occupation forces and disbanded in 1947. In 1955, it was reformed from the 215th Rifle Division in the Far East and inherited that division's honorifics, but was disbanded in 1956.
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== History ==
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=== First formation ===
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The 33rd Rifle Division was formed on 29 May 1922 in the area of [[Samara]], [[Orenburg]], and [[Troitsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast|Troitsk]] from units of the 97th Separate Rifle Brigade of the Trans-Volga Military District; it was assigned to the [[Volga Military District]]. On 18 October of that year it received the honorific Samara, and in October 1923 relocated to Belorussia, becoming part of the [[Western Front (RSFSR)|Western Front]] (which became the [[Western Military District (Soviet Union)|Western Military District]] in April 1924). In 1925 it became a territorial division. The division was renamed the 33rd Belorussian Rifle Division on 16 January 1934, replacing the Samara honorific. It fought in the [[Soviet invasion of Poland]], advancing into territory annexed as western Belorussia. The division transferred to the [[Baltic Special Military District]] in 1940.{{Sfn|Dvoinykh|Kariaeva|Stegantsev|1993|p=114|pp=}}
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[[Vasily Margelov]] served with the division's 99th Rifle Regiment as a machine gun platoon commander during 1931 and 1932.
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With [[16th Rifle Corps]] of [[11th Army (Soviet Union)|11th Army]] on June 22, 1941. Fought vicinity Stalingrad and Berlin. During the Battle of Berlin, it helped capture the [[Reichstag building|Reichstag]]. With [[3rd Shock Army]] of the [[1st Belorussian Front]] May 1945.
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During November and December 1946, the division was disbanded in Germany, still with the 3rd Shock Army.{{Sfn|Feskov et al|2013|p=397}}
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=== Second formation ===
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The division was reformed briefly in the Far East by redesignation of [[215th Rifle Division]] in 1955. It inherited the 215th's honorifics "Smolensk Red Banner Order of Suvorov". There it served with [[5th Red Banner Army]] with headquarters located at [[Krasny Kut, Primorsky Krai|Krasny Kut]]. The division was disbanded on 25 July 1956.<ref>V.I. Feskov et al 2013, Table 4.1.5, pp. 151-152.</ref>
   
 
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=== Bibliography ===
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*{{Cite book|url=http://guides.eastview.com/browse/guidebook.html?bid=121&sid=92105|title=Центральный государственный архив Советской армии.|publisher=Eastview Publications|year=1993|isbn=1879944030|editor-last=Dvoinykh|editor-first=L.V.|volume=2|location=Minneapolis|language=Russian|trans-title=Central State Archive of the Soviet Army|ref=harv|editor-last2=Kariaeva|editor-first2=T.F.|editor-last3=Stegantsev|editor-first3=M.V.}}
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*{{Cite book|title=Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской|last=Feskov|first=V.I.|last2=Golikov|first2=V.I.|last3=Kalashnikov|first3=K.A.|last4=Slugin|first4=S.A.|publisher=Scientific and Technical Literature Publishing|year=2013|isbn=9785895035306|location=Tomsk|language=Russian|trans-title=The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II: From the Red Army to the Soviet: Part 1 Land Forces|ref={{sfnRef|Feskov et al|2013}}}}
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Latest revision as of 20:58, December 4, 2019

33rd Rifle Division
Active 1922–1947; 1955–1956
Country Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Branch Soviet Army
Type Infantry
Engagements

World War II

Decorations
Battle honours

Kholm (1st formation)
Berlin (1st formation)

Smolensk (2nd formation)
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Trifon Shevaldin
Ivan Gribov

The 33rd Rifle Division was a rifle division of the Red Army and Soviet Army, formed twice. The division was formed in 1922 at Samara and moved to Belarus in the next year. It fought in the Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939 and in the Occupation of Lithuania in June 1940. After Operation Barbarossa, the division fought in the Baltic Operation and Leningrad Strategic Defensive. In January 1942, it fought in the Toropets–Kholm Offensive. The division participated in the Leningrad–Novgorod Offensive, the Pskov-Ostrov Offensive, the Tartu Offensive and the Riga Offensive. In 1945, the division fought in the East Pomeranian Offensive and the Battle of Berlin. The division remained in Germany postwar with the Soviet occupation forces and disbanded in 1947. In 1955, it was reformed from the 215th Rifle Division in the Far East and inherited that division's honorifics, but was disbanded in 1956.

History Edit

First formation Edit

The 33rd Rifle Division was formed on 29 May 1922 in the area of Samara, Orenburg, and Troitsk from units of the 97th Separate Rifle Brigade of the Trans-Volga Military District; it was assigned to the Volga Military District. On 18 October of that year it received the honorific Samara, and in October 1923 relocated to Belorussia, becoming part of the Western Front (which became the Western Military District in April 1924). In 1925 it became a territorial division. The division was renamed the 33rd Belorussian Rifle Division on 16 January 1934, replacing the Samara honorific. It fought in the Soviet invasion of Poland, advancing into territory annexed as western Belorussia. The division transferred to the Baltic Special Military District in 1940.[1]

Vasily Margelov served with the division's 99th Rifle Regiment as a machine gun platoon commander during 1931 and 1932.

With 16th Rifle Corps of 11th Army on June 22, 1941. Fought vicinity Stalingrad and Berlin. During the Battle of Berlin, it helped capture the Reichstag. With 3rd Shock Army of the 1st Belorussian Front May 1945.

During November and December 1946, the division was disbanded in Germany, still with the 3rd Shock Army.[2]

Second formation Edit

The division was reformed briefly in the Far East by redesignation of 215th Rifle Division in 1955. It inherited the 215th's honorifics "Smolensk Red Banner Order of Suvorov". There it served with 5th Red Banner Army with headquarters located at Krasny Kut. The division was disbanded on 25 July 1956.[3]

ReferencesEdit

Citations Edit

  1. Dvoinykh, Kariaeva & Stegantsev 1993, p. 114.
  2. Feskov et al 2013, p. 397.
  3. V.I. Feskov et al 2013, Table 4.1.5, pp. 151-152.

Bibliography Edit




ru:33-я стрелковая дивизия

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