269th Rifle Division

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
269th Rifle Division
ActiveJuly 1941 – 1946
CountrySoviet Union
BranchRed Army
TypeRifle division
EngagementsWorld War II
Decorations
Battle honours

The 269th Rifle Division (Russian: 269-я стрелковая дивизия) was an infantry division of the Soviet Union's Red Army during World War II.

Formed in the summer of 1941, the division served with the Bryansk Front in the same area until late 1943, when it began advancing westwards. The 269th fought in Operation Bagration, the southern Baltic states, and the Battle of Berlin during 1944 and 1945. Postwar, it was disbanded in 1946 in Belarus.

History[edit]

The 269th began forming on 13 July 1941 from reservists at Kolomna, part of the Moscow Military District. Its basic order of battle included the 1018th, 1020th, and the 1022nd Rifle Regiments, as well as the 836th Artillery Regiment. By 5 August, the division had been moved to Teplukha, and assigned to the 24th Army of the Reserve Front. In mid-August the 269th was transferred to the newly formed 50th Army, but by the end of August the division was part of the 3rd Army in the Bryansk Front. The division served in roughly the same positions, covering the southern flank of the Moscow defenses, until late 1943.[1]

From late 1943 to early 1944, the division slowly advanced towards the Dnieper as part of the Belorussian Front. The 269th fought in Operation Bagration as part of the 3rd Army's 41st Rifle Corps during the summer of 1944. On 21 July, it received the Order of the Red Banner for its actions. The division then fought in the southern Baltic states in late 1944 as part of the 2nd Belorussian Front and the 3rd Belorussian Front. During April and May 1945 it participated in the Battle of Berlin as part of the 1st Belorussian Front.[1] In the summer of 1945, the division was relocated to Maladzyechna in the Minsk Military District along with the 46th Rifle Corps, where it was disbanded in late 1946.[2]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sharp 1996, pp. 54–55.
  2. ^ Feskov et al 2013, pp. 450–451.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Feskov, V.I.; Golikov, V.I.; Kalashnikov, K.A.; Slugin, S.A. (2013). Вооруженные силы СССР после Второй Мировой войны: от Красной Армии к Советской [The Armed Forces of the USSR after World War II: From the Red Army to the Soviet: Part 1 Land Forces] (in Russian). Tomsk: Scientific and Technical Literature Publishing. ISBN 9785895035306.
  • Sharp, Charles C. (1996). The Soviet Order of Battle World War II: An Organizational History of the Major Combat Units of the Soviet Army. 9. West Chester, Ohio: George F. Nafziger. OCLC 258366685.