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53rd Rifle Division

I Formation: 1931-1947

II Formation: 1955
Country Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Branch Red Army
Type Infantry

World War II


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in the name of Friedrich Engels
The 53rd Rifle Division was an infantry division of the Soviet Union's Red Army, active during World War II.

The division was formed in 1931.[1]

Poirer and Connor, in their 1985 Red Army Order of Battle, say that the division fought at Yelnaya, on the Dnieper River, at Uman and Targul Frumos. With 46th Army of the 2nd Ukrainian Front in May 1945.

The division was disbanded in 1947 in the Southern Group of Forces[2] with the 57th Army.[3]

In 1955, the division was reformed from the 318th Rifle Division with the 3rd Rifle Corps at Uzhhorod. On 9 September 1955, it became the 39th Mechanized Division.[4]


  1. "53-я Новоукраинская Краснознаменная стрелковая дивизия" (in Russian). 
  2. "Стрелковые 46-60" (in Russian). 
  3. Crofoot, Craig; Avanzini, Michael (2005) (in en). Armies of the Bear. Tiger Lily Publications LLC. p. 21. ISBN 9780972029605. 
  4. Feskov et al 2013, p. 151
  • Poirer and Connor, Red Army Order of Battle in the Great Patriotic War, 1985

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